The aim of a soft-box light is to create an even and diffuse light source, is is simply an enclosure around a bulb comprising of reflective side and back walls and a diffusing material at the front of the light.
For my soft-box lights I used some energy efficient dimmable daylight bulbs so that they do not get too hot but output a good amount of light, but also so they can be dimmed to adjust the light levels.
Step 1: Materials Required
- 4 x Energy Efficient (Compact Fluorescent) Daylight Dimmable 20W Lightbulbs
- 4 x Light fittings for the bulbs, as i'm in the UK i am using BC (Bayonet) Fittings
- Mains Electrical Cable
- Mains Plug
- Dimmer Switch
- Backing box for dimmer switch
- Small bit of wood, size is up to you, it needs to be big enough to fit the light fittings on it
- Flat Screen TV wall Mount
- Card Board
- Tin Foil
- Tracing Paper
- Sticky cable tie mounts
- Rubber bands
- Double Sided Tape
- Wire Strippers
Step 2: Wiring the light fittings
If you're using more than one fitting, make sure to wire them in parallel so they daisy chain together. In order to do this you will have to wire in two wires together into 3 of the fittings.
The fittings I am using have a mounting 'skirt' which needed trimming so that when they are attached to the wooden board they sit flat.
Before you screw them to the board it is a good idea to check they are all connected together using a Multimeter.