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    Your own safelight

    A safelight is basically just a dim bulb with a colored filter, right? So, is it really necessary to buy a specialized safelight, or is there a way to make a makeshift one of your own?

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    Buy some ruby lith. Put a small bulb into something like a soup can with the ruby lith at the open end. Test to make sure it's safe. Or search for LED safelights.

    The 5x7 Premier safelight is pretty cheap. A replacement 5x7 filter isn't much less then the whole safelight sells for.

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    As usual the answer is: it depends.....

    The simplest safelight is as you describe and it will work. However, if you want brighter light in the darkroom then you need to get more hi-tech. Sodium vapour lamps like the Durst Duka 50 and LED based lights can give you a much brighter light as they emit on a much narrower spectrum than a simple glass filter.

    For a DIY job, you can use high intensity LEDs - Red to be safe, but if you check your paper's response and LED datasheets you may be able to use a lighter colour such as amber. Having said that, Paterson safelights of the simple kind are readily available new or used in the usual places.

    Bob.

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    Some possible answers are in this recent thread: http://www.apug.org/forums/forum43/13373-kodak-safelight-wattage.html
    among others. Do a search of APUG on safelight, there's a lot that's been covered.

    Lee

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    I bought a 5x7 Premier for 27 bucks from Adorama they have safe bulbs from $5
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
    =Neal W.=

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    The little 7 watt red bulbs sold by freestyle work for me with black and white. They fit into any standard household lamp socket and cost less than 5 bucks.
    www.vinnywalsh.com

    I know what I want but I just don't know how to go about gettin' it.-Hendrix

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    When I first built a darkroom, I used a 7 watt red bulb (from the hardware store - where they are less expensive than when the same bulb is sold by a camera store).

    Later, I built a safelight for my darkroom. I bought a 5" round filiter at a photo flea market, mounted a lamp base in a 2 lb coffee can (empty, of course), and attached the filter to the open end of the can using mirror clips that came from the hardware store. Unfortunately, there was a light leak around the filter, but that was quickly solved using black masking tape. Fabricated a hanger for it using a scap of metal that was left over after installation of a new furnace.

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    The 7 watt bulbs themselves are colored red?

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    Here's the red bulb at Freestyle:

    http://www.freestylephoto.biz/sc_pro...t_id=&pid=6007

    Will this work in a regular socket?

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    Would Christmas tree bulbs work? Not the tiny kind, but the larger, night-light style.

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