Cheap and Good Photo / Video Lights

I started watching the videos of SpectreSoundStudios recently and one of the videos was about how Glenn (the host) is achieving the great video quality of his videos. The answer is of course daylight lamps with broad spectrum or a high CRI (color render index). The professional lights that fulfill these requirements are quite expensive which is why this video caught my attention.

The surprising part to me was that he was using good old fluorescent lamps which I remembered to be horrible because of flickering and rather poor CRIs but technology has advanced and there are now non flickering high CRI fluorescent lamps which are quite affordable. I found them on amazon Germany and ordered two for 50€ each.

The Philips TL-D Graphica 950 has a CRI of 95 (100 is the max)

Here is the video:

And here are the amazon Germany (affiliate) links in case you want to shop yourself:

Now that I have them myself I’m blown away how natural everything looks with them on. A brilliant tip!

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