FIVE THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR…

NPhoto - - Test Team -

Out­put is im­por­tant as you want a panel that de­liv­ers the light you need, but there are other con­sid­er­a­tions too…

01 Colour tem­per­a­ture

Some pan­els are bal­anced solely for ei­ther day­light or tung­sten colour tem­per­a­ture. Oth­ers in­cor­po­rate a mix of cool white and warm white LEDs, and al­low you to ad­just the bright­ness of each.

02 Panel size

Small pan­els are light­weight and of­ten have a hot­shoe adap­tor for clip­ping di­rectly onto your cam­era. Tri­pod at­tach­ment is also pos­si­ble, whereas large pan­els usu­ally mount on stands.

03 Power

Small pan­els are of­ten pow­ered by AA bat­ter­ies but may fea­ture mains power adap­tors and Li-ion bat­tery packs. Large pan­els are usu­ally mains-pow­ered but of­ten have op­tional bat­tery packs.

04 Max­i­mum out­put

The max­i­mum out­put is gen­er­ally stated in Lux (lu­mens per square me­tre) and is quoted at a dis­tance of one me­tre. The strength of il­lu­mi­na­tion de­creases rapidly as dis­tance in­creases.

05 Beam an­gle

The width of the beam an­gle is usu­ally be­tween 40 and 60 de­grees, as fea­tured in the light pan­els in this test group.

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