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Old 2016-04-16, 8:49am
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Has anyone switched to LED lights? They keep getting more reasonably priced. If you have, what are your experiences and what watt and color do you use?

I broke one of my bulbs yesterday and thought it might be a good time to switch since I need to replace it anyway.
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Old 2016-04-16, 3:00pm
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We have switched almost the whole house over. We luv them. We use whatever is the recommended wattage so it differs. We also are using Led flashlights.

I especially like the lights over my sewing table. I would use them in the studio but it has an awesome skylight and barn doors so I get enough natural light there.

Start switching you won't regret it!
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Old 2016-04-16, 4:55pm
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Aye we are switching over one at a time.

I found some 6 packs at SAM's and I love the fact that they are too bright blue or too yellow and also that they are not creating all kinds of heat.
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Old 2016-04-16, 5:17pm
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LED bulbs are great. A lot of light for very little power.

I also own 2 LED grow lights that were $1,600.00 each but I got them free.I did a product review and video grow journal and they grow flowers half as big as real HID lighting. Id never buy the wimpy LED grow lights, they are not very good.
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Old 2016-04-18, 8:49am
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Sorry, I should have been more specific. Are any of you using them for bead photography? I need to replace bulbs in my reflectors.
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Old 2016-04-18, 9:25pm
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I think that is going to have to be a personal choice according to what your eyes tell you.

But I don't photograph my work other than the classic homemade pics when someone wants to see what I am doing these days.

I think I remember some of my you tube videographers are now switching to LEDs but I am pretty sure they are doing post production work that would include balancing color values and such before the post their work.

I think that is something you might be wanting to avoid for each and every picture you take.

So I guess I think it should be just fine. Mostly a what you see is what you get thing and the LEDs I have seen lately are pretty good at delivering a very good white light.
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Old 2016-04-19, 10:38pm
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Sorry, I should have been more specific. Are any of you using them for bead photography? I need to replace bulbs in my reflectors.

No need to apologize, I should have noticed that your post was from the dark room. I only look at the "New Posts" and don't usually pay attention to where they are from. My apologies...

I use my Ott lights for photos and have used the Led, about the same results. I still prefer outdoors in natural light the best!
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Old 2016-04-20, 8:22am
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Thanks Lorraine. I always seem to fight shadows when I take photos outside. I know others like to shoot outdoors too, so I'm sure it is user error on my part. Glad to hear the LED and Ott give about the same results. I use Ott lights on my bench, but haven't tried them for photos.
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Old 2016-04-30, 5:02am
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Depends on the LED really some have quite okay colour - whilst others I found distort colour (but it's easily fixed in photo editing - for the most part anyway depending how fussy/precise you want to be)

Overall usually much better then many simple lights.
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I switched every bulb in the house for LED. My photo station was the first to transition.
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Old 2016-05-11, 7:17am
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Hi!

Changed the whole house over last year to LED and immediately the power bill dropped by 30.00 per month. I started out with the cool white which is warm, then bought a few of the day white and they are too white and bugged my eyes so now in things that take multiple bulbs like the dining room "chandelier" I mixed so that half are day white and half are cool white which is more yellow and its more of a happy medium.

They are even making them now for things like sconces and the stove fan light.
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Old 2016-05-16, 8:52am
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I have been using LEDs for my photos for a while now. I see pretty much zero difference between them and the regular bulbs I was using before.
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Thanks! That's great to know!
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