1200 LED Light Panel goes Bi-Color

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The latest 1200 LED light panel is now being offered in a Color changing model. An added dimmer knob allows the LED panel to switch and mix between two different sets of LED colored bulbs giving you a range between 3200K-5600K. Unfortunately like the other 1200 LED panel, it still does not have the V-Mount adapter to use this off the grid like the smaller 600 or 900. Something to keep in mind - since the 1200 panel uses two different rows of LED lights, when switching from one color over to the other, you'll be cutting the LED count down to half (600 tungsten LEDs and 600 Daylight LEDs). The question you're all thinking about - why not just use Gels? First, Gels cut down light quite a bit, and it's also one more thing to carry. Using a Bi-Color LED light like this 1200 can also mix in between temperatures. If color changing on the fly is an important part of your work flow, you might want to look into these below.

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16 thoughts on “1200 LED Light Panel goes Bi-Color

  1. Sven

    CONCLUSION: If one is to make a choice between obtaining 1. CAME-TV LED 1024 Daylight (5600 K) panel or 2. CAME-TV LED 1024 Bi-color (3200 - 5600 K) panel - is the second choice sacrifice of light power (cca 50% perhaps?) ? Qualified answer well appreciated.

  2. Sven

    ALSO: Or, is it that Bi-color (CAME-TV 1024) actually workds differently than I elaborated above, that is, ALL 1024 LEDs are working full power all the time, but each individual LED is capable of changing color temperature in the range from 3200 K to specified 5600 K (which would mean that Bi-color CAME-TV 1024 LED panel gives as much light power as a Daylight balanced, 5600 K, CAME-TV 1024 LED panel)?

  3. Sven

    If there are 1000 LEDs in a Bi-color panel that has a range from 3200 to 5500 degrees Kelvin color temperature (Bi-color is a MISNOMER - since there are not two colors - Bi-color - but a full RANGE of colors created by mixing of two colors of LEDs, half of them 5600 degrees K, and half of them 3200 degrees K, if I understood the above explanation well), than what percentage of light power is achieved as compared with a panel with 1000 Daylight (5600 K) balanced LEDs? Also, is it true that light from 1000 LEDs of ONE color, 5600K, would be reduced by an orange (Tungsten 3200 K) filter MORE than 50%? In other words, how much of light, really, from one color 5600 K 1000 LED panel is reduced by an orange (Tungsten) filter?! Qualified answer very appreciated.

  4. Emm

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    @Tm - The 1200 Bi-Color won't have the same 'full' output as the 1200 all daylight. You'll only be able to use half the lights, but it is handy. The Sony EX-1 camera has a way to detect color temperature and show in the LCD screen. Not sure how 'exact' it is, but it works. Time to see if there's such a thing as a cheap Color Temp Meter.

  5. Tm

    I have the non-bi-color version of the 1200 and can attest that the light output drops very significantly when you put a CTO filter on, so I would assume the advantage of bicolor is that you would get more tungsten light.

    To me the advantage of bicolor LEDs is not fully realized in todays lights that have these continuous dials to adjust temperature. What we really need are lights where you could press a preset button to get to a known color temperature; having to manually tweak color temperature every time you set up the lights is not production-friendly unless you are doing special effects where you aren't trying to match with existing light.

  6. Rob

    Also, the bi-colored lights have a middle setting where all of the LEDs are on at once so fairly bright. It's mixed light so if this is one of your only sources of light, it's easy to adjust white balance for. Or if you have multiple lights that have variable temp slider, you can just adjust across the board.

  7. Emm

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    @Chateau - The Drill battery is great for 12V accessories, but the 900 LED required 14V. It was powered on, but not to it's brightest. Once I attached a 14V battery I compared it to one that was plugged into the wall. It was the same output, so it requires 14V to be at it's brightest. Having said that, if you don't require the full power of the light, a 12V drill battery would work as well.

    I thought about doing a 14V battery setup video, i'll see if I can do that soon.

  8. Chateau

    Thanks Emm. Do you have a resource on how to connect the batteries to a V-Mount? I know you had the post in which you're using a Drill's batteries, but you didn't go into details on how to connect. Thank you so much (some of us are just not very electrically savvy 🙂

  9. Thanks Emm, I do remember a post that you used a drill's battery. Do you have a link or maybe a video of how to connect the batteries for us that are not very electrically savvy?

  10. Emm

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    @Chateau - I'm actually using RC batteries if I need to go Remote. (2) 7.2 RC batteries w/ 2800mah each setup for 14.4V would run it for about an hour before it starts dimming.

  11. Emm

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    @apostolos - Not sure if you caught it, but a CTO would greatly reduce the throw more than a bi-color setup.

  12. Damn straight "why not use gels!" This bi-color thing must be the dumbest product in the world. When current LED light panels are suffering from "throw," this is the dumbest thing I've ever seen. Get straight 5600k panels so you can have all the power you can and throw a CTO on them!

  13. Hey Emm, this is slightly off topic, but... Where do you buy your v-mount batteries for the 900 led lights from? Would you mind sharing with us? Have you tested out how long they last out in the field and which capacity you would recommend? I'd really appreciate it!

  14. Austin

    Glad to see more info on LEDs. I need to start building a light kit but since I don't do video for a living yet (heck I'm only in high school with a low paying job) I can't really afford LEDs yet. I did have a question if you knew of a good lighting set up for cheap? Is going with clamp lights and work lights my best bet for now? Thanks

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