Three Types Lighting Sources Used in Video and Film

Three Types Lighting Sources Used in Video and Film

Three Types Lighting Sources Used in Video and Film

Are you wondering what it takes to create the lighting effects that you see on the big screen?  Do you ever wonder about all the work that goes into each shot to create your favorite movies or TV shows?  When you finally start to learn about the lighting effects that occur behind-the-scenes, you will be shocked at all the knowledge and expertise that goes into each different shot.  The lighting department is equipped with many technicians that have knowledge of how to use each piece of grip equipment on the set.   These are a few of the most common types of lighting sources that are used in video and film.

Tungsten Lighting

This type of lighting refers to the tungsten-halogen bulbs that encompasses many warm lighting sources.  Because these lights cover the entire visible spectrum of lighting, they are often used when cinematographers want to capture rich, accurate colors.  They are often hazardous to use on set, however, as they burn hot and may even burn so bright, they will shatter.  It is best for even the most experienced grip technician to handle these lights with gloves.  These lights are also the most cost-effective lights that will be used behind the scenes of film.

Daylight-Balanced Arc Lighting

Daylight-balanced arc lighting is often used for the opposite end of the visible spectrum as tungsten lighting.  It often appears as hues of blue.  Even though this light burns at a higher temperature, we still refer to it as a cooler light.  This may be used to create certain moonlit scenes and mock some exterior evening scenes, since it burns as a cooler color.  It may also be used to provide backlighting to accentuate a focal point on the screen with a warmer light on the interior spaces.  

LED Lighting

LED lighting is popular because of its adjustability.  It can be controlled and adjusted to create any mood or effect, which makes it a popular choice for more current movies and films.  However, the cost of these lights is much higher than many other choices on the market.  LED lights also offer the benefits of being able to see changes in real-time as you are adjusting the lights.  Even though it allows many adjustable benefits, it is still difficult to mimic true sunlight.  That is where many cinematographers may use a combination of lighting techniques and types to replicate.  

These are some of the lighting sources that are used in video and film, but they are not the only ones that exist in the industry.  The type of lighting you will use will depend upon the set-up and the mood that is being elicited in the project.  If you are looking for the right grip lighting or other rentals for your film project, contact Tiki Grip Electric to hear about our available rentals today.

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