GTI Graphic Technology Inc.

211 Dupont Avenue PO Box 3138Newburgh, NY 12550
845-562-7066 845-562-2543

FAQ Category: Graphic Arts

If I cannot clean my booth sufficiently, do I need to get a new booth?

No. Replacement panels can be ordered to cover the stained area. As another alternative, GTI offers the Munsell N8 paint in quart and gallon containers that can be applied by brush or roller.

My booth has become stained after using it. How can I clean it?

For color viewing booths from GTI Graphic Technology, Inc., small stains can be cleaned with mild soap and water. A mild solvent can be tried, but test it on a non-critical part of the booth (the underside for instance) to make certain the solvent will not remove any of the paint. For larger or stubborn stains, a new booth component (e.g., viewing surface) can be ordered and the pieces replaced.

Can people use light boxes from different manufacturers to compare samples and still get good results?

Yes, providing each booth meets the specifications of ISO 3664:2009, have the same surround color (i.e., Munsell N8), and have a CRI of 90 or better.

Is exposure to the Ultraviolet energy emitted by GTI’s daylight lamps harmful?

No. Scientists have divided Ultraviolet energy into three very distinct regions; UV A, UV B, and UV C. UV A (also known as “Near UV” because of its close proximity to the Visible spectrum) are the wavelengths from 315 to 400 nm. The skin is sensitive to wavelengths below 320 nm. GTI ColorMatcher® and Graphiclite® lamps emit very little energy below 325 nm. UV B and UV C energy are used in medical and biocidal applications.

If the lamp says it is a D50 lamp (or D65 for that matter) are they the same, even from different manufacturers?

NO! Like all products, lamps are manufactured to meet certain needs. For most commercially available D50 and D65 lamps, the manufacturers are trying to produce long production runs and low manufacturing costs to gain the highest profits. Many do not render colors as well as lamps produced specifically for color matching applications. Additionally, they may not emit enough Ultraviolet energy to accurately simulate natural daylight. Make certain lamps have a high CRI value (92 or better) and a CIE Publication 51 Rating of at least B/C.

However, having a high CRI or Publication 51 rating may not be enough. Light booth manufacturers have their lamps formulated specifically to be part of a viewing system. This includes the reflector, the lamps, the diffuser, etc. Slight changes in the formulation can create a slight color cast that will influence color assessment. When lamps from another vendor, even another viewing booth manufacturer, are used in place of the original equipment lamps, the color viewing booth may no longer meet the ISO, ASTM, or CIE Publication 51 ratings specified by the manufacturer. Always use the lamps specifically recommended for the viewing booth you have.

Not all 5000 Kelvin lamps are the same!