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June 22, 2012

The Switronix TorchLED Bolt is Small, but It Packs a Punch

Lighting technology is moving at an incredibly rapid pace, and LED lights are only getting better. Light output is increasing while the housings get smaller and use less power. Litepanels has led the pack for a long time, but we are now seeing a tremendous amount of competition with other companies producing small LED lights, and even some producing lights using plasma technology. Rick Macomber, who I had the pleasure of meeting at NAB, is a Boston-area shooter who took the time to review the Switronix TorchLED Bolt.

Here are the specifications from the Switronix website:

  • Material of Light Housing: Black, ABS
  • Dimensions: 5.59"L × 4"W × 2.95"H (Light Body)
  • Color Temperature: 3000K-6000K
  • Illumination: Approx. 1800LUX(3200K, 1m), 2000LUX(5600K, 1m), combined over 200w output equivalent
  • Weight: 1.15lbs.
  • Electrical Consumption: 22w
  • CRI: 89
  • Power Supply: DC 7.2V-16.8V, Sony DV Battery(Large Capacity Models ONLY)**
  • Dimming Range: 5%-100%

If you've been looking for a small LED that can be useful for daylight fill, the Switronix TorchLED Bolt could be the ticket. It is extremely powerful for its size and can also give you a nice in-between color temperature if you're working inside with mixed lighting. I was on a recent shoot where we were using FloLight daylight balanced LEDs, and while they worked perfectly for a lot of the material, it would have been nicer once we shot outside to have one of these for fill. While it's a little disappointing that you need specifically the Sony NP-F970 to get the full power of the light (unless you use a more heavy duty battery with the D-tap), Switronix has a great deal going where you can get a free battery and charger if you purchase by August 31st.

At $300 including the battery kit, it won't break the bank for the amount of power you're getting.

Link: Switronix TorchLED Bolt & Switronix Website

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Disclosure: Switronix is a No Film School advertiser.

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June 22, 2012

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Austin

June 22, 2012

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Joe Marine
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Haha nice, it's been a busy past few days and haven't been able to stay recent with this site. I film for a venue in the college town I go to school in and some of the acts don't bring in enough light, I'm hoping to set an ipod touch running the app up on a clamp facing the act's main light source for color temperature to light up their set better using the 5 pack. It even sounds like I could have one on my rig that would be matched to their light setup, even if the color is changing (at least I hope it works like that).

June 22, 2012

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Austin

How big a difference is there between those premium LED lights and those that can be found on Amazon for $40? I have used the latter and they have been great, I have no complaint. So, why spent so much more?

June 23, 2012

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This one is twice as powerful in 3200 or 5600 mode, and 4 times as powerful in mixed 4100K mode. Higher Color Rendering Index (CRI) is also another reason for higher cost. Build quality should also be improved over cheaper substitutes.

June 23, 2012

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Joe Marine
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Cool... Thanks Joe!

June 23, 2012

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LED Technology is developing so fast. This light is not the newest. I just saw last year. But it's attributes are so great though only 16 leds.

June 24, 2012

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Do you think this one gives more light than the fotodiox 312 led light at amazon?

June 28, 2012

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Detti

Yes it does, but it's also more expensive - so you get what you pay for.

June 28, 2012

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Joe Marine
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