Daniel Reetz, the founder of the DIY Book Scanner community, has recently started making videos of prototyping and shop tips. If you are tinkering with a book scanner (or any other project) in your home shop, these tips will come in handy. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn0gq8 ... g_8K1nfInQ

Lighting: best option for standard build?

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Lighting: best option for standard build?

Post by WorkbenchRyan » 11 Jan 2012, 17:29

Has anyone used these lights?
http://www.amazon.com/Britek-7715-300w- ... B003X9VFZO

They seem like a good off-the-shelf option. The barn-door and gel carriers on the front might get in the way but they could be removed?

Is the consensus that 250w halogen work lights from big box stores are too hot, dangerous, and flakey?

Thanks and look forward to this community's input.

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Re: Lighting: best option for standard build?

Post by daniel_reetz » 12 Jan 2012, 15:02

In my experience the shop-type halogens with exposed bulbs are not the best choice. The tiny filament makes for fairly "structured" (not diffuse) lighting on the page surface. If you're going to go with halogens I recommend the kind that go in outdoor motion-activated lights, which have the small diffusing lenses on the outside surface. Like this. http://www.amazon.com/20945-85-Watt-PAR ... B000BQYFUO


Re: Lighting: best option for standard build?

Post by WorkbenchRyan » 13 Jan 2012, 16:11

Thanks for the input, Daniel. After reading your response to http://www.diybookscanner.org/forum/vie ... f=1&t=1291 ,

I think I will give that LED fixture a go. Looks like a decent quality fixture at a reasonable price.

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