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Best Light Temperature for Accurate Color

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by Old Guard Graphics, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. Old Guard Graphics

    Old Guard Graphics New Member

    Apr 29, 2019
    Athens, ga
    We are setting up a new work area and need to replace the old overhead fluorescent lighting. Any thoughts on the best temperature LED for color proofing accuracy?
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2019
  2. Joe House

    Joe House Active Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    The "standard" for print profiling and proofing is D50. But it would ultimately depend on where your work will be displayed. If most of your work will be displayed outside - car wraps, outdoor signage, etc. - then I woiuld go with D65 myself. If you really want accuracy in color matching, then getting a proofing booth would be worth the investment. It's not just the lights in the area, but also the surrounding environment will impact how you perceive color.
    But is is good that you're thinking about this now. I've been in print shops that have 3 or 4 different colors of lamps in their fixtures, so color matching visually is a real crap shoot.

    Good Luck
  3. OPENSignsInc.

    OPENSignsInc. Member

    Aug 23, 2015
    Greenville, PA
    It really depends on where the product will end up if you're checking color w/o a spectrometer. But if its just to see imperfections, we run daylight (5200-5500K) T5 bulbs in our shop. It just to helps to see the smaller imperfections (as it is a brighter light than cool white). We'll probably change them out to LED eventually too, but we put them in 2-3 years ago and they're still going.
  4. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

    We went cheap on LEDs. They tend spread the light unevenly. Okay for a break room or work area other than printing.
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  5. GB2

    GB2 Very Active Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Connecticut, USA
    You need 5000 to 6500 but more importantly you need a Color Rendering Index (CRI) rating of 95 or more for accurate color.
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