LED Lighting – What’s the best interview set-up for under $2K?

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      I am looking at some different options for the best LED lighting set up for under $2K.   Any recommendations or warnings out there?

    • #207569

      Have you hired/used any of the LED lights yet? I would, I have a mate who works for the local camera+gear distributor and I tried them for a few hours,  PRO Very Light, NO Heat, the dimmer was cool, the Daylight/Tungsten colour temp switch was nice, NO broken bulbs |||  CONS Each fitting was $1300, barndoors were useless, NO throw (the brightness fell of very quickly 4.5m/15ft) the construction didn't feel well made concidering the price.


      With the interviews do you travel/location shoot much? If so whats the transport car/van/plane etc
      How often would you use the battery? are you a one man show, I got kino flo copies on ebay for $500 and been very happy with them.


      For me I've thought about making the jump to LED but to get battery operation (main advantage) you lose so much brightness.   NOTE I'm not anti led i'm just not convinced that the good ones are worth the money being asked and that the cheap ones are good enough.  That said I could easly se that advantage in having 2 $3-400 chinese lights in the kit – they just wouldn't be my main lights.


      Just my 2 cents ~ Peter

    • #207705

      I've got a few of the older Flolight LED panels which I've been using for years.  They are a bit on the green side but are super reliable, can power them with anything and have a resonable punch.

      I've been recently tempted by some of the lights from LED-Z.  http://www.led-z.com/  They have a variety of fixtures that might be worth you looking at.  

      Overall, there are pleanty of options in your price range.  Let us know what you go with.  πŸ™‚



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      AvatarAviv Vana

      I have some 1×1's and small ones but for interviews i have come to the conclusion the skin tone is so important so color temperature accuracy is too important and i've been dissapointed to often with anything other then tungstend and next in line the Kinos.

    • #207718

      Aviv is spot on.  LEDs aren't full spectrum light like an HMI and don't have the color spread of tungsten or Kinos.  As such, they always look a little sterile to most folks.  Backlight, rim or fill is generally not an issue but you may be less than thrilled if you try to key with an LED as the sole light source.  Generally, I never use purely production light on an interview nor do I use just one color temperature.  Most often we are augmenting what's there whether it be a table lamp, windows or really any other source.  Every job is different but I think you'll be pleased with LEDs if you can mix in some other types and temperatures of light.  

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