I heard that I need to leave two feet of space between studio lights and the ceiling. My ceiling is only 10 feet high. Can I leave one foot or even half a foot?
I need to light the space for videos and photography.
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I can think of two reasons to keep some distance between studio lights and a ceiling:
Reflection, if the studio lights have so much spread that the light reflects against the ceiling, this can cause problems. Solution: use some frame to reflect the light, of change the direction of the lights more downward.
Fire hazards .. studio lights can get very hot and if the ceiling is from a material that heats up, you can imagine what might happen.
So probably you can leave less, but take the two above things into account.
English is not my native language... But "I need to leave two feet" is a bit "ambiguous"
Is this a recommendation, a law; you should or you should not. Do you have a gas pipe on the ceiling, wooden materials or some other flammable thing on the top floor? Is there any regulation on the place you live in? I could go on.
Are you using a rig mounted on the ceiling or you are using light stands on the floor?
As for reason Number 2, modern led lights are way cooler than old tungsten based lamps. You could also have some nice air circulation to keep the top region of air fresh.