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    Default Help me with a few basics..

    I very recently setup my own basement operation.. Instead of stumbling around in the dark down there, I'd like to find/make some photo-safe bulbs... I know I can order them online, but I'm just wondering if there's an easy way to make them, or if they're sold at any national chain stores?

    Also about paper, theres a local company here that sells paper for pretty cheap, fairly large sheets for $.05 or so, but I'm not sure which paper would be good for just standard printing.. the selection can be found here

    anyone suggest any of those?

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    It's easier to use an emulsion that is safe to handle in regular room light. QTX for example.

    As for paper, you want something very heavy. I, personally, am in love with Cougar. Search the forums.
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    for a safe lamp, just put some rubylith over a low-wattage bulb in a normal clip-light.

    QTX isn't totally light safe, i think.
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    QTX is ok with a quick move from dark/safe space to exposure unit. It's not totally light friendly, but will handle minimal normal room light.

    Just make a dark storage space for coated screens, then hustle to the table with them for exposing. That's what I do, and it's worked so far.


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    It'll expose if you hold it in front of a window on a bright day for a couple of minutes, but handling screens in standard room light for several minutes hasn't resulted in any ruined burns for me in the past 2 years.

    So you're right, yes. But you don't really need a darkroom with it.
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    My safe light is a redish orange neon Stroh's beer light.
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    i use a red party light bulb in my bathroom when coating the screens with my QTX, then i bring them to my light table quickly enough that my studio lights don't affect them....works so far for me..........
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    a Darkroom, no.

    a dark room, yes.
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    i use yellow light bulbs from home depot/lowes...cheap. easy.

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    Ah great, I'm using QTX, so its good to hear that it's not extremely sensitive. I have a closet area that I dry the screen in thats pretty much completely dark.. I'd just feel more comfortable when coating the screen if I had a bit of light, but not too much, so I'll just try to find a very faint light...something like a night-light perhaps.

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