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    Darkroom Renovation Phase 1

    I'm renovating my home basement darkroom. Up until now, I used this space for general storage, film loading, and long ago, color enlarging. I still have a 16" Kreonite CPT16 dry to dry EP2 Color processor hooked up, but I'm getting rid of that. Want to set this up for B&W darkroom work. Washing and water in another room right now.

    Been buying shelving, floor mats, and a LOT of cleaning and organizing. Mind the clutter, it's not done yet. Just wanted to show you guys my progress. What do you think so far?

    Darkroom renovation 1 by Nokton48, on Flickr

    Darkroom renovation 2 by Nokton48, on Flickr

    Darkroom renovation 3 by Nokton48, on Flickr
    Last edited by Daniel Unkefer; 20-Jan-2019 at 17:33.
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    Re: Darkroom Renovation Phase 1

    Daniel, the larger of the two enlargers looks to be an Omega with the "saucer-shaped" lamphouse, which was designed with a circular fluorescent lamp for graded papers. I have the E6 (5x7) version which I converted to LEDs for use with VC papers. FYI, if you're ever interested in such a conversion, I posted this lengthy thread some time ago:

    https://www.largeformatphotography.i...5x7-E6-LED-Mod

    Also, when I built my darkroom I hung a couple of fluorescent fixtures for room lighting; then I noticed they left a very dim afterglow from the phosphors for several minutes after being turned off; so I switched to incandescents. I found out later this is a common problem with fluorescents.

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    Re: Darkroom Renovation Phase 1

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Bodine View Post
    Daniel, the larger of the two enlargers looks to be an Omega with the "saucer-shaped" lamphouse, which was designed with a circular fluorescent lamp for graded papers. I have the E6 (5x7) version which I converted to LEDs for use with VC papers. FYI, if you're ever interested in such a conversion, I posted this lengthy thread some time ago: https://www.largeformatphotography.i...5x7-E6-LED-Mod
    Also, when I built my darkroom I hung a couple of fluorescent fixtures for room lighting; then I noticed they left a very dim afterglow from the phosphors for several minutes after being turned off; so I switched to incandescents. I found out later this is a common problem with fluorescents.

    Appreciate your comments, Jerry. Now I have even more ideas to ponder! Yes the LED mod is intensely interesting to me. Thanks
    Last edited by Daniel Unkefer; 20-Jan-2019 at 23:39.
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    Re: Darkroom Renovation Phase 1

    Jerry, the afterglow problem is why I used LED's in my darkroom. I've had fluorescent lights that had an afterglow that lasted 45 seconds! The LED's have an afterglow, but it's never been over 5 seconds.

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    Re: Darkroom Renovation Phase 1

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Bodine View Post
    Daniel, the larger of the two enlargers looks to be an Omega with the "saucer-shaped" lamphouse, which was designed with a circular fluorescent lamp for graded papers. I have the E6 (5x7) version which I converted to LEDs for use with VC papers. FYI, if you're ever interested in such a conversion, I posted this lengthy thread some time ago:

    https://www.largeformatphotography.i...5x7-E6-LED-Mod

    Also, when I built my darkroom I hung a couple of fluorescent fixtures for room lighting; then I noticed they left a very dim afterglow from the phosphors for several minutes after being turned off; so I switched to incandescents. I found out later this is a common problem with fluorescents.
    There are now 4 ft tubes containing LED's. No afterglow as with fluorescents.

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    Re: Darkroom Renovation Phase 1

    Thanks I've already all the overhead lights with LEDs. Note photo just above ^^^ to see them. Replaced the incandescents with LEDs too.

    Current initial priorities: 1) Install heat vent duct in heating pipe running through darkroom. A special order item at Menards and coming my way soon. 2) Install drop ceiling to cut down on dust coming from above
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    Re: Darkroom Renovation Phase 1

    Looks like you're well on your way. I never stop renovating, I need to print!

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    Re: Darkroom Renovation Phase 1

    I have a lot of EKTALURE salon paper I loaded up on, right before it was discontinued, up to 16x20. The Omegalite liked Ektalure. I developed it in Unicolor print drums. And a lot of Foma graded paper. I like to mix my developers from scratch sometimes. Glycin and Amidol I recall fondly.

    I've ordered tray sets to 16x20 and they should be here from Freestyle in a few days. Work on this continues as I have time.
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    Re: Darkroom Renovation Phase 1

    no sink?

    My dark room get very dark at night n also serves as my workshop.
    at least you have sheet rock n open studs to work around. My walls n ceiling are plaster n lath which makes running wire n pipes a PITA. Lucky me I have a sink in an alcove kitchen as it was once used as a basement apartment. Id like to run pipes to update it but my old brass is buried in walls I really dont want to start disturbing.

    oh the other problem?... where to I put all my crap while renovating? I have so much stuff n machines n no where to put it.

    feeling a bit more lucky now?

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    Re: Darkroom Renovation Phase 1

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Ron View Post
    no sink? oh the other problem?... where to I put all my crap while renovating? I have so much stuff n machines n no where to put it. feeling a bit more lucky now?
    I want to build a long sink, and behind the Omega enlarger is a Kreonite square large green "plate washing sink" (think print shop type stuff). Want to build a base for that with legs and use it for film processing. Also I want to set up my 8x10 Kodak rubber tanks for a B&W basket processing line. I have all that stuff already. Not sure yet where to put all this stuff!!!

    Right now water and film processing is going on in the laundry room. Stationary tub there.

    Yes I feel lucky
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