Do you want to do some still life or portrait photography?
But, don't want to invest a lot of money in lighting equipment that you may rarely use?
Get a cheap, bright, light.
I like the Smith-Victor light fixture:
Use it with an EBW photo light bulb:
The cost for the above fixture and bulb is about $38 plus tax and shipping.
Similar fixtures are available from other camera stores and from some hardware stores.
However, if you purchase a light other than the Smith-Victor above, make sure that the light socket is made of porcelain, not plastic.
Use the automatic or daylight white balance setting.
Or, you can set a custom white balance setting.
If you'll be using a light more than occasionally, you may want to purchase a more sophisticated light.
Here are two examples.
The Lowel Tota-Light is compact and portable.
Be sure to get a stand for the light that's sturdy and easy to setup.
Lights are often sold in kits with stands and umbrellas. If you buy a kit, make sure the stands are not flimsy and hard to set up.
Also, consider getting a clamp that you can use to attach the light to a shelf or to the top of a door.
Don't need a compact and portable light?
Have a look at the Lowel Omni-Light or similar lights.
• Because the photography bulb is hot, you may want to use oven mitts.
• Never leave the light on when you're not present.
• Children and pets should not be present or nearby.
• Make sure the light is not placed near anything that may catch fire.
• Do not place anything on the light, such as a filter, unless the attachment is made specifically for that usage.
• Do not use the photography bulbs in a non-photographic fixture.
• Do not leave the bulb with conventional light bulbs.
• Tape the cords to the floor to prevent knocking the light fixture down Use gaffer tape—not duct tape.
• Use a heavy-duty extension cord.