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Posted by jason (Guest), on 2001-03-17 12:01:56
drug lord's village
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User ID: 7677573 Aug 22nd 7:46 PM
i have been trying to firgure out how I can rig up small lights for a set that I am doing for a small test like animation. and it takes place in a village and i wanted like a street light-like thing by a wooden tower. I was wondering if i could put a LED light in there, and if i could how to rig it up. Any help would be great!
User ID: 0701364 Aug 22nd 9:05 PM
I just tried little LEDs for 1:24 car headlights, they were pretty feeble. They barely show, and certainly don't throw any light on the set. I did a streetlight with a 20 watt 12 volt globe (with transformer, as used in halogen desklamp) with wires going up inside the pole. It was possibly too bright, spread the light fairly wide, and had to be switched on and off for each shot so it didn't melt the connector ( a plastic block with two screws to attach wires to the 2 pins on the globe). I'm now going to try a non halogen 12 volt globe, around 3.2 watts I think, with little screw fitting, and fake some of the light hitting the street with a pinspot from way above, easier to control the spread of light.
User ID: 9523443 Aug 22nd 11:21 PM
Try the miniature dollhouse section of your local Hobby Lobby (or any other store that sells dollhouse miniatures). They have bulbs, wiring, mini power strips, and even converters so you can plug the tiny bulbs right into your wall. These are strong enough to give off good light and weak enough to not melt anything. Perfect for streetlights, indoor lamps, and everything inbetween. If you check it out, let me know what you think.
User ID: 1285974 Sep 25th 11:53 PM
I use plenty of led's for my set and only a few plain colored 45 watt bulbs... the leds throw down plenty of light buts that only because i shoot with a digital cam on 0lux... the whole set lights up... 90% of my set is lite with the leds while the red/blue and black light simply cast through the background windows which are laminated with wax paper for some soft-shed.
if your shooting film... you might consider stopping down bigtime and pushing your film maybe