Originally Posted by thekurgan
You need to use a spot meter in order to actually shoot bright lights along with the proper white balance set via a white card. Using a POS camera, or an SLR in auto mode will yield poor results photographically.
You may be correct but most pics that I've ever seen, including my own, obviously haven't used a spot meter. Most people who aren't photographers by trade aren't going to buy special equipment for things like this.