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Here's some information on the output of the Cousins LED light as measured by a lux app on my IPhone.

This light is fitted with two rows of LEDs that can be both individually selected and dimmed. The readings were taken with my phone 10" below the light as this is the height I have it when working on watches. I also measured the light colour temperature at the different settings.

One row low setting 1,240 Lux ......... 6600K colour.

Two rows low setting 3,960 Lux ......... 6000K colour.

One row high setting 5,450 Lux ......... 6300k colour

Two rows high setting 20,800 Lux ....... 5600K colour

To give an idea of how it compares with the Cousins small portable fluorescent desktop lamp that I have currently been using.

At the same distance of 10" it gave 3,170 Lux .......5600K colour

At a distance of 5" it gave 30,600 Lux ....... 5600K colour although there was a bright hot spot with rapid fall off at the side. This was the the distance I have been using, and it was a nuisance as it often got in my way.

This has been the best improvement I have made regarding equipment this year. Please remember that these tests are for guidance only as I have not used specialised equipment. I hope you find the information useful.

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Here's some information on recommended lighting.

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Well cousins conveniently removed the branding from the box. (Just a thought: Did someone find it cheaper online and call them out?)

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But here is a pic of the tag on the lamp itself.

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Hope this helps

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Thanks, Mark. Based on the model number,  I found them for sale in Russia and Poland. Strangely not in China. Prices (ex-delivery) approx. £56.2 in Russia and £53.8 in Poland. If anybody interested, I can try to find cost of postage.

Isn't Internet wonderful thing?

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Are there any brand markings or model numbers anywhere on the light? I'd love to find one at a better price for US residents.

Only found this for USA.

fixfindtest.iisonline.com/Home/ProductInquiry.aspx?Ref=Search&Keyword=8015LED-U

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Following Rob's link to the model I note that the manufacturer offers samples - see on right under model name. If any of you has a legit company then this might be a way to collar a few lights at a competitive price. You could sign a few of us up maybe? :-)

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It is a broad strip-light giving fore and aft shadows. I see them in your photo George, admittedly fairly faint. Is it not better to have a circular light source? Mine is a neon tube but surely it must exist now with LEDs? But if not, then this one is the nbt..

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Hi Colin, without having a circular light to compare it with I can't really make comment. All I can say that working on movements has been a lot easier since I installed it. I'm sure others will pitch in when they start using them.

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Would you not have to look through the centre of the light as a camera would with a ring flash fitted, to get the result you are after?

I really don't think you would be disappointed with the linear light fitting Colin.

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Would you not have to look through the centre of the light as a camera would with a ring flash fitted, to get the result you are after?

I really don't think you would be disappointed with the linear light fitting Colin.

This light is 50 cm diameter and would be placed slightly above head height so as to be able to work underneath. Then there is the problem of shadows from the hands, but on account of the distributed light source these would be less obtrusive than from any other more localised source.

 

Yes, George, I am sure that the Cousins light is the best at present on the market for fitting to the bench and I shall buy one for my lathe workshop bench that now has a miserable expensive LED spotlight sold for professional machine use, but very heavy on shadows.

 

Maybe I shall give the circular one a go for my watch tinkering table, although for this, during the daytime, I have hard-to-beat overhead daylight from a roof Velux - except after snow, and we have had plenty this Winter!

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