November 8, 2017 at 10:46AM

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Tungsten Lights

I'm looking at getting some 150-300 watt tungsten lights off ebay. They look like arri lights but are just cheap knockoffs sold from china.

Is it a bad idea to get these big tungsten lights still? I like the look of these warm tungsten lights especially for big bright back lighting.

What do you guys think?

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I would try to buy used Lowel Pro lights. They are super compact and pretty bright at 250 watts each. ( I own 6 of these )

November 8, 2017 at 11:23AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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The worst that could happen buying those would be that the fresnel lens isn't of high enough standart, or that the housing is cheaply made and falls apart over time. The tech behind the actual light is old school and hard to mess up.
But I would still prefer buying used Arri lights if available, they are build like tanks and will take a severe beating and still work.

November 12, 2017 at 11:04AM

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Torben Greve
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I still own and use quite a few tungsten units. Primarily for corporate video gigs where a green screen will be used. They aren't a "bad idea" to get if you can guarantee you'll have wall power, space (heat). and time. The Arri knockoffs on eBay aren't as horrible as you might think, but they are cheaply made and won't really hold up over time.
Some other brands you might want to consider searching for on eBay or keh.com:
Arri
Dedolight
LTM
Mole Richardson
LowelPro
Smith & Victor
Bardwell McAllister

November 18, 2017 at 11:39AM, Edited November 18, 11:39AM

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Saskamodie
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