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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.
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.
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.
Lowel has a portable color changing LED video light called the Lowel Blender LED sold for $629.95.
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.
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.
Available via eBay (below)
Color Temperature Changing Dimmable LED Video Light Panel
1000 LED Photography Video Light Panel 0% - 100% DIMMABLE COLOR CHANGING 3500K- 6000K TEMP