Picture Perfect Lighting
Darkroom lighting, or a “safelight”, is an important consideration for film processing – be it photography or X-ray – as well as other scientific applications. Fixtures that are safe in these areas offer a very narrow band of colored lighting to ensure that the light that is on during the process is safe for the film and won’t cause clouding on the image.
Why do dark rooms use red light?Printing paper that is used to develop photographs are blue light sensitive. Red lighting helps ensure that no blue light comes through and effects the quality of the print.
Is this just for traditional photographs?No, some medical imaging applications, such as X-Ray images, are also sensitive to blue and green wavelengths and should used specialized lighting when being developed.