There are good LED lighting solutions, and then there are inexpensive LED lighting solutions. Very rarely do the two categories cross over.
That's exactly what our friends at Blind Spot Gear, makers of the versatile Scorpion Light fixtures, are trying to accomplish with their newly announced Tile Light. Using a new technology that they're calling "Single Surface Emitting Technology," Blind Spot has engineered the Tile Light to not only put out a good deal of light for a fixture of this size, but it's also relatively soft and avoids the weird dotted multiple-shadow look that you get with other un-diffused LEDs.
The Tile Light is currently funding on Kickstarter, and the campaign is nearly halfway funded after its first day. Here's the video:
And here are the features that are built into the Tile Light:
And here are the tech specs:
The Tile Light currently only comes in a daylight balanced model, although Blind Spot is hinting that a tungsten version may be in the works as well. For the time being, the Tile Light is incredibly easy to gel, as it doesn't require any additional accessories. All you have to do is cut your gel to size and stick it on the front of the light. And almost like magic, the gel stays put until you pull it off. I assume it's similar to how screen protectors work on phones and tablets and such.
Billy from Blind Spot also had the chance to sit down with Dan Chung from News Shooter (whose redesigned website looks fantastic), and Dan had plenty of great things to say about the Tile Light upon playing around with it for the first time. In this video, you get to see the Tile Light powered by a Sony NP battery, as well as how easy it is to gel.
Check out their interview below:
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The best part about these lights is that they're genuinely affordable, at least compared to lights with similar specs and color accuracy. A single Tile Light starts at about $240 for a basic package that includes an AC power supply. Then there are several different tiers of accessories that you can purchase as well, ranging from that $240 price on the low end, all the way up to $360 for the entire Tile Light kit.
Here are the various levels of Tile Light accessories:
Billy and the Blind Spot team have put together a few additional tutorials that you can watch over on the Kickstarter page, each one showing different uses for the Tile Light. Here's one of them, which shows off how easy it is to bring and use these lights in remote locations.
If you're interested in learning more about the Tile Light, be sure to head over to the Kickstarter page.