Quick scan of the search forum has got multiple posts really degrading flourescent lights (other than super expensive Kino of course)
Just watched a couple interesting things on Youtube from Joe Edelman about building a sub $200 hardware style flourescent style set up and I got to admit it looks pretty damn good.
I found some 4 light bays at home depot for about $55. Joe builds 6 light bays using 3 two light bays, but he re-wires them into one socket. So I'm thinking about just using a 4 bay so I can easily return them if I don't like the results. I figure I can grab couple those, some bulbs, etc. and all in I'm at about $150.
My question is has anyone tried Joe's or their own set up? Joe used T12 bulbs which need to synch at 1/120 1/125 shutter speed to minimize the flicker and variation on color and exposure. But I believe with T8 bulbs which have a different balast, you can avoid this problem. Slightly more expensive, but you also get more light from same size bulb. And T8 come in a few different color temperatures. Their "daylight" version is 6500 degrees, but the natural white (IIRC) is 5000.
I might be the guinea pig on this and post results in a couple weeks. Only thing holding me back is whether 2 four light bays, butterfly style is going to be enough light. I'll probably add a clam shell style foam core reflector and use a speedlite or mono light for the background. Debating about getting a 2 light bay for a kick.