Griffin builds a powerful, DIY video light for $86, using hardware store parts, and eight 100-watt-equivalent compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. Also discussed: three-point lighting and color temperature / white balance.

Light output: 12,800 lumens, or 13 incandescent bulbs worth of power, but uses only 184 actual watts
Color temperature: 5,000 degrees Kelvin (often called "daylight")
Power consumption: draws 3.2 amps
<p>Would this be an equivalent for those of us without any wiring experience?</p><p>http://www.amazon.com/LimoStudio-Quality-Socket-Adapter-AGG882-/dp/B0091HO0FY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1452638955&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=flourescent+light+photography</p>
<p>yes and no, i had bought those lighbulbs and they saw 45w but the light intensity its like 23w, the socket base works good you just need better lightbulbs...</p>
<p>Yeah, that product looks lovely, and nicely priced!</p>
Hey Griffin, the wiring diagram is MIA. Can we get one? Thanks
<p>Can i add a dimmer to this project? or i need to buy specific bulbs ?</p>
<p>hello &gt;&gt; nice diy </p><p>but where is the links to buy it :) </p><p>i from saudi arebia and we dont have this things</p><p>thanx</p>
<p>Could you do the same effect with a power strip, socket adapters and splitters?</p>
<p>one more question. While at Home Depot and aced about the 12 gauge wire I ended up with solid copper 600 volt. can that be used as well?</p>
<p>Thanks for the video!! I'm having a hard time finding the exact AC cable you are using. The folks at home depot pointed be in the wrong direction using your name &quot;bare AC cable&quot;. This was after a long blank stare. Is there another name this cable goes by? Or can you direct me to a different place to get it?</p>
<p>You want an AC power cable with a three-pronged plug on one side, and bare wires on the other side. Tell them you're building your own light, and you need to plug it into the wall.</p>
<p>Thank you! That helps a lot. Excited to build it!</p>
<p>This is a great light set! I assume this is your key; are the other two lights in the video what you use to complete the other two points? Also I would like to know what size cfl you'd recommend for a 500W softbox; the photofloods can turn an interior set into a sweatbox. Thanks</p>
almost done building this light, putting in 4 switches since a dimmer is not really a good idea since dimmable bulbs cost more and CFL dimmers cost more as well. however since I know close to nothing about power levels, I was wondering is it possible to power this with a lithium-ion battery if so what do I need? if not lithium-ion then lead?
You won't be able to power this with a regular battery. I've used my light with a &quot;battery&quot; called the Goal Zero Escape 150, but it's about the size of a football.
<p>how many lights can the goal zero escape 150 power I built 3 lights from your build</p>
<p>The &quot;150&quot; means 150 watt hours, so if your light uses 176 watts (8*22-watt bulbs), one light will last for 51 minutes. Three lights would last 17 minutes.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.bakerture.com/blog/product-shoot-moleskine" rel="nofollow">http://www.bakerture.com/blog/product-shoot-molesk...</a></p><p>THANKS FOR THE WRITE UP...Love it!</p>
Is there any chance you can give a more detailed list no where you got the parts for this from? I have been looking into buying the parts and I cannot for the life of me find it for anywhere near $86 total. That cake pan I can't find for less than like $20 or so. If you could provide stores and such that would be a HUGE help!
I believe I found my cake pan at a Dollar General store. Or perhaps it was Walmart.
<p>Please link all of the things you bought online. I am trying but can get this for under $150. </p>
<p>Please link all of the things you bought online. I am trying but can get this for under $150. @griffinity</p>
What happened to the wiring diagram?
I built one of these yesterday, and it's fantastic! Thanks for sharing the idea. Now, stupid question time...<p> <br> <br>I'll probably smack myself in the head later for not thinking this through enough.. is the light that glows through the sides of the dish pan a significant loss? Would wrapping around the sides with a black tape accomplish anything as far as directing more of the light forward? Not that I'm asking for more light out of this thing, as it's incredible given size/weight/cost/energy as it is.. I was just pondering this and figured why not ask. :D</p><p> <br> <br>Thanks again! <br></p>
Kudos! Good build, good video. thx. I'm not too keen on the pan lid but I can't come up with an cheap alternative. Gotta love those flag pole swivels.
Love your article. I have one that may be of interest to your readers. Made this for my film and video work a few years back. <br> <br>http://www.webtfg.com/make-this-reusable-Chinese-Lantern-page1.html <br> <br>
So where's the test film that you made with these lights?
Hey Griffin, which sockets did you use? You never specified in the video.
I am also thinking of 2 different switches for more control over light amount. 400 or 800 wattts (6400 or 12800 lumens?)
Fantastic! At work we are moving to a new building and I will have an extra office on an unoccupied floor. I Was trying to figure out less expensive lighting options to go with the green screen I am going to have, this fits the bill perfectly. Thanks for this!
I don't recommend anyone attempt the electrical wiring without a proper understanding of AC electrical systems and safety. To provide more clarity, here's a wiring diagram and photo.
That's splendid, how heavy is the whole assembly and any ideas on how to attach some modifiers? I may very well try this out for home-studio video set.<br><br>
Pretty light. Maybe 6 lbs. (but I'm only guessing). I'm using a bunch of binder clips to attach gels.

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