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    Best way to light street spots

    Since the sun will continue to go down earlier and earlier as the winter comes strolling in, I'd really like to get a set of lights to film some street spots after dark. Any suggestions? I keep seeing this dual lighting system in edits but I don't know what they are, nor do I know what sort of power source they are running off of. I don't want to use a gas-powered generator simply because the noise is unbearable. I'm filiming with a Canon t2i. Any feedback is appreciated!

    #2
    Lowes portable work lights. Cheap, efficient. But you need a power outlet nearby.

    Car headlights work fine

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      #3
      400 watt HMI Par.

      You'll think its fucking daytime son!

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        #4
        It ain't happening without a generator dog. The lights you're seeing in edits are probably standard halogen work lights, like these:



        Which are cheap, bright, and pretty durable. Their color balance is kinda wacky but your next viable option is to go with a "real" lighting system meant for shooting film/video, and that's expensive, so most people just make do with the work lights.

        How to power said lights is gonna be pretty tricky if you don't want to buy/lift/run a generator, and your spots don't happen to have conveniently placed electrical outlets (and even then you can technically get a pretty hefty ticket for stealing power).

        If the cost isn't the main issue with running a generator, just noise and weight, just get one of these:



        They're really really quiet, and not too big or heavy. They're also like $800.

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          #5
          how much wattage do you need for the generator to be effective?

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            #6
            Well the bulbs in those works lights are usually 500 watts each. That Honda peaks at 2000 watts but runs continuously at 1600. So you can do 3 bulbs with it. You can actually do 4 but then it's straining and it's really not good for it, a friend of mine burned his out from running 4 bulbs all the time. It's a lot louder running at peak power too... with 3 bulbs it's about as loud as my car idling.

            There are also flourescent work lights that draw less power but (supposedly) put out just as much light, I'm too lazy to look them up right now though.

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              #7
              Ah yes! Those halogen work lights are definitely what I'm looking for, I'm gunna pick up a set tomorrow, not too expensive either. That Honda generator is also really sick, but $800....might have a wait awhile for that one. But anyways thank you all for your help!

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                #8
                might wanna look into some way of protecting extension cords from wheels...

                ran into an issue this past weekend...

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                  #9

                  only $5,500


                  Only $5,700

                  You don't need no stinkin son!

                  Colombia

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Cameron M View Post
                    400 watt HMI Par.

                    You'll think its fucking daytime son!
                    Not even close

                    Colombia

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by rocknroller View Post

                        only $5,500


                        Only $5,700

                        You don't need no stinkin son!
                        if thats an HMI your not gonna be runnin it on that honda lest its crystal synced.

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                          #13
                          Home Depot has a Work light rig that comes with two Lights, and a stand for like 25 bucks. and 50 foot extension chords for 10 bucks. spend 125 and get three light rigs and 5 extension chords... you will be set.

                          Originally posted by BMV
                          I might listen to Satan's music, but I love baby animals.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Cameron M View Post
                            if thats an HMI your not gonna be runnin it on that honda lest its crystal synced.


                            nothing better then people dropping film school genny knowledge to seem tough.



                            who ever said gas and fire is on the right path for sure....if you want to be safer flares are really sick too....get that going late magic hour and bamn cinema gold.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Cameron M View Post
                              if thats an HMI your not gonna be runnin it on that honda lest its crystal synced.
                              It's about to get serious....
                              Electronic Ballast, BOOM!
                              Done it many times.
                              I've done 4k HMI on a Honda Putt-Putt.
                              Last edited by rocknroller; 25.10.2010, 08:24.

                              Colombia

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                                #16
                                buy a tie in kit

                                find the buildings main leg ... tie in directly... totally legal/

                                just try to avoid the whole dying from electrocution thing...



                                disclaimer: don't do that



                                but for serious... the best, and I mean best bang for your buck are steel par cans. Ultimately, it might not be the best for skating because of the relatively narrow beams of light, but you can get wide par 64 bulbs and a short housing which delivers a nice relatively broad light. You can find these lights for like $120 a pop for the good beefy ones and they output oh so much power for the wattage. They are made to be thrown around, are lightweight, and again, so cheap for a 1k source. Don't listen to these jokers talking about HMIs... owning them is retarded for a number of reasons... matter of fact, owning most pro lighting is just dumb... renting> maintaining your own kit
                                http://www.flickr.com/photos/roygblivious/

                                http://vimeo.com/6496156

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                                  [QUOTE=ADLAVINSKY;603650]buy a tie in kit

                                  find the buildings main leg ... tie in directly... totally legal/

                                  just try to avoid the whole dying from electrocution thing...



                                  disclaimer: don't do that[QUOTE]

                                  hahah

                                  OK ok...I didn't think of PAR cans. Thats a great idea. Id say try calling some theatrical rental houses and see if they have any old ones they are willing to sell. You'll need light stands for sure.
                                  You could also try ebay or craigs list for some Lowel or Arri lighting kits(2 or 3 lights). I just went with a friend to buy a 2000w Arri open face kit with barn doors,stand, and a case for $550. There are deals out there you just have to look.

                                  Colombia

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                                    #18
                                    we use 1k molepars with vnsp's for snowboarding....rent em for like $8 a day.


                                    a mole par with a vnsp is the cheapest most versatile light on the planet, fact.

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                                      #19
                                      The photometrics on the NSPs and VNSPs are crazy. As much output as some large HMI's

                                      we'd use them ungelled for beams of morning light coming into a daylight balanced scene... such great quality
                                      http://www.flickr.com/photos/roygblivious/

                                      http://vimeo.com/6496156

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                                          #21
                                          We use these at work, battery powered LED light. Easy to take with you and fully charged last between 8 - 15 hours depending how bright you want them

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                                            #22
                                            also they are fucking indestructible! we have one that got hit by the train, the glass cracked but the light still worked

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