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CheapoFlo (DIY Strip Light) Test | by Nathan Moody
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CheapoFlo (DIY Strip Light) Test

Following the inspiring example of a photographer making homemade KinoFlo strip lights, from Home Depot materials, I did the same, and this is the first test shot. No other light sources were used except a bounce card below the camera. You can check the EXIF data to see the camera settings and how much 160W of fluorescent light will "buy" you. Although it's shown here in black and white, the color original was almost perfectly color balanced out of the gate.

 

Each light is a two-tube 4' long shop light. Rather than use Bogen Super Clamps as shown in the video mentioned above, I simply added another S-hook to the lights' chain, looped it through an umbrella swivel mount, and hooked it up...I find this easier and, of course, cheaper. Although each light fixture is fairly heavy, light and compact light stands like the Bogen 3373 held the lights perfectly well without being off-balance (as long as the umbrella swivels are perfectly straight and not angled).

 

Total cost of both strip lights, with 40-watt 5000K daylight-balanced bulbs: US$38.

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Taken on November 25, 2007