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Old April 3rd, 2008, 01:08 PM   #1
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LED Lighting Kits? The 411...

I am looking to spend under 200$ for an LED Lighting kit for under $300.. I would like something that I could control the brightness of so it can be used for more than a certain distance... Please post links or your experiences with the lighting kits you've had.
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 06:30 PM   #2
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I have not used LED yet, but from what I have seen, $300 will not get you one light let alone a kit.

I think they are the new kid on the block so the pricing is a bit higher.
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 08:00 PM   #3
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I have not used LED yet, but from what I have seen, $300 will not get you one light let alone a kit.

I think they are the new kid on the block so the pricing is a bit higher.
Well basically I don't know anything about on camera lighting, so thats why I came here, I need to know what I could use as an alternative maybe? etc.. etc.. Tungsten lamps? Fluorescent?
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The most economical LED lights at this point are from http://flolight.com/ .
I have 3 of the 500LED's. They're $450 each. If you don't want to spend that much, check out the cheaper fluorescents from Coollights:
http://www.coollights.biz/softlight-...ures-c-25.html
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 09:25 PM   #7
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Well basically I don't know anything about on camera lighting, so thats why I came here, I need to know what I could use as an alternative maybe? etc.. etc.. Tungsten lamps? Fluorescent?
Oh, you did not mention this is for on-camera.

A lighting kit makes one think of stands and a lot more wattage.

An on camera light will generally be between 50 & 100 watts output or equivalent.

I use a Lowel ID light, tungsten, 50 or 100w bulbs, 3200k color temp. $150.

On camera is where LED lights are very useful, but at this point they are only 5600k color temp, so I don't know if that matters in your needs.
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I have plans to manufacture a line of LED lights for on camera/hot shoe application. I notice that the majority of the LED based lighting solutions currently availbale for video camera are using the old style 5mm LEDs which as we all know aren't very bright and can never replace a regular fillament based option, due to their low output and poor color rendition. Since this will be primarily be camera mounted, a key aspect of it is that it should be light weight.

Here are the planned specs:
- Variable output at max of ~600 Lumens for ~4hr 30min
or
- Variable output at max of ~1000 lumens for ~2hr 10min

Please feel free to post your feedback regarding what your needs/wants are for you various applications. Anything wuch as LED arrangement (rectangular array for 16:9 shots or regular square/circle array), color temperature (available from 5000k to 10000k) preferred, etc.

Thanks :)

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Old April 24th, 2008, 12:27 AM   #9
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On camera is where LED lights are very useful, but at this point they are only 5600k color temp, so I don't know if that matters in your needs.
Here's some on-camera LED lighting that you can get for under $300 in either 3000K, 5600K or 8000K versions. I think they're out of stock at the moment but are expecting a new shipment any day... They've been around for a while and have pretty positive feedback from users, including myself.

http://vidled.com/products.html

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The Zylights can ouput any colour temperature you'll ever need. Add Bluetooth connectivity for CT and dimming control of multiple units and you have a rather impressive light. Perhaps a bit over the budget of $300 but for a light that'll outlive many cameras a good investment. Probably one reason they're a bit more expensive is they don't use conventional LEDs with built in lenses.
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