7 Best Budget Video Lights For Filmmaking.

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7 Best Budget Video Lights For Filmmaking

As we know that the lighting is the most important thing in filmmaking or videography. Without proper lighting or good lights is almost impossible to create a cinematic look but when comes to budget filmmaking it becomes very challenging to choose the right light under a low budget.

“The most challenging part is to select the best light under the budget with professional quality”

There are numbers of video light available in the market, some are LED light, Tungsten and Halogen so on. But the most challenging part is to select the best light under the budget with professional quality and appropriate for budget filmmaking.

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Professional Video Lighting

“The best possible way to get the professional lighting under the budget is to take the professional light in rent”

Now, what is the best possible way to get the professional lighting under the budget? The best possible way to get the professional lighting under the budget is to take the professional light in rent. Yes, that true it is the only best way to get professional lighting under budget.

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Professional Video Lighting

“Professional pieces of equipment are very expensive”

Professional pieces of equipment are very expensive and also not possible to purchase all for the big-budget project. For example, if you purchase one professional light for 4 days shoot it will cost 35,000/- to around 40,000/- rupees but in place of purchase if you take it in rent then it may cost 800/- to 1000/- per day. So, take equipment rent is much profitable.

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How To Choose Video Lights

Points Kept In Mind While Choosing Lights (In rent / For purchase):

  1. CRI value: CRI stand for Colour Rendering Index means the quality of light. Most people confused with CRI and CCT but both are completely different. CCT stand for Correlated Colour Temperature. CRI is a number through which we compare that how colours look under the light source in comparison with sunlight. The value of CRI is measured from 0 to 100 whereas 100 means the colours under the light source look the same as they look under sunlight. So, whenever you choose a light always look at the CRI value, it must be more than 90 or 95 means closer to 100(natural sunlight).
  2. CCT value (Colour temperature option): As we know that CCT means Correlated Colour Temperature, it is used for LED light only. CCT indicate the colour temperature like 1000k to 10000k. For example, the candle flame will be around 15000k and the open sky has 10000k(k=kelvin). So, if the light has flexibility in CCT value then it will be great for you because with that you can create day and night lighting. Nowadays RGB light is also there which are also a very good option for moody lighting. But if the light doesn’t have a colour temperature option, just white light then also we can change the colour by using Colour Gel paper (Colour transparent plastic sheet).
  3. Dimming Option: It means to have a proper dimmer to control the intensity of the light. The more you can control the light the more you can do good and professional lighting. Then what do you mean by proper dimmer? It means you can be able to dim the light from 0% to 100% of intensity.
  4. Power Option: When it comes to budget then this option becomes very important. Nowadays videographers and filmmaker mostly prefer LED lights because of their low power consumption. On a low budget, it is not possible to arrange a big generator to power the lights constantly. So, make sure that the light has a battery option or with a battery and each battery run for how many hours.
  5. Build Quality: People always ignore build quality when it comes to renting a light but it is very important to have a good built quality particularly renting. Filmmaking or video shooting is a very rough job so there is a huge chance of damaging equipment. So always keep in mind while renting or purchasing a light.
  6. Other Accessories: In other accessories, we are talking about softbox, reflector, barn-door, light stand, diffusor etc. If you are taking light in rent or buy, make sure that they are giving accessories or not. 

These are the point which you will keep in mind while renting or purchasing any video light. Now if you want to purchase some professional quality light under budget then let me suggest some lights.

Budget Video Lights:

1. Godox SL60 60W.

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Godox SL60W
SL60 Operation Instruction
Godox Official Video
  • Color Temperature: 5600K
  • CRI 93, TLCI 95, R9 80
  • Wireless Dimming Adjustment with Remote
  • Rear LCD and On-Board Adjustment Dial
  • Bowens S-Mount
  • Heatsink and Built-In Fan
  • 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz

Price:     ₹ 8,500 /-  (In Amazon)

2. Godox LED 500W White Version Video Light.

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LED 500W / 500C
  • Color Temperature: 5600K±300K
  • CRI 93
  • Wireless Dimming Adjustment with Remote
  • Large-size LCD panel. Setting auto-saved.
  • Lithium battery: Sony NP – F970*2 (Sold separately)
  • With Barn doors or Reflectors.
  • DC Power supply: 13~16.8V

Price:     ₹ 9,990 /-  (In Amazon)

3. Godox LED 500C Bi-Colour Video Lights (3300K~5600K) 

  • Color Temperature: 3300K~5600K (Bi-Colour)
  • CRI 93
  • Wireless Dimming Adjustment with Remote
  • Large-size LCD panel. Setting auto saved.
  • Lithium battery: Sony NP – F970*2 (Sold separately)
  • With Barn doors or Reflectors.
  • DC Power supply: 13~16.8V

Price:     ₹ 11,449 /-  (In Amazon)

4. Godox LC500 Portable LED Light Stick

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Godox LC 500
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Godox LC 500 Features
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Color Temperature
  • Color Temperature: 5600K
  • CRI 96, TLCI 98
  • Wireless Dimming Adjustment with Remote
  • With Charger and a portable bag.
  • Built-in lithium battery with long-lasting power supply (Full battery charger offers approx. 2.5 hours and 2 hours lighting in 100 percent brightness.
  • With Barn doors or Reflectors.

Price:     ₹ 11,500 /-  (In Amazon)

5. Godox LC500R RGB LED Light Stick

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Godox LC500R (RGB)
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Godox LC500R (RGB)
Godox: How to Make Footage Look Cinematic with #UL150 & #LC500R
Godox Official Video
  • Color Temperature: 2500K-8500K (RGB)
  • CRI 96, TLCI 98
  • Wireless Dimming Adjustment with Remote
  • With Charger and a portable bag.
  • Built-in lithium battery with long-lasting power supply (Full battery charger offers approx. 2.5 hours and 2 hours lighting in 100 percent brightness.
  • With Barn doors or Reflectors.

Price:     ₹ 14,749 /-  (In Amazon)

6. Neewer Professional Metal Bi-Colour Led Video Light 

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Neewer Professional Metal Bi-Colour Led Video Light
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Color Temperature
Best Lighting for YouTube Videos Under $150? (Neewer 660 LED Panel Review)
Video Review from Think Media
  • Color Temperature: 3200-5600K (Bi-Colour)
  • CRI 96+
  • Dimming Adjustment
  • With Charger and a portable bag.
  • AC/DC power option with AC Adapter (included) or Sony NP-F550 NP-F970 Li-ion battery (not included)
  • With Barn doors or Reflectors and white diffusion cloth.

Price:     ₹ 16,521 /-  (In Amazon)

7. Neewer Bi-colour LED with Video Light

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Neewer Bi-colour LED with Video Light
  • Color Temperature: 3200-5600K (Bi-Colour)
  • CRI 96
  • Dimming Adjustment
  • With Charger and a portable bag.
  • AC/DC power option with AC Adapter (included) or Sony NP-F550 NP-F970 Li-ion battery (not included)
  • No Barn doors (Not included) and white diffusion cloth (Included).

Price:     ₹ 15,939 /-  (In Amazon)

These are some budgets but professional light you can buy for your projects or as a future investment. All mentioned brands are very renowned in the videography field so as per built quality, you will never be dissatisfied.

By Rajib Sinha

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