I will buy lightning for the first time - help me think!

So the time has come when I can actually afford some real, own, shiny lightning.

Previously I have borrowed spotlights from a theatre and different photo lights (which I don't have access to anymore), and this is the first time I'm putting together a studio not based on whatever equipment is in reach for free. Those I have had worked well, but then I have never been very nit-picking with that part, so I have never delved into the world of technical details about lightning. So, em, is there any kind that's like, objectively better than others, or something that you should avoid? Or just any direction on where I should start nerding? :)

Thanks a lot :)

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I'm personally a fan of Lowel's stuff.  I've got a couple of their Omni and Tota lights, which work really well for my limited studio space.  They're small, lightweight, relatively inexpensive (a couple hundred $US apiece individually (~1200-1500 kr, or so Google tells me?)), and pretty flexible.  You could do worse than getting one of their kits.

I recommend PAR can fixtures like the ones used in night clubs. They're very inexpensive (like around $40 give or take) they take different bulb so you can tailor them to be wide or narrow, and they have built-in slots for holding color filters or diffusion - which I also recommend getting if you're interested in doing anything with lighting beyond just making your set bright. 

Here's a page from my site giving some more info: My Lighting Setup

I notice one of the links on my page is broekn - to see the Gel packs (for color filters) click here. I bought the Master Location pack, which really has a lot more colors and sheets than I will probably ever need. 

I find that Lowel has a dealer in Sweden, which sells those tota and omni lights. It's in another town, but they look very likable. Par cans feel like the simplest solution, cheap and easy to find. Alright, thanks a lot!

i had the same problem and was searching for a very long time until i found the right setup for me. of course it depends on your budget and what you want to achieve. i got a set with 2x300W cinelight junior fresnel spots and one 1x600W. 300W is very suitable for lightning a stop-motion set because it will not float your scene totally in light. also i didnt run in any flickering issues with this setup and the bulb is a daylight. the fresnel lets you controll the light-beam, actually the cinelight-model is an exact  replica of the Arri model and i also used to work with the original ones, i can not make out a difference. Also i use a lot of Diffusion Paper - like white diffusion foil from rosco to soften the light and black wrap foil to block out areas and make shaddows. i got my equipment from videogrip and was very happy with delivering et. all. but yes, it was a bigger financial decision, you might not want to get such expansive gear for the start...

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