As you may or may not know, the canyon is set into the side of my small garden shed and so space is at a premium. As soon as we got out of lockdown the first thing I did was to upgrade my lighting from the cobbled together collection I had and got myself two softboxes with 4 bulbs in each (at about 135W each) and they have been great but they are so big in the shed that I kept hitting my head on them and they are a bit of a pain to work around (see photo 1) so I've been looking for a decent LED light panel and yesterday I found a great one.
The peak of the roof is about 2.3m so the bottom of the softbox sits at about 175cm and I'm 183cm tall (6ft) and I can't angle it down and have it over the track as the roof is even lower there and they would literally be touching the track :)
I have tried a number of different light panels, flood lights etc and they either strobe really badly during slomotion video or they are a lot duller than the current lights so I'd need to add a bunch of them - meaning more power cords and plugs needed.
Then yesterday I came across the Yongnuo YN900. I've used Youngnuo flashes for photography for years so I trusted the brand and the panel I found has a 6000 lumen output (according to the box) and I gotta say it was right!
Here's the panel now nicely hidden up into the rafters and well away from my head height
The light comes with a remote, barn doors, lightstand mount and 2 different diffusers. Here's a look at the light on the track - it makes it like daylight!
And here's a side by side comparison with the softbox on the left and the new panel on the right - the colour temps are different but I'll be swapping the other softbox for another panel so that will fix that issue
The light and the power adapter (it doesn't come with one as it can also run on camera batteries if needed) cost me $330NZD, which is about what I paid for each softbox. The softboxes worked great and I still like them but I've had enough of hitting my head so will be swapping them out. However I'm going to keep the softboxes as well in the hope that I can get another permanent space where I could rig up some more tracks that I want to make instead of trying to cram them all into my one space lol.
Anyway, I'll update with any progress or feedback on the lights as I go.