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Cheap stationary video lighting with my current softboxes

 
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Jan 25, 2018 13:03 |  #1

Can I just grab some LED bulbs and put them in a cheap socket; plug it in and put it inside a softbox?

led blub like:
https://www.amazon.com …led+light+bulb+​150w&psc=1 (external link)

Socket on a plug like:
https://www.amazon.com …extension+cord+​light+bulb (external link)

Snap these in my softboxes and call it good right? Why not?


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Jan 26, 2018 11:13 |  #2

My experience has been that you want about 500w equivalent in a 24x24 or 24x32” softbox. More isn’t bad.

At 150w equivalent, you’d want at least 3 in a medium softbox for video. Usually.

These don’t have a CRI (color rendition index) rating. Hard to know how they’ll be with skintones. There are bulbs WITH CRI ratings! 90+ is nice...

In the Q&A are questions about difficulties returning bulbs under warranty, a couple people say they’re getting a 50% failure rate.

I’d guess there are cheap LED bulbs that will work for you, but they’re sized for household use, so you’d want 3 bulbs in a 3-way fixture to get enough light. I’m not totally on the LED bandwagon because of issues like this, but, the good stuff is getting really good, and, there are some winners among the lower priced LED video lights.


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