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    Something that I've always wondered...

    How many people actually use that switchable outlet on their enlarger timer that turns the Safelightl out when the enlarger is on?

    Personally, I've always found them annoying and don't use them.
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
    =Neal W.=

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    I use mine. I like to compose and focus in the dark. Plus I find if it isn't there i have trouble with leaving the enlarger on and putting paper under the light and ruining it. Still, when I get the full darkroom setup I will have it only hooked up to one safelight near the enlarger with the other safelights on their own switch.

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    I do not use mine at all. I would think that turning the safelight on & off & on & off like that would wear it out quicker. I don't know if this is true, but.... I also find it annoying...like audible timers.
    Jeanette
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    Neal,

    I´d use it if my enlarger or timer had one of these switches - my analyzer, a Hauck/Kaiser Trialux, reacts to the light the safelight emits and gives highly false readings.

    For the moment I use an extension cable with a switch, but as soon I can dig out such a RC control set....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flotsam
    How many people actually use that switchable outlet on their
    enlarger timer that turns the Safelightl out when the enlarger is on?
    In the beginning there were graded papers and darkrooms
    were light, bright. Like mine! So, a safelight off circut became
    a part of many timers.

    Most have no idea how light a darkroom can be because of VC.
    If you used graded papers and lighted your darkroom accordingly
    you'd know what I mean. Dan

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    use mine all the time

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    Ditto (and it can be annoying).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BWGirl
    I also find it annoying...like audible timers.
    I only use my audible timer when I need to dodge/burn. For example, if my base time is 10 seconds and I want to burn a section about 1/2 stop, I turn on the beeper and count 5 beeps while burning in. Easer than looking.

    But left on for the 10 second initial is well....wacky.

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    I sought out and bought an audible timer because it was the only way I could could time my burn/dodge(s) while watching what I was doing.
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
    =Neal W.=

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    I have to use mine because the analyser will give a very bad reading with the safelight on. Of course you could always set up a switch that will kill the safelight when you power up the analyser if you prefer the light on during exposure time.

    I used to print without a meter and used the safelight illumination to gauge the enlarger setting, I would turn down the aperture until the highlight areas started turning red and use a predetermined time for it. That worked almost as good as using a meter. So, in that situation the safelight has to stay on when the enlarger is lit.
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