An important part of taking great photos or shooting great video is paying attention to your lighting. It can be frustrating when you're shooting indoors and there just isn't enough light for the job. Instead of struggling with desk lamps, this DIY strip light uses a heavy-duty power strip, a bunch of compact fluorescents (CFLs) and an umbrella stand to create a portable strip light that packs enough lux for photography, shooting video, or just some task lighting in the garage.
The heavy-duty power strip (sysadmins will notice this is the type that lines the inside of their server racks) is cheap enough and is the base for a series of CFLs that are screwed into outlet-to-lampholder adaptors, all of which you can pick up at your local hardware store. Mount the whole thing on a stand, and you've got a super-bright, easy-to-collapse light strip that's super-bright.
The full details — along with links to purchase the components you'll need to build this one — are at the link below. The folks from DIY Photography are on the right track with this one; even though the original standing light was made with a few parts you probably won't have in your garage (like an umbrella holder and clamp), the cost of all of the components together is still less than buying a high-end box lamp to do the same thing.