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#1 Peter Anderson

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 05:00 PM

Any suggested methods for safely making lanterns to distribute ambient light in a scene?
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#2 Peter Emery

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 06:15 PM

Just buy some large Chinese lanterns from IKEA. Then get some brass/ceramic fittings and high temp cable. That will allow you to use 275 or even 500w Photofloods. I would leave a air gap at the top. But you can put some 216 diffusion over the gap at the bottom of the lantern.

I also I spotted some 105w 5500k energy bulbs on ebay that will provide around 525w of lighting power but produce less heat. ES Screw mount. I've not tried them but I might...

http://cgi.ebay.co.u...mMakeTrack=true

hope that helps

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 08:25 AM

I also I spotted some 105w 5500k energy bulbs on ebay that will provide around 525w of lighting power but produce less heat. ES Screw mount. I've not tried them but I might...

http://cgi.ebay.co.u...mMakeTrack=true

hope that helps

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Can I use high wattage domestic bulbs or will thy provide too much heat next to paper lanterns?
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 11:12 AM

Can I use high wattage domestic bulbs or will thy provide too much heat next to paper lanterns?

i use 150w domestic bulbs in ikea lanterns all the time. in the large ones it's absolutely no problem but the smaller ones do get hot. not a problem in my opinion, but there's really no way to completely avoid the fire hazard when you're working with those so be careful.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 11:29 AM

would 150w bulbs record white light on tungsten filmstock or would they be rather orangey?
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#6 Chris Keth

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 11:31 AM

would 150w bulbs record white light on tungsten filmstock or would they be rather orangey?


150 watt should be pretty much white. Perhaps a tiny bit orange, like 1/4. I always leave them go orange. I like the look.

Edited by Christopher D. Keth, 13 February 2007 - 11:32 AM.

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#7 Rupe Whiteman

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 11:32 AM

would 150w bulbs record white light on tungsten filmstock or would they be rather orangey?


... they'd be slightly warm - but domestic bulbs vary a lot...
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 12:02 PM

... they'd be slightly warm - but domestic bulbs vary a lot...



Very true. I usually get phillips bulbs with the clear glass. They change less with age.
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#9 Matt Sandstrom

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 01:32 PM

check out this music video i shot. it has plenty of domestic 150w bulbs. :-) i also had redheads outside of the frame to fight the falloff and get some more reach with the same directionality. the color matched up nice, but i did get some weird and rather extreme shifts on the green-magenta scale. i think that's due to kodachrome emulsion having different color balance at different exposure though.

http://www.familyplanning.se/ and click lisa lindal, third top.

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Edited by Matt Sandstrom, 13 February 2007 - 01:34 PM.

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