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Light with Work Lights

"Work lights” are very bright lights, often 500 to 1000 watts, that are sold in home improvement stores. They make great video lights.

Unless you plan on a career that involves lighting, or you’re really serious about making the next great independent movie, purchasing a professional set of lights just isn’t worth the cost. If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere where you can rent lighting packages, you always have that option. But if you don’t, or if you’re stuck somewhere between renting often (expensive) and purchasing (expensive), you might be looking for a way to light you video without a great expense.

Purchasing Work Lights

Practically every home improvement store sells very bright, portable lights, often called work or shop lights. The lights range in power, from small 50-watt lights to large 1000-watt lights. The range of power makes them a great choice for the aspiring moviemaker, because you can grab a few across the range. What’s better is their price: you can often find them for less than $25 each. Figure 2-3 shows a 500W work light.


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