New studio lights

June 29, 2011 at 12:29 am 3 comments

The one thing I hated about my studio:

Ceiling fan light

The lights. These ridiculously dim lights allowed you to walk around without stubbing your toe, but that was about all they were good for. For painting, or reading, or pretty much anything else, more light was desperately needed.

I set up a couple of workshop lights, those bright-yellow halogen-lamp things, aimed at the ceiling. The bounced light allowed me to work in the studio, but they were very hot. Not to mention inconvenient to turn each one on and off manually. Plus they took up valuable floorspace. It allowed me to work, but it was clearly a temporary solution.

This week I finally had some REAL lights installed. Ta da!

New lights in Barbara J Carter's art studio

Daylight-balanced fluorescent lights. LOTS of them!

Light now floods every square inch of my studio. The space looks bigger with all this light. Even the corners are well-lit, which had previously faded away in the dim shadows.

With a flip of a single switch I am ready to work. Ahh, lovely.

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3 Comments

  • 1. Jim Carpenter  |  August 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    How do you like the daylight balanced lights? Does it give you a natural light? I’m considering solar tubes for my studio space – would be natural light but I’m concerned. Any advice? – Jim

  • 2. barbarajcarter  |  August 15, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Being more of a lighting gourmand than gourmet, I have to admit that the quantity of light is what I’m so delighted at, rather than the quality. I honestly couldn’t tell you whether the fancy-pants “daylight” bulbs are any better than regular old fluorescent tubes. There’s a lot of them and they’re really bright, and that’s what makes me happy.

    I think solar tubes sound interesting, but they have some drawbacks. I’m personally leery of cutting holes in my roof, though I know people do it all the time with little ill effect. Solar lighting, of course, only works in the daytime. I like to work at night, so artificial lights make more sense for me.

  • 3. Hello 2012 « Barbara J Carter  |  January 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    […] meant to start painting bigger paintings in my new bigger studio (especially once I got it lit). As it turns out, I finished several large paintings (triptychs) in 2011, each of which sold as […]


Barbara J Carter

I'm an artist. I make paintings with dots.

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