Great to hear about all of these solutions re lighting. I was excited about
the question and hoped to see some innovative solutions for the underlying
problem, the aging part..


Thomas A. Green, Ph.D., CCA, TSP


IPM Institute of North America, Inc.

1020 Regent St.

Madison WI 53715

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The "Natural Light"  4 foot fluorescent T-8 bulbs at H. Depot have one of
the highest color index ratings available, 94 (out of 100) or thereabouts if
memory serves correctly. The Daylight bulbs are a close second (or maybe I
have these 2 reversed). I experimented with many (more expensive) options
before finding that these resulted in better grading at a cheap price. We do
have them mounted low so they shine on the line and table and use a guard to
keep light from shining in the eyes. Same light on the ceiling. Our whole
room is white and it is very close to daylight.

On 9/23/2015 3:33 AM, Charles Davis wrote:

We currently use a couple of 4ft fluorescents above the sorting table before
bagging. Seems more difficult, as we are getting a little older each year,
to distinguish between dark red and brown or black. I was wondering what
others were using in their operations? Thank you kind hearted souls. 

Charles and Patricia

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Brian Heatherington

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