LightBulbs Direct, the Internet-based light bulb specialists, have a fantastic
offer for designers and photographers to ensure the best possible lighting conditions
for their work and help banish those winter blues. The company are offering
big discounts on all Activa range of full spectrum colour balanced daylight
fluorescent tubes until the end of November.
As LightBulbs Direct Managing Director Patrick Hudgell explains Designers,
artists and photographers all understand the benefits of working in real daylight,
yet very few have that luxury and many are forced to work in less than perfect
lighting, particularly in the winter months. Conventional fluorescent tubes
emit a very yellow light which gives extremely poor colour rendering and can
often result in bad colour matching, eye strain and problems in discerning fine
detail. Lack of sunlight through the winter months can also lead to Seasonal
Affective Disorder (SAD) the so called winter blues.
The Activa range of fluorescent tubes counters all these problems by using
a special balance of phosphors to provide the best possible simulation for real
daylight. Like all types of daylight bulbs, the Activa tubes have a very high
colour temperature (in this case 6500K) to give a much whiter light than normal
bulbs and tubes. Unlike other daylight tubes, however, Activa tubes give a far
more evenly balanced light across the whole spectrum providing an excellent
simulation of real daylight. Where normal white fluorescent tubes have a colour
rendering index* (Ra) of about 50, Activa tubes have an astonishingly high Ra
of 98 as close to real daylight as you can get.
To make these even closer to real daylight, Activa tubes also give
off a tiny amount of UV. This, along with the full spectrum light output is
a real benefit to both physical and psychological wellbeing and helps counter
the effects of SAD.
Activa tubes range from 10.85 to 17.95 each plus VAT and can
be ordered from LightBulbs Direct on 01494-723286. Artists, photographers and
designers quoting reference Q966 will get an extra 10% discount off Lightbulb
Directs already discounted prices on all Activa tubes until 30th November
2004. Further details of the Activa range and hundreds of other bulbs, lamps
and tubes, which are available at up to 70% off retail prices, on the companys
web site at www.lightbulbs-direct.com
NOTE: * Colour rendering index (Ra) is a measure of ability to identify colours
correctly using a particular light source. Natural sunlight has an Ra of 100
whereas monochromatic light has an Ra of 1.
Activa tubes have an Ra of 98 whereas standard daylight fluorescent tubes (colour
154) have an Ra of around 75.