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Which lighting kit is right for me: Fluorescent, Halogen, or Flash? Lighting is a complicated and in-depth subject. We will keep it short and simple and address the most important things you need to consider to help you make the right choice for your lighting needs.Flash/Strobe Lighting is used exclusively for Still Photography.


It produces a burst of light in sync with the shutter of the camera. Professional Flash lighting creates a Daylight Kelvin light source for optimal color and contrast dynamic range.


Halogen Continuous Lighting has been used in movie and television production for many decades. It is capable of delivering very high brightness output. It was easily adopted during the DV Revolution where small light-weight portable lighting kits came into high demand.


Halogen production bulbs create a 3200 degrees Kelvin or indoor light source, while Fluorescent Continuous Lighting is a relatively new product being used for movie, video and still photo production today. It is widely considered the best overall lighting source for production. It delivers a smooth warm highly diffused light source which is almost always the most desirable type of light source for video and still photography production.


Fluorescent bulbs are extremely efficient requiring only 1/4th the electrical current of Halogen to achieve an equivalent brightness. Their greater efficiency results in a bulb that runs completely cool. Heat generation from the bulb is negligible. Professional fluorescent bulbs come in both Indoor and Outdoor Kelvin ratings making them in most cases the superior choice for Movie, Video, and Still Photography production work.


We believe that Continuous Daylight Fluorescent Lighting makes Flash/Strobe lighting obsolete because it has the advantage of being a Continuous light source making set up much easier than with Flash and requires no trigger sync to the camera. Which lighting kit is right for me: Fluorescent, Halogen, or Flash?
First identify which type of image acquisition you will be doing. Filmmaking, Videography, Interviews, Chroma Key, Indoor Product Shots, Portraits, Still Photography, and Stage Lighting all have very different requirements for optimal results.


There are two types of production lighting. Continuous and Flash/Strobe which as theirs names describe create either a constant always-on light source or a quick burst of bright light. There are two Kelvin Temperatures (Whiteness) used in Production Lighting. Halogen at 3200 degrees Kelvin referred to as indoor and Daylight or outdoor at 5600 degrees Kelvin which are available in several different bulb methods.


The Halogen bulbs you get at a hardware stores are NOT production accurate temperatures. They are usually around 2700 K for Halogen light bulbs and most of the new Edison based fluorescent bulbs are under 4800 K. Don't count on hardware stores as a supplier for bulbs. Always purchase bulbs from a production lighting supplier. The Daylight Kelvin Temperature bulbs offer the best lighting source you can get due to their broad color spectrum. Flash/Strobe lighting delivers a burst of daylight temperature light, between 5000 and 6500 degrees Kelvin.
Achieving continuous lighting at the same color spectrum as the sun has traditionally been a costly proposition and was usually achieved with very expensive special bulbs called HMI. Halogen lighting at 3200 Degrees Kelvin has become the industry standard for decades because of its affordability. While it's excellent at 3200 K, it does not produce as wide a dynamic range as 5600 K daylight temperature sources produces.


Daylight Temperature Fluorescent Bulbs has changed everything. You can now get all of the advantages of the daylight color spectrum in a continuous soft lighting source at the same price as Halogen lighting.


Daylight Temperature Fluorescent Systems serve the Still Photographer and the Videographer in a single kit while Flash/Strobe has become obsolete. In an average household, Heat and Power consumption is typically at 20 amp. The circut breaker in your fuse box can handle a draw of about 2500 watts safely without jumping. A Halogen bulb's brightness has traditionally been associated with the amount of electrical current it uses e.g. 1K or 2K (1000 or 2000 Watts). All Halogen bulbs get very hot. Extreme caution must be practiced when using them to avoid serious accidents. Halogen lighting will heat up a studio as fast as any portable heater.


Additionally, Halogen bulbs require a substantial amount of electrical current to work properly. Keep in mind that these types of bulbs have been used for decades. With proper handling, Halogen bulbs do an excellent job for Movie Makers and Videographers.


On the other hand, Fluorescent Bulbs are extremely energy efficient. They produce light using only 1/4th the electrical current of Halogen lighting. Compared the Halogen lights, Flouresent lights produce less heat, making this light very environment-friendly. Fluorescent lighting remains cool indefinitely compared to Halogen lighting; meaning that Fluorescent Bulbs last a very long time while Halogen bulbs require replacing much more often (Dramatic heating and cooling takes place with every use). Fluorescent bulbs are now available in Daylight Kelvin temperatures. This is great news for almost every type of image acquisition.
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