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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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The Batten Strip

The completed batten strip.

The batten strip is a simple, yet effective tool that is often used in the professional arena. Yes, even on big-budget Hollywood movies, the electrical department will get down and dirty with a piece of lumber and some porcelain sockets—that’s all it is. These are easily tucked into corners, behind furniture, attached overhead, and more.

The components necessary to build a batten strip fixture.

Here’s what you need:

  • 3-foot length of 1″ ×4″ lumber: $2

  • Four medium-base porcelain sockets: $12

  • 10-foot long ...

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