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« on: March 09, 2006, 10:05:43 AM »

I'm thinking of picking up some work lights this week so I can play with actual lighting setups and work on that kind of stuff.  Thing is, I don't know much by way of wattage and whatnot.  What would you guys suggest I look for in that department?  Obviously I want a wattage range for different intensities, but I don't know the exact numbers I should look at.

Cramer has already suggested dimmer units, which is a great idea.  But for the raw power in the lights themselves, what do you think I should look for?

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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2006, 10:13:12 AM »

I think worklights only come in one flavor, which I *believe* is 500w.  Now, that might be 250w on either side for one of those dual light setups, or it might be 500w each... I really don't remember.  Either way, 500w of raw power is entirely too much to just throw at someone.

Instead of getting worklights, I would suggest getting a worklight or two, but only for the background of wide night shots.  For characters, I would say grab a bunch of china balls and pop 100w or 200w lights in them.  You'll get a much softer, more flattering light, and they don't get nearly as hot as a worklight does.


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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2006, 10:17:13 AM »

Hmm, I guess I figured the work light bulbs came in smaller doses than 500w.

I do have one small China ball that I use a 100w bulb in, but it's a pretty small ball, so it gets a little warm with that much light.  It says not to use above a 40w bulb, so I get a little worried at times.
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2006, 10:24:22 AM »

I don't know how good you are with wiring, but you might want to run to Home Depot and grab a couple porcelain sockets.  The wattage recommendations on most sockets are because of the materials used to build them (such as plastic and cardboard).  Porcelain sockets can be used with anything that the wire can handle (and since you'd be picking that up too, you should be fine).  

You want to grab yourself:
-- A porcelain socket.
-- Some, say, 12g wire.
-- And don't forget the edison (normal household plug) on the other end.

The whole kit-n-kaboodle should run you under 5 bucks for each socket you build, and building them should take less than 10 minutes each if you're a first-timer.


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EDIT: Re-read your post, and realized you were talking about the lantern itself.  I dunno... What's the diameter of the thing?  For a 200w watt blub, I'd recommend staying at 36".  Maybe 24" for a 100w.
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2006, 11:18:50 AM »

Rico will disagree and come and put his member on my head and say "who's the bitch now?!", but, I like china balls because they're cheap, powerful, pre-diffused and can be put anywhere you already have a lightbulb to make normal lighting that much more cinematic.

And if you go out of your way to hang them where they should be, boom, u r a lightor. Particularly if you throw a rim light into the equation.
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2006, 11:33:45 AM »

Who said I didn't like china balls?  I love china balls!







... Maybe not for a rimlight, though. Idiot.

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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2006, 11:39:47 AM »

Yeah.

You love those china balls.




You love it.


Anyway, not for a rimlight, use a couple china balls to light on either side, and a normal light behind for the rim. B00tiful.
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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2006, 11:54:17 AM »

Aight, aight... I could tap that.


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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2006, 12:11:43 PM »

This has some... interesting... connotations... heh.

Hmm.... interesting.

Now, not to sound stupid, but what exactly is a china ball?
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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2006, 12:25:05 PM »

Paper ball of varying size that can be used to really diffuse a bulb that hangs inside it.  
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« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2006, 12:30:01 PM »

Happy 500th thread in Film making o_O
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« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2006, 11:48:18 AM »

Hey,
Figured I'd put in another stupid question. Where would one go if one wanted to get china balls? Because I do. Thanks,
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« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2006, 11:59:08 AM »

I got a 12" at World's End Market (it's like Pier 1, only sucks more) for like $9.99, a 24" for like $12.

I use both often, and they hang in my room when not in use.
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« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2006, 07:58:47 PM »

I usually go to Ikea.  Sh*t's is like, 4 bucks.


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« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2006, 09:03:36 AM »

Rico is an idiot, though.
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