rjr said:The other - solder your own LED safelight. I added an attachment showing what a friend made for me... three of these banks (Red/660nm and Amber/Yellow/595nm, output is around 5000mcd) plus a mini "flashlight" cost me 15EUR in materials and they give LOTS of light. Two banks light my darkroom of approx 3,5x5m size to a level allowing me to read in there.
Digidurst said:My safelight bulb, that is. Any simple Home Depot alternatives that'll get me thru till I can order another one? Just doing some printing...
eheldreth said:Also, I have heard if you use the party bulbs you should put electrical tape around where the glass meets the base. From what I understand sometimes there can be light leaks there because they are not coated as carefully as a bulb designed to be used in a darkroom.
rjr said:I hook each of these banks on a switching power supply set to give 12V Output (the "flashlight" is operated with a single 9V block cell) - these cheapo things (<3EUR).
Flotsam said:I don't think I'd like gloves. I think that it would be a PITA to have to take them off and put them back on a hundred times during a session. It is easier just to grab a pair of tongs and keep your hands dry and uncontaminated.
I've talked to other's who have used them, I would do my own fog testing before trusting one. You could use any lighting which restricts the wavelength of the light to the appropriate red(I know that's obvious). I have even heard of people painting regular bulbs with dark red nail polish(I don't think I would trust that one). The dimmer the bulb I think the better the chance it will be safe. The advantage I can see, as stated earlier, The party bulbs can be had from $1 - $2 U.S. at most department stores. If you live in an area like mine there are no local photo stores so you mail order everything and it cost $40 and up for a safe light which will take a week or so to arrive. I think I will give one a try next time I need a safelight.Digidurst said:Yeah, I've seen those party bulbs and always wondered if those could be used. Can they?
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