Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Make a PVC Light Stand for Under $5



Here's a post I've been wanting to put up for awhile. It involves creating a much needed item for those who need to hang their non-pro lights on something. These were made from necessity and have come in very handy. I am very glad to be able to share these with the world. Finally!

Here's the Instructables version.

16 comments:

Chris said...

YES! Actually got me thinking about a ton of things. Hair lights fills and floods alike become far easier. I work with alot of PVC and if you want alittle more weight you can use Schedule 80 pvc instead of 40.... Its more expensive but is far more rigid..... I also have an all new respect for spring clamps......

BrianC said...

Excellent, thank you so much! I am getting ready to film my first movie this spring and this information helps me save so much money!

Jeepman said...

Where did you find the "hinge T"? I went to Lowes and Home Depot and neither one had it. Thanks for the video...awesome!

Scott Eggleston said...

Jeepman,

I've since learned that this is called a "snap tee". I found mine at Lowe's, the only hardware store in my town that carried them. You can also find them online.

Good luck!

Alex said...

Here is my PVC implementation of the C-stand concept.

david said...

Scott: What section in Lowes did you find the snap tees? I've been though the local one and not seen any, but I was not really looking for them - I'd like to look again.

Scott Eggleston said...

I just found them with the other PVC parts. I'm not sure if they have them chain-wide, but Lowe's in the only place I could find them in Salt Lake City.

wonderfulcolor said...

accidentally bought 1" pipe. My life's over.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just wondered into your awesome site seeking a DIY shock-mount for a video mic, and have spent a bit too long here, vid after vid, lol... I will now attempt to build a jib! BTW, I use halogen lights designed for wall mounting, but on Bogen, stage lighting stands, and a repurposed short tripod. I will send you pics in a bit...

Mr_Poe said...

How do you tranaport your light stand? What do you put them in?

Silkartist said...

Thanks so much for the $5.00 light stand video. I made 2 yesterday in a New York minute! They're great for folding up out of the way. I'm with you when one can spend so very much less than the photo stores want to charge you!

DIYFilmSchool.net said...

This is a great video. I'm not really mechanically savvy, but this seems easy enough for me to do, so I just may.

Indizona said...

Wow, I need people like you to point outside the box for me so I can see what's out there, LOL!! I am working on setting up a photo studio for my eBay items (and other places I sell online) and this is very helpful. Thank you for a great video!

Shelby Merrick said...

Made a pair yesterday to use with speedlights and clamp lights. Used a 1/4" bolt and nut in some end caps for the heads. Thanks!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sporadic/8659548569/in/photostream

Michael W. Cho said...

Great idea, so refreshingly inventive. Love your videos.

Anonymous said...

what size crib sheet. they have different sizes and cotton percale or cotton knit?

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