DIY Video Light (800-watt-equivalent for $86)

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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

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    indianapenguin

    3 years ago

    Would this be an equivalent for those of us without any wiring experience?

    http://www.amazon.com/LimoStudio-Quality-Socket-Adapter-AGG882-/dp/B0091HO0FY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1452638955&sr=8-2&keywords=flourescent+light+photography

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    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...

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    jgderuvo

    3 years ago

    Hey Griffin, the wiring diagram is MIA. Can we get one? Thanks

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    MarioD8

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Can i add a dimmer to this project? or i need to buy specific bulbs ?

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    ABOBEGRa

    4 years ago on Introduction

    hello >> nice diy

    but where is the links to buy it :)

    i from saudi arebia and we dont have this things

    thanx

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    SalterNet

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Could you do the same effect with a power strip, socket adapters and splitters?

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    Oh MyD

    4 years ago on Introduction

    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?

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    Oh MyD

    4 years ago on Introduction

    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 "bare AC cable". 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?

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    griffinityOh MyD

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    speaking12

    4 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    pmuehlhauser

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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?

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    You won't be able to power this with a regular battery. I've used my light with a "battery" called the Goal Zero Escape 150, but it's about the size of a football.

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    griffinitykwaku2814

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    The "150" 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.

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    dcyr

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    griffinitydcyr

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I believe I found my cake pan at a Dollar General store. Or perhaps it was Walmart.

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    jakehuitt1griffinity

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Please link all of the things you bought online. I am trying but can get this for under $150.