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If anyone has information on building a light source for the studio that looks like daylight.? Answered

I use to have a window in my studio, now we moved and I no longer have that light source. Hoping to build a soft box to duplicate the same light effect. hoping for help. thanks

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Nibs (author)2010-03-11

Define daylight.

The color (temperature) of light changes throughout the day, depending on angle of the sun. And then there's clouds...

If you want "north window" light go with a cool (5000-6000K) CFL bulb and a diffuser. A diffuser can be a homemade softbox, or even thin white fabric stretched over a simple wood or PVC frame. CFLs, because they generate little heat, are safe to use in homemade diffusers.

Use a 3500-4500K bulbs without diffusers for a 10 AM look.

IMPORTANT: All CFL's are not created equally. The ability to reproduce colors accurately depends on the bulb. Find bulbs that have a high Color Rendering Index (CRI). Ideal CRI is 100 (tungsten filament). The inexpensive CFL bulbs at Home Depot are 85 CRI--good enough to light your garage, but you won't be happy if accurate color reproduction is important. The very best CRI in CFL is 94.

Check out http://alzodigital.com/online_store/replacement_lamps.htm. These high output CFL's are what you're looking for. 

Good luck!

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J@50n (author)2010-02-06

 Use a soft box! I got an ible if you want to make one!


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firebird982002 (author)2009-08-01

You'll find that plant growing fluorescent bulbs used in hydroponics will be close to identical to sunlight.

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killerjackalope (author)2009-08-01

There are daylight bulbs, the CFL's colour temperature's pretty close to natural lighting and pretty good for shooting with...

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