Old Fluorescent Fixtures Turned Into Fill Lights

The Tymkrs are hard at work setting up their home studio, and since they’ll be shooting a few videos, they need some lights. The lights themselves aren’t very special; for YouTube videos, anything bright enough will work. The real challenge is making a mount and putting them in the right place, With a shop full of tools, making some video lights isn’t that hard and easily translates into a neat video project.

The lights began their lives as large fluorescent fixtures, the kind that would normally house long fluorescent tubes. The Tymkrs cut the metal reflector of this fixture in half, capped the ends with wood, and installed normal incandescent sockets in one end.

The inside of this reflector was coated with a reflective material, and a beautiful rice paper diffuser was glued on. The Tymkrs attached a metal bracket to these lights and screwed the bracket to the ceiling. There’s enough friction to keep the lights in one spot, but there’s also enough play in the joints to position them at just the right angle.

10 thoughts on “Old Fluorescent Fixtures Turned Into Fill Lights

  1. “The Tymkrs cut he metal…”

    Okay, how long until somebody asks “What is HE METAL?”? ;-)

    Meanwhile, I am trying to decide which fabric to buy for my greenscreen background, at the local discount fabric warehouse. My home video studio is very much a “Work In Progress” itself. Thanks for the ideas, Tymkrs!

      1. I brought home a bunch of swatches for color testing under various lighting conditions, but I have not decided on software yet. I love DIY (i.e NIH), but using “other peoples’ code” can save a lot of precious time…

        The thing I worry about with greenscreen is reflections off my projects leaving virtual holes where they break immersion and presence (yeah, my video projects will be s3d360, for VR)…

        I will publish my test results. Too many projects and too little time…

        1. I still have a bunch of professional rack panel greenscreen boxen, but they are all PAL (Euro) analog video, and I prefer 4k video (or at least 1080p). Software greenscreen is obvious these days.

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