Wattage of light bulbs?

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  • 04-12-2011, 06:18 AM
    dpzippi
    Wattage of light bulbs?
    Hello,

    I need some info on wattage of studio lights. I will be photographing my artwork in a 14
    X 24 ft. room with the 45 degree technique. I have decided to go with continuous
    lighting. Because of the size of my work my camera will need not be any further than 7 ft.
    from the artwork at maximum.

    QUESTIONS:
    1. If I go with a Florescent light kit, how many watts should the light bulbs be?

    2. If I go with the Tungsten light kit, how many watts should the lights be?

    If I go with the Tungsten I donít want the wattage to be so great that it would harm my
    artwork or be a fire hazard.

    Thanks, Dave Zippi
  • 04-12-2011, 08:58 AM
    Asylum Steve
    Re: Wattage of light bulbs?
    Well, these questions sound like ground we've already covered in one of your other posts, but I guess you are asking to be more specific. As I mentioned before, those most important thing is both your lights be the same. You can compensate for low-wattage lights by using a longer exposure time.

    That being said, I would go with the highest wattage "cool" lights you can afford. The would most likely be fluorescent. While I've never had a problem with hot lights actually damaging artwork, it does make the process much less comfortable...
  • 04-12-2011, 11:22 AM
    dpzippi
    Re: Wattage of light bulbs?
    Thanks! That's good advice.