Quick Facts

Light properties you should observe for the lighting of modeller workshops (DIN 5035-3: 2006-07; DIN EN 12464-1 “Light and lighting – indoor lighting”; ASR A3.4).
Strong, large-area light, illuminance at least 1500 lux, better 2800 lux or more
A colour temperature > 5000 Kelvin, even better daylight from 5300 Kelvin
A colour rendering of CRI 80 or CRI > 90 for colour control or colouration of models

Glare

Glare-free light, especially when working with shiny surfaces, such as metals

Flicker

Flicker-free light to avoid headaches and stroboscopic effects

Luminance distribution

A balanced luminance and brightness distribution in the model shop

General information

All the essential facts about lighting your model shop can be found on the following page…

Whether in a technical modelling workshop or a hobby workshop, the right light is a crucial component for modellers to create detailed illustrative models, in addition to craftsmanship. Natural daylight is highly dependent on the weather and time of day, and general room lighting is usually insufficient to illuminate the model-making workshop adequately. For example, you may not see details well and, mainly when colouring, the colour of a model painted the day before may suddenly look completely different the next day. Consequently, you need the additional light that can move directly onto the model. Here, however, significant differences become apparent, especially in the quality of the lamp. Too high luminance, incorrect illuminance and too low colour rendering strain our eyes and cause serious health complaints. Although many luminaires have excellent lighting properties, they are rigid and laboriously redirected to the object each time. It is, therefore, crucial to know what to look for in lighting for the modelling workshop. On the following page, we would like to give you an overview of the most important properties for healthy light at model builders’ workplace and help you choose a suitable luminaire.

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Illuminance and colour rendering

The right illuminance and colour rendering for the modeller…

The right illuminance is an essential factor for the lighting of model making workplaces. Unlike office workplaces’ lighting, where an illuminance of 500 lux is sufficient, at least 1500 lux is required for the delicate work in model making. We recommend an illuminance of at least 2800 lux for detailed observation in model making, which exceeds the DIN standard’s guideline value. In rooms with dark walls and little daylight, we recommend an illuminance of 3300 lux or more. When working on the minor units, high colour rendering (at least CRI > 80) and the best light quality must recognise contours accurately. When painting or decorating models in detail and checking colours, the light should have a very high colour rendering (CRI > 90) and the light colour daylight (> 5300 Kelvin) to perceive colours correctly.

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Flexibility and glare

Why are high flexibility and avoiding glare crucial for modellers?

Flexibility

The flexibility of the lamp plays an essential role in the model shop. Many conventional lights are bulky, get in the way, or often adjust to the desired position due to the stiff lamp arm. Therefore, look for an ergonomic design and flexible articulated arm technology that makes it easy to move the lamp to the desired position. If magnification is desired and illuminated, a ring magnifier light is a good choice, allowing the modeller to have both hands free to work.

Glare

Glare is a particular problem when working with shiny materials such as metals and can cause irritation and distorted perception. However, glare can easily avoid by providing optimum glare protection and suitable integration of the luminaire in the model workshop.

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Lights for Modellers

Our recommendations for modellers…

RMD Task lights

Our luminaires offer lighting solutions that have been specially developed for the requirements of a model workshop. The lighting can deliberately adapt to their workbench due to various articulated flex arm and magnifier luminaires. We rely on the latest LED technology and ergonomic design to meet model makers’ requirements for a high level of visual comfort in terms of light and flexibility. When developing our RMD workplace lights, we always make sure that the minimum standards for the lighting of model making workshops are met to the best possible extent to create the conditions for effortless and error-free work.

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Aspects of sustainability

When it comes to lighting and sustainability, people usually talk first and foremost about saving energy and costs through efficient and exceptionally long-lasting lighting systems. However, genuinely sustainable lighting technology can do much more than optimise energy consumption. Sustainable lighting is geared to model makers’ needs and offers high comfort and safety during work. Also, sustainable lighting technology relies on high-quality and recyclable materials and replaces individual parts if necessary. There are considerable differences in the fabric of the luminaire housing and how to install the LED modules, whether cheap or expensive. Cheap material or firmly bonded LED modules can quickly render the entire luminaire unusable with just a tiny defect – there can be no talk of sustainability here. Truly sustainable light, therefore, not only saves costs but also promotes the well-being of users, protects limited resources and counteracts throwaway consumption.

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How our lights are used in the model shop…

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FAQ's

Frequently asked questions about the lighting of modeller workplaces.

Why an RMD task light?

In contrast to many other workplace lighting suppliers, “Lichttechnik Rolf Meier” pays special attention to meeting the individual needs of our customer and finding a suitable lighting concept specifically for your area of application. The experience we have gained over the years plays a significant role in finding a practical solution for you. The passion for quality, design, innovation and sustainability is also reflected in our products.

What illuminance do I need as a modeller?

According to the DIN standard, the modelling workstation’s illuminance should not fall below at least 1500 lux. However, since high illuminance levels are needed especially when working on small details, we recommend an illuminance of at least 2800 lux. For dark rooms with little daylight, we recommend even 3300 lux.

Should I buy a pendant light or a joint light?

Depending on the nature of your work area, both joint lights and pendant lights can be ideal. Many customers even prefer both variants to work together.

To attach our lights, you can choose from the following mounting options for our RMD joint lights: screw-on flange, table clamp (0-44 mm & 16-85 mm), wall bracket and table base. For our RMD pendant lights, you can choose between height-adjustable drawbars (height adjustment: 500 mm – 1500 mm) or steel cable suspensions.

In most cases, however, it is only possible to determine which solution is more suitable after an initial consultation. So give us a call or send us an email! We look forward to you.

Does the whole luminaire have to be disposed of as soon as the LED modules are defective?

We can exchange LED modules at a low cost. Write to us by e-mail or give us a call, and we will take care of your request.

How long does my RMD workstation lamp have a guarantee?

When you buy an RMD task light, you receive a guarantee period of 24 months.

How does the ordering process work?

The standard ordering process usually proceeds as follows:

  1. Get a quote or give us a call
  2. Receive a non-binding offer
  3. Decide for “yes” or “no.”
  4. Place an order
  5. Waiting for delivery
  6. Install your new RMD workplace lamp and shine like our lamp

If you prefer a convenient online order, you can also choose and order your light in our online shop. Please find respective payment methods in our shop.

How long do I have to wait for my workplace lamp to be delivered?

If the luminaire is in stock, you will usually receive your RMD workplace luminaire after approx. 2-3 working days. If the luminaire is not available immediately or you have chosen a unique solution, delivery can sometimes take longer (1-3 weeks). After consultation with us, you will always receive the estimated delivery time.

Do you get a special offer if you want to order several lights / custom-made products?

Yes! Contact us by phone or via the contact form, and we will make you an individual offer.

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