Which Video Light Setup is Best for You?
The following is a tutorial for how to buy the right setup for your camcorder housing. This page serves as a FAQ for some of the most frequently asked questions when underwater filmmakers are choosing their video lights from our product line. All of the video light packages on our website comes with everything you need to mount your lights to a 1" ball adapter clamp. You also have the option to mount the lights to any custom arm or handle setups using the pre-drilled holes on the light handles. Now let's take a few steps to find the right setup for you.
Step 1: Choosing the right light setup for you.
SLX Video Light Package: This setup is compact, easy to set up, and provides plenty of light for shooting macros and closeup shots. The maximum efficiency LED setup is extremely reliable so you will never have to worry about replacement bulbs, and each SLX light will give you more than 4.5 hours (up to 16 hours) of burn time on a set of 6 AA batteries, making it virtually maintenance free. It is favored by professionals that require specialty shots because you don't have to wait for the light to "heat up."
We have recently introduced the SLX Quad setup that has a total of four SLX video lights that will give you the maximum area of coverage and the maximum combined output.
Step 2: Mounting the video lights on your housing.
All of our lights comes with 1" ball adapters that can be clamped using our own system or any other 1" ball joint systems such as Ultralight Control Systems.
The most common way to mount the lights to your housing is to purchase some housing adapters simply by choosing the type of housing that you have. Generally the housing adapters will mount directly onto your housing or the handles of your housing. If you have a small polyurethane housing then you can consider purchasing a tray, which is also listed under the housing adapter. We carry adaptesr for the most popular and well known housing manufacturers from all over the world. If you do not see your housing listed, please contact us with your housing and the model number, we will see if we have an adapter that will fit your housing.
Step 3: Choosing the arms.
Choosing the right arm setup can be tricky, but generally people prefer an 8" arm + either a 5" or a 12" arm. This first setup will give you combination of 5", 8", or 13" (with an elbow) whereas the second setup will give you a 8", 12", or a 20" arm (with an elbow). Different setups will work for different people and you can always start off with one setup and make any additional purchases in the future.
Step 4: Buying clamps that will connect the lights to the arms, and the arms to the housing.
If you are using a single segment arm on each side, you will need a total of 4 ball clamps (2 on each side). If you choose to have a dual segmented arm on each side, you will need a total of 6 ball clamps (3 on each side).
Mounting the lights directly to your housing, tray, or handle.
In the case where you prefer to mount the lights directly onto your housing. You can do so by mounting the lights directly onto your housing, tray, or handle. Nocturnal Lights lighting systems all come with a 1/4" hole for custom mounting. You can also choose to mount the lights onto the housing, tray, or handle using the ball adapters/housing adapter as a point of contact. In this case you will need 2 clamps (1 on each side) so even though there's no arms, you can still point the lights in different directions.