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Old August 8th, 2007, 08:46 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Heiko Saele View Post
About the dimmers: be careful with them because most non-pro dimmers are for <300W only. You will fry such a dimmer if you use it on a 600 or 800W light. Dimmers rated for more than 300W are usually pretty expensive.
Hi guys:

The Harbor Freight Router Speed Controls are rated for 1,500 watts. I used one today on a shoot, dimming an Arri 1k open face on a muslin BG. Worked like a dream, no buzzing or flickering although the steel bottom plate of the dimmer did get hot.

The Harbor Freight are CL listed, UL approved so they are safe.


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Old August 28th, 2007, 01:01 AM   #17
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I've used a number of lights, but my preffered setup these days is a lowel prolight with a 125W bulb and a 24X32 softbox I picked up on ebay for cheap. nice fat soft light with none of the problems a hard hairlight has - like ear shadows that come forwards, hot nose tips, or other problems because the person moves around a bit. I also have a 2X24 kino I like too for very soft seperation. if I don't have either of those, a arri 650 with 250 and maybe a split scrim
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