Kodak Safelight Bulb and Filter Question

Discussion in 'Kodak' started by SofaKing, Apr 9, 2004.

  1. SofaKing

    SofaKing Guest

    I'm almost into my darkroom....question is ... I've got two 20-30 year old
    Kodak Safelights, the grey metal ones which take the ~5" glass filters. One
    has a red bulb in it the other no bulb. Do I have to use a red bulb? Isn't
    that what the glass filter is for? [Filters are: OC, two #13s, #10 and #3
    what do I use for black & white?] If I can use any bulb what is the maximum
    wattage? Thx.
    SofaKing, Apr 9, 2004
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    Peter Irwin Guest

    You should use a 15 watt bulb or smaller in your safelight.
    For the #13 filter (for Panalure and some colour papers) Kodak
    recommends a 7 1/2 watt bulb.

    You should test your safelight. Kodak has lots of good information at:

    The 0C filter is for black and white enlarging paper.
    Some fixed grade papers can be used with the brighter 0A filter
    but multigrade/variable contrast papers need the 0C filter.

    The #13 and #10 filters can be used with Panalure and some colour
    print materials. These are rather dim safelights, and many people
    just figure out a way to work in complete darkness.

    The #3 filter is for developing panchromatic films by inspection.
    The safelight is only used when the film is at least half developed
    and then only for a very short time. It could be handy in emergencies,
    but it isn't something you would likely use often.

    Peter Irwin, Apr 9, 2004
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