2 battery powered studio lights that are portable under $1500

4 years 10 months ago #648875 by Crazyguy
I have $1500 to spend on a couple lights.  I want something I can use in studio and out of studio.  So I need something that runs on batteries.  I've been a little out of it for last couple years and just jumping back in.  What's happening these days?  

Thank you

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4 years 9 months ago #649802 by CharleyL
Last month I purchased three GVM 480AC lights for doing some studio video work. On Amazon, these lights are selling for $69.95 each right now, or they can be purchased in multi light packs.. They are bi-color,  with the ability to use them on batteries or with a brick that is supplied with them. Two battery sockets on the back of the lights accept the Sony NP-960/F970 standard type batteries. Mine were made by Powerextra and also purchased through Amazon. They are connected in series on the lights, so it requires both batteries for the light to operate, but on battery power I can use them continuously at full output for about 4 hours before the batteries are depleted. They will run all day at full power and without overheating on 120 vac from the brick power supply or from an external 12-15 vdc power source (think car battery). A digital display on the back of each light displays the color temperature, as well as intensity. Both levels are adjusted with separate knobs on the back side of the light, or by a WIFI APP.

A nice feature of these lights is that they can be turned on and off, and the color and intensity adjusted via a WIFI APP from a cell phone or tablet. Unfortunately, switching control from one light to another requires going back to the WIFI list and selecting the next light that you want to adjust (just not as easy as it could be). During installation of the APP you rename the lights, adding an identification number, etc. which helps later when selecting the one to adjust from the WIFI list.

Each light comes with barn doors and a U bracket mount to allow it to tilt up and down, and attach it to a light stand. A plastic diffuser is also included that slides into a slot between the LED lights and the barn doors. I have cut some thicker colored plastic gels to fit into this slot and this works well when color is needed. It's surprising how soft the light from these is, even without using any mods with them. I'm now using them in the studio for both photo and video work.

Charley


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