We're shooting a UK feature in the autumn on RED with a low but not a micro budget. We already have several 600 LED panels, red heads and various other smaller tungsten lights. On days when we shoot on big sets we'll hire a gaffer with a truck full of lights, however, to keep the cost down I'd like to permanently equip us with a very bright light source we can use to shine through windows to illuminate interiors. We may also need brighter lights for exterior fill and night shoots.
The panel shown is just 100W power, also it's a flood panel. You can't compare them with the Arrimax 1800W (We are talking about 980000 Lux in a Spot configuration with 1.8KW HMI bulb and in a spot configuration versus 2900 lux from the LED panel).
However you can save money if you want, have a look the NILA range.
You can plug in a regular 13amp UK socket without problems, the 1.2/1.8 ballast's nominal current is between 10 and 13 amps.
If you want the M18 you need a complete KIT (you will need the lamp head, the ballast, the bulb and also a plug for the ballast. Probably you will need a cable extender for the lamp head or you will have to put the ballast together with the lamp)
The price of the ballast usually is higher than the lamphead, and the bulb isn't cheap I don't know but around 100 or 200 GBP. A kit like that you will have to expend more than 7,000 GBP... I think you should think before how much money you want to expend, and get the best match with your expectations.
What about rent? Here in UK there are a lot of rental companies. Anyway You could speak with a company which can help you finding the right lamp, you could go to a shop and have a look to the lights, prices... I work in the service department, so I don't know properly the pricing but I hope you have now a better idea.
Edited by Andrés Lasry Moreno, 17 June 2014 - 06:27 AM.
Wouldn't it work out cheaper to hire a lighting package for the whole job and a gaffer? I'm sure your DP would appreciate having somebody keeping an eye on the lighting all the way through the job? If you're not on a micro budget then it makes sense to have some sort of continuity.
Hi Freddie, you might think so but because of the relatively long length of the shoot, a gaffer with lights would cost around £30k just for principle photography. Then there will be at least a further week of 2nd unit, with dates TBC, most likely sporadic days making hiring a pain as we have to pay for everything to come up 2.5 hours from London.
Aside from the HMI mentioned, we already own the majority of the lights we need along with an in house crew who know how to use them. However, there will be a couple of days in a 5000 sq ft set where it makes sense to hire a gaffer with a full set of lights.
Peter - We are based in Birmingham. I'm taking my RED Dragon to Ianiro in Redditch next week to test their 350w LED lights. If they don't cut it, then I'll be in touch to look at your HMI.
I'm not sure your budget, but Hive has some expectional plasma lights out that use very little wattage and don't produce much heat. We used the two PAR lamp Killer unit on the low budget feature I just finished shooting and it was very bright for low wattage. We used it inside an old bar which had funky electricity, through a 4x4 frame of 250. Really nice. We used it at night bounced into a white grifflon and it was too bright, so we cut off one lamp and scrimmed the other.
Hive just announced the new Bee at NAB - which is a small profile unit with a slightly adjustable color temperature knob. I highly recommend it over an LED as it has much more punch and a real full spectrum of light - real daylight that no LED comes close to (except the remote phosphor ones).
As much as i would love to embrace Plasma technology, it seems to me still miles away from being ready for film purposes. Led is more reliable. I recently tested the SGM Q7's, a brand new fixture used mainly for event lighting, and i was shocked how bright it was. unbelievable. I reckon if the price goes down they might just replace par cans for big studio rigs where you need a big, constant and even back light. It doesn't get as hot, it draws less power and it's just as bright.
Edited by freddie bonfanti, 13 July 2014 - 06:56 AM.