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    Anyone use the IKEA VIKA Blecket light table?

    I'm just setting up a permanent darkroom in my basement. I have been looking at some options for work surfaces, and my eye was caught by this IKEA table top:

    http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/20103605

    It's the VIKA BLECKET, and it comes with a light table surface built in. Has anybody used this? Is the diffusion appropriate? I don't need a fancy lightbox, and having one built in to the table top makes a lot of sense to me.

    Any experience or opinions are welcome.

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    Looks pretty slick. Did you find out what kind of light it uses? If it's a florescent light it'll keep emitting light for quite a while after it's turned off.

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    The link provided shows only a tabletop with no legs or illumination. Presumably you could use whatever was most appropriate.

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    It looks like the light itself is not included as the item is just the actual table top.

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    Yeah there is no light bundled with that table top.

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    There is no light but it's worth a trip to Ikea to check it out. Looks very nice.

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    It shouldn't be too difficult to attach a small box with LED's in it and a power cord running out top the underside of the frosted area. I may have to make a trip to Ikea myself and check this guy out!
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    Yes, I was going to rig an incandescent or LED source under it. I saw it in the store with just a reflector light clamped underneath.

    IKEA also have some handy rotating trays that attach to the cheapest legs for this table. Seems like it could be a good system.
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    They don't give the dimensions of the light table part, but it doesn't look too big. When I built my darkroom, I built in a light box on the far end of the enlarger counter, the 1/4 inch plate glass is level with the rest of the counter. I installed little ping pong size bulbs, red and white, operated with two different dimmer slider switches. About 2 inches below the plate glass is a piece of milky plexiglass, which does a nice job of diffusing. The whole thing is maybe 6 inches deep and 20 inches by the width of the counter - big enough to compare two printfile sheets of negatives. I like the red lights, too, if in the dark. I don't trust them with paper, but I probably could, because of the dimmer. It was more work than some would do, but then, I like projects.

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    This is from memory, but I think its 12-18" per side. Not HUGE but not tiny.

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