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The purpose of that post is to illustrate creative lighting solutions on the cheap. The kind of small lights you’re talking about at the power output levels I’m reading you desire generally fall into pro pricing which isn’t cheap.
What you’re going to have to use will not give your client’s too much confidence when they see but it’ll be up to you to ‘sell the setup’. A ‘ghetto solution’ to your problem could be the compact fluorescent bulbs D0n mentioned, but you’ll still need fixtures and they most likely won’t fit in your suitcase with your clothes and all. Chinese lanterns are also a good option, but the wire fixture that supports the lantern is a PIA to hold your bulb as it was designed for traditional bulbs and not coiled fluorescents.
The best and most ‘ghetto’ setup would be to use fluorescent lanterns like the one’s Coleman makes for camping and or hand held tap lights like the ones they advertised on TV. I suggest you make a run to Wal-Mart or the like and have a look through their light bulb section and their camping selection. You’ll find all kinds of lights that are battery or AC powered that are small enough to fit your need.
Be advised though, read the labels carefully as to ascertain whether they are ‘soft white’, ‘bright white’ or ‘daylight’. Fluorescents come in those 3 varieties and range in color temp from 2700K to 6500K. If you get consumer based LED lights they’re almost always at or near daylight color temp unless they do red. They might work as a substitute for daylight, but I’d do some serious testing with them first before using them on a job.