Guys and gals, I need your opinion on this. I found this item on ebay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brilliant-Movie-Ceiling-4-spots-GU10-fitt...
I know nothing about electronics, but my dad does and he said it would be pretty simple to separate out the lights to have them as single spotlights. I am wondering what you all think about them? I could throw them on some light stands and connect a dimmer to each (if that would work?) and have some super cheapo lights for animation.
Just looking for a step-up from the desk lamps I am currently using which can never get in to exactly the right spot!
Any thoughts or knowledge appreciated.
I just found these on ebay http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/PAR-16-BIRDIE-LED-PAR-CAN-WITH-BARNDOOR-...
Do you think they would work well?
Monica, I went to the disco lighting place a couple of months ago, and they don't seem to sell the par 16s anymore. All they had were multi-LED lights. No halogen lights at all, and not even the LED replacement globes that could go into the par 16s. So everything I had worked out is now out-dated. And the led units weren't just white LEDs, they were a mix of red, blue, and green, which presumably would add up to white when they were all on. They seemed designed to use with some sort of controller, though they had some limited function on their own.
I looked online, too, and found nothing in Australia, and almost nothing anywhere. I did order one blueish white 3 watt led pinspot from China to try out as a substitute for the 6 volt 30 watt halogen pinspots I use. Not the same but could work. Didn't find a substitute for the par 16s, so I don't know what to suggest.
That looks ok. I wasn't finding anything like that in Australia!
It uses the LED globe, so will probably be slightly less bright, and probably a fairly bluish "daylight" white, the couple that I've fitted are. Actually they come up about the same as a halogen globe with a blue gel fitted. The barn doors would have added to the price I paid without them, and the LED globes cost more too, so I guess that accounts for most of the price.
The LED s are fixed in the one that I have, so there's no possibility of swapping them out for anything else warmer/ more powerful. But they are nicely made and should last.
Just before spending you hard-earned money, have you considered a multi-poise light? This would include a decent long arm, and most of them will take up to 40W, which means you could use a high-output LED. Only problem is lack of barn doors, which you could get around by using black wrap, or have a look further up this thread for Nick's homemade doors.
Halogen would run a bit hot in most multi-poise lights, so they would probably be out.