I was in need of a couple of large soft box lighting systems for my podcast MechanicalMashup. Now going out and seeing how much these cost caused me a nearly catastrophic tube failure in the brain. I knew that I could build these for around 50 dollars a piece with stuff from the hardware store saving me thousands of dollars, yes thousands!
-PVC cutter (If you dont have one of these see the item above? It will do)
-Drill or screwdriver
-4'x4' black coroplast (From HomeDepot)
-Aluminium tape (In the heating section of HomeDepot)
-6 3/4" PVC 'T's
-8 3/4" PVC caps
-2 8' lengths of 3/4" PVC
-2 1" PVC 'T's
-2 1" to 3/4" reducer
Note sometimes you can find a PVC 'T' that is 1" and 3/4" combined so you can forgo the reducer
-2 6 plug power bars
-6 Plug in light sockets (You can get these in the electrical section at HomeDepot)
-1 3 to 1 plug socket
-2 coat hangers
-3 DuckTape (what would a ible be without the handy mans tape?)
-1/4 or 3/8 plywood 12"x3'
-Screws 3/4 to 1 inch long and #6 size
-CFL lamps (all spectrum 23 watt preferably)
The 3D CAD model for this in the free CAD package Sketchup is here:
Files for the 3D model
Oh and here is a pop out reflector and or chroma key you can use in conjunction with this LINK
AHHH HA! so to play the movie on my computer you have to click on the movie and then hit the space bar. No idea as to why you cannot just hit play. So for those not able to view the video try that first.