Photographed using 2 Diva Lites by gregorfischer.photography (flickr.com Creative Commons)
I love the Kinoflo Diva Lite - it provides soft but strong light and gives great texture to faces. Since I always have it at disposal and can use it whenever I want I took it for granted already. It was just in Geneva at the first global apertus° community meet up when I wanted to rent one for the apertus° booth that I discovered how incredibly expensive these are. So I started my research to find out what part of it is so costly and created this apertus° project to build an alternative cheaper DIY fluorescent area light and sharing everything learned on the path in the apertus° spirit.
So now we disassembled our Diva Lite to see what secrets hid under the hood - the big surprise: NONE - they also just use off-the-shelf Osram Ballast and no additional electronics - their tubes are of higher grade than standard ones but you can get alternative tubes for studio lighting that are maybe just 5-10% worse for a much lower price.