Posted 23 May 2006 - 12:26 PM
Posted 24 May 2006 - 02:18 AM
Posted 24 May 2006 - 10:42 AM
Also, and this may be obvious, when I hang the lights I always check to center the bulb so that it hangs
as far away as possible from all sides of the lantern's inner walls. I have three Chinese lanterns that I use
all the time and I believe that they're 24" whereas you mentioned 18". (I got them from Barbizon-about
thirty bucks.) If you have high ceilings or room on your set, you might consider the larger lanterns.
they certainly should enhance your margin of safety.
They can be fragile. I had a shoot in a parking lot in February and while i was a little concerned that the
light might sway, I figured that we could secure it and I wanted that beautiful light to model the actress's
face and to keep power demands down as we were running off an inverter. I asked the gaffer to mount
the light and a bit later when I asked him where it was he pointed to the ground. The wind (it was very
windy) had SHREDDED the lantern.
Posted 28 May 2006 - 09:14 AM
In case you want to try a 500 watt, you should definitely go up a size or two on the lantern, not because of heat but because at 500 watts, an 18" china lantern isn't very soft anymore.
Edited by Michael LaVoie, 28 May 2006 - 09:16 AM.
Posted 28 May 2006 - 10:15 AM
I use them all the time. One thing that Michael mentioned, even if you have a 500 watt bulb in one, a piece of muslin laid over it softens it up some more but keep an eye out for any burning as they are hot.