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#1 Tracy



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Posted 20 February 2017 - 10:36 AM

I was wondering what color temperature bulb looks best with pottery.... 3500 or 5000 kelvin?  Basically warm light versus daylight.


Purchasing the new lighting is a big investment and I don't want the wrong color lights for my booth.  Your opinions are appreciated.



#2 RonSa


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Posted 20 February 2017 - 11:03 AM

3500k - think incandescent bulb color


5000k - think bright white incandescent bulb color.


5500k - daylight-balanced photographic film standard


6500k - natural sunlight


#3 Tracy



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Posted 20 February 2017 - 11:14 AM

Thanks but what looks GREAT on pottery?  I don't want "dull" but at the same time I don't want a booth that looks like a landing strip for an airplane.

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 11:25 AM

I bought LED bulbs for my track lighting last year. I chose 3000K bulbs. I would describe them as "slightly warm" and I think they flatter my pottery nicely. The bulbs I was using before that were 3500K CFL bulbs. Those were also a nice color but sometimes I felt they were slightly too blue. I would go with something in the 3000K to 3500K range.

I wrote a blog post about my new bulbs, you can see a picture of how the light looks when aimed at my pots.

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 01:34 PM

I like 5000K bulbs in my studio, but find that they look too blue in my house. Stick with the 3000-3500K.

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 04:24 PM

I've personally been finding the warmer bulbs (3000 ish)have been giving my white glaze a gross, purplish cast that was really turning off buyers. I had to rearrange my display mid-show. I find it looks better under 5000k.
You can get different temperatures of led bulbs meant for home use at Home Depot. I'd buy a couple of those, and test them out to get an idea of what they do to your pots. Once you have the colour temperature worked out, you can buy the models that will fit your booth fixtures and spotlight things accordingly. I lucked out: I had one guy actually let me open the light bulbs in-store and test them in a shop light I was purchasing, to make sure the light colour was correct.

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 04:42 PM

What fun to be setting up for booths/events! 


I don't do any venues, but I just bought some lights for table top product photography (got the 5500 balanced for daylight type) and can't wait to try them out. It did take some research and in-store demos to decide what was best. The "landing strip" super bright intensity of the ceiling fixture that lights my studio is great for that setting and for detail work, but it makes so much blue highlight on pieces with no visible blue on them that I had to learn more about lighting (and backdrops).  

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 05:33 PM

it might help to know what colors you use most.  any pictures available?

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 07:03 PM

Lighting may depend on the venue . . . some places (gymnasiums for example) use mercury vapor lights, others use fluorescent, etc.  Some shows leave those lights off, others leave them on.  The led lights I use are a bright white -- tried the softer color and did not think the wares looked a bright.  Mine are mounted under the shelf and illuminate the items below.  Just remember to use the same type of color in all your leds for a consistent look. 

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 07:43 PM

Thank you all so much for taking the time to answer my post!  I appreciate your replies.  I think we are going shopping for the 3000 range based on the collective experience here.  :-)

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