what kind of lighting is best for closeup work?

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Old 08-20-14, 12:09 PM
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what kind of lighting is best for closeup work?

What I mean is what kind of lighting is easiest on the eyes for closeup work. I heard several suggestions in the past and one suggestions was incandescent. I can't remember the other one. Maybe someone has a suggestion or two.
 
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Old 08-20-14, 12:26 PM
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Maybe there are studies...but I like a nice bright white (almost blue tint) so normally I'll use daylight fluorescent (high color temperature 5500-6500k) if available. That's what you see with the round magnifiers on a swivel arm at jewelers and watch shops.

Dental/surgical lamps use some type of halogen, though some are now going LED.

I think the color temp and how your eyes are are the determining factors. Higher the rated temp the whiter or "cooler" the light...lower seems more yellow or "warmer".
 
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I like a lot of light. The producer of the light is less critical. Without knowing what you are doing it's hard to recommend anything specific as close up work could be about anything.
 
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I generally prefer an incandescent or halogen in such situations. As Dane said, some more info about what you're doing might help us answer.
 
 

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