There is no doubt that Kino Flo produce some very good lights. But they’re not exactly easy on the wallet. Sure, you can go out and buy several fluorescent tube fittings and try to build your own that way. But, like any fluorescent light, including the Kino Flos, they’re not always the most colour accurate. Incandescent tungsten light bulbs, however, are a different story entirely.
In this DIY tutorial from Indy Mogul, DP James Codeglia shows us how we can build our own. In the movies, these types of lights are called “covered wagons”. James has used lights like these while working on several movies with J.J. Abrams. They’re a similar size and form factor to the Kino Flo lights, and can put out a decent amount of power but are way less expensive.