One of the items i've made a habit of bringing to my projects are RGB LED Lights. You never know when a splash of color could add something different to an otherwise plain video clip. The Timpani is one of the latest (and largest light) available from the Luxli company who specializes in RGB LED lighting. But instead of bringing a different set of lights for interviews, and a different set for accent lighting, the Timpani is all inclusive. So it keeps things simple when your packing for your next project.
The Timpani carries very high CRI Ratings at any color temperature, but can be switched over to RGB mode for any type of HUE. Along with the RGB color choice, there are built in FX that can be used to add creativity with your projects. The Timpani is able to control these effects right from the LED Light. With previous Luxli lights, the FX Modes could only be controlled through a smartphone app.
The output is bright enough to be used a key in talking head interviews, or even as a fill light outdoors (when walked in closer to your subject). Build quality is top notch which is mostly aluminum that acts as a heat sink. So it's dead silent as there are no noisy fans to worry about. The Timpani's user interface and controls are easy to navigate, and with the Smartphone app it's even easier to choose a color, adjust brightness, or modify your FX.
If there is anything I would knock, it would be the Yoke mount and that it doesn't include even a soft case. The Yoke mount holds fine once you lock it down, but adjusting it to various angles with the 4 knobs takes a bit of fiddling. It's not a cheap LED light, and it would have been nice if there was at least a soft case to prevent any scratches. I'm still trying to figure out a good case to use with the Timpani so if you have any suggestions let me know. But so far, the Luxli Timpani has been one of the most versatile LED lights i've had the chance to work with. Anytime I need to use a light for any reason, the Luxli Timpani has been able to fit into any project. The Luxli Timpani is available now (click here).
While similar to the original VIOLA, the CELLO LED has a new feature for choosing Colored Gels through it's menu (or through smartphone app). This feature adds a new dimension for being able to select a very particular RGB color, and also being able to repeat the choice in the future. Most other RGB Lights have very basic controls for RGB, and not quite as refined as Luxli has done with all of their products.
While I haven't done any testing on output, these 10" RGBAW LED Lights put out a good amount of power. Luxli rates this as 24W from this 176 LED panel. Below i've embedded a BTS clip where we used (2) Cello LEDs on one side of this truck, and (2) Viola LEDs placed under the truck. These small lights were more than enough to accent this large vehicle. In the final video, we used a 1x1 Luxli Timpani panel light only to to hit the back wall.
You are able to control most of the features directly from the CELLO light itself, but there are more functions available when using the iOS App. Here you can control lights individually, and also in a group. Other FX features become available such as strobing and cycling of different hues. One example I have used this feature on is to simulate a television screen. And regardless what color you choose, or how much you dim the light, they remain flicker free at the shutter speeds I have done up to 240fps.
Overall these lights have completely replaced the workflow I would have to do working with sets of colored GEL sheets. Not only speeds up production, but also keeps things neat and tidy. All of the Luxli LED lights I have used feel very durable, and I highly recommend them if you're looking to start working with more color on your projects.