DIY Safe Light

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Lyle Gordon, Aug 6, 2003.

  1. Lyle Gordon

    Lyle Gordon Guest

    I was wondeirng if anyone has some plans for a DIY safe light as im putting
    togetther a little dark room in my basement and I would like to do it as
    cheaply as possible.

    Thanks,
    Lyle Gordon
     
    Lyle Gordon, Aug 6, 2003
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  2. Some people (including myself) built a darkroom safelight from red
    LEDs. They are considerably affordable. Choose the right light
    spektrum and emitting strength and solder them on a board. Power
    source is either battery or a power adapter.

    I just gambled and bought some dirt-cheap LEDs packed in a bag of two
    dozens. Hung three on a battery clip, they are a great small flash
    light. I had luck, they were paper safe.

    Later I´m going to build a "big one".
    Gruss, Roman
     
    Roman J. Rohleder, Aug 6, 2003
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  3. Check around for used Kodak "beehive" safelights. They are
    pretty easy to find used and are usually very cheap
    including a filter. For general work with VC or graded paper
    you want a Kodak OC filter. Red filters are safe for all
    papers but are less comfortable to work under.
    I've bought these lamps locally for as little as $5.
     
    Richard Knoppow, Aug 6, 2003
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    John Walton Guest

    There are a couple companies which manufacturer high intensity LED's --
    applications like street lights, railway signals etc. I use Mouser
    Electronics for a lot of my stuff as they ship quickly and have good
    prices -- check out the "Sunbrite Cluster" LED's --
     
    John Walton, Aug 7, 2003
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    Jorge Omar Guest

    I did mine with a string of red LED's.
    If you are at easy with a soldering iron, it's simple, effective and
    will last forever.

    Jorge
     
    Jorge Omar, Aug 14, 2003
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  6. The Philips yellow-green globe which is fine for graded papers will fog VC papers
     
    John Stockdale, Aug 15, 2003
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