Only Have $150? Here's a Complete LED Light Kit That You Can Afford

If you've got almost no budget for lighting, this kit might just give you what you need for just $150.

Plenty of us are out there trying to ball on a budget, but when you barely have two pennies to rub together, purchasing a lighting kit seems almost entirely out of the question. Almost. In the latest video in his budget lighting series, Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter shows you how to put together a super budget-friendly light kit for just $150, complete with powerful LEDs, light stands, and batteries. Check it out below:

Pike's $150 kit includes:

  • NEEWER CN-304 LED light ($56)
  • NEEWER CN-160 LED light ($33)
  • Battery Kit (Includes 2 batteries and a charger) ($34)
  • Light Stand Kit (includes 2 stands) ($26)
  • Umbrella ($11)
  • Umbrella mount ($7-$11)
  • Diffusion ($0-$8)

(For links to each piece of equipment, check out the description in the video.)

Pike's $500 and $250 kits utilize a lot of the same pieces of equipment as the $150 kit, including the inexpensive battery kit that comes with two batteries and a charger and the light stand. The $250 kit even includes the same NEEWER lights as this one, which comes highly recommended by Pike. We've talked about their many beneficial features in a previous post, like the CN-304's brightness, dimmer, battery level indicator, and wide battery compatibility.

Now, while this kit is limited (you're only getting two lights), it's a great starter kit for beginners. You've got plenty of features and tools, like dimmers, diffusion, and additional power, that will help you practice more professional-level lighting. Though you may not be able to light up a football field or a party scene, it is still going to give you the flexibility to light a wide variety of different shots and make it look good. I mean, if you ask me, it's a hell of a lot better than fishing clamp lights out of your dad's garage and using your buddies as light stands. (That was literally my first lighting kit.)     

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March 22, 2017 at 6:54AM, Edited March 22, 6:55AM

Jordan Mederich
Documentarian / Filmmaker

Not sure if he wants to recommend a good product or earn money through his referral codes...
At least he stopped to recommend that lazy diffusion fabric setup that would scare off all your customers :D

For those who have the time and skill to go diy:
Look for the yuji leds.

March 22, 2017 at 7:01AM, Edited March 22, 7:02AM

just a filmmaker

I think for those starting out, the Primers that Caleb does are very solid. Are there better products out there? Of course there are. However, for those on a budget; or someone looking to maximize their bang for their buck these are solid.

March 22, 2017 at 7:41AM, Edited March 22, 7:41AM

Jay Kilburn
Production Manager

Thanks. It was useful.

March 23, 2017 at 1:17AM

Sameir Ali
Director of Photography

Color rendition?

March 25, 2017 at 5:01PM, Edited March 25, 5:01PM