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    I have a home office and want to set the best light possible. However, first I'd like to hear from design fellas, who like me stare the half night at their displays, have lots of tone cards and color guides around, draw both on paper and tablets, stare at the light boxes while tracing the drawings... what's the best artificial light source we can use to save our eyes?

    So, I am asking those who invested in proper lighting - which lamps to buy, how to position them; speaking of the daylight work, what's the best position for the monitor towards the window, and if there is any additional advice that can help me save my bleeding eyes - it is more than appreciated.

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    I like to keep my office dimly lit with only desk lamps. At work, people sometimes make comments about growing mushrooms in my office, but I can focus better if the computer display is the brightest thing in my surroundings.

    I also have my monitor set to automatically adjust to a softer, dimmer and warmer color after dark. I've found doing this helps reduce the bright display from messing with my nightly sleep rhythms.

    As for these things interfering with my ability to make color and tonal adjustments to what I'm working on, I haven't found that either the external lighting or display color makes a whole lot of difference. I think my mind automatically compensates. What really gets in the way for me is bright natural light from windows. I love windows and sunshine, but when working on a computer, I shut the blinds.


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      I like low light as well, and most of the spaces I've seen at my print vendors where the pre-flight work is done are also on the dim side. My work space at work has the shades drawn and the lighting is ''daylight'' fluorescent lamps where I can choose ''all on'' for client meetings, or a couple at a time for normal work.

      My home work space is in the cellar with low warm light levels. If i want to do some hand drawing, the drafting table has two swing-arm lamps attached to it. I usually do my color illustrative work or painting upstairs in the natural light of the patio glass doors.

      If you are looking at your color guides in your office light you are doing it wrong. Most color guides will be matched by printers in a metered 5000k light booth (which is fairly equivalent to daylight but not direct sunlight.) If you are approving colors in your office light you are doing that wrong too. Often, in my work, I have to take into account venue lighting or display lighting where I and my printer have to be on the same page with the output device, sometimes to the point where I have to provide fixtures for them. We won't even go into how gelled stage lighting and CMYK large format color printing can be a nightmare for color matching (think lighting color picking up the CMYK flecks of ink in different ways and shifting colors markedly, sometimes used to great effect, sometimes earning the cusswords of the lighting guy climbing the ladders to change the gels...)


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