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I want to make a cheesecloth ghost. I plan to hang it in a tree outside. How do I place the blacklight to light it up? I plan to get a florescent light fixture.
 

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I use fluorescent black lights for my ghosts. I try to place the light between the ghost and the viewer, and shield the the light from the viewer. I have used cheap 2 light 4' fixture and a couple of 4' tubes from home depot, which will affect a pretty large area. paint the fixture flat black. I have also used single tube black lights from Spirit and made my own shields. with the 20% off coupon its a pretty good deal.
 

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that would be my suggestion as well. Behind something, or ive done a cardboard box painted flat black over the light jut to hide it. If your going to use the ghost in the tree maybe hang the light up in the tree? This will work better if its a large tree (i have a huge oak tree in my yard i hang ghosts from and hide my lightning flood light.
 

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How ever you decide to do it, whether it is in the tree, or behind a tombstone, or whatever. The most important thing is don't let the ToTs see the actual bulb itself, that ruins the effect. You will probably have to do some trial and error. The majority of my black light effects are behind windows or in my maze, for outside outside, I use a UV Wash.
 

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I use outdoor rated blacklight floods from Spiderwebman. Can't recommend enough. You could completely hide the light source in the tree.
 

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I use screw-in compact fluorescent black light inside a "brooder clamp light" fixture, both from Home Depot The clamp light allows you to clamp the light to a tree branch, or to a stick behind a gravestone, et cetera. The reflector hood on the fixture works very well for shielding the light from the audience and directing it all in one direction, which also means that an ordinary sized CFL blacklight packs a wallop.

This setup is not weatherproof. Do what you need to to keep it dry.
 

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One other thing to mention: the light intensity drops off, the farther from the lamp. If you place the lamp near the head of the ghost, the glow will fade towards the bottom (a fairly natural effect). Place it near the ground for the opposite; or a little farther away for a glow that is overall softer, but less variable across the whole figure.
 

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I use screw-in compact fluorescent black light inside a "brooder clamp light" fixture, both from Home Depot The clamp light allows you to clamp the light to a tree branch, or to a stick behind a gravestone, et cetera. The reflector hood on the fixture works very well for shielding the light from the audience and directing it all in one direction, which also means that an ordinary sized CFL blacklight packs a wallop.

This setup is not weatherproof. Do what you need to to keep it dry.
Do you think I could create my own sort of hood a pack an extra wallop out of an array of blacklight CFLs?

Please see the following:

http://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/140131-best-way-deploy-array-uv-cfls-maximal-fluorescence-cfl-tree.html
 
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