July 12, 2011

Datavision low-cost LED lights

The distributor Holdan UK has introduced two new on-camera LED lights from Datavision that are higher performing and lower priced than the "extremely popular" low-cost units they replace.

The new Datavision 850 Lumens LED-130 (£99) and 1050 Lumens LED-170 (£129 - pictured) improve markedly on their predecessors. Light output is increased by 60% and 100% respectively, despite retaining the same light weight (237g) and small size (150x70x160mm).

However, the enhanced performance has come at the expense of additional power requirement – demanding an extra 2% and 4% respectively, meaning that the LED-130 draws a still tiny 7.8 Watts and the LED-170 draws just 10W.

"The outstanding brightness of the LED-130 at and of the LED-170 is down to a combination of using the latest generation of bulbs with improved electronics management," explained Richard Payne, Holdan's technical specialist. "LED products are proving so popular and the technology is evolving so quickly, that these new units are actually lower priced than earlier models."

The lights can be powered by six AA batteries, offer dimming control between 5% - 100%, and a battery level indicator - they can also be fitted with various Sony, Panasonic, Canon and Nikon batteries. The colour temperature of the lights is 5400K, but they can also output 3200K using a tungsten filter (included - as is a diffuser and magenta filter).

By David Fox

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