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    #31
    Definitely consider transport. I think the Lowel CaseLites are the greatest product Lowel's ever come up with. They're 95% of the light the Diva is, but they cost less, use their own integrated hard case, and are half the size of the Diva in its case. That small size and portability is key to the CaseLite's design, and its appeal.

    A light without some sort of case is a broken light waiting to happen. But if you can clamp 'em together, and the shell is rugged enough to serve as a case, and they have a handle or some way to carry 'em, that's going to be a bonus.

    The CaseLites, by the way, are very dense (meaning: heavy for their small size). Light weight is always a bonus!
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      #32
      Barry... perhaps these lights will "evolve" over a few batches. I have to shear down the aluminum plate from a 5' x 10' sheet that I have to buy (and shear) at the same time. So this first run of 12 or so lights will be the same shape as the clip I showed... 'cause they're already to raw size. As I said earlier I've tried to find the proper compromises through each design and this design is prioritized on function and cost... and small size. My original prototype had a channel down the front that a peice of aluminum could slide into thereby "sealing" the light... but it's nearly impossible to make that small channel precise enough to work right. So I finally dumped that design (for now).

      I'm going to do several models and obviously the more pricey designs will also be more convenient in other ways. They will get their absolutel lumens by using two or more tubes and the depth of the reflector isn't as critical... that way the case can be more shallow... which allows other directions, such as the CaseLight approach.

      Basically what I've done with this smallest light is I've found that you can get an insane amount of light from a single 55w tube if you have a perfectly designed reflector... shape and depth. My reflectors on this first light are nearly twice as deep as on other lights... the light bounces around in this cavity so much that the tube is nearly lost in the mix... creating a much larger emissive surface then is actually there.

      So this "cheap" design will be what it is... and it's small enough that transport won't be a problem... plus it will tackle jobs that people have been using much larger lights for.

      Perhaps I should have got a bunch of each idea done and then suddenly dropped a bomb on the forums... but that's not my style. I like to talk about what I'm doing and get input that will shape future ideas.
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        #33
        Maybe some sort of snap on grill will work to protect the light. The idea of clamping them together isgreat if you have an even number. But if you don't, you still need to protect the light. They lok rugged as hell 3/4 of the way around. If you can find a simple way to cover the face, I think the shell would still work as it's own case.

        It's all about evolution Matt. That's why so many things never get done: people want them perfect from the gate. You are better off making the ones you have and soliciting feedback. Make your changes based on that. Obviously it's a good idea to think something out as much as possible, but you are avoiding the paralyses of analyses. That's a good thing. You are definitely on to something.


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          #34
          So what of the light quality? Here's a clip of my DVX set at F4.0 in a dark room... in case you're curious I have an AKG ULS ck69 (short) 18" overhead. I like that mic... maybe not as much as a 416, but on some days maybe more... it just depends.

          So anyway HERE'S the CLIP... CLICK... cheapest light.

          And HERE'S a CLIP of the light from the dimming fixture... which is on hold right now because I'm more excited about "value" fixtures right now...
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            #35
            Wow, that reflector really helps. The light seemed a little bluer with the reflector on. Maybe that's because of the walls.


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              #36
              Yeah, do you like how my living room walls are Chroma Key Blue? It's not my favorite color, but it's better then Chroma Key Green.

              Now I have to say that the light isn't blue and the reflector doesn't make it blue... the reflector is ultra-pure anodized aluminum and the light is 5500k Kino Flo...

              Isn't it amazing what a difference a really high quality reflector makes? That's why I'm not compromising on anything... the reflector is as good as a second tube! Wait till you see what happens with a reflector AND a second tube... Also, when you get a chance, put your DVX on F4.0 and see what any normal room looks like... now check a dark room... If I would have opened the exposure up then everything would have been overexposed... even the dimmed clips.

              Even without a special reflector these lights work great at normal F-stops... completing the design results in a 55w powerhouse... This is about light output, not increasing watts and heat... so the reflector is as important a component as the tube!

              There's a reason why the Kino ParaBeam costs nearly double the price of a Diva... hmm, could it be... THE REFLECTORS! (say like the Church Lady)... and of course there are other quality factors... but in the Kino brag sheets, where they say the ParaBeam "can sweep back the darkness for a four person news desk"... I keep thinking, "yep, I'm way ahead of ya' on that"... The ParaBeam kicks ass because of the PARA-bolic reflectors.
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                #37
                Do you plan on designing an actual parabolic reflector? From what I saw you have a basic reflective cave, but a parabolic uses an actual mathematical parabola as the shape of the reflector (curved, no solid walls). Greatly increases light output (in a relatively tight beam), although I don't know how much a parabolic would add over what you've already got. Any reflector helps increase intensity, but a parabolic seems to be optimal for focusing light and getting the maximum output.

                The ParaBeam has a parabolic for the vertical, but no reflector for trapping the sides, so you get two types of light out of it depending on whether you have it oriented horizontally or vertically. It's a pretty tight beam on the vertical, but the horizontal sprays light like any fluo.

                Here's another idea for you: have you considered designing a "deep" light, to get some actual throw out of fluo's? That could give you a unique market position. I've got a couple of Lowel Scandles to complement my CaseLites, and with the big cone reflector on them, they actually have a little punch, which I was surprised to discover. The CaseLite with its mirror barn doors actually puts out more lumens in close proximity, but it's a wide spray of light that loses intensity quickly. But one of these Scandles, with the collapsible cone reflector, can actually light up a house across the street -- not brightly, mind you, but it does have a noticeable impact. The deeper the reflector, the more focused in one direction the light beam will be, meaning less falloff. I always thought a circular PAR fluo would be an interesting light design; the Scandles seems to be the closest thing to it so far, but I really like your price point. Basically trying to get somewhat of a fluorescent hard light. To do that though, you'd probably have to use a different type of light -- I don't think a 2' x 2" biax would lend itself to the right type of shape, you might need something more like a spiral CFL.

                Anyway, looks good, put me down for a couple!
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                  #38
                  Barry G... the clips I've shown so far only depict the outer aluminum shell and the MATERIAL that the reflectors are made from... if you notice the shape of the light (by viewing the end) you'll see that this is, in fact, the direction that you suggest. Thank YOU for making your points! I needed somebody to grasp what I was trying to explain as people are stressing compact and portable as I'm stressing DEEPER and more effective!

                  Yes, these WILL have a parabolic reflector. I chose not to show one yet, but you can see the DRAMATIC effect that it has when I just hold one behind the bare tube... (see my previous clip of the "cheap flo")... the aluminum "box" you've seen is just that... an empty box... Just wait until you see one of these "loaded".

                  I bought a 350 pound tool just to form the parabolic reflectors... I'm pretty darn serious about the reflectors in case you didn't notice... (laughing)...

                  I like the fact that it's FREE light... no extra heat, power, or tubes required! It's just the increased cost of a better design...
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                    #39
                    Damn it; hurry up already!

                    :O

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                      #40
                      Hey Matt, wazz happenin', you ok?

                      Hope you didn't have an accident with that 350lb tool for forming the parabolic reflectors!

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                        #41
                        What the hell? Where am I? Oh sorry... I was asleep on the keyboard for the last 3 weeks... I went to one of those optical illusion sites and slipped into a hypnotic stupor.

                        Okay the past couple weeks have been pretty busy in my "normal life" and I had to take a break from this stuff... not 'cause I wanted to... it's just that suppliers are freakin' SLOW... I already have a bunch of compact fluorescent clips and sockets that I can't use for anything... and I didn't want to make a giant order of some other stuff only to stick it on a shelf... so I've been waiting for a couple of final parts.

                        When a company says I'll have something by Wednesday I now automatically assume they mean wednesday NEXT week... or even the week AFTER... AAAARRRGGGG! It's hard to not get burned out...

                        I definitely put my original post up about a month too soon... but I'm getting close... I hope by next Friday... Are you getting sick of the "next week" stuff? Yeah, me too.
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                          #42
                          Hey, at least you're not under a big pile of parts waiting to be rescued! ...then again, figuratively speaking you kinda are, but it sounds like you just need a few more parts to throw on the pile! Just wanted you to know we're still rootin' for ya!

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                            #43
                            Hey Matt and everyone,
                            I just bought a DVX and now I need to redo all my lighting, or at least some of it. Just thought I would add my interest getting one of your Flos! They look fantastic so far! Mark
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                              #44
                              Mat,

                              Looks like you got some great stuff. Hope you can give us an update. Would also love to see the finished mic Blimp.

                              I am in need of lights. And I love the idea of not using Killer hot lights.
                              Ben

                              CEO Red Lightning Software LLC
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                                #45
                                hope you are alright.. still hoping to get some of your lights
                                Ben

                                CEO Red Lightning Software LLC
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