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themadness Jul 17, 2010 8:02 AM

buying bulbs for standard lamps
are there any bulbs you can buy to fit regular house lamps that would be bright enough for indoor lighting. what is more important to consider wattage or lumens?

VTphotog Jul 17, 2010 8:32 AM

Daylight balanced fluorescents can give you the light you need, as they produce up to 4 times the amount of light per watt, of incandescent lights. Look for a Color Rendition Index, if you can find it, of 96 or better, and you can use daylight setting for your White Balance.
I have always thought in terms of wattage, so that is what works for me, but lumens are a more accurate representation of the light output, if you can get yourself to think in those terms.
If you are thinking of lighting for portraits or something similar, there have been a few threads about that, including some good DIY discussions. Two 4-lamp 4-foot fluorescent fixtures mounted on end should be a good start toward that sort of thing.


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