LED VIDEO LIGHT COMPARISON

In my last episode, I tackled making a DIY CFL Light Strip for photography/video – and in today’s episode I’m reviewing/comparing two LED video lights I purchased for shooting interviews and such in the field where light was less controlled.

I settled on two lights over the course of as many months, and each have their individual pros and cons.

LED-5080 Camera Video Light (currently 72.50)

PRO
sturdy construction
good design
comes with handle
pop on barn doors re-attach easily
built in tungsten and diffuser
looks professional
lasts longer than KY010 160p
simple wheel based dimmer
Battery indicator

CON
large
FAN!!
narrow light beam
no remote
doors pop off easily
Comes with battery and charger

KY010 160p LED Video Light (currently 49.28)

Charger + Battery NP-FM50 NP-FM70 4 Sony DCR-TRV6E (currently 11.99)

Battery for Sony NP-QM71 NP-QM70 NP-FM50 NP-FM30 NP-FM70 NP-FM71 NP-FM90 CAMERA (currently 14.99)

PRO
Slim
carrying bag
Variety of filters
Mount and handle
Remote
AA battery option
reflective barn doors
wider beam
silent

CON
Still saps power when off in remote mode
shoddy construction in mount mode
fast battery drain
No included battery

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DIY CFL LIGHT STRIP TUTORIAL

I like to make videos.

One of the first things you’ll discover if you want to make videos, is that you’ll need a lot of light. Cameras love that stuff – but you’ll also find out fast that prebuilt light kits can get pricey fast.

In true Scrooge McDuck fashion, I found an amazing design online for a DIY CFL Light Strip that I built myself at a fraction of the cost! The original design was invented by Flaviu Leordeanu, and I followed his sparse pictureless directions to build my own.

Because I love you folks – I’ve created a video tutorial that breaks down the process in an easy to follow and more engaging video format! I even shot today’s episode WITH that CFL light strip!

TOOLS NEEDED
Power Drill

A modestly sized drill bit made for drilling through metal

Pliers with wire cutters

SUPPLIES
Light Stand (18$ at Ebay)

Adorama Universal Swivel Holder (15$)

½” by 12” eye bolt

Frame hanging wire

Utilitech 10 outlet surge protector (25$)

Outlet-to-Lamp converters (1.50$ish per converter http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000RN18GK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=diy0c-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000RN18GK )

Check out Flaviu Leordeanu’s original Blog Post:
http://www.diyphotography.net/how-to-build-a-sweet-and-simple-cfl-strip-light

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