Hi everyone!

First I just want to say how chuffed I am to discover this forum, all of your threads and advice have been so helpful to newbies like myself, and the videos some of you have produced are incredibly inspiring!

I'm looking to get back into stop animation, since taking a few years out doing my degree in film.

Anyway, I'm trying to collect together the basic equipment and materials to start building my set, but I am a little unsure on a good low-cost lighting set up to start.

I would describe the locations/scenes to you all, but I'm really just looking for an all-round lighting setup I can use for many different projects, just the basics really that will give me a good starting point.

For my studio, i'm using a small-ish carpeted spare room so I also don't want to use big lights that are going to get too hot.

Sorry for rambling, and if you can decipher what any of this question means, I would be very happy to hear your help :)

Thanks in advance!

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Welcome!
I used to make my own lights from 12 volt, 50 watt halogen downlight kits. But I have moved over to little 50 watt halogen par cans that run on direct mains power, without needing a transformer. There are LED lights coming out that use less power, to replace them, but they still cost more.
So I would look at disco lighting supplies for a couple of 50 watt par lights, and maybe one bigger one. I have one 300 watt light, used for the sun in outdoor scenes. The places I go are in Australia so not helpful to you, but try googling Disco Supplies.
To light my backdrop (for painted skies, or greenscreen) I just use a couple of 150 watt halogen floodlights from the hardware store, at around $15 each.
There are much more expensive options for film lighting, like Dedo lights, but you asked for cheap options.
A couple of light stands would be helpful too.
I have photos of some of my lights at photo site www.Picturetrail.com/hilligossnic , in my lights and camera rigs album. It is a bit out of date though.

Hi StopmoNick! Thank you so much for your really helpful advice, I'm going to look online to see what lights I can get in the UK similar to what you suggested. Its so rewarding to get an expert's advice :)

Can't wait to get started on my film!

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