[Darkroom] Light fixtures

Audrey Penven audrey at lostinthenoise.net
Mon Oct 12 16:55:00 PDT 2009


The way that the white light is usually done is a switch with a
plastic cover.  Either something you have to flip up to access the
switch, or a thing that makes you reach in from the side.  It
basically ensures that you won't hit it by accident.

Having a normal white light is important.  For cleaning up, it's
certainly useful.  Or for processes that might not require darkness
(example: film development after the film is in the tank).  Also, if
we ultimately decide to have a color setup as well, we'll absolutely
need a normal light.

- Audrey

On Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 3:06 PM, Kelly <hurtstotouchfire at gmail.com> wrote:
> I think it sounds like installing normal light fixtures is reasonable.
>  We'll want one normal light (the kind that damages everything, but I
> think we'll want to be able to see clearly for cleaning up) and one
> red bulb on separate switches.
>
> Ideally, I'd like to put the standard light on some sort of tricky
> switch?  Or make it located somewhere awkward?  Just so it's never
> accidentally turned on.  For instance, having both switches be on the
> same plate, and be identical other than position would be a Bad Idea.
>
> -K
>
> On Sun, Oct 11, 2009 at 8:59 PM, Mitch Altman <maltman23 at hotmail.com> wrote:
>> I built my darkroom from a book I read from the elementary school library I
>> was attending at the time.  It said that 25W or less red bulbs work fine.  I
>> can't remember if I did a test.  But it would be cool to try it:  take some
>> paper, put some object on it, turn on a 25w red bulb for about 30
>> minutes, develop the paper, and see if the object can be discerned at all on
>> the paper.
>>
>>
>> Mitch.
>>
>>
>> --------------
>>
>>> From: audrey.penven at gmail.com
>>> Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2009 20:53:30 -0700
>>> Subject: Re: [Darkroom] Light fixtures
>>> To: maltman23 at hotmail.com
>>> CC: rubin at starset.net; audrey at lostinthenoise.net;
>>> darkroom at lists.noisebridge.net
>>>
>>> Red lightbulbs can be fine. I've never built a darkroom from scratch
>>> before, so i don't know offhand which bulbs are ok. I suppose if we
>>> find some red bulbs, we can check to make sure before buying them.
>>>
>>> -audrey
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPod
>>>
>>> On Oct 11, 2009, at 18:51, Mitch Altman <maltman23 at hotmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>> > > Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2009 16:55:09 -0700
>>> > > From: rubin at starset.net
>>> > > To: audrey at lostinthenoise.net
>>> > > CC: darkroom at lists.noisebridge.net
>>> > > Subject: Re: [Darkroom] Light fixtures
>>> > >
>>> > > Audrey Penven wrote, On 2009/10/11 16:48:
>>> > > > Safe lights - we have one safe light for the space, but we'll need
>>> > > > more. It would be worth seeing if anyone has some to donate.
>>> > > > Otherwise, we'll probably have to get them from a photo supply
>>> > place.
>>> > > > I'll poke at craigslist as well to see what I can find.
>>> > >
>>> > > Jim needs to know if these lights will be attached to conduit
>>> > boxes and
>>> > > if so how so he can install the right boxes for us. Any chance you
>>> > could
>>> > > find some photos of what you were thinking?
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > Back when I had my own darkroom, I just used regular old 25W red
>>> > lightbulbs. I never had any trouble with these. They fit into
>>> > regular light bulb fixtures. Are regular red lightbulbs iffy to use?
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > Mitch.
>>> >
>>> >
>>
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