Budget Lighting – under $150

Every filmmaker needs at least a few lights to shoot an interview or to illuminate a dark scene. Since the LED revolution kicked off a few years back, these lights have become more reliable, affordable, and powerful over the years. LEDs are no longer the little brother of “real” tungsten or HMI lights.

Therefore, you can get a decent and affordable light as an essential foundation for your kit. For this list, we’ve selected a few very portable, efficient lights and kits to get you started on decent lighting on a budget. These include small battery-powered LEDs but also larger units which are good to just brighten up dim sets to get you started.