Lighting

Grow Lighting

These are the grow light systems i have played with. The BCM will shut these off 2 seconds before it takes the image, then turn them on afterwards. So none of the timelapse sequences are lit by this type of lighting.

Hydrofarm JSV4 4-Foot Jump Start T5 Grow Light System

I used this with the Hyacinth, while it did its job it does NOT have the output needed for most plants. But as far as the kit goes, i give it a solid 5/5 stars. For what it was, I could not ask for more.

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T5 EnviroGro 4Ft 4 Tube Fixture w/Bulbs-FLT44

But of course I did ask for more, so I picked up this beauty. 4x the output, very consistant light, this worked like a champ. It really expanded the variety of plants i could work with.

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600w iPower Digital Dimmable Grow Light System for Plants 

The iPower grow lights are really no good for this sort of work. I should have researched it further, there is no issue i can see with the iPower system if used as intended, but it was simply not designed to be turned on and off over 1000 times in 10 days. Both my bolbs are dead, after speaking with a lighting technician these are meant to be turned on and off maybe once or twice a day, constant on/off will destroy the bulbs.

 

Dirt Genius LED grow light. Low power, EXCELLENT output. My carnivorous plants LOVE this light.  I hope to pick a second one up soon.

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Lesson learned

Studio Lighting

And of course, the studio lighting systems

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Elinchrom D-Lite 4 Studio Lights

I used the Elinchroms for quite a while. I really like this brand, they use some good design principles and you even see it in their budget lines such as the D-Lite series.

At first they worked great, this is what was used on the Hyacinth timelapse, but over time the bulbs started giving less consistant output, i dont think they were designed for timelapse. It is hard to see output difference from shot to shot, but when it is stitched into a video it becomes apparent. Constantly replacing these bulbs was not an option, so I moved towards LED lighting.

 Aputure Amaran AL-528W LED Dimmable Video Light

Not a bad light at all! I picked one of these up hoping for consistent lighting, and it does deliver. However, it does strobe. You really have to get the exposure down to about 1 second, then you get some pretty good even light.  Be sure to use manual white balance too, these things seem to cause slight variances when using automatic WB.

 

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