Sources for flourescent video lighting?

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Hobbit, Nov 16, 2003.

  1. Hobbit

    Hobbit Guest

    Hi,

    Can anyone please point me towards a source for flourescent lighting with
    electronic ballast, fitted with tubes suitable for video filming please?

    I can find many sources for 'traditional' video lighting rigs but as I wish
    to film in a small area I need flourescents to keep the heat down.

    Thanks.

    Hobbit
     
    Hobbit, Nov 16, 2003
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  2. Hobbit

    Tony Morgan Guest

    "Normal" fluorescents give an unsatisfactory colour spectrum for colour
    work (the white balance can't cope well with it).

    You might consider going down to your DIY store and getting some
    floodlights (150W if radiated heat is an issue).

    Any local metalwork firm will make you up some stands fairly
    inexpensively. Alternatively, pop down to a local industrial electrical
    supplier and get some conduit and couplings to make your own stand(s)
    up. You can even fit castors (available from your DIY store).

    Bounce one lamp off the ceiling, and use one or two more as key-lights.
    Your camcorder's white balance will love them.
     
    Tony Morgan, Nov 16, 2003
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  3. As is becoming traditional, Mr. Morgan gives the affordable solution I
    provide the alternative. :)

    http://www.photonbeard.com/fluor.cfm
     
    Malcolm Knight, Nov 16, 2003
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  4. Hobbit

    Tony Morgan Guest

    You rich lucky sod :)

    Since I can't see a price list at the referenced site, the old saying
    "If you have to ask the price - you can't afford it" comes to mind :)
     
    Tony Morgan, Nov 16, 2003
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  5. Hobbit

    Jerry. Guest

    No, you give the correct solution...
     
    Jerry., Nov 16, 2003
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  6. Hobbit

    Jerry. Guest

    <snip>

    That is why the OP stated 'suitable for video filming' !...
     
    Jerry., Nov 16, 2003
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  7. Wrong again, it's what makes me poor. :)
    :)

    To give you a price reference point...

    The middle sized Highlight 220 at http://www.photonbeard.com/fluor.cfm
    is getting on for six hundred pounds. 4 x 55watt fluorescents,
    dimmable, remotely with an accessory, from nothing to full with no
    change in colour balance. Never gets hot enough to burn yourself. :)

    I have two of those, I think the camera mounted job isn't much over
    £100.
     
    Malcolm Knight, Nov 17, 2003
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  8. My pair are white balanced, vry soft shadowless light if used with no
    accessories. Ideal for lighting company board rooms without blinding
    the occupants. No doubt good for other things too for those who video
    more interesting things.

    Audio is more important than video with most of my jobs and there's no
    problem with either wired or radio mics. However all my audio gear is
    balanced, can't speak for flimsy unbalanced cables. They tend to pick
    up all sorts of induced noises. The lights themselves are absolutely
    silent. I'd go nuts if the buzzed or rattled.
     
    Malcolm Knight, Nov 17, 2003
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  9. Hobbit

    Darcy O'Bree Guest

    We've got some of these in our studio and I'd have no hesitation in
    recommending them and you can also get models that are more focused. They
    don't get hot, the lamps last for ages and don't blow every time you move
    them. I've also found the colour temp much more flattering for skin tones
    than a tungsten with a softbox. Yes, not cheap but well worth it.

    --

    Darcy O¹Bree
    Digital Media Studios Manager
    Faculty of Arts, Media and Design
    Staffordshire University

    http://www.staffs.ac.uk/academic/artdesign/mediacentre
     
    Darcy O'Bree, Nov 17, 2003
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  10. Hobbit

    Hobbit Guest

    Many thanks for all the replies

    Looks like Mr Toffee Hammer and I have another appointment with the
    piggybank. :(

    Hobbit
     
    Hobbit, Nov 17, 2003
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  11. Hobbit

    Darcy O'Bree Guest

    I believe there is some bizarre UK or EU law that prevents the advertising
    of prices on web sites unless you sell direct to the public. I've never
    been able to find any info about it but I've seen and heard a number of
    references to it. If it's true, this would prevent companies from
    publishing their list prices if they only sell through dealers.

    --

    Darcy O¹Bree
    Digital Media Studios Manager
    Faculty of Arts, Media and Design
    Staffordshire University

    http://www.staffs.ac.uk/academic/artdesign/mediacentre
     
    Darcy O'Bree, Nov 17, 2003
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  12. Photon Beard sell directly to the public. Both my lights and all
    accessories came from them directly, a total of three separate orders.
    I needed them urgently and no dealer had what I wanted in stock. I
    paid via Visa, same service as any other mail order company. Maybe
    they would be cheaper from some other places, though PB did give me a
    discount on the list price.

    As for your bizarre EU law (is there any other sort?) I guess
    www.pentax.co.uk haven't heard of it. All their camera/lens list
    prices are posted on their website and they don't sell direct. :)
     
    Malcolm Knight, Nov 17, 2003
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  13. Hobbit

    Darcy O'Bree Guest

    It's probably nonsense then. Does the EU still regulate the curvature of
    bananas or was that another urban myth too? :)

    --

    Darcy O¹Bree
    Digital Media Studios Manager
    Faculty of Arts, Media and Design
    Staffordshire University

    http://www.staffs.ac.uk/academic/artdesign/mediacentre
     
    Darcy O'Bree, Nov 17, 2003
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  15. Hobbit

    Darcy O'Bree Guest

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