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Paul Rackley
Posts: 88
New York, New York, US


Does anyone know where to buy cheap large LED panels? I'm looking for 500 to 1000 watts preferably with dimmer and battery option (although I can live without these).

Thanks
Oct 07 12 01:26 pm  Link  Quote 
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Light and Lens Studio
Posts: 1,405
Sisters, Oregon, US


If you are willing to go with Fluorescent (you have the advantage of being able to change the warmth by varying the tubes you use) you can make your own pretty cheaply (if you have access to an aluminum welder or have someone weld it up for you).  I did a whole OP on these, but can't find it now.  This one has 10 tubes and about the equiv of 1500W.  I like warm, so I use 3100ºK for tubes.

The parts cost around $160 incl the wheels


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111203/17/4edac66050342_m.jpg
Oct 07 12 01:37 pm  Link  Quote 
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Tricia Oaks
Posts: 106
Thousand Oaks, California, US


here's a few....

http://www.amazon.com/NEEWER%C2%AE-Dimm … hting+kits

i am wondering about these, too.  has anyone used them and are they effective?   how about for shooting video?
Oct 07 12 01:46 pm  Link  Quote 
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Light and Lens Studio
Posts: 1,405
Sisters, Oregon, US


I built these primarily for video. 
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111203/17/4edac66050342_m.jpg
Oct 07 12 01:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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Ben Beksel Photography
Posts: 271
Shell Lake, Wisconsin, US


How about these...

http://www.adorama.com/BOLED95DK2.html? … Mgod1xAAwg

Seems cheap but the reviews indicate the quality is questionable....
Oct 07 12 01:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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Dream-foto
Posts: 4,359
Chico, California, US


Paul Rackley wrote:
Does anyone know where to buy cheap large LED panels? I'm looking for 500 to 1000 watts preferably with dimmer and battery option (although I can live without these).

Thanks

500 - 1000 watts would be a very large LED panel. This 1000 LED panel is only 69watts.  $279.99

http://www.amazon.com/Fancier-LED1000-L … ideo+light

Oct 07 12 01:52 pm  Link  Quote 
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Karl Blessing
Posts: 30,853
Grand Rapids, Michigan, US


LED tend to be lighter in weight and easily adjustable. Fotodiox has a few at the 500$ and less price if you need something above 500 LEDs.

http://fotodioxpro.com/index.php/fotodi … arger.html
http://fotodioxpro.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/l/e/led-876a-03_1_1.jpg
876 at 500$

or
FCier-LED1000AC at 450$
http://fotodioxpro.com/index.php/fotodi … black.html
http://fotodioxpro.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/l/e/led1000asc-01a.jpg

There's also this but it's like 800$ : http://fotodioxpro.com/index.php/fotodi … ri-95.html

with touchscreen control.
Oct 07 12 01:52 pm  Link  Quote 
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Karl Blessing
Posts: 30,853
Grand Rapids, Michigan, US


Dream-foto wrote:
500 - 1000 watts would be a very large LED panel. This 1000 LED panel is only 69watts.

http://www.amazon.com/Fancier-LED1000-L … ideo+light

I think you're confused on the wattage, 69watts used not equivalent. For example I got a pair of CFLs above my head that are 100 watt "equivalent" (ie: equivalent light output), but they only use about 20 watts each.

The Fancier I linked above from Fotodiox is:

The Francier LED-1000AC is an affordable, powerful yet lightweight light that uses 1,000 ultra bright LEDs (500x Daylight 5600k color & 500x Tungsten 3200k color) and has an equivalent output of 1000 watts of incandescent light, yet draws about 100 watts.

Even the amazon link you provided says "69w Power Consumption... Produce Lumen Equivalent to 1000w Tungsten Reflective Barn Door"

Oct 07 12 01:54 pm  Link  Quote 
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Z_Photo
Posts: 6,953
Huntsville, Alabama, US


Light and Lens Studio wrote:
I like warm, so I use 3100ºK for tubes.

say what?  typo? 5100K?

Oct 07 12 02:08 pm  Link  Quote 
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Karl Blessing
Posts: 30,853
Grand Rapids, Michigan, US


Light and Lens Studio wrote:
I like warm, so I use 3100ºK for tubes.

Z_Photo wrote:
say what?  typo? 5100K?

Not a typo, 3200K is tungsten balance (but I guess they make the FL tubes in 3100 too). But thats why both LED panels I listed above have both daylight and tungsten balanced LEDs so you can switch between the two.

Seems to me if you like warm, shoot with daylight balance bulbs for the full spectrum of richer color, and then in raw processing (or WB in camera) just tweak for a tad warmer balance.

(By the way why does "Daylight" range anywhere from 5600k to 6500k ... short of deciding which time of the day they're picking from)

Oct 07 12 02:11 pm  Link  Quote 
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Orcatek Photography
Posts: 1,689
Tempe, Arizona, US


Tricia Oaks wrote:
here's a few....

http://www.amazon.com/NEEWER%C2%AE-Dimm … hting+kits

i am wondering about these, too.  has anyone used them and are they effective?   how about for shooting video?

I have 3 of these.   Work well so far.  Not sturdy, but functional.

Oct 07 12 02:18 pm  Link  Quote 
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Beautifully Soft Focus
Posts: 529
Peoria, Illinois, US


Tricia Oaks wrote:
here's a few....

http://www.amazon.com/NEEWER%C2%AE-Dimm … hting+kits

i am wondering about these, too.  has anyone used them and are they effective?   how about for shooting video?

Yes I own ... fantastic for location shoots and fill light in natural light setting too ... you can mount on a tripod of mono-pod with feet and create fantastic lighting ... here is an example:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110116/17/4d3399d06c0e1_m.jpg

Oct 07 12 02:21 pm  Link  Quote 
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Z_Photo
Posts: 6,953
Huntsville, Alabama, US


Karl Blessing wrote:

Not a typo, 3200K is tungsten balance (but I guess they make the FL tubes in 3100 too). But thats why both LED panels I listed above have both daylight and tungsten balanced LEDs so you can switch between the two.

Seems to me if you like warm, shoot with daylight balance bulbs for the full spectrum of richer color, and then in raw processing (or WB in camera) just tweak for a tad warmer balance.

(By the way why does "Daylight" range anywhere from 5600k to 6500k ... short of deciding which time of the day they're picking from)

he said "I like warm"

Oct 07 12 02:24 pm  Link  Quote 
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Z_Photo
Posts: 6,953
Huntsville, Alabama, US


dp
Oct 07 12 02:26 pm  Link  Quote 
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Karl Blessing
Posts: 30,853
Grand Rapids, Michigan, US


Z_Photo wrote:
he said "I like warm"

tongue 3200K is pretty damn warm. big_smile

Oct 07 12 02:31 pm  Link  Quote 
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Z_Photo
Posts: 6,953
Huntsville, Alabama, US


yeah, i was acknowledging my fuckup .  maybe if i'd said oh shit, he said warm
Oct 07 12 02:39 pm  Link  Quote 
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Karl Blessing
Posts: 30,853
Grand Rapids, Michigan, US


Z_Photo wrote:
yeah, i was acknowledging my fuckup .  maybe if i'd said oh shit, he said warm

I don't think I've ever cared for tungsten balance for shooting people though, daylight balance always seems to give a richer range of color (cuz naturally it would reflect off colors within that spectrum), and you could always tweak after the fact with either warming filter, or adjusting white balance in raw conversion down a few points from the actual light's balance.

I've always really seen tungsten balance used heavily for stuff like copy work, or in some old cases video (the bulbs tend to be more 'spot on' with each other when using multiple bulbs). Or if you were simply trying to match the color balance with the rest of the ambient light in the room.

Oct 07 12 02:44 pm  Link  Quote 
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Kung-Fu-Flavor
Posts: 584
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


I bought this setup early last year $399. These are super bright super light and go go in a small bag with portable power easily.
http://tinyurl.com/8wvnth9
Here is a video I saw a while back that help me decide to get some of these.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7r7brnotJw

My Current Avatar had two these on the side with my homemade ring light on the front.

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t31/jbjbtheclown/536225_10151121491183220_2108885381_n.jpg
Oct 07 12 05:01 pm  Link  Quote 
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Michael Broughton
Posts: 2,239
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


if you don't mind a bit of diy, check ebay. get a couple 300w white leds, drivers, heat sinks and softboxes.
Oct 07 12 08:05 pm  Link  Quote 
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Robb Mann
Posts: 10,539
Baltimore, Maryland, US


Looks like there is a potential lawsuit in the works over yet another bogus patent violation claim.

'Cheap' LED panels could become scarce quick if this breaks bad.

http://photorumors.com/2012/10/03/litep … in-the-us/
Oct 08 12 11:52 am  Link  Quote 
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Jhono Bashian
Posts: 2,432
Cleveland, Ohio, US


Light and Lens Studio wrote:
If you are willing to go with Fluorescent (you have the advantage of being able to change the warmth by varying the tubes you use) you can make your own pretty cheaply (if you have access to an aluminum welder or have someone weld it up for you).  I did a whole OP on these, but can't find it now.  This one has 10 tubes and about the equiv of 1500W.  I like warm, so I use 3100ºK for tubes.

The parts cost around $160 incl the wheels


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111203/17/4edac66050342_m.jpg

That looks pretty cool...  a homemade kenoflo

Oct 08 12 12:02 pm  Link  Quote 
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robert christopher
Posts: 2,680
Snohomish, Washington, US


Ben Beksel Photography wrote:
How about these...

http://www.adorama.com/BOLED95DK2.html? … Mgod1xAAwg

Seems cheap but the reviews indicate the quality is questionable....

I find it best to compare lumens when looking at LEDs. 400 lumens is not very bright.

Oct 08 12 02:15 pm  Link  Quote 
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Robb Mann
Posts: 10,539
Baltimore, Maryland, US


Update: yep. Looks like they will be blocking imports of knockoff panels.

http://www.litepanels.com/ip.php
Oct 08 12 05:29 pm  Link  Quote 
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