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I am in the process of building my new finishing room. I picked up the booth today and will begin framing and sheet rocking the space soon. I was wondering what type of lighting is best used to see accurate color. I am not talking about the booth itself, but by your work bench and tables where you apply your colors.
I just recently had a fiasco with a grey weathered job that thankfully, with the help from you guys on here, worked out. However, I currently have a mix of high bay LED lights (4000k) and older 400w metal halide lights in the shop. Under the MH that grey finish appeared too green. Under the white LED light it looked silvery grey. It made it VERY difficult to settle on if the color was right or not. Ultimately it was spot on to the grey I wanted when we put the pieces in the customer's house, but I never want to have to stress about this again.
What type of lights are best for finish rooms as far as color temperature that give you the closest representation of the color? Or do you guys use set ups that mimic the customer's house lighting to do a finish color?
Color matching your own in house sample, to the customer supplied sample is best done in natural lighting. That will give you a spot on match. Unless you have access to every possible lighting scenario on the Market today, the best source is Mother Natures natural lighting.
Once you have a signed off sample, make yourself a 2'X2' sample, showing the different steps it takes to achieve the final result.
You need to find a light with a high CRI number. The sun has a CRI of 100. You need to get lighting that is in the 90's. The higher the better.
I use 5900K 93 CRI T5HO bulbs and colors are pretty accurate.
Color accuracy is best performed under the lighting that the piece is going to be displayed in. Matching your coloring in sunlight isn't going to work if they plan on putting the object in an area lit by fluorescents or LEDs.
Just curious Leo as to why you are suggesting a lighting in the upper 90's CRI if mixing a color in Natural Lighting doesn't matter if an object is to be placed in an area lit by LED's or Florescent?
I'm not familiar with the particular lighting you have, but Ive always matched my in house color sample, to the customers submitted sample, and have mixed it under natural light.
With so many different types of lights and lamps available to the home/business owners, it seems it would be difficult to determine what lighting they may have.
Sorry Y. Heller for kinda swaying off topic.
If your match is good under sunlight It is a safe bet it will match under any light.
Because he asked what would be the best lighting for the spray room. And that lighting is the best for color corrected lighting.
But the best way to do a match would be to use the same lighting as the piece will be going under.
There are many ways to achieve the same color. But some mixes will show up different in different temperature lighting. If the color has a deep red undertone and you view it under incandescent the red won't show up as much as it would in sunlight.
i use a 3m sun gun 4700k light. cheap and mobile
get a light booth they have a lot of different light option, so you can match it under your customer lighting.