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DIY 12 volt fluoro light for light painting cars

 
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Sep 04, 2012 23:17 |  #1

I put this light together recently and thought it might be of interest to some folks.

It's a normal 18W household fluoro which runs on AA batts, lasts about an hour, and is quite good for light painting cars or even the normal kinds of light painting.

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Initial tests look pretty good.

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Sep 05, 2012 00:47 |  #2

This is the Rig-Pro of light painting!


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Sep 05, 2012 00:56 |  #3

ahmad0420 wrote in post #14949406 (external link)
This is the Rig-Pro of light painting!

Rig-Pro! Lets not get too carried away. I'm thinking more Automotive Rigs, maybe even Fat Gecko. ;)

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Sep 05, 2012 01:28 |  #4

This is pretty awesome. I'll definitely take a look at this!


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Sep 06, 2012 08:30 |  #5

Good work with that. The car looks pretty good.


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Sep 07, 2012 02:58 |  #6

rodizzle wrote in post #14949518 (external link)
This is pretty awesome. I'll definitely take a look at this!

PhotosGuy wrote in post #14954712 (external link)
Good work with that. The car looks pretty good.

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Sep 17, 2012 15:05 |  #7

@jjphoto - Where did you end up buying the inverter at? Or did you make your own?


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Sep 28, 2012 12:59 |  #8

this is a pretty cool concept!


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Sep 29, 2012 05:30 |  #9

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@jjphoto - Where did you end up buying the inverter at? Or did you make your own?
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I simply bought the inverter from a store specialising in low voltage gear, batteries, lighting etc (as explained in the link).

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this is a pretty cool concept!

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Oct 02, 2012 08:47 |  #10

OK, so now I've made a larger 36 Watt version (that's a 1200mm tube).

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Oct 03, 2012 06:28 as a reply to  @ jjphoto's post |  #11

Interesting! What is the difference between this technique and using strobes (which I just bought, :lol:)?


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JJD.Photography wrote in post #15073676 (external link)
Interesting! What is the difference between this technique and using strobes (which I just bought, :lol:)?

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One of the images was light painted (reflection in front and side windows) and the other was shot only with strobes (1 front, 1 side and 1 strobe per tyre behind the car).

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Oct 04, 2012 06:56 |  #13

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One of the images was light painted (reflection in front and side windows) and the other was shot only with strobes (1 front, 1 side and 1 strobe per tyre behind the car).

Awesome example! It seems that both are winners! Thank you for the post! :cool:


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Oct 04, 2012 09:41 |  #14

You can also get ready made fluorescent and LED lights such as made for RV's and such with the 12 volt ballasts (for the fluorescents) already built in, such as these http://www.solar-electric.com/thfiandac​.html (external link) Looks like they also sell 12 volt ballasts.

I tried one of the small LED versions with the built in diffuser on a night time motorcycle shot in the desert, and it turned out pretty decent, but LED's tend to be more bluish so had to adjust the color balance. Instead of the built in rechargable batteries I used a small (4 amp-hour'ish) motorcycle battery on a belt clip.


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Oct 04, 2012 22:45 |  #15

Let me just chime in here and say that your PhotoCornucopia.com site is a treasure trove of information and a must read for all the folks around here wanting to get into automotive photography. Thanks for making this information available and easy to understand.


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