Tired of looking like a cyclops in the darkroom? Don’t like the bindi or the miners’ headlamps? Well, I don’t mind really…. but.. there’s an alternative.
And it might make a hipster-ish collodionist out of you (be warned!)
The Bolle safety glasses are my favourite choice while working in the darkroom, they are pretty cool and the wrap-around the face design without it jutting out too much that you are aware that there’s something on your face.
Though I do wish that it does have lights attach to the frames… and they do!
Looking through for the
cheapest immitation bargain of its like online.. meet its cousin from China…
Its simple, it fits snugly to my face and everything works as it should.
The side of it were taken apart with simple 3 small tiniest screws. It helps if you have those screw drivers meant for glasses to take them apart. Looking at the simple 1 LED diode setup, of course, as I expected, there’s no resistor at all! Not good as you always need a resistor to attach to the positive leg of the LED.
Though the setup seems to have 4 small 1.5V button batteries (6V in total), which will last quite awhile to run just 1 LED (5mm).
Measuring the red LED (which you could refer to http://led.linear1.org/1led.wiz if you want to know which resistor to use with the red LED). This you could get at Maplin, or your local electronic stores, Radioshacks in the States, though I heard they closed down?)
Knowing that red LED only lingers around 630-650 nm, it’s better to replace the white LED with the red to work around the darkroom. Tapping the connections with the solder, all goes easily and refitted back into the case.
With one side of the LED replaced, the other will follow soon after. Though, I am thinking of keeping the white LED, just in case if I need to look for things I drop in the darkroom, which does happens everynow and then.
I quite like the setup as I don’t need to re-adjust anymore of my headlamps while in the darkroom. Plus it lights the direction of where I look at, which is how its suppose to be.
I suppose you could go for DJ’ing at a rave party while waiting your plates to dry ya?