High CRI fluorescents: any experience with Philips f32t8/tl950?
Greetings, fellow light seekers:
In the next few months I hope to be renovating an old barn and installing lots of fluorescent fixtures. The barn will be used as a combination workshop/art studio.
The quality of light is important, as I dabble in some artsy stuff and my wife has a hobby of restoring old furniture. So a good CRI is important. I have full-spectrum Excella T12s in my office, and I like them okay, but I'm going to go with T8s in the new work.
However, I only have read data on the Philips f32t8/tl950; never have seen one in person. They don't sell them individually, and I'm not too keen on shelling out $300 or so on a case of them to try them out. That's especially important in that they aren't a particularly efficient lamp in terms of lumen per watt (so I would need a fair number of them); the lamp has a design lumen rating of 1860 lumens.
Has anyone used this particular bulb or any of the other high-CRI (Lumichrome, etc) bulbs for a similar application? I can read the data, but I'd like to hear from someone's personal experience if the quality of light is conducive to these applications.
Basically, do you like them? Are you comfortable in that type of light? Can you make reproducibly accurate color decisions with them?
Thanks in advance for any advice about these or any alternative lighting schemes.