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A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget by Jay Holben

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Making a Box Light

This is an inexpensive fixture with surprisingly excellent light quality. To create this fixture, I used an empty box from a case of printer paper (12″ ×17″ ×10″), but you could use any kind of medium-sized box—preferably with a detachable lid, like a file box. This project creates a soft light fixture that works with or without diffusion.

The completed box light off (left) and on (right).

The components necessary to build the box light.

You will need the following supplies:

  • A box with a detachable lid

  • 10 feet of 16/3 extension ...

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