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Colour Accurate Lighting

We offer a few alternatives for your colour accurate lighting.  See below for full details, but here's a summary:

  • SoLux bulbs, the very best of all colour accurate lights - unfortunately only available in MR16 downlight fittings for track or ceiling installation.
  • Fiilex V70 lamp - a quality LED print viewing lamp with four colour temperature settings and ability to dim the light down to 20%.
  • JUST Florescent Tubes - very high quality tubes for use for colour proofing or to dramatically improve your general lighting.

We've also recently added:

  • BenQ Ergonomic Lighting Solutions - the BenQ WiT Lamps and Screenbar - these offer highly ergonomic task lighting with good colour rendering.

SoLux Colour Accurate 'Daylight' Bulbs

SoLux lighting is the most highly regarded lighting in the world, used by major galleries and institutions like the Van Gogh museum, the Vatican and the Guggenheim to light artworks and to produce reference photographs of the true appearance of their valuable materials.

Modern colour management uses a reference like source known as D50 - essentially a daylight type light source with a colour temperate of 5000K. SoLux 4700K bulbs offer the closest output to this reference lighting standard of across the full spectrum of light, making them the perfect light for colour proofing situations. There's no weird spikes in their output like you get with fluorescent light sources, so you can always trust the colour you're seeing under SoLux.

Not only perfect for colour proofing scenarios, they're of course also superb for the display of artworks - no more weird warm casts from tungsten bulbs or horrible blue/green light from fluorescent and LED.

They are also used in industries like automotive paint, display & creation of jewellery, and by many painters around the world in their studios to paint under. They are simply the best, most colour accurate lights available.

See below for some tips on choosing the right bulbs for your needs.

SoLux 4700K MR16 Colour Accurate Bulbs
SoLux bulbs for correct colour temperature light in your work or print viewing area.
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Choosing The Right SoLux Bulbs

You can always trust the colour you're seeing under SoLux.

When choosing the right SoLux bulbs the first thing to understand is that all SoLux bulbs are only available as halogen downlight type bulbs with an MR16 (AKA GU5.3) fitting.

In Australia, this fitting is generally only found in ceiling fittings, or track lighting, and not in lamps. Please check your light fittings for compatibility with both the fitting and your chosen wattage before purchasing bulbs.

Once you are sure you have a suitable fitting for the bulbs, the choice comes down to 50 watt versus 35 watt, and normal bulbs versus the black backed bulbs.

Wattage:
If you are using your lights at ceiling height, you will want the 50W globes. If you are using track lighting, then you will most likely want to use the 35W bulbs as the 50s will be too bright at the shorter distance.

Normal versus black backed:
The black backed bulbs are definitely more expensive, but they are also definitely the most accurate. The black backing blocks unfiltered light from leaving the bulb through the back of the lamp. This unfiltered light can bounce of your fitting and come back out the front of the fixture, and will have a warmer colour temperature. This will mean your regular bulb will, in practice, usually have a slightly lower colour temperature than stated, but it does depend greatly on your fixture.

If you want the most accurate light, go for the black backed bulbs.

Fiilex LED Lamp

The Fiilex V70 is our new LED lamp option for print evaluation. This energy efficient lamp has a long 50,000 hour lifespan.

It also features four colour temperature settings, and the ability to dim the light down to 20% making it a very simple solution for print viewing, and an excellent general purpose, high quality task light. 

BenQ Ergonomic Task Lighting

BenQ have released two highly ergonomic solutions to task lighting.  In both cases ergonomics and eye safety, as well as quality of illumination and colour rendering, were a fundamental goal in the design process.

The BenQ WiT Lamp is a highly attractive general task lamp, that provides a very wide, even field of illumination.  It's super flexible, too - supplied as a desk lamp, there is also an accessory floor stand as well as a clamp mount for difference scenarios.  It can monitor and adapt to brightness and offers a wide range of colour temperatures.  All controlled with a simple set of touch and dial controls.

The BenQ WiT Screenbar is a very compact, high quality task lamp, generally mounted directly over the monitor.  It has smart features such ambient light monitoring to fix the illumination level automatically to recommended levels, as well as controllable colour temperature and manual dimming modes.

BenQ WiT e-Reading Designer Lamp
BenQ's elegant WiT lamp lights a broad area evenly, has variable colour temp & works as a desk (default) or floor lamp (with accessories)
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JUST Daylight 5000 ProGraphics Fluorescent Tubes

You can use these tubes simply to improve the general lighting in your work area (the improvement over standard fluorescent tubes is dramatic!) - they're the same tubes used in commercial lighting booths specifically used for pre-press scenarios, so they are excellent. 

JUST Daylight 5000 ProGraphic Fluorescent Tubes
Fluorescent tubes of very high quality - use for colour proofing or to dramatically improve your general lighting.
N.B. Item can't be shipped & needs to be picked up from Image Science.
Fluorescent Tubes are only available for pick up from our Melbourne office. Must be pre-ordered. 
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