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#1 Leo Quintero

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Posted 15 October 2015 - 03:54 PM

Hi,

 

Im Gaffing a music video shoot where the client requested bare fluorescent tubes to be placed in the scene as practicals. Where can i buy tubes that i can power single bare tubes. Whats the best way to add color to them, would spray painting be a good idea?
 

Would really appreciate all the tips.

 

Thanks!

Jorge


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#2 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 15 October 2015 - 04:26 PM

Can't you just use Kino Flo single tube harnesses? I believe there are extensions so you can have the ballast a good distance away. If you cut party gels into sleeves to fit the tubes then you're done.
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#3 JD Hartman

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Posted 15 October 2015 - 05:43 PM

How much do you know about electrical wiring?  Yes, you can buy ballasts that will power a single tube, both Kino and "commercial".


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#4 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 15 October 2015 - 06:49 PM

You can buy coloured tubes, or as Satsuki says, there are gel sleeves. It's reasonably straightforward to wire tubes up to electronic ballasts which will give you largely flicker-free operation and quick starting, if you're happy to work around mains power. The ballasts will be considerably more expensive than the tubes.

 

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#5 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 15 October 2015 - 07:00 PM

Here ya' go. 

 

http://www.buylightf...ube-guards.aspx

 

Don't know anything about the website/store itself, but that seems to be what you're looking for.


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