Picture of DIY 1200W CFL daylight for product photography or video light
Before I started this project, tried a few lights for my product photography what I found at home: desktop lights, 150W halogen reflectors, etc. But none of them are perfect for my needs. :( So I started to search DIY variants to build two lights for myself. I found these, and get the inspiration:

The MacGyver LightBox/Softbox
Cheap Softbox Movie Light
Lamps Set for Objects Photography
Large Photography soft box on the cheap

So, the first thing: I will made something like these, and the second: this will be my first Instructable shared project and I will picture everything what I do!

On the picture is one of my finished lamp, with 4 CFL bulbs (60W=300W), mounted on a big 38" dish....

I need to add 2 more things to these lights:
- nice mount to use with stands
- umbrella holder to use umrella as a diffuser
(so I will update this instructabe soon!)

(Sorry for my english, I'm still not prefrect when I need to write down something, it's easier to speak...)

Step 1: What we need?

Everything to this project I bought in local chinese shop, that is the cheapest here:

- 38" dish (or bowl?) for kitchen - 2 € ~ 2,6 $
- 22 cm (8,66") griddle (pan, stewpan) for kitchen 2,5 € ~ 3,3 $
- 4 pc. socket for light bulbs - 4x0,5€ = 2 € ~ 2,6 $
- handle (grip) + 4 bolts - 0,5 € ~ 0,6 $
- standard power plug from old PSU - free fo me
- 4 pc. small power switch + cables from old PSU - free for me
- 4 pc. daylight CFL light bulbs (60W=300W) - 4x5€ = 20€ ~ 26,6 $

So let's start!


Excellent you made my day

Not bad at all.
kalmarattila (author)  Papadum Express10 months ago

Thank you!

smitty5001 year ago
This is great idea. how much do you have in this though?
MOHD-772 years ago
nice work .
kalmarattila (author)  MOHD-772 years ago