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Old 13-01-2017, 11:56 AM   #1
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struggling with decent lights for detailing

hi everyone

so I am currently doing up my garage again which I use for valets/detailing

I have a big unit, and on the ceiling I have 8 floursecent tubes cool white which give decent lighting for general cleaning,

I also use for detailing a 50watt led floodlight but to be honest it isnt that great for swirls/marks



it is almost too powerful perhaps? it is very bright

what should I be getting for isolated work? I also have a handy wee led torch which is good,

I also want to be able to take 50/50 photos but its near impossible with this lighting, any help is greatly appreciated,

I don't really mind what the cost is as I want the right things

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Old 13-01-2017, 12:10 PM   #2
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I know the SCANGRIP sunmatch and Multimatch are getting very good reviews, both versions handhelds and mounted/floor units

Mike Phillips has been testing them
http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...d.php?t=388500

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...d.php?t=388496

Also I know Polished Bliss sell them and they test everything they sell and say good things about them too.
http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acata...-products.html

I have also seen Paul Dalton using them in his studio recently too

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thanks pal, I had forgotten about them, they look great!

Open to all opinions and advice as well, want a few options to look at and choose from!

I will also be adding a few strip led lights to the side walls for general lighting, But for detailing it has to be decent focused lighting
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My first thought would be to swap the fluorescent tubes out for some LED ones - lower energy consumption but brighter general area lighting too. Seems you are already thinking along similar lines
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it is more so isolated light source I need, rest I am fine with!

had a look at the scangrip ones and they seem alot of money, I had thought I seen cheaper scangrip or similiar lighting before?

What is everyone else using ??
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I have a 24W LED flood from Screwfix, nothing remarkable, designed for plasterers etc really. However I've found how it's positioned relative to the panel makes a big, big difference as to how effective it is as showing up paint defects. The other lighting in the workspace also makes a big difference. Try putting your floodlight shining at about a 40 degree angle to the panel, and turn off the strip lighting. I think you'll find it remarkably effective!
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I have a 24W LED flood from Screwfix, nothing remarkable, designed for plasterers etc really. However I've found how it's positioned relative to the panel makes a big, big difference as to how effective it is as showing up paint defects. The other lighting in the workspace also makes a big difference. Try putting your floodlight shining at about a 40 degree angle to the panel, and turn off the strip lighting. I think you'll find it remarkably effective!
I do do this pal, Im just wondering is perhaps 50watts led too strong a light and therefore too overpowering?
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Very possibly. You could try making a mask for it, just a piece of card with a hole in it say 5cm square. Attach it to the front with masking tape, see if that helps.

You can also just move the light back (if you have room) - thereby reducing the effective lumens per sq m.
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How about replacing the stip lights with 50watt led's and use a smaller less powerful led on the tripod 20 or 30 watt will fine.
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It looks like you could fit another light on that tripod, maybe an 11w job might be good - sometimes less is more when it comes to swirl spotting!

Another thought could be to get a large sheet of plywood, drill holes in it in a grid pattern and fit GU10 LED downlighters, say a dozen at 5W a piece. Some rubber feet on the bottom and a hinged leg so you can vary the angle and you have a very powerful but diffuse lighting setup. There's some pics of stangalang's unit around somewhere with a similar setup...
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