When choosing the right colour for repairing paint damage, the ambient light plays a crucial role. Usually the workshop lighting is not sufficient on its own for reliable colour identification. With Standolux iQ, the first daylight lamp from Standox, bodyshops now have a solution to help avoid errors early on in the refinish process, particularly when selecting colour formulas.
Standolux iQ can not only reproduce bright natural daylight but also, thanks to a second integrated light source, it can recreate the lower level light around sunset by the simple push of a button. This option is an advantage because the lower intensity LED setting allows for optimal viewing of metamerism.
"Sometimes two colours can look identical in normal workshop light, but they can differ from each other quite considerably in midday or in early evening light," says Kevin Welling, Training Academy Manager for Axalta Coating Systems in the UK and Ireland. "This effect is called metamerism and is not often visible until the finished car is driven away from the workshop. With Standolux iQ, we can avoid this happening before the job is even started."
The brightness of Standolux iQ can be set to three different levels and so adapts to different colour shades exceptionally well. This is particularly useful with lighter colours as a strong, bright light can cause a reflected glare that can potentially lead to the wrong colour match.
In addition to supporting the identification of colour, Standolux iQ can also help before the application of the clear coat by detecting defects such as dust inclusions, sanding marks or small imperfections in the finish.
"Standolux iQ is also very nice to work with," says Welling. "The device is lightweight, fits comfortably in your hand and does not, thanks to the energy-saving LEDs, need to be constantly recharged. It's the ideal tool for professional bodyshops."