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“Photoflood” light bulbs?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: March 29, 2020 04:18PM
Picked up a pair of Smith-Victor A120 lights and stands for super-cheap the other day. A good deal unless I contracted some contagion for which there’s no cure.

These are made for 500w bulbs with a regular E26 Edison base.

If nothing else I’ll use them as reading floor lamps with an appropriate LED in them.

But I have no intention of running actual 500w bulbs in them, not even with a dimmer. Are there good LED photo bulbs? A casual look seems to hint this is one area where CFLs are still a thing.

As for a dimmer, I’d want to make one for flexibility, but that would depend on what bulbs I play around with.

Uses? I don’t know. Quick iPhone vids for the YouTubes, “product shots” of my meager watch collection or other randomness.

Bonus points* if I can fashion a grid or find some diffusion paper for them. Double bonus points* if I decide to gel them.





*no actual points awarded to me or to you
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Re: “Photoflood” light bulbs?
Posted by: Kraniac
Date: March 29, 2020 04:20PM
Google 32K 500 watt photofloods..they're out there.

If you learn these they are a great light source..
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Re: “Photoflood” light bulbs?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: March 29, 2020 05:06PM
So far, what that brings up are 500w tungsten bulbs I don’t want to use. Anything else lighting the room would have to be gel’d in order to match such a low 3200 K source, anyway. Gel - ing a speedlight I can do. Not so if ambient light is an LED ceiling room light for example.

I’m imagining these would blend with other light, not BE the light necessarily. I don’t mind adjusting WB and tint in post, but not for different parts of the frame.
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Re: “Photoflood” light bulbs?
Posted by: Kraniac
Date: March 29, 2020 06:45PM
Typically..the term Photoflood always implied 32K 500 watters (or 250's)...'back then'

Not familair with the current SV line but I have a pair of older fixtures that i still use tungsten 32K's in.
There is a quality to that light that is great through a large diffusor or bounced off a large white flat pointed at your subject..gorgeous continuous light.

I don't use any of the newer LED stuff so can't contribute much more.
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Re: “Photoflood” light bulbs?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: March 29, 2020 07:05PM
I appreciate it, I really do. And ya know, for quick setups I don’t suppose twin 500w is gonna put me in the poor house on the electrical bill.

On the other hand if might blow a circuit in this old house tho. (Says the guy who used to run a 1000w Lowel DP’s from parking lot outlets, kinda.)
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Re: “Photoflood” light bulbs?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: March 29, 2020 07:37PM
twin 500s for an hour and a half is what, a quarter?
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Re: “Photoflood” light bulbs?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: March 29, 2020 07:38PM
I used to run 100,000 watts of tungsten for my high speed set-ups. It was like a Mexican beach with snow outside.
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