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Hello!

 

I've recently gotten a dedicated writing desk. It has a shelf that I think my LED lamp and bottles of ink look great on but I've read that exposing ink bottles to light can be bad. UV light seems to be shunned more than artificial light, but I'm wondering if LED is better for inks than other types of indoor lighting (exempli gratia, fluorescent).

 

I would love to keep my ink bottles displayed on the shelf, but I also don't want to damage(?) my ink. Is exposing them to direct LED light bad?

 

(Sorry for the grainy mobile phone picture.)

 

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"I have nixed all Noodler's inks in large part because of their feel, but also their behavior, etc. When I put Iroshizuku or Sailor ink into my pens, it's like the ink, pen, and paper are having a 3-some with smooth 'n sultry 70's jazz playing in the background." ~ Betweenthelines

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I'm so glad you asked. Feel free to look at the Inky Topic O'Day (Inky TODs).

 

Here is a start:

 

Have you ever had an ink fade: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php/topic/265201-inky-t-o-d-have-you-ever-had-an-ink-fade/

 

Let's see your ink collection setup: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/267546-lets-see-your-ink-collection-set-up/page-1

 

How do you display your inks: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/230595-how-do-you-display-your-inks/page-1

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Now to give this some context, I did a bunch of fade tests and a test: Does Ink Fade in the Bottle? https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/254849-results-does-ink-fade-in-the-bottle/

 

It's been three years and the ink in the bottle still has not faded.

Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).

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OH, and you are off to a terrific start with that collection!

Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).

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Thanks for the posts and kind compliment :)

 

From what I could see, the mentions of ink vs light was usually about sunlight (though I could very well have missed something). What do you think about having an LED lamp directly shining on ink in bottles?

"I have nixed all Noodler's inks in large part because of their feel, but also their behavior, etc. When I put Iroshizuku or Sailor ink into my pens, it's like the ink, pen, and paper are having a 3-some with smooth 'n sultry 70's jazz playing in the background." ~ Betweenthelines

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Hi,

 

FWIW I do not display my inks before they appear on paper. Should it be significant to display an ink bottle, then do so with an empty bottle or one that's filled with water and a tincture of that ink. (So sorry for those using Black inks.)

 

Kindly note that Ecclesiastical Stationery Supplies mentioned that their magnificent iron-gall ink is best stored in the dark. As such I would extend that condition to other I-G inks.

> See also Post 383 onward @ https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/205705-ecclesiastical-stationery-supplies-registrars-ink/?p=2833607

 

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I don't know how much the led will actually affect them. Having said that, I keep my ink bottles in their boxes to prevent uv damage. Perhaps you could put the bottles under the small shelf instead of on top of it.

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I don't know how much the led will actually affect them. Having said that, I keep my ink bottles in their boxes to prevent uv damage. Perhaps you could put the bottles under the small shelf instead of on top of it.

I thought about putting the bottles beneath the shelf. I'd like to keep them on display, but if that means they'll be damaged, I may reconsider their location.

 

Ah, oh well. Maybe I'll switch out the inks with my notebooks on my bookshelf :)

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"I have nixed all Noodler's inks in large part because of their feel, but also their behavior, etc. When I put Iroshizuku or Sailor ink into my pens, it's like the ink, pen, and paper are having a 3-some with smooth 'n sultry 70's jazz playing in the background." ~ Betweenthelines

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I have mine in the open and under florescent lamps. The IG inks are in a darker cabinet.

THis was November 2014.

 

http://sheismylawyer.com/She_Thinks_In_Ink/Potions_Cabinet/slides/20141110_213659a.jpg

Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).

Create a Ghostly Avatar and I'll send you a letter. Check out some Ink comparisons: The Great PPS Comparison 

Don't know where to start?  Look at the Inky Topics O'day.  Then, see inks sorted by color: Blue Purple Brown Red Green Dark Green Orange Black Pinks Yellows Blue-Blacks Grey/Gray UVInks Turquoise/Teal MURKY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Personally, I'm serious about displaying my inks. These are conversation starters with fellow attorneys and clients.

Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).

Create a Ghostly Avatar and I'll send you a letter. Check out some Ink comparisons: The Great PPS Comparison 

Don't know where to start?  Look at the Inky Topics O'day.  Then, see inks sorted by color: Blue Purple Brown Red Green Dark Green Orange Black Pinks Yellows Blue-Blacks Grey/Gray UVInks Turquoise/Teal MURKY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You have such and awesome collection! I can't fault you in the least for wanting to show them off :)

 

On a somewhat unrelated note, do inks actually "expire"? A friend gifted me her barely used bottle of Mont Blanc Blue (Say that four times fast). It has a sticker under it that says "SEP 12" and I'm assuming that's an expiration date.

"I have nixed all Noodler's inks in large part because of their feel, but also their behavior, etc. When I put Iroshizuku or Sailor ink into my pens, it's like the ink, pen, and paper are having a 3-some with smooth 'n sultry 70's jazz playing in the background." ~ Betweenthelines

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There should be no problem with LED lamps, as the LEDs used for household lighting produce virtually no UV light, and none at the shorter, "harder" wavelengths most likely to break chemical bonds and cause bleaching. An engineer at GE Lighting told me this. Of course even visible light may cause some changes over time, so very intense light might be an issue, but LED lighting should be safer in this respect than nearly any other light source.

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Thanks BlueJ!

 

 

@AC I'm still using some MB Ink and Sheaffer Skrip ink that I bought in the 1980s and I've used ink from the 1950s without problems, but then I had bottle of Pelikan 4001 that was locked in a dark cabinet go bad after a few years. So, it just depends on the ink.

Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).

Create a Ghostly Avatar and I'll send you a letter. Check out some Ink comparisons: The Great PPS Comparison 

Don't know where to start?  Look at the Inky Topics O'day.  Then, see inks sorted by color: Blue Purple Brown Red Green Dark Green Orange Black Pinks Yellows Blue-Blacks Grey/Gray UVInks Turquoise/Teal MURKY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks BlueJ!

 

 

@AC I'm still using some MB Ink and Sheaffer Skrip ink that I bought in the 1980s and I've used ink from the 1950s without problems, but then I had bottle of Pelikan 4001 that was locked in a dark cabinet go bad after a few years. So, it just depends on the ink.

 

Awesome. Since the friend who gave me the ink is German I figured it'd only be appropriate to ink it up with my Imperial Blue Lamy Studio :)

 

It's a very dark blue, nearly black, and I'm digging it so far.

"I have nixed all Noodler's inks in large part because of their feel, but also their behavior, etc. When I put Iroshizuku or Sailor ink into my pens, it's like the ink, pen, and paper are having a 3-some with smooth 'n sultry 70's jazz playing in the background." ~ Betweenthelines

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Well, there you go! Enjoy your ink.

Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).

Create a Ghostly Avatar and I'll send you a letter. Check out some Ink comparisons: The Great PPS Comparison 

Don't know where to start?  Look at the Inky Topics O'day.  Then, see inks sorted by color: Blue Purple Brown Red Green Dark Green Orange Black Pinks Yellows Blue-Blacks Grey/Gray UVInks Turquoise/Teal MURKY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There should be no problem with LED lamps, as the LEDs used for household lighting produce virtually no UV light, and none at the shorter, "harder" wavelengths most likely to break chemical bonds and cause bleaching. An engineer at GE Lighting told me this. Of course even visible light may cause some changes over time, so very intense light might be an issue, but LED lighting should be safer in this respect than nearly any other light source.

 

I agree Aetheric Continua should have no worries about LED lamps. The killer is sunlight, which puts out UV and at a much higher density than you're going to get from a fluorescent lamp. From the look of that lamp I'd say that the LEDs are only putting out maybe 4½ Watts. The Sun's rays on a perfectly clear day average about 7% UV, and that's with about 1 kW/M2 at the surface. So that's about 70 Watts of UV per M2. That desktop is getting 4½ Watts of whitish light overall. And LEDs are pretty monochromatic. There is ordinary blue light in them, but the LEDs have phosphors embedded on them and this takes even much of that blue light and gives us more colors.

 

So the bottom line is: I wouldn't worry at all about a LED lamp bleaching my inks. Although I keep my bottles in a dark drawer. I would look to see if direct sunlight ever hits that part of the desk, however. If that happens then something should be done about it.

 

Thanks BlueJ!

 

 

@AC I'm still using some MB Ink and Sheaffer Skrip ink that I bought in the 1980s and I've used ink from the 1950s without problems, but then I had bottle of Pelikan 4001 that was locked in a dark cabinet go bad after a few years. So, it just depends on the ink.

 

Oh my. I have a bunch of Pelikan 4001 _______ (fill in the blank) in my ink drawer. Most of it's been in there for more than what I'd consider " a few" years. Well, nothing I can do about it now. I'll just have to hope that it keeps. So far, so good ;) .

On a sacred quest for the perfect blue ink mixture!

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I have mine in the open and under florescent lamps. The IG inks are in a darker cabinet.

THis was November 2014.

 

http://sheismylawyer.com/She_Thinks_In_Ink/Potions_Cabinet/slides/20141110_213659a.jpg

 

I want your cabinet :-). I LOVE quartersawn oak like on the curved part of the roll top!

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Also, glass absorbs some of the UV in sunlight, so even if not in the box, the ink in its glass bottle should be OK. I have never noticed a difference between ink kept in the dark or that exposed to (moderate) sunlight (indoors). I honestly never worry about it.

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But I do have a plastic bottle of Chesterfield Registrar's Ink that I guess I should keep in the dark, aye?

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"I have nixed all Noodler's inks in large part because of their feel, but also their behavior, etc. When I put Iroshizuku or Sailor ink into my pens, it's like the ink, pen, and paper are having a 3-some with smooth 'n sultry 70's jazz playing in the background." ~ Betweenthelines

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That, or transfer the contents to glass. Plastic also seems to allow some water to evaporate (through the bottle walls) so your ink thickens slightly as time passes. Of course if you use the ink regularly that probably won't be much of an issue. Neither would the small amount of UV that made it to your indoors ink display shelf, I'd guess.

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