Thomas safelight safe mounting?

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  1. eli griggs

    eli griggs Member

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    I have a Thomas duplex safelight, without a manual, so I need some feedback on mounting distance from a drywall celling or if it can be safely sat on top a bookcase on a stone tile or slab as a insulator?

    I also would like a copy of the manual so if you have a link to the maker or other source of a PDF, I'd like to have that as well.

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  2. David A. Goldfarb

    David A. Goldfarb Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    The case doesn't get hot. You can put it on a bookshelf directly, which I've done in the past. I currently have it hanging from hooks in a drywall ceiling with toggle bolts. It's a foot from the ceiling, but how far you put it should depend on how diffuse you want the light and how high the ceiling is.
     
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    I'm also hanging mine from hooks probably a foot from the ceiling. I keep the louvers closed or would get pretty bright
    in darkroom.

    Jerry
     
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    I've also got the louvers closed, because I'm not in a huge space, and I've got an 8 foot ceiling, and it's still plenty bright.
     
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    Thanks for the quick responses, all of it is helpful.

    My dark room is fairly small also and while I'm very happy to have this lighting option, some darkrooms I worked in, in the past, all had this type light mounted to high ceilings in fairly large rooms, which did not bear close examination.

    I'm trying to avoid hanging it for now as I want to mount a large mat cutter to the wall where the light would best hang, and I don't want it potentially interfering with that space.

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    Just be sure to do a proper fogging test. On mine, with all filters in and the doors closed, I still had to cover two thirds of the side closest to the enlarger to prevent fogging during normal exposure/burning times.