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Agreed. I have always had a fondness for mixed balance light schemes, where I let daylight (or skylight) fall in scene, usually with a fair bit of shaping, but not color shifting and mixing in tungsten on my principles, going for warm skin tones. It really seems evocative of the real deal (outside light spilling into a room has a feeling, this seems to get me there) More Tungsten! (balanced) I say!


To me it seems the obvious reason why you have dedicated Daylight lamps but not Tungsten ones comes down to output.

With daylight, you’re often competing against the sun; so maximising output is absolutely vital.

With tungsten, you’re usually working with a lower wattage for a comparable scene. As a result you’re more likely to be able to manage with a bicolour lamp.

Jamie LeJeune

There’s an additional reason in today’s world to prefer daylight balanced lights — silicon sensors are all daylight biased. Art Adams wrote about it on this very site years ago:

Last edited 13 days ago by Jamie LeJeune

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