Color Changing Variable Color Temperature LED Video Light – Review


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What's all the buzz about these Color changing LED Video lights? It's not the technology, that's old news. It's the price that's stirring things up amongst mobile video shooters. I posted this article a short while back: http://cheesycam.com/latest-led-color-changing-video-light/. Since then, there's been responses and questions about these fancy LED video light panels. One of the highlights of Canon's DSLR video is that it does well with ambient lighting. These light panels make sense for adding a bit of fill light and mixing it in quickly. Well, I was finally able to get my hands on the panel and here's a quick overview of what it is, how it works, and price comparisons on some other items in market.

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Color Changing Variable Temperature 1000 LED Video Light

First let's talk tech. The technology isn't new and it's not difficult for any other company to replicate. It is pretty cool though and quick to get it set up and get it closely mixed in with your ambient lighting. I would say this is great for location interviews to add some additional fill light. By using two different color LED's (half tungsten and half daylight) you can mix the color by controlling the power output of each set. You'll see this in the end of my little video. I'm not going to say one is better than the other, and you should contact the manufacturer of each product to find out more information, but here's the current technology being sold today by a few different companies.

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Ikan uses this technique of mixing LED colors in a product they call the Ikan Multi-K Variable Color Temperature LED Light selling for $489.95.

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Lowel has a portable color changing LED video light called the Lowel Blender LED sold for $629.95.

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The most expensive solution. Litepanels uses this method in what they call their 1x1 Bi-Color Variable Color Temperature LED Flood Light selling for $2,545.00.

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1000 LED DIMMABLE COLOR CHANGING Video Light Panel shown with Canon 7D

This particular panel has 1000 LED's so bigger than the Lowel and Ikan lights, and possibly about the same size as the LitePanel. As you can see from my photo above with the Canon 7D on top, I think I can get two of these into an Airport Carry On sized roller bag, should one choose not to have it 'Checked in'. The build quality feels exactly the same as the LED's shown in my earliest video here: http://cheesycam.com/latest-led-video-lights-for-dslr-video/. It's completely squared, there's no real Portrait or Landscape rotation on this item. So quite odd that you can relocate the mount to any side.

The overall light output is dimmable, but also has the added color temperature changing feature built in. Although it's labeled as a 1000 LED panel, if you are using one complete spectrum of color only half of the LED's will be illuminated. So far this is the cheapest Color Changing Dimmable 1000 LED Video Light panel in the market. I'm not familiar with the build quality of the Litepanel, but you can practically pick up 4 of these 1000 LED video color changing light panels, and still come in cheaper than a single Litepanel 1x1 Bi-Color Variable Color LED Flood Light. If you're in need of quick video light to mix in with your ambient, there's nothing cheaper at this size with these features and more information can be found here.

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Available via Amazon (below)
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7 thoughts on “Color Changing Variable Color Temperature LED Video Light – Review

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  3. LeavingNormal

    Perfect, yeah i could def make it work. Especially since the 1000's on daylight are basically 500's anyways, with a set of 3 i can definitely get the ISO and shutter speed dialed in on my 7D. Thanks for the info. Love the site, great resource for a shooter on a budget.

  4. Emm

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    Left side of the light is Canon 5D Mark II with 24-105mm F/6.3 lens at ISO 800. Right side is Canon 7D with Tamron 18-270mm @ F/6.3 ISO 800. I turned off all the other lights in studio. You could do better with the lighting than I did, I tried to keep things in focus and underexposed to show the color changing. Otherwise it would be pretty hard to see the changes. If you're shooting with other lights and aperture at F/2.8 it would be more than enough. Bright enough to be used outdoors too, check out this article: http://cheesycam.com/benton-rockin-the-500-led-outdoors/

  5. LeavingNormal

    What kind of camera settings are currently on the DSLR that's on the other side of this video? I'm looking to get a set of the 500's for both some photo and video work and these seems to have the flexibility i need. But just curious to see how good 500 LED's will light up that white sheet for photo's. It looks like it light's it up fine, but im not sure if it's just that your ISO is like 6400 or something, though it doesnt look it. I'm planning on getting the package of 3 500 LED's with Stands off amazon.

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