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Old April 25th, 2007, 11:36 PM   #1
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Alzo vs. CoolLights.biz

I need to put together a simple interview kit and decided to stray from the Lowel Dv Kit for a fluorescent setup...I think I've got my decision down to the Alzo 800's and CoolLights.

I like the alzo because the softboxes and barn doors resemble more what I'm used to working with and seem to be manufactured a bit better, however after seeing some test shots the light seems pretty soft even with just the bulb.

The CoolLights are a new concept for me, however I like the idea of seperate power switches for more control, and the temperature is at 5600k (vs. Alzo 5300k). Plus the DIY method might be a fun project the more I think about it!

Anyone had experience with similar setups, or any reccomendations for a good hard light to incorporate with the setup?
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Old April 26th, 2007, 04:49 AM   #2
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The Alzo800 looks like it would make a nice hard backlight to go with the big Coollights.

If I could do it all over with what I know now, I would get two hard lights with barn doors like the Alzo 800 and two Coollights soft fixtures with at least 4x55w bulbs. I would also get grids for the soft lights. I would also get a couple of reflectors for fill and some flags.
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Old April 26th, 2007, 08:13 AM   #3
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The Alzo800 looks like it would make a nice hard backlight to go with the big Coollights.

If I could do it all over with what I know now, I would get two hard lights with barn doors like the Alzo 800 and two Coollights soft fixtures with at least 4x55w bulbs. I would also get grids for the soft lights. I would also get a couple of reflectors for fill and some flags.
Do you think the slight temperature difference would be a big deal?
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Old April 26th, 2007, 09:36 AM   #4
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Sorry Mike I was out of town today but I already answered your email. I'll give the answer here too though. I doubt that you'll notice the difference but if you do it should be easily corrected.

If you're interested in DIY, we have the CL-655PB which comes with everything but bulb and ballasts. Just supply your own, wire the ballasts in with the supplied wires and you're ready to go with a 6 x 55 watt unit. Otherwise there are lots of other DIY projects you can do with compact fluorescents.
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