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    Recommended darkroom torch

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    I want to try lith printing and understand that a darkroom torch is very useful. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good one? Cheers

    Ritchie

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    fotoimpex.de was giving away some red LED keychain lights that are handy in the darkroom a while back as a promotional item. Maybe they sell them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thomsonrc View Post
    Hi

    I want to try lith printing and understand that a darkroom torch is very useful. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good one? Cheers

    Ritchie
    I recommend and use the RH Design safe torch Ritchie
    Look here ...
    http://www.rhdesigns.co.uk/darkroom/html/safetorch.html

    I use them on all my Lith workshops and everyone wants one!
    Even if you don't do lith they are a must have item IMHO
    Tim

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    I'll second that - I was tearing my hair out with lith, and the RH torch is a lifesaver!

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    Maybe it would be worth trying a backlight from a bicycle?
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    In the US, Super Bright LEDs sells several LED flashlights ("torches" to you Brits ). I've got one of the tiny keychain "Beamer Micro Light" models from that page (in red, of course). I've never done lith printing, but I find it handy for checking the aperture of my enlarger lens, finding dropped pieces of paper, etc. I'm afraid I don't have a reference for a European distributor of similar flashlights, but there must be some place that sells them in Europe. If you're desperate, you could see if Super Bright LEDs ships internationally. Buying a small item like a small flashlight or bulb would probably not incur utterly ridiculous shipping charges, although for a small order the shipping cost would probably be more than the price of the products, even for domestic shipping.

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    I love my RH Designs Safe Torch
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    i just use a normal (military) torch with a red filter, i think the smaller maglites have those filters too. i don't know if this the exact color the paper requires, but i make sure to cover any photographic paper in the open with a piece of card.

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    I use a small maglite with red filter in the darkroom. In the US, one can buy a kit which contains the light and filter. I like the maglite because I can hold it in my mouth and use both hands if needed.

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    I've always used a normal torch and just held a spare safelight filter over the end of it for lith printing, it's a little awkward but I've found it works well enough for my needs.
    Rhys

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