Arts & Entertainment

Tungsten Lighting Guide: How to Use Tungsten Light in Film

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Nov 8, 2020 • 3 min read

When filmmakers light their movie sets, they generally choose from five different light sources: natural sunlight, hydrargyrum medium-arc iodide (HMI) lighting, fluorescent lighting, LED lighting, and tungsten lighting. All have advantages and disadvantages, but tungsten lamps have long been a filmmaking staple.