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Old September 26th, 2009, 01:28 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by David Ruhland View Post
The Blue Gel that is recommended i assume is for FILM not for Digital correct? (understanding White Balanceing is necessary)

Can i use a standard 500w halogen bulb from home depot..(the kind that comes in those cheap work lamps) for a bulb in a TOTA if i am in a bind and cant find the Lowel replacement.
Regarding lamps you can use in the Tota light... you can use whatever is listed on the back of the light and a few others that are not listed but of the same length. It doesn't matter where they are purchased. There are a few websites that sell lamps, including this one:
BulbConnection.com - Lowel Replacement Lamps - Name Brand Bulbs for LESS!
Click on the Lowel light you want lamps for, and they are listed. Prices at specialized lamp/bulb sites are generally much lower than at camera stores. Prices for lamps at film expendale stores seem to be in the middle.

Regarding blue gel/filter, if you are talking about CTB, for changing the color temperature from warm to cool, it is used when ever a light is too warm and you want it cooler, either to match other lights (or daylight) or for a special effect (such as simulating night).

CTO, orange, is the equivalent to go from cool to warm.

Both of these type of gels/filters come in grades, such as 1/4, 1/2, and full.
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