Since I started printing years ago I've always used my father's old Kodak safelight (the triangular one that can take two 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" glass filters). I always had two OC filters in it and have replaced them several times due to fading.
I'd like to get something new because in addition to printing with standard VC papers I'm doing masking with Ortho film. The red and deep red Kodak filters for my safelight aren't available anymore and frankly, they're expensive anyway.
I've read that particularly for ortho films, you want red light that has pretty sharp, accurate cutoff or else you can still easily fog the film. Some people suggested an LED safelight for that purpose because they are sharp-cutting (ie accurate). Who makes these?
Also, I'd still like to have OC equivalent lighting for regular printing instead of red so is there such a thing that can do both? One thing I've seen is this type of safelight with fluorescent tubes and you can get the tubes in different colors, and a unit that can hold two different colored tubes. But are these any good?
Or should I just stick to the regular type lightbulb/filter type? I just want to make sure it's good quality filtration.
I think Ilford used to make good safelights but can you still buy new ones anywhere? What about the filters? And how do you convert those filter names like 902 etc back to the other convention (OC, 1A etc) so I know what to buy.
Thanks in advance.