Look at how dark and dingy my paint area is. The other day on my Facebook account, I asked everyone what lighting they use to paint to. The resounding answer was daylight bulbs. I was getting examples ranging from £20 to £105 in the comments. After a recommendation that Hobbycraft (a chain of UK craft stores) carries a range of daylight lamps I thought I’d pop along to my local store and see what they had. Check out what I found after the jump.
And here it is! I picked up a naturalight Hobby Floor Lamp which was half price. I only paid £32.50 instead of £65. What a touch.
That’s better! So much brighter. The 27w energy saving daylight bulb is pretty bright and it’s a nice colour light, it’s not yellow at all.
The base of the lamp is really heavy so I’m unlikely to knock it over by accident. The flexible lamp head is really useful. It doesn’t get hot which is great.
So what do you use? Share in the comments.
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- Nick Lambourn
If you have a Hobbycraft near you, they do miniature daylight lamps for painting for about £10.
I have two and you can charge them and take them with you to paint as well.
I have 3 assorted desk lamps I acquired over the years, poped some bayonet LED daylight bulbs in and they are great. Tend to use 1 when painting though sometimes 2 if doing more precise work and breaking out the good brushes. All three come out for photos though.
I have a pair of these attached to the shelf above my painting area, excellent for painting and photography with (i just stick some tracing paper over the light when taking pics)
My work space has two main light sources one is the standard overhead workbench light and the other is a moveable spotlight.
I use a Normande Daylight Lamp. I got it off Amazon pretty cheap, and it's worked well. I did a review of it on my blog: http://creativetwilight.com/normande-daylight-clamp-lamp/
- From The Fang
That light is amazing, didn't even see those transformers in the first picture!!
Seriously though, I keep meaning to invest in a batter lamp. I just have white LED spotlights overhead and they're not at the right angle for me. They're lighting the back of the model that I'm painting.
Makes your painting even more impressive knowing you were doing it all in such crappy lighting though!
My trusty ottlite that i bought a million years ago 🙂 Also the day light temp bulbs will help keep you from getting all depressed and weird sitting in the dark painting all the time o_O
I have the same sort of light from Amazon and its been a good servant so far for over a year.
I have the same brand light but mine has a magnifying glass. Mostly used for architects but it works great with supplying day light.
Love those Constructicons way more than your daylight lamp
I use a Tri-Tube-Pro and i am very happy with that.
Hey Garfy I am in Electrical sales in Canada and the other thing everyone should check out when buying lamps/bulbs is the CRI rating as well… the higher the rating the better or truer the colors will appear under that light source 🙂 Food for thought on a Saturday morning.
I finally came to this thing. Very unusual to work with magnifier at first, but really cool at the same time
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I picked up an anglepoise desk lamp for dirt cheap during an amazon flash sale. I put a daylight bulb in that and it's amazing, I didn't get it specifically for painting but it's fantastic. Only issue is I can now see all my mistakes!