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Dolphinless18 Sep 2023 1:55 a.m. PST

Search results in TMP are showing 20 year old posts….. so what specific recommends do you have a for a good light source? Not looking to spend more than £30.00 GBP

HMS Exeter Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2023 2:28 a.m. PST

The old timey wisdom suggested 2 light sources be used simultaneously. One incandescent light source AND one fluorescent. The idea was that figures painted under an incandescent light source would induce you to paint your figures darker than you should, to look right on a game table. Conversely, figures painted under a fluorescent light would tend to end up looking unnaturally light.

I'd go with 2 100w gooseneck light sources, one of each type.

JimDuncanUK18 Sep 2023 3:20 a.m. PST

I use an LED with a variety of settings one of which is 'daylight'.


Dexter Ward18 Sep 2023 5:24 a.m. PST

Daylight LED bulb in anglepoise lamp

machinehead Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2023 6:14 a.m. PST

I use this.

jdpintex18 Sep 2023 6:18 a.m. PST

I use two Ott lights on either side of my painting area.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2023 6:49 a.m. PST

I have a 100W GE Reveal bulb over the table and a Ott-style knock-off "full spectrum" lamp (with a magnifier glass on a goose-neck, which I rarely use). Got the latter at Hobby Lobby on clearance. I don't see it in their online shop. Check craft and art supply stores; they'll likely have something cheap.

Since I typically game under the GE Reveal bulb, what I see when I paint is pretty much what I get on the table— and that would be my advice. If possible, paint under the same sort of light you'll be playing under.

troopwo Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2023 7:31 a.m. PST

Desk lamp and a daylight bulb.

jwebster Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2023 7:50 a.m. PST

Led bulbs that are rated over 90 cri. If the box doesn't list the cri, don't bother looking at it

Fluorescent light doesn't cover the full spectrum of light, that's why it always appears "dimmer". Some fluorescent is designed to be full spectrum (high cri) but that gets expensive

GE are the worst offenders. They market bulbs as full spectrum, but they are not

£30.00 GBP probably won't buy a good angle poise lamp, but it is the bulbs that count


Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian18 Sep 2023 1:43 p.m. PST

OTT Light Full Spectrum. Usually you can get these at Craft and Fabric store with a discount coupon.

Full cost is @ $45 USD for a simple folding desk lamp

Dolphinless19 Sep 2023 2:53 a.m. PST

Thanks all. 2 lamps to minimise shadows? An arch? A long LED strip desk lamp?

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2023 5:58 a.m. PST

I have an OTT light but with how poorly I paint it helps not to see my mistakes.

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