If you are looking to buy lights for making videos, you might want to consider using compact fluorescent lights.
Compact Fluorescent lights (compact flo as they are nicknamed) are becoming popular as the new “green” way to light your home and you can find the bulbs almost everywhere now. Their actual “greenness” has been debated, but they have many wonderful features outside of that.
Compact flo are also being used in video production and they have several distinct advantages over traditional video lights.
Traditional video lights are usually tungsten halogen. They get HOTTER than a firecracker. You can easily burn your fingers on them. I even burned a hole in the wall once when I bounced the light just a little too close. Oops.
Compact Fluorescent lights on the other hand, do not get hot. That feature, in and of itself, makes me want to buy some. Sitting under tungsten halogen lights is so hot as to be dreadfully uncomfortable. They heat up the entire room FAST. That leads to having to crank up the air conditioner, which you really can’t do while shooting video if it is not a noisy one. Most a/cs are noisy so it stays off so you get better sound and everyone just roasts. No fun!
Compact flo lights also use less electricity. That’s one of the biggest things that make them a “green alternative.” Compact fluorescent light bulbs crank out an amazing amount of light for the wattage used compared to other kinds of light bulbs.
The light given off by compact fluorescent is nice, soft and diffused. Every compact flo light bulb I have ever seen is already diffused for you by the addition of white paint to the inside of the glass. That does not mean you never need to add supplemental diffusion but right out of the box you have some nice diffusion.
Because they stay so cool, I have even used plain old printer paper as diffusion paper. You can not do that with a tungsten hallogen light since you would probably start a fire.
The company Videssence is one of the leading providers of compact fluorescent light fixtures for TV and video production. They sell both standard ceiling mount lights and portable fixtures. They also have recessed fixtures for video conferencing rooms. (That is not an affiliate link.)
All-in-all, I think compact fluorescent lights are a fantastic addition to the world of video production equipment. I bet that guy whose wall I burned a hole in would agree.
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