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Budget Studio Light by adamlhumphreys Budget Studio Light by adamlhumphreys
So, a close friend in my church family was asking if I could make her a studio light since she doesn’t have $600 to spend on one. (She’s into live action filming.) And I was like… I don’t see why not. Here is the result! :D

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It’s about 2' x 1' x 6". The switches are DPDT, and each contact is rated for 5 amps, so this thing could easily handle a 1500 watt incandescent load. BUT, it was specifically designed to work with these babies: [link] 420 watts of CFL power (4 bulbs) equating to 1680 incandescent watts!
I added extra sockets on the long sides so one can also use lower power lights in it, like six 100-watt equivalent CFLs.

Other Thoughts:
If I do something like this again, I’d probably widen it a little, shorten the length, and put the sockets on the sides instead of the ends. I’d use 4 sockets on each side, thus 4 for use with the high power lights, 8 to use with lower power lights, like eight 100-watt equivalent CFLs! =P
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Shadowflashdabearded Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Love to see the portable and rechargeable model if it already is?
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Heh, probably not with CFLs. I'd use high-power LEDs for a portable one, but it that case it might even be more economical to buy one already made. :O
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Shadowflashdabearded Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Unless ones shooting indoors that is one heck of a lead.
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
:nod:
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wolframradii Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How did you make it? It's awesome! :aww:
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thankies! :aww:

Well, I got boards and had them cut at Lowe’s, then I stapled radiant barrier onto the boards, (any aluminum foil should work). Then I mounted the sockets to the boards and finally nailed and screwed the boards together. I first made a drawing or design so I would know where to cut and mount everything.

Looking back though, I probably would’ve lengthened the short sides and put 4 sockets on each long side. That way, I could either use 4 of those giant CFL bulbs, or 8 smaller CFL bulbs.

Also, I’ve got some more plans for another unique light bulb project and bought some parts to make it happen. :w00t: Hopefully this Christmas I’ll take a break and have some light-bulb fun! :lightbulb: :D
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Echo-and-Hazel-ponis Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Maybe It's because I'm high right now, but this thing looks funny love it
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
:XD: Thank you! :D
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