Light for Modeller

General information for lighting modeller workshops

Properties

Whether in a technical modeling workshop or in a hobby workshop, in addition to craftsmanship and a steady hand, the right light is a decisive component for the designer to achieve optimum results. The natural daylight is strongly dependent on weather and time of day and is usually not sufficient to illuminate the model making workshop sufficiently. For example, it may happen that the colour of a model painted the day before suddenly appears in a completely different light the next day. A remedy is to be found in the form of an additional luminaire as an additional artificial light source in order to adequately illuminate the model builder’s workplace at any time of day. But there are a few things to keep in mind to achieve the desired result. Excessively high luminance, incorrect illuminance or insufficient colour rendering can severely restrict our visual function and cause health problems such as headaches or fatigue. It is therefore important to know the important things to bear in mind when lighting a model-making workshop. The DIN 12464-1 standard, which prescribes guide values and individual quality features for the lighting of model making workplaces, provides us with guidelines here. On the following page, we would like to give you an overview of the most important characteristics for healthy light at the model making work in order to allow error-free working and to create a friendly working atmosphere.

Illuminance & Colour Rendition

A first important factor for the lighting of model making workplaces is the correct illuminance. In contrast to the illumination of office workplaces, where an illuminance of 500 lx is sufficient, the filigree work of a model builder requires at least 1500 lux. Since illuminance is decisive for precise detail vision, we recommend that a model builder exceed the DIN standard by 2800 lux in order to illuminate a large area of the workplace. In rooms with dark walls and little daylight, we even recommend an illuminance of up to 3300 lux. In addition, high colour rendering (at least CRI > 80) and best light quality are a must-have for precise recognition of colours and contours when mounting or working on the smallest units. For detailed painting or decoration of models and colour inspection, the light should have a very high colour rendering CRI > 90 and daylight light > 5300 Kelvin to enable correct colour perception.

Glare

Glare can be divided into a direct glare and reflected glare. Direct glare is caused, for example, by the unfavorable incidence of light or incorrect integration of the Task-Light in the room. Reflected glare is caused by disturbing reflections on shiny surfaces or tools. Glare leads to irritation, distorted perception and should therefore always be avoided by a workplace Task-Light with optimum glare control.

Flexibility

The flexibility of the lamp plays an important role in the model maker workshop. Many conventional lamps are bulky, stand in the way or can often only be adjusted to the desired position with effort thanks to the rigid luminaire arm. Therefore, make sure you have an ergonomic design and flexible articulated arm technology that makes it possible to move the luminaire easily and quickly to the desired position. If, in addition to the lighting, magnification is also desired, a ring magnifier lamp is available, which allows the model builder to freely use both hands for work.

RMD Task-Lights

Our Task-Lights offer lighting solutions that have been specially developed for the requirements of a model-making workshop. Due to the variety of different versions of drawbar, articulated and magnifier Task-Lights, the lighting can be deliberately adapted to your workplace. For a high level of visual comfort, we rely on the latest LED technology and ergonomic design, with the aim of meeting the individual lighting requirements of model builders and enabling you to carry out precision mechanical work effortlessly and without error. When developing our RMD Task-Lights, we always make sure that the quality features and minimum requirements for the lighting quality of model making workshops are met to the best of our ability.

Economical Aspect

By using long-life LED modules, our workplace luminaires are particularly energy-efficient and therefore environmentally friendly. By replacing your old Task-Lights with an RMD Task-Light, you can reduce your overall lighting costs thanks to the enormous energy savings.

In summary, the most important quality features resulting from the DIN standards and guidelines for lighting in a technical modeling workshop are listed again below.

Quality Requirements

  • Strong, large-area light, illumination at least 1500 lx, better 2800 lx to 3300 lx
  • Colour temperature > 5000 Kelvin, better daylight from 5300 Kelvin
  • Colour rendition CRI 80 or CRI > 90 for colour control
  • Glare- and flicker-free light
  • No stroposcopic effects
  • Balanced illuminance distribution

* from DIN 5035-3:2006-07; DIN EN 12464-1 “Light and Illumination – Indoor Lighting”; ASR A3.4

Recommendations

Our RMD workstation luminaires are recommended as follows. They consider specified quality requirements and represent the best-selling products sold to our modeller. Of course, you can have a look at other RMD workplace luminaries and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us.