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Old August 28th, 2012, 03:53 PM   #1
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Transporting LED lights?

How do you guys transport your lights? I just bought a 500 LED ePhoto light which I like, but is kinda a pain to move... right now I have it wrapped in foam in a backpack, but I feel like there must be a better solution, especially when I buy another one. Any recommendations? I guess I could just get a pelican case or something, but that's kinda pricey...

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Old August 28th, 2012, 06:38 PM   #2
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Re: Transporting LED lights?

Kinda tough if you're a solo shooter. You're probably doing the best now .. if you're going to night locations, park as close as you can get to the scene
and carry the items indoors.

Just remember to lock the car each time, so we don't read another sad thread. Get the client to help.

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Old August 28th, 2012, 08:59 PM   #3
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Re: Transporting LED lights?

Depending on the dimensions, you might be able to repurpose a rolling catalog case. I bought one for $30 at Marshalls/Ross years ago and it served as a great stealth transport for an XH-A1 with enough room for accessories. Bonus...it has locks, a long handle, and doesn't scream 'steal me'.
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Old August 28th, 2012, 09:41 PM   #4
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Re: Transporting LED lights?

Not sure how your light compare to liepanels. Our litepanels came with a case that fits the panels perfectly and we carry it on when we fly. In fact all lite panel sets come with a carrying case.
Noe some of the other units I see have dimensions that would not be suitabbut easye for these cases.
I would either use a large computer carry on bag or if your units are large purchase a hard cover carryon bag and of course use some foam to cover all sides.
LED's, the real ones, are an expensive easy set up for eng work or three way interview lighting. but if you travel like we do the intial investment has to take that into consideration.
What is the lifetime value of your purchase- if you need to replace your lights because of poor traveling equipment you will always go back and think if I only bought litepanels to start with I would be saving money
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Old August 29th, 2012, 12:31 PM   #5
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Hmm ok thanks guys. I mainly am just looking for something to put the light into to keep it safe while it's in my trunk, not getting smashed by other gear. Does anyone know of a place that sells foam pelican case style inserts for regular suitcases? I imagine I could get a big one cheap at marshalls, then put foam in it and have it hold all my lighting gear. Doesn't need to be an expensive hard case...
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Old August 29th, 2012, 03:25 PM   #6
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Re: Transporting LED lights?

Costco and other similar stores have very nice hard shell rolling suitcases for a pretty reasonable price. Foam in various sizes can be gotten at pretty much any large fabric store. Over the years I've bought lots of foam at Hancock Fabrics and while it's tempting to buy it online, I prefer to go into the store. This way I can look and feel the foam so I know if it's the right stuff.
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Old September 20th, 2012, 05:53 PM   #7
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Costco sells a rubbermaid black plastic box, made for sporting goods, which just perfectly fits three of the LED 1200 panels that I bought from ephotoinc.
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Old September 20th, 2012, 05:55 PM   #8
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Oh, and costco also sells a folding dolly which lets me roll that box of LED lights with a bunch of stands laying on top, from car to location.
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