Kevin, thanks you very, very much for pointing me to the SoLux® PAR halogen
lamps! I think they may be a better solution than my Ott-Lite! I will
replace the "regular" halogen bulbs we have above our "breakfast nook" with
those. Perhaps also the "regular" halogen light in the fixture above our
kitchen table, where we often eat -- it has better view into the nature than
our dining table. And I will most likely buy a SoLux® desk lamp and most
likely use it instead of my Ott-Lite.
I am really grateful that you told me. I think others on this list,
searching for a good light source for comparing coffee bean colors will
thank you, too, for recommending the SoLux® lamps.
Today, after reading your note, I went out to do some shopping -- I just
came home. I visited our Home Depot -- they do not carry the SoLux®
lamps/bulbs, just some regular, not full spectrum MR16 12V light bulbs,
probably the same we have now. I have noticed that our Home Depot is getting
worse and worse -- do you have similar experience? Does your Home Depot
carry That guy was even trying to convince me that all MR16 12V lamps are
the same, they just sell them cheaper because of Home Depot buying power!
Isn't the attitude and intelligence of some sales people in some chain
terrible? I will try another source. The SoLux® lamps used to be expensive,
but now I can find the SoLux® bulbs for around six dollars each!
Before I started to write this, I searched the net for SoLux vs. Ott-Lite
comparison and found a very interesting site:
"Color management part 2: Picture Window Pro" by Norman Koren
fromhttp://www.normankoren.com/color_management_2.html#ImplementationHere, you helped me, again! I am learning how to do the "digital darkroom"
(usually while drinking home-roasted coffee, of course.) That site has a lot
of good information. Thank you again.
Here is a relevant clipping from that site:
"On Jonathan Sachs' recommendation I'm purchasing a ~5000K viewing light: a
SoLux lamp, recommended by Luca Salgarelli, which has CRI = 0.98. CRI (color
rendering index) is a measure of how accurately a light source can render
color. 100 is maximum; 90 is OK. The SoLux Desk Task Lamp with 4700K 36
degree 50W bulb appears to be the ideal solution. I've ordered one from
www.lightbulbsdirect.com (click here for the Desk Lamp). Alternatives: one
of Ott-Lite's 18W VisionSaverTM series, which has a color temperature of
about 5300K and CRI = 0.95. The Philips 287813 15 watt screw-in daylight
fluorescent bulb: 5000K, CRI = 0.82, is available at Home Depot, SKU
#652746, about $17. Other compact fluorescents: Sunwave, SunPro, Panasonic,
I, and perhaps many others, will soon be able to say on this Sweet Maria's
Home Roast list:
"I'm purchasing a ~5000K viewing light: a SoLux lamp, recommended by Kevin
DuPre. The SoLux® Desk Task Lamp with 4700K 36 degree 50W bulb appears to be
the ideal solution. That lamp has CRI = 0.98. CRI (color rendering index) is
a measure of how accurately a light source can render color."
Thank you, Kevin, again.
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