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Old January 11th, 2007, 12:48 PM   #1
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Where to buy 5500K 27watt bulb?

I bought this cheap umbrella continuous lighting kit:

http://www.amazon.com/PHOTOGRAPHY-CO...e=UTF8&s=photo

It would seem that the distributor has gone out of business. There is a seller on Amazon, but they seem kinda iffy.

I'm trying to buy bulbs for this thing. Any idea where I should go looking?

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Old January 11th, 2007, 02:48 PM   #2
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I bought this cheap umbrella continuous lighting kit:
I'm trying to buy bulbs for this thing. Any idea where I should go looking?
Try visiting a nearby electrical supply distributor. I have several near me and most have an extensive reference of bulb specifications. You would just need to ask for one that matches:

- socket type
- wattage (27w)
- colour temperature (as close to 5500K as possible)
- and, because it's fluorescent, also ask for the highest CRI (colour rendering index) they have (over 85 but 95-98 is better)

"Daylight" compact fluorescents are surprisingly common, you just want to find one with the best output for video work.
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Old January 12th, 2007, 10:28 AM   #3
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You might also take a trip to Home Depot. Pick up N:Vision 100watt flouresent bulbs for $4.97 each.
They are 27 watt 5500 degrees kelvin. I use them for outside shooting and anytime I need daylight.
By the way they are incredible grow lights for plants. I have to fight my wife for them all of the time.
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Old January 12th, 2007, 11:09 AM   #4
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Hey Gary

My wife just got these at 60 watt. They didn't seem to fit the umbrella holder though...But now that I know...I'll go get the 100s.

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Old January 12th, 2007, 05:04 PM   #5
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Here's a great page that I found while searching for N:Vision lights :

What Compact Fluorescents To Use Where
http://members.misty.com/don/cfapp.html
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Old January 14th, 2007, 09:59 AM   #6
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Home Depot and Lowe's

Home Depot and Lowe's have a better selection now and you can find the 5500K's quite regularly and they work fine for most work -- especially video and digital photography. I don't use film of any kind any more so i can' testify to their effects on film. They also carry "neutral white" which is 3500K which i actually like quite well too.
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Old January 15th, 2007, 12:12 PM   #7
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Got them this weekend - $7 for a 100watt Daylight CFL by N:vision. Seems to work pretty well. Thanks to all.
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Old January 15th, 2007, 12:50 PM   #8
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Great Charles, Now hide them from your wife.
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Old January 15th, 2007, 01:03 PM   #9
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She got her own supply...She got the soft white's I think. Lower wattage...
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