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I am currently shopping around for a light kit case to fit my extra lamps.

I don't want to go with the cheapest available, but I also don't want to spend a lot of money. Is there anything in the mid price range that is also decent? I am willing to look at both hard and soft cases. Thanks.
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:51 PM
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I have been lucky and buying used avil cases for cheap at Bexel. You might what to see if they have any for sale. I know in California, every 4 months or so, they have cleaning house sale. They are the same size, and fit onto my cart.
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Many people seem to use a large Pelican or Storm Case type case. The 1610 Pelican I think?
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I use Pelican 1650's for most of my lighting gear. But I have been thinking about going to smaller cases and rethinking/rearranging how I group, carry and organize everything. Gear storage and transport is ever evolving. I'll get a system I like for a few years and then ultimately I think, then try to improve it.

If you're starting from scratch(or just adding), go with Pelican Storm cases. I've started switching to the Storm cases lately whenever I've needed to add new cases. There are some design and slight size differences, but the latches are worth it. BTW, on Pelican's site they will give you the equivalent Storm case model for any given Pelican case, so that helps when you're comparing.

And as far as protecting spare lamps inside a light case, I use a small Pelican for most.
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Pelicans are pretty heavy and overkill just for lights. You can buy empty Lowel cases pretty inexpensively and outfit them however you want. They are strong and light.
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For everything but air travel--I use a 25 gallon "rubbermaid" type container I found at a hardware store. It has wheels on one end, a locking top and a handle. It holds roughly 6 heads, lamps, barn doors, clips and grip. Room for a few stingers if traveling light.

This is easy to maneuver and the lights don't get banged up on transport. Air travel is a completely different animal. Haven't got a good solution for that yet although I have some larger SKB cube type cases I would reach for first.
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For my Fresnel's I use a Kata Palms Two Case (it's a soft case) - holds 4 Arri stands, and my 1k, 650, 300, two 150's) - is is easily transported and has wheels! I can also get speed rings and barndoors in the case.

For my LEDS (and all my other lights - I have a lot!) I use Pelican cases - Mostly 1600's.

My HMI's have their own custom Anvil Cases.
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I am currently shopping around for a light kit case to fit my extra lamps.
"Light Kit" is kind of generic, if you give us a list of what you're trying to put in the case you might get better suggestions.
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I use storm cases (no more pelican latches!) for some led lamps, cstands/frames and reflectors go in gun cases. I've got my trusty lowel three light kit in original suitcase. Arri 650, 300's and stands go in a kata palms with wheels. Two kinoflo divas are in original cases. I also use a Kata light stand case that unfolds into a bunch of triangular pockets, if that makes sense.

I'm thinking of moving the arri kit into a storm case or an older peli 1650 I have sitting unused. Anvil cases, unless you travel a lot or ship a lot, are pure back breaking overkill...
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Just to be clear here are you looking for a light kit or something to store your spare lamps in. Also what type of lights are we talking about here as lowel pro lights require a lot less cubic footage than an Arri tungsten kit?
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Scott,

I do agree that Avil cases may be over doing, but for $25 bucks a case, you can't really beat it.
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$25 is cheap!
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The larger ones go for $50 bucks. It's always hit and miss. Got lucky and found a case for my older Sony 8045 monitor. Cheaper than a Portbrace case.

So, I think I have like 8 avil case...Not a bad investment. I think I have spent as much as one new avil case cost. Wow!
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