Washington, District of Columbia, US
I'm setting up my lil corner of our small photo studio and decided on doing the traditional strip lights around a big rectangle mirror. When I got the lightbulb part of Home Depot I realized I had NOO ideal which bulbs would be best for doing makeup. I didnt want the traditional yellow based bulbs and I have been told the Reveal lights were not the way to go. Someone gave me a suggestion for the Veralux lights but the place that had them only carried one in a clearance section and it was the small regular bulb size. It was also 8 dollars for one. I need 14!!!
Anyone know of any good resources or have any advice? I need some light asap Thanks!
OOPS SORRY! JUST REALIZED MY HUSBANDS SCREENAME WAS LOGGED IN! THIS IS HIS WIFE MAKEUPISART, NOT LOOARAGON
OK, I know this is gonna sound far to involved, but it really works.
You need to create the closest thing to "daylight" as possible. The Veralux and Chromalux bulbs are fantastic "full spectrum" bulbs...but they really aren't full spectrum. They add a blue interior glaze to the bulb which in turn cuts some of the natural "yellow" light thrown off by a traditional incandescent bulb. They end up going to far to the blue side and really don't simultate "natural" daylight.
Here's a great formula for "strip" lighting. Alternately mix Phillips "Soft Peach" incandescent bulbs (they simulate a beautiful amber gel) with the full spectrum bulbs.
You get a perfect balance of blue & amber (not yellow) which surprisingly looks just like natural daylight.
They do the same thing in makeup trailers for Film/TV, but they use alternating fluorescent light bulbs in amber and cool blue tint.
I mixed standard bulbs with the reveal bulbs and took test shots until I had the right mix to simulate the same colors that I have with my studio lighting. Crude way to do it, but it worked.
BTW - I used three 3 light bathroom fixtures to make my light setup. I put them all together with zip cord and a switch so that I could take them down and move them if I wanted to change things around. Seems to work well!
I used to work in a lighting shop for film, and Sylvania actually makes "daylight" bulbs that are properly tempted around 5500K. I'm pretty sure they only make them in 60 and 100w, but yeah, $8 bucks perbulb sounds about right. I'm not a big fan of the flourecents, even tho you can get daylight tubes, they dont emit as much light. Just my 2 1/2 cents.
Are make-up tables/carts with the mirror and lights around it available anywhere or do you just have to build them? I've searched high and low for any info on those things and can't find anything. Also, what is the proper term for them?
They can be made easily. I prefer candlabra or intermediate base sockets filled with frosted 12 or 17 watt "golf balls". It will look very old broadway but is a cool look if thats what you want. Another great option is a phillips linestra tube. These look like flourescents but are actually a long tungsten filiament that gives a wonderfly complimentary light. In bith cases you want to set your white balance for 3200 K or even 2800 if you want a cooler look. This also means that any strobes you use will need a full CTO filter on the (an orange 85 or equivelant). This will cause about 1 to 1 and 3/4 stops light loss, but thats better than the 2.5 stops of light lost by gelling your tungsten sources with full CTB especially considering how low the output of a tungsten lamp is in comparison with that of a xenon or metal arc source.