this is probably a stupid question but just how bright are those led lights? Do they compare to a thomas safelight type brightness?

and Sal how would you describe the brightness of that 35,000 hour bulb you recommend?

I have for years used red christmas lights screwed into little night light units that plug into a regular wall plug. According to my testing they don't fog any kind of paper at all even at a distance of 3 feet. Very cheap and easy. A little dim though. I am very used to working in dim light so it is fine.