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07-11-2018, 09:38 PM   #46
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It takes the high energy of UV light to reverse this process (bleach it).
Are you saying that those of us having success with a high-intensity non-UV JANSJÖ desk lamp are mistaken?


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Are you saying that those of us having success with a high-intensity non-UV desk lamp are mistaken?
Do those lamps emit *only* non-UV light?
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Do those lamps emit *only* non-UV light?
Good question. I am confident that mine is not a high energy UV source and that I don't need sunscreen or protective eye wear when using it for reading. I could not find the references, but do remember reading that there is little, if any UV or near UV in the JANSJÖ's emission spectrum.


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Are you saying that those of us having success with a high-intensity non-UV JANSJÖ desk lamp are mistaken?


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I didn't say that at all if you re-read my post. I said that UV is more effective because of its higher energy (compared to visible light). It's possible that your desk lamp may emit some UV or near-UV light in its spectrum (particularly if its an LED type lamp, many of which use a near-UV pump source for their production of white light).

In any case, I'm not making ANY statements that you are mistaken. If it works, it works.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Bob 256 Quote
I didn't say that at all if you re-read my post. I said that UV is more effective because of its higher energy (compared to visible light). It's possible that your desk lamp may emit some UV or near-UV light in its spectrum (particularly if its an LED type lamp, many of which use a near-UV pump source for their production of white light).

In any case, I'm not making ANY statements that you are mistaken. If it works, it works.
I reread the post and the previous one above it. Your conclusion to the second was succinct and what I quoted above:

QuoteOriginally posted by Bob 256 Quote
It takes the high energy of UV light to reverse this process (bleach it).
That is conventional wisdom and one with which I have generally agreed. When I first read of people using the inexpensive JANSJÖ lamp, I shook my head and rolled my eyes. My thoughts were, "Right...that little lamp has more umph at the UV end than enough hours in full sun to do permanent damage to living things? No way...". However, I have an IKEA less than 15 miles from my home and the cost was less than $10. Having been unable to clear my lens using solar power and having no access to UV lamps, I figured the biggest risk is that the JANSJÖ might not work well as a desk lamp should the decolorizing not work.

Paradoxically, the JANSJÖ did work and with no collateral damage to the wood tabletop a few millimeters from the light's face. The lens was cleared and the table top was still deep red stained. To play it safe I did place foil to protect for the next several decolorings, but I doubt it was needed. I have not dived very deep into the spectral or energy curves for the lamp, but I do know that those doing macro and near-micro photography have showed intense interest in this easily-placed and very bright white (reportedly 3250K* (CCT)) light source. It is possible that some of those people, particularly the stamp and coin photographers might have more detailed spectral breakdown. I personally doubt that much of the power curve is much beyond 400nm, though it is hard to say. My suspicions are that the required spectral component might be at longer than UV wavelengths.

I echo your sentiments...if it works, it works...

FWIW, the JANSJÖ is sort of meh as a desk lamp.


Steve

* My estimate using CT correction with my K-3 is 3200K.
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