I was helping to light a short drama on Saturday and thought I would try out some new low cost fluorescent lighting.
I recently bought two 120watt fluorescent daylight bulbs (equivalent to 500 watts of conventional lighting). So amost equivalent to a 800 watt redhead with a full blue correction filter on it.
I got them with umbrella reflectors. They worked well. Matched daylight well. But as I often am using lighting from behind the subject towards the camera then they tend to flare a bit. …and the light is a bit uncontollable. BUT the two lamps and stands and reflector umbrella were only about £60.
The other thing that worked well was using one of my led lights taped above the lens as a catchlight for the eyes.