Lighting for Knife Maker

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Lighting for Knife MakerLighting for Knife Maker.

As you can imagine good lighting of the work top and the areas where you use the sanders, column drill, etc. it is fundamental to have clearly visible what you are doing.

The lighting of the knife maker laboratory is very important and it is no coincidence that makers are always looking for solutions to be able to illuminate the work areas correctly without compromising their vision or tiring the view.

Each maker looks for the best way to illuminate the work areas and see well what he is doing and highlight the details, even the smallest and hidden ones to make his work perfect.

It is a technical lighting for interiors and workstations with and without machine tools.

At first you are satisfied with recovery neon and some recovered lamp but over time the search becomes more and more targeted and important also because it is also about safety for your view.

The type of light varies according to the type of work carried out:

Clearly everyone has their own goals but some makers to get to that level of detail must also have good illuminations to highlight any flaws.

Also with regard to the choice of direct equipment such as steels and knife materials and indirect ones such as lighting, sanding, etc.

Nothing is left to chance and if you have the opportunity to visit the workshop of some level knife maker you will see what attention is given to lighting.

It is difficult to imagine for those who are not practical in knife construction how much attention to detail this art requires!

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General laboratory lights

These are the lights that provide diffused light in the environment to illuminate light in diffused form.

It is the light that remains on most of all so my advice is to pay attention to energy consumption and good diffusion.

Type of light bulb

An office lamp can already have the bulb included, halogen, energy-saving or integrated LED.

If the bulb is not included, you can choose the one you prefer, checking the lamp packaging for the attachment and the maximum supported power.

Choose the right type of bulb for you:

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LED bulbs and built-in LEDs

They allow energy savings of about 90% compared to old incandescent bulbs.

They last very long, 10,000 – 20,000 hours, so about 10-15 years of average usage, and for this reason you do not need to replace them frequently allowing you to save money.

They have immediate ignition and can have warm, cold, natural or even colorful and iingling light (multicolored RGB).

If the LED is integrated the lamp does not need a light bulb.


Halogen bulbs

They instantly turn on and make a warm, bright and very natural light.

They last about 2,000 hours and consume 30% less than incandescent bulbs.


Compact fluorescent bulbs

Commonly referred to as low consumption or even energy-saving, they last 6,000 – 12,000 hours and consume about 80% less than an incandescent light bulb.

It takes a few seconds to reach maximum brightness and for this reason they are recommended in environments where they can stay on for a long time.

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LED bulbs make a lot of light and allow an energy saving of about 90% compared to old incandescent bulbs.


The best choice would be LED lambades and with a shade of light that is best for your personal taste.

Color of light

Lighting for Knife Maker The color of the light emitted by the lamp affects the decoration and atmosphere that it is able to create.

White light is distinguished by its hue or the degree of heat measured in Kelvin degrees: warm, cold, natural.

Thanks to new CCT and RGB technologies, some LED bulbs allow you to adjust the hue or choose from many colors.Lighting for Knife Maker

  • Warm light: ideal to create a comfortable and welcoming environment, it is recommended in the bedroom, living room, dining room and other convivial places. It has a yellow color and its degree of warmth ranges from 2,700 to 3,000 degrees K. It greatly enhances the furnishings and walls in yellow, orange and red colors. Halogen lights are always warm.
  • Cold light: it allows you to better grasp the details and to visualize the details more clearly and for this reason it is recommended in work and study environments, such as offices, laboratories and garages.. It has a white color, tending to blue, and its degree of warmth ranges from 5,000 to 6,500 degrees K. It greatly enhances the furnishings and walls in blue, green and purple colors.
  • Natural light: promotes concentration and does not alter colors, so it is recommended in the bathroom and kitchen. Neutral white in color, its degree of heat is about 4,000 degrees K.
  • CCT Color Changing Temperature: thanks to this technology you can have in a single bulb all shades of light, warm, cold or natural, and adjust them whenever you want through its remote control.
  • Multicolor RGB: You can choose the color you want and control the bulb through its remote control. Often this technology is combined with CCT. Colored light is ideal only for mood lighting; it is not suitable for the area dedicated to work or reading as it alters colors.

Brightness and consumption

For years we have purchased lighting fixtures and light bulbs with only one measure of light power in mind: Watts.

Today, LED bulbs and new generation lamps with built-in LED consume much less than old bulbs (incandescent and halogen) while producing the same light intensity.

In order to assess its power and compare different lamps and bulbs, it was necessary to distinguish between:

  • Brightness :it is the amount of light that the bulb is able to emit and is measured in lumens. The higher this value, the greater the light power of the bulb.
  • Consumption:it is the amount of electricity that the bulb absorbs in order to operate and is measured in Watts. The lower this value, the higher the savings on the bill.

Lumen brightness is the only data that allows different bulbs to be compared with each other, because depending on their technology the same light intensity (therefore the lumens themselves) correspond to a different consumption.

For example, an old 100 W bulb corresponds to 1521 lumens.

To replace this bulb we can choose between:

  • LED bulb: consumes 12 W and illuminates 1521 lumens.
  • Fluorescent or energy saving: consumes 25 W and illuminates 1521 lumens.
  • Alogena eco: consumes 80 W and illuminates 1521 lumens.

As you can see from these examples, to replace an old 100 W bulb and produce 1521 lumens of light you can consume more or less, depending on the technology chosen.

However, even within the same technology, such as LED, a more qualitative bulb emits more light (therefore more lumens) and consumes less (therefore less Watts).

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The energy label is used to inform about the electricity consumption of household equipment, classifying energy performance with a letter from A++ (very efficient) to E (inefficient).

Lighting fixtures and light bulbs also have a label indicating their energy class.

Energy efficiency goes hand in hand with technology:

  • LED bulbs: classes A++, A+ and A.
  • fluorescent bulbs (energy-saving): classes A and B.
  • halogen bulbs: classes B, C, D.
  • incandescent bulbs: classes D and E.

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The light for the sanders and the column drill

These are technical workspaces that need to have proper lighting of the piece you’re working on and that doesn’t get you worked well.

They are lights mounted on adjustable and repositionable lamp holders and in the case of the sanders must also be on both sides of the belt sanders.

For the column drill it can be single but better if it is always adjustable.

Today there are many flexible lamps that can be positioned according to your needs and provisions of the work bench.

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The light for finishing and to control the work, the goldsmith’s sclosed light lamp

Saring light is a light beam parallel to the surface or forming at a very narrow angle.

It is necessary that this beam is condensed by lenses and well delimited, in order to increase the contrast between the illuminated areas and those that remain in the shade and to avoid light diffusions that would reduce the desired effect.

Under these conditions all surface defects are accentuated to the point that the image we will obtain of the painting will in some cases be unrecognizable.

The shaving light will make even the smallest color and preparation lifts appear, thus guiding the restorer in performing localized interventions and checking the result obtained.7

The observation of the blade surfaces in shaved light, not infrequently, leads to the identification of areas with defects and imperfections that need to be resumed.

It doesn’t matter if it’s the lamp is classic, modern or vintage: your workshop lamp will be an inseparable ally of yours and, a bit like a friend, it will have to enlighten you, help you but also like you.


Lighting for Knife Maker is a post I wanted to make and I hope it was helpful.

If you have any suggestions or want to send me pictures of how you solved this very important issue to work properly I am pleased.

Somehow lighting also helps you work with less effort and in a relaxing environment.

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