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    How to make my darkroom dark again

    I am not sure if I am like many of you but my darkroom has to do double duty as my office/computer/digital workstation (for commercial photography). Black and White traditional is for me.

    Turn off all of the lights and there are all sort of "parasitic" lights on. I was thinking I could take a blank and throw it over but then the air flow would be distributed.

    I tried a lightproof changing bag and could not standing it.

    Am I left with turning off the myriad of devices that generate those little blue/green/white LED lights.

    Or, could I use gaffer's tape to cover them up? What have other's done?

    Thanks.
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    I attacked them (parasitic" lights) with a pair of wire cutters, but then as a trained electrician I can claim to know which wire to cut first.
    Small pieces of black gaffer tape should do the trick. Afterglow from computer screens can be a problem to watch out for.:o
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    Mine are covered with red electrical tape. Quick, fast, cheap, and you can still sort of see that the device is operating.

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    Gaffer tape. A very large piece of blackout curtain material (which is proper cheaper bought at a fabric/craft store than from a photographic supply shop and you'll get it in curtain-sized widths, eg wide/long 56" or so by however long you want it). Can't you turn off everything for the time you set aside for B&W stuff?
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    I use Blu-Tack to cover those, and also to plug the various holes in the walls I keep noticing.
    The Analogue Laboratory, or 'so you built a darkroom in an old factory in the industrial zone'.
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    Great idea. I love this site! Thanks.
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    I would cover them with black photographers tape..a completely opaque black masking tape available fairly commonly from vendors such as Calumet, and others. It is a 3m product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PHOTOTONE View Post
    I would cover them with black photographers tape..a completely opaque black masking tape available fairly commonly from vendors such as Calumet, and others. It is a 3m product.
    That is what I did.

    How come we still do not have a subforum for building darkrooms and fixing darkroom problems? This applies to the Black & White and Color Processing areas.

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    I have put tape all over the place. My original question pertained to loading tanks and I thought that had to be complete darkness. There are some red led's left that are far away. Will that cause a problem?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffrey A. Steinberg View Post
    I have put tape all over the place. My original question pertained to loading tanks and I thought that had to be complete darkness. There are some red led's left that are far away. Will that cause a problem?
    Cover em up.

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