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Post by Becky521 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:43 pm

Aside from a gas powered generator, have any of you used Battery operated lighting products that allow you to paint outdoors around dusk and after when you are working in a festival setting? I thought about a LED headlamp, but I don't want to blind the customer, so I think some sort of area lighting would be better. I could do normal lighting by plugging into some sort of battery station, or I could use a battery powered lamp. It sounds like the parents in my area would be thrilled for me to paint at this monthly outdoor festival that runs 6 months out of the year from 6-10pm. It will get dark before the event ends and I plan to offer glitter tattoos and hopefully airbrush tattoos so I have choices for the older late night crowd too.

Any product suggestions for lighting?
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Post by Perry Noia on Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:27 pm

they don't have power?? All the festivals we do that go after dark have power for all the vendors. I have a construction lamp that we hang in the top of the tent (one of those single light bulb in a cage things at the end of an extension cord). We're trying some xmas lights right now but only had one string.... it might be nice with 3 or 4 strings but more for effect than actually throwing much light.

We have a couple of battery powered lanterns but they don't throw much light to work with just those.
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Post by Becky521 on Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:07 am

Some of the booths have power, but not all, and they can't guarantee they will have it for everyone that requests it, but for the cost of the booth, it will be well worth the inconvenience if I can come up with a battery-powered solution. My husband asked almost every parent whose child I painted at the elementary school last night if they thought there was a "need I could fill" at these events and every one of them agreed whole-heartedly that I should get a booth. Love when he does on the spot market surveys like that while I paint!
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Post by JBM on Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:59 am

Get a powered booth. It often costs a bit extra but for the hassle and cost of battery operated it is so worth it. LED or battery operated in my opinion is suitable for jobs that have maybe the last half hour in low light but an event till 10pm done regularly you need power. It will start to do your head in trying to deal with shadowing etc. And festivals often won't let you bring a generator. Get friendly with the stall manager and explain why to paint fine details you need good light.
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Post by Becky521 on Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:57 am

Riana, I'll have to talk to the stall manager. You make some really good points.
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Post by fesspenter on Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:59 am

When we go camping up north, I bring solar gardening lights with me. At night, the girls will bring the lights with them into their tent so they can stay up and read. They have put hair elastics around the body of the solar lantern and hooked that onto a bungee cord so the light is suspended above each of their heads for reading. It is not the brightest light. It slowly fades out around midnight or 1 in the morning. The next day, they put the solar lanterns in the sun to recharge them.
I don't know if this would work for facepainting.
This whole face painting experience would be so easy if we didn't have to worry about things like
Lighting
Money
Buying paint
Shelter
Getting clients
Training
Sanitizing everything
Clients.
Other than that...
It is easy to face paint!
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Post by Guest on Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:07 am

You need lights at night? scratch Right now it is daylight till midnight and it isn't even summer yet.

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Post by fesspenter on Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:30 am

Dear Shannon:
Different regions have different weather and seasons.
Right now, it is the first week of June here in the wild of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
We have to contend with
howling wolves,
swirling snow,
Canadian music content on our radio shows.
We do have lights...
Northern Lights!
(Well at least we have them up north).
xoxo
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Post by Becky521 on Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:01 pm

Sigh. Seeing the Aurora Borealis in person is on my bucket list. Here it's 80+ degrees with pop up thunderstorms (some severe) and it's dark by about 7:00 or so? It's not SUPPOSED to be 80+ degrees yet. That's usually July weather. If I WANTED hot and humid in May, I would have moved to Florida!
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Post by Guest on Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:05 pm

And... ? I have all of the above in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, plus daylight till midnight, dusk for a few hours with a beautiful teal and orange horizon, then the sun pops up again around 4 a.m. without it ever getting "dark"... and as a bonus we don't have the Maple Leafs!

I've never worked in the dark at outdoor events as our outdoor season is May to August only, everything else is indoors so usually no lighting issues. I do have a couple of those clip-on LED booklights for working in clubs so I can tell what colours I am loading but there is generally enough light to see what I am doing.

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Post by artyfacesbyluz on Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:34 pm

In Walmart at the camping section they sell battery operate headlamps, for 8 dollars, they are good enough for you to work with and doesn't bother the kid's eyes.
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Post by anniel on Sun Jun 03, 2012 12:38 am

I use Brinkman LED head- lights from Home Depot. They've become a permanent thing in my kit--always handy for darker corners, and great for after dark venues!
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Post by Becky521 on Sun Jun 03, 2012 7:09 am

I'm leaning toward a headlamp and also this:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Happy-Camper-Deluxe-Camping-Combo-LED-Lantern-and-Fan/15125741

Or this:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-Quad-Lantern/13848584

I'd love to have porwer every month, but since the form says they can't "guarantee" it, I want a backup in case I get stuck with a booth with no electricity. LEDs are bright, don't use much electricity and last for what seams to be forever!
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Post by anniel on Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:44 am

Go to pulsetv.com. They have a battery powered 27 LED magnetic worklight with hangers for $5.99...
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Post by Luvs to paint on Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:59 pm

I have a several large camping lanterns that are battery powered that I can hang to illuminate my painting area when I don't have access to electricity for my electric overhead light.
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Post by Psalmbook on Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:04 pm

I wear a head lamp & it works pretty well. There are also ball caps w/ lit brims that look a little better than a head lamp (if you don't want to look like a miner...)
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Post by MelodyFPL on Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:43 pm

A headlamp is well and good for painting, but what about lighting the rest of your booth? What about your menu boards and promotional table?
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Post by Becky521 on Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:44 pm

Exactly, Melody! I'm going to have to get creative! There are street lamps, it's not going to be pitch black or anything, but art needs light!!!!
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Post by Kimmari on Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:32 am

I was running out of light on my last client at a free summer concert and a police officer came and shined his flashlight on her so I could finish. He was awesome! The next week I brought along a headlamp, but I finish at dusk, so it helps with the last client only.
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Post by ginganinja on Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:32 am

My grandparents have a jump box- for jumping your battery ico emergency. The one they have has a couple standard outlets on it, they use it for a couple fans in the summer at festivals. You charge it at home, and they've had good luck with it.

Something along these lines
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000TKHMWK/ref=aw_d_detail?pd=1

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Post by Lady Jayde on Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:57 pm

Home Depot sells high lumen lantern for about $24. They take 8 D-Cell batteries each and run for about 8-10 hours on full tilt. I have two of them for my tent and I hang them from the frame ahead of time so when visibility starts to go I just flip a switch. It lights up my entire tent quite nicely. I don't have a problem with using them because I work for a battery company and get my batteries for a price that doesn't break the bank, but I haven't needed to change them out yet so I don't know if that would even be an issue even if I had to pay retail for batteries.

What you want to look for when buying an LED light for painting is the number of lumens. I think the home depot lights are 1100 lumen which means they can light a 10x10 space with ease and with 2 your have enough light to paint by. The little camp lights and even head lamps are generally low lumen lights so they provide a more directional light and can often blind the customer or fail to light adequately.
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