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#1 Zander Kroon

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 08:22 PM

For an upcoming shoot I want to mount several Kino's (bare bulbs) on a wall and use them as practicals. What wiring and sockets would I need for this?
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 08:31 PM

For an upcoming shoot I want to mount several Kino's (bare bulbs) on a wall and use them as practicals. What wiring and sockets would I need for this?


You'd need the Kino ballast, head feaders, etc. - if these are 4' tubes, you can use the stuff from a 4' single bank Kino minus the fixture, just the end caps, harness wires, cables, etc. You still need to be going to a Kino ballast.
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Posted 19 October 2010 - 08:39 PM

Thanks for the reply David.

I should be more specific:

I'm renting several 4bank Kino and Single Tube units, with ballast and cables. I want to mount 8 bulbs all around the walls of a small laboratory. The bulbs will be positioned horizontally and spaced apart so I will need more slack in the breakouts than the head cable has to offer. On a shoot I worked the gaffer did something like this by running electric cable out of the feeder cables and then used some sort of fluorescent bulb "quick on" or "add a tap" to power the bulbs. I don't know the names of them and I can't find anything on filmtools or other cine websites when I dig around the electrical sections.
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#4 JD Hartman

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 09:48 PM

You'll want these: http://www.kinoflo.c...6-A4/X16-A4.htm These extensions: http://www.kinoflo.c...4-12/X04-12.htm or these: http://www.kinoflo.c...4-25/X04-25.htm and a bunch of these: http://www.kinoflo.c...15-2-3-4ft .htm
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Posted 27 October 2010 - 05:35 AM

Well if you find the right size of end caps, you can run kino flo tubes from practical fittings, using a standard mains supply with a Fluorescent starter (preferably as powerful a one as possible). The only thing to bare in mind is they won't necessarily be flicker free after this process, as they'll be running of mains (which I believe in the US is 60 hertz...?)
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Posted 27 October 2010 - 10:25 AM

Nothing special about the T-12 style tube end-caps or connectors in a Kino fixture. You could drive the tubes from a standard electronic, hi-frequency ballast, remotely mounted, but you might not get the same lumens out of the tube, as Kino overdrives them which compensates for the inefficiency of a full spectrum, hi-CRI tube.
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