Quote Originally Posted by Tim Gray View Post
I'll likely never have a darkroom big enough for a Thomas anyway, so it's a moot point Though there's no reason you couldn't augment the Thomas with smaller lights here and there.

That's a shame about the festival lights. I'm sure there are suitable replacements though. Anything with a screw in base and in red would probably be fine.
Not so. While I agree that red is fine, and probably safer than the OC or amber safe lights (I use red 1A in my darkroom), not all red lamps are safe. Many of these "party bulbs" emit enough light in frequencies outside the safe zone to fog papers in short order. You've got to be really careful here. Check the spectral sensitivity of the paper against the spectral output of the lamp to be sure. The lamp needs to put out light in the region where the paper has no sensitivity, but that your eyes do.