There are three main bulb types to consider for your cage:
- Do not use: high watt use and high chance of electrical interference in recording
- CFL (Compact Flourescent Light)
- Try not to use: medium watt use and small chance of electrical interference in recording
- LED (Light Emitting Diode)
- Best choice: low watt use and minimal chance of electrical interference in recording
- LED bulb descriptions usually give explanation of their brightness, color, and lumens.
- LED string lights usually do not give good explanations and will vary greatly. Here is helpful info for string lights:
- Dim: 3528 LED = 6-8 lumens
- Bright: 5050 LED = 16-22 lumens
- Very Bright: 5630 LED = 45-50 lumens
You can test the interference of bulbs in your recording by bringing them close to your microphone while you are monitoring – you may hear a small buzz as the bulbs get closer.
There are two types of lights to consider:
- General purpose lighting
- These are just for lighting up your cage so you can see what you are doing. Almost anything will work.
- Video/Photo lighting
- Good lighting for video recording and photography involves a lot more consideration. You need to consider angles, glare, color temperature, brightness, and Color Rendering Index (CRI). I won’t cover all that here but do go read up on it to set up optimal lighting for video/photo use.
Shown in video
- Utility Clamp Light (add LED bulb)
- Good for a low cost lighting option.
- LED string light
- This specific one is a great value for brightness (5630 LED) and flexibility of use.
- LED Ring light
- Terrific for portrait lighting, and as I show in the video can be used for top-down lighting.
- This make/model is not low cost but it is a great choice because of the mounting options, brightness, dimmer options, and can also run on batteries.
- LED Panel light
- I have not bought one of these yet but plan to – these are typically used for video/photo lighting.
- Has thread hole in bottom for selfie stick and boom arm mounting.
- Good brightness, dimmer control, and can run on battery power (same battery type used for ring light).
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