Light Frequency /Color Temp to NOT Damage TF Toys

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  1. Bakushan

    Bakushan Well-Known Member

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    Anyone know of what light bulbs, types, temps etc will NOT damage TF toys on display? I am told that if you get a certain florescent tube light, it does not emit UV rays and thus will never damage a TF toy under it...

    I do not know if this is true.

    Some lighting facts and details would be great. Thanks.
     
  2. Aernaroth

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    Unless you seal your transformers in an opaque vacuum at absolute zero, you'll never be completely free from degredation, and even then freezing them will probably cause damage.
     
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    Lol very true
     
  4. Bakushan

    Bakushan Well-Known Member

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    LOL...

    Fair enough, but if one color bulb VS another color does even a substantial amount more/less damage than the other, I would like to know that...
     
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    Set up a controlled experiment ... for science.

    I highly doubt anybody can answer this.
     
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    No idea. Wish I knew. Best to prob get glass casing for your best that carry UV protection.
     
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    Non UV bulbs are probably better for it, since the yellowing reaction seems to be based on UV light (as both a cause and a reversal). LED lights should be best, and tungsten bulbs the worst, with sunlight somewhere in the middle. Mercury vapor lamps (fluorescent lights) are also lower in UV spectrum light.

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    You'll want to keep your TFs in a cool, dry place, don't smoke, and in a cabinet to keep the dust off them. You could put UV filter on the cabinet glass too, possibly.
     
  8. Bakushan

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    The test has already been done.

    I believe someone told me once that 3800K+ Florescent Tubes do not harm or fade plastics...

    I do not have a way to verify these statements.
     
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    I just had the worst experience this weekend do to florescent light. I had replaced some incandescent bulbs with florescent in my office ceiling fan about a year ago. I was doing some cleaning this weekend and noticed one of my white toys was yellowing! I was floored. Turns out it was the bulbs. Lucky it was like a spot light and just focused on one toy, but unfortunately the toy used to be worth $2000+, now it is not. I just replaced the bulbs with very expensive LED bulbs based on some research, and I made sure they don't "point" to the toy case. Very sad weekend, but an eye opener. What is really crazy is that when I removed the bulbs, the plastic housings were also VERY yellow. Lessen learned the hard way.
     
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    This is why I'm glad mine are downstairs in my home theater with no sunlight and only lights on when we are down there watching a movie or I'm playing a video game.
     
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    I move mine over and over before I decided too be to hallway with no windows
     
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    Sunlight was not the culprit for me. I have no sunlight in my office, I knew to protect them from the sun from the get go.
     

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