LED Lighting

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Z Cheema
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Might be handy for the odd wedding, no heat as well

http://www.lidl.co.uk/uk/home.nsf/pages/c.o.20090514.p.LED_Work_Light.ar2

Z Cheema
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Sorry just noticed you need to add Post Code so here is a written description

It's like those yellow tungsten work lights from DIY shops

LED Work Light
Available from 14/5/09

Portable work light with 160 extra bright energy-saving LEDs
Robust metal frame with soft grip handle
Splash- and shockproof housing
Suitable for indoor or outdoor use
Low energy consumption max. (watt): 15
Mains cable length approx. (m): 3
3 year manufacturer's warranty
Price per item £29.99

Medidox
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Here's an alternative from Wilkinsons - not your traditional lighting supplier!

http://www.wilkinsonplus.com/invt/rl00046

RayL
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The Wilkinson one looks interesting because it is mains/battery (and likely to be 12v since a car adaptor is mentioned). With camcorders running for hours on batteries, a battery lamp is a sensible move for quick-set-up event work. What colour temperature is the 'white' light, I wonder?

Ray L

Z Cheema
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If ts like the IDX light a little on the blue side...

also found this on the wilkinson site a single LED light
http://www.wilkinsonplus.com/Workshop-Equipment/60-LED-Rechargeable-Portable-Work-Light-/invt/rl00045

Medidox
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Here's an interesting article about LEDs and light output and colour temperature.

http://www.coollights.biz/wordpress/archives/category/articles

Rob2882
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ebuyer

Here's my tuppence worth. Mains led light at just £12, sorry Z
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/134674
They did sell battery ones at twenty pounds something but can't see any on the site at the moment

MAGLINK
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Thanks ,worth a punt at that price so have ordered two:D

Medidox
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JGNattrass wrote:
Thanks ,worth a punt at that price so have ordered two:D

Let us know how you get on with them please.

Chrome
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The eBuyer ones look exactly the same as the Lidl units. :)

Yes, let us know how they work out... do you have anything like a dedo or something to compare them to ? I realise they will not be as bright, but you could shine them both against a wall in a dark room and move them accordingly to see how far each is away from the wall to cast approximately the same amount of light... results would be very telling. :D

GTFC Video
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Can you use those LED ones with a dimmer switch?

For doing interviews in a room with only a poor flourescent light I use a similar looking tungsten light with a dimmer on and then point the light up to the ceiling, it gives me very acceptable results.

DAVE M
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Not those ones I'd expect.

You can dim some LED lamps but I don't expect it to use the same techno;ogy.

I'm looking at flourescent floods for a new studio and they dim via DMX. I'd assume that dimmable LEDs fif the same

Chrome
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Which DMXable flouros are you considering Dave? I'm looking at kitting out a new studio too... and intend to use flouros or possibly LED's.

That's not what I was considering these portable units for, but I was thinking of a backdrop for a set for a music video where a large matrix of approximately 10 x 16 of those LED lamps could be constructed by taking apart the lamps and just using the panels themselves for behind the band or drummer as a dramatic panel and it would be both affordable and low power for the purpose.

DAVE M
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hi,

It was the Ianiro ones here

http://www.ianirouk.com/ICE%20UK/UK_temp_ENG.htm

I spoke to Dave who was quite informative.

The propmter people also do some but although they're dimmable, they weren't DMX

I have lots of very old lights, including some Patt 49s that date from about 1955! They use the huge incandescent lamps like 1k domestic light bulbs.Also some 243 2Ks that eat lamps and lamp holders.

We're building a new studio from the ground up and hope to get lighting that's cheaper to run plus cooler - saving on the air con installation

MAGLINK
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Lights just arrived and they are fine for the £15 inc delivery I paid for them. Very plasticy but well made.

Initital results are that they are very light and once I have removed the brackets and mounted the two I got in an array I will shoot some test material.

They are quite tight and spotlight like as the lenses focus the light quite a lot, they also look slightly blue but will do some tests in daylight using them as fills to see what happens.

The coverage is about 3-4ft at about 6ft away from the subject.

MAGLINK
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Had a bit more play and they are just not up to it as far as I am concerned.

They are far too focused and no where near bright enough for video work, they are also very blue and I still prefer a bounced or direct redhead if I am going to use lighting indoors.

I must admit I am not a huge fan of the IDX led camera light that I have for the S270, it just doesnt look right to me and even with the tungsten filter on I still prefer a pag light.

These cheap LED and fluro lights just dont seem to have the throw that I need, I am sure a pro light will be better and the LED disco lights that I have are fantastic.

These cheapies are now going to be put to good use as lighting in the pub cellar and even then they may be too narrow for general lighting use.

Chrome
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Thanks for the frank assessment Gary - sounds as if you could have saved some of us a few quid. I suppose that in my experience like the old saying goes 'You get what you pay for', my main 'working' dedo kit cost over two and a half grand but it was money well spent as it's an extremely flexible and adaptable lighting system, something I already knew from having an older 'beat up' dedo kit. :)

MAGLINK
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Chrome wrote:
Thanks for the frank assessment Gary - sounds as if you could have saved some of us a few quid. I suppose that in my experience like the old saying goes 'You get what you pay for', my main 'working' dedo kit cost over two and a half grand but it was money well spent as it's an extremely flexible and adaptable lighting system, something I already knew from having an older 'beat up' dedo kit. :)

Totally agree, it seems with LED and Fluroscent lights you get what you pay for.

I bought some cheap chinese 800watt redheads last year and they do the job for £60 each but these led work lights are just not up to the job in the same way as the 300watt tungsten ones that are available as cheap floodlights.

They may be OK for close up work but as a general flood light or bounce light they are not suitable. They may be OK for still life photography or use with a light tent and I will do some further tests but as I have a full studio flash kit too so I doubt if they will be replacing that.

As said they will be put to good use elsewhere as a low cost alternative in my cellar, they are sealed units too so good for that type of application.

johnxl1s
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looking for a bag/case for mine!.. any links
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