If you’re looking for a super-cheap RGB setup for your photos and videos, here’s an interesting video for you. Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter has found a set of DJ lights for only $15 per piece. They produce a wide range of colors, they’re dimmable and you can also use a controller to set the colors and the brightness. Check out the video to see them in action.
With low price come some quirks – and one of them is that these lights have switches instead of dials. Different combinations will give you different colors and brightness. There’s even an option for the light to hear the beats of music and then flash to the beats, but I doubt you’ll find that useful in photography or video. You can try it out when you throw a party, though.
As you turn the switches on and off, the colors will change, and you can experiment with the switches and see what you’ll get. But here are the basic combinations to get red, green and blue:
You can attach the light to the ceiling or use a Rapid Baby Adapter to mount it to a standard light stand. This way you can set it up at whichever angle you want.
The lights come with DMX inputs and outputs, which means you can use a cheap controller to control them. This gives you a lot more options and allows fine tuning of brightness and colors. Make sure to watch the video to see how it works and what it looks like. You can get a controller for around $50 if you don’t already own one, but if you want to keep the setup cheap, then you can just go with the switches.
Keep in mind that mixing two colors won’t give you the perfectly mixed third color. For example, if you turn on the blue and the red lights, both colors will be visible if the light is close to the surface. But adding some diffusion in front of the light should deal with this and give you the purple light.
Although these lights aren’t the highest-quality ones you can find, they still give you plenty of options for both photography and video. If you’re on a tight budget, I believe this can be a great solution for creating a cheap, yet effective RGB setup.
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