Jump to content

Tube lighting Fixtures


Recommended Posts

This could be done in many different ways depending on your means. Sometimes there is fishing line that is used to hang them. Sometimes there is an actual piece of set design that the units hang from. It could also be a C-Stand with a cardellini clamp that clamps down on the tube itself.

All depends on what you are actually trying to accomplish and how you need to hide the support for the tubes.

  • Upvote 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Are you close to any rental shops?

 

 

You need to be able to see how the Kino lamps are connected and then you can make custom wiring harnesses from Kino parts that are available for purchase.

 

You still need the ballast to drive the Kinos so it isn't really a cheap DIY project. Although you can rent those relatively cheap.

 

http://www.filmtools.com/kino-flo-har-4801-single-locking-harness-4.html?nosto=nosto-page-product1

  • Upvote 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

You can use fairly conventional electronic fluorescent tube ballasts, they're fine for every purpose I've ever used them for.

 

All of this can be built from off the shelf parts.

 

P

Link to post
Share on other sites

You can use fairly conventional electronic fluorescent tube ballasts, they're fine for every purpose I've ever used them for.

 

All of this can be built from off the shelf parts.

 

P

 

Do you have a source for the clip-on (squeeze connectors) for the tubes? Regular tombstones won't work for this sort of application.

Link to post
Share on other sites

That's the hardest part. I use conventional end caps designed for T8 tubes, which are reasonably secure. The main issue is that they don't fit shatter-sleeved tubes without modification; I trimmed the surround from all of mine.

 

It's also possible to make extremely effective connections to fluorescent tubes with two single pieces of a screw terminal block each end, although despite the fact that it's probably more secure than the commercial caps, it may not satisfy safety regulations.

 

P

Link to post
Share on other sites

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/258842-REG/Kino_Flo_EXP_LHC_T12_Lamp_Holder_Clips_for.html

 

Those clips are very handy, secure and cheap to have in a kit. I'm currently working on a show that uses Quasar tubes in-shot as design elements, so we cannot use those particular clips because they reflect. Our high-tech mounts are 1/2" shelving tracks with bolts through them. The tubes are taped to the front of the U-shape channel and the bolt runs out the back to a grip knuckle. Simple, super clean, flexible. The quasar are nice because they barely get warm whereas kinos do heat-up, so something to be aware of.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...