North Light HID Copy Light system.
Every few years the folks in the BetterLight booth at either PMA or PhotoPlus trade show add or subtract one kind of lighting technology. Since the camera is the best in class, it is natural that they recommend only the best lighting.
At PhotoPlus 2004 I saw the North Light HID Copy Light system for the first time. The lights looked impressive. What is also good about these kind of ceramic high-intensity discharge metal halide lamps is that they are cooler than hot tungsten lights.
In my archaeological photography at museums around the world, the curators certainly prefer that you not use strobe or flash, and many museums do not allow tungsten hot lights any more.
We do not have any ceramic high-intensity discharge metal halide lamps yet (due to their cost), so we are not able to recommend them until we can document their capabilities in-situ in our museum (Museo Popol Vuh, on the campus of the Universidad Francisco Marroquin; the main FLAAR evaluation center for digital camera equipment is at this university).
To learn more about the North Light HID Copy Light system you should go straight to the source, the man who designed and built them: David Christensen: telephone 650 366-5483, e-mail david@NorthLightProducts.com.
Most recently updated November 25, 2004.