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Tungsten lighting is a term used by photographers to distinguish from fluorescent lighting or strobe lighting. Tungsten is a type of incandescent lighting using a bulb with a filament made of the metal tungsten, as opposed to, say, carbon or platinum. Unless you have switched to compact fluorescents, most of the lighting in your home is tungsten. In still Photography, tungsten lighting gave studio photographers greater flexibility than the classic north sky light. Tungsten lights reigned supreme for many years in commercial studios until the introduction of strobes (or speed lights) and some workers still prefer tungsten for its controllability (what you see is what you get). For television and cinematography tungsten is essential.

Tungsten lamps specifically for photographic purposes are made to very tight tolerances since most photography or cinematography today is done in color. For photography, tungsten lamps are produced in two types, having very specific "color temperatures:" type B lamps, the most common, have a color temperature of 3200 degrees Kelvin (3200°K); type A lamps had a color temperature of 3400°K and were matched to Kodachrome Type A (ASA/ISO 40). This material is now discontinued and so far as I know there are no other Type A still stocks on the market.

Without getting too tediously technical we should try briefly to explain "color temperature:" The higher the color temperature, the bluer the light. The lower the color temperature, the more yellow to red the light. Noon daylight (sun shining, no cloud cover) in the area of the globe between the tropics is considered for practical purposes to have a color temperature of 5000 degrees Kelvin (5000°K). "Daylight" color films, or your default setting on your digital camera, are balanced for ±5000°K. Electronic flashes ("strobes" or "speed lights" or the little strobe on your camera) have a nominal color temperature equal to noon daylight. All other light sources have different color temperatures and theoretically require some sort of compensation to render "true" color, either by filtering the film or the light or by changing the film or settings on the camera. If you are using studio quality tungsten lighting, you should also use a type-B incandescent balanced film, or set your digital camera for either AUTO or incandescent. In practice, plain household tungsten lighting (color temperature around 2800°K) will yield a perfectly acceptable photograph with a type-B film or with your digital camera set on auto or incandescent.

Most 3200°K studio lamps used today are tungsten halogen. Halogen lamps have quartz envelopes and are filled with a halogen gas such as iodine or bromine. The gas combines with the evaporated tungsten from the filament during use and helps some of the tungsten plate back onto the filament when it cools, lengthening the life of the lamp. The quartz envelope does not darken over the life of the lamp, so the color temperature does not significantly change, nor does its brilliance.

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Why do you use tungsten in electric bulbs for lighting?

tungsten is having high melting poing when compared to other metals

What is an Example of incandescent lighting?

Any fixture that takes a tungsten filament bulb is an example of incandescent lighting.

Is chemistry involved in stage lighting?

Chemistry is not something you take into account when working with stage lighting. However, the actual lamps(bulbs) have some type of gas in them(Tungsten or whathaveyou) which reacts with the electricity to glow.

What is the least effective way of dimming tungsten lighting for colour photography?

Rheostat. Dimming by rheostat changes the colour temperature of the light

Why is tungsten used almost exclusively as filament for incadescent lamps?

Because of its ability to stay solid at high temperatures. However tungsten is hardly used exclusively for lighting purposes. Its presence can be found in really hard metallic alloys, electrons, lubricants and as a cheap gold "substitute" in jewelry due to the similar densities of gold and tungsten.

What is the composition of tungsten?

Tungsten is an element and so is composed of tungsten atoms

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Is tungsten magnetic?

Tungsten is not Magnetic :(

Symbol of tungsten?

Tungsten is W

Does tungsten have an odor?

No tungsten does NOT have an oder.

Can tungsten dissolve?

can you dissolve tungsten

Is tungsten flammable?

Tungsten is NOT flammable.

What is ore of tungsten?

Tungsten is found in wolframite (hence why the Germans called tungsten wolfram).

What are the substances in tungsten?

There are none, tungsten is a pure element so it is made of only tungsten.

Is tungsten an isotope?

Tungsten is a natural chemical element; but tungsten has natural and artificial isotopes.

Is tungsten tougher that tungsten carbide?

No. Tungsten is an element, where as tungsten carbide is an alloy, or a mixture of elements (tungsten, nickel, tantalum, niobium, titanium, and chromium). Tungsten carbide is much easier to work into styles and designs, but does not change the hardness of the metal.

Could you give a motto with tungsten?

We should be strong as tungsten heavy alloy,tough as tungsten carbide.This is the motto of China Tungsten Online

Is tungsten a mineral?

Yes tungsten is a mineral.

What is the chemical sign for tungsten?

sign for tungsten?

What is the classification of tungsten?

Tungsten is classified as a metal.

Is tungsten a semiconductor?

Tungsten is really a semiconductor.

What are some uses for tungsten?

Tungsten is useful for glass-to-metal seals since the thermal expansion is about the same as borosilicate glass tungsten and its alloys are used extensively for filaments for electric lamps, electron and television tubes, and for metal evaporation work electrical contact points for car distributors X-ray targets windings and heating elements for electrical furnaces missile and high-temperature applications high-speed tool steels and many other alloys contain tungsten the carbide is important to the metal-working, mining, and petroleum industries calcium and magnesium tungstates are widely used in fluorescent lighting tungsten salts are used in the chemical and tanning industries tungsten disulphide is a dry, high-temperature lubricant, stable to 500°C tungsten bronze and other tungsten compounds are used in paints TV tubes (electron tubes) Nozzles for the rockets engines, for example, are made from tungsten steel.

What is the molecular formula for tungsten?

The chemical symbol for Tungsten is W. (Tungsten is also known as Wolfram.)

Why was tungsten called tungsten?

Tungsten was originally called wolfram, from the German wolframite. It was changed later to tungsten, from the Swedish words tung sten, or heavy stone.

How do you identify Tungsten?

Tungsten is heavy and fragile . Pure tungsten metal should be in dark grey color, tungsten metal usually use in industrial for filament and making steel. Another important part for tungsten is the tungsten carbide, usually use in jewelry. Tungsten carbide jewelry are in bright silver color, it's made from the 85.7 tungsten carbide and together mixed titanium.

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