Author Topic: Which Safelight?  (Read 1093 times)

Offline Steve Harpold

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Re: Which Safelight?
« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2019, 10:15:24 AM »
Hey all,

Quick update on safe lights, in most cases it is a thing of the past.

Old style light bulbs (not that old for some on here) incandescent or florescent have our light in a very broad spectrum. Not exact but from around 300-700 NM. Emulsion is sensitive to light from 280-420 NM maybe a little higher. The light NM range that emulsion is sensitive to is not visible hence would make a poor choice for lighting applications.

LED tubes, lights used for visible light application would not emit light in the 300-420 as it would be a waste of energy (it is not visible) so it is not necessary to use a filter to filter out wave lengths between 300-420 since there isn’t anything there anyway or such a small amount it is irrelevant.

When buying new LED tubes?
Look at the spectrum of light and make sure 300-420 NM is not present and you will be good to go

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Re: Which Safelight?
« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2019, 03:57:05 PM »
Don't need em anymore as we don't use Darkrooms.

Our screen room is a normal room with regular tube lights in the ceiling. We coat, store, image, burn and even washout screens in regular shop light conditions.

Thanks John.

I stopped using protective lighting years ago.  Obviously you can't leave dry screens out under the lights for storage, but coating, set-up for exposure, and washout under florescent bulbs has not been an issue.
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Re: Which Safelight?
« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2019, 11:57:25 AM »
FYI our LED lights are GREAT at exposing emulsion.  They are 'non UV emitting' LED high bay lights but they sure do expose emulsion.  I tinted them with yellow film and the film itself degraded over less than a year from the UV the LEDs are in fact putting out.

I will be putting a stronger filter under them shortly in addition.  We don't get much UV scatter / exposure but enough to have to cover tops of screen racks. 

It is very bright in our dark room, we have 3 of these 500 watt bright LED lights in our dark room fyi.

Filters I got are from, there are a few options there.  I also put the amber film on a large glass window between 2 rooms so we can see into the dark room too.

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Re: Which Safelight?
« Reply #18 on: July 22, 2019, 01:48:22 PM »
we have the standard drop ceiling size 2x4 LED lights in our screenroom - i also used the amber film.  i havent measured the UV output in our screen room but now its got me thinking...

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Re: Which Safelight?
« Reply #19 on: July 22, 2019, 01:52:12 PM »
Correction - they are 100 watt VTac high bay UFO lights.  Still quite bright.  500 watt would be absurdly bright though.