While moving and setting up my new studio, I (wince) knocked my lamp off of a table and broke the bulb that’s used to light my palette, which lead me down the rabbit hole of searching for a more accurate light bulb for color matching.
After hours of scouring the web, I was unable to find an LED or compact fluorescent bulb the had better specs than the one that I’d been using for the last 5 years.
For years I’ve been very happy with my easel and palette lighting set-up, but because of price and the negative environmental impact of compact fluorescent bulbs, I was hoping to find something comparable in an LED. But I can’t complain much about the price, after all, it lasted 5 years and who knows how long it would’ve lasted if I didn’t break it.
These would be the ideal lighting specs for temperature and color matching:
100 CRI (Color Rendering Index)
These are what I currently use:
(I modified the lamp to work better for my needs by removing the 90° elbow)
These are excellent bulbs for color matching and do the best job of replicating the temperature of midday sun that I’ve found. Although the CRI and Kelvin ratings are slightly different, the difference is barely perceptible when moving paint between the palette and easel.
If anyone knows of bulbs that are equal to or better than the ones that I’ve listed, I’d love to know about them.? If not, I would highly recommend these.
Here’s a photo of my current lighting setup…