Creates truly memorable lighting effects.
This past weekend, I shot my first wedding. It was an enlightening experience and I agonized for several days over what gear needed to go with me. I knew I was walking into a learning experience and that I would no doubt end up ‘tweaking’ my gear list after this photo shoot, but I still wanted to make sure I was 100% prepared for any thing that came my way. One of the suggested pieces of equipment that I acquired before the event was an LED video light. I wanted something lightweight and portable so that I could easily grab it when I needed an extra splash of light. The Pixel RGB LED Video Light ended up being the perfect option for my needs on this shoot.
The Pixel RGB LED Video Light provides nine different lighting effects (flash 1, flash 2, screen light, RGB slow, RGB fast, candlelight, police car, ambulance, and fire truck)in one device. The light is about the size of a smart phone and it comes in a convenient carrying case. The light has a built-in rechargeable 4040mAh battery. At full power, the light will hold its charge for approximately 3 hours. It takes around 2.5 hours to charge it up to 100%. It is pocket sized measuring 5.8”x 3.1” x 0.4” inches and weighing only 0.4lbs. The bi-color LED video light has a color temperature that can be adjusted from 3200k (warm white) to 5600k (daylight). It is dimmable from 1% to 100% by 1% increments.
- Material: aluminum alloy
- LED beads: 198LEDs
- Rated power: 10w
- Max power: 13w
- Panel size: 5.8*3.1*0.4inch
- Panel weight: 0.4lb
- Charging time: 2.5hrs
- Battery working time: 1.5hrs in 100% 5600k
- Built-in lithium battery: DC3.8/ 5V/ 4040mAh
- Charging power supply: 5V 1A/ 5V 2A
- RGB color gamut: 0-360°full color
- Color temperature: 3200-5600k
- Color rendering: Ra>96
- Dimming range: 1-100%
The light arrived in a very simple box that reads “RGB Video Light” across the front. The side panel of the box indicates that the following features are included with the light: RGB Color, High Grade Bulb, CRI, Adjustable Color Temperature, Brightness Adjustment, Type-C port, and Lithium Battery. The back of the box has the model number of the light included and company information, but the rest of the information is written in Chinese characters.
Inside the box, you will find the travel case for the light with the light, its cable, and the instruction manual stored inside. I always like to attempt operating a device before reading instructions. I do this to see how intuitive the device might be. The Pixel light has a small LCD display on the back of the light that shows the different operations of the light. The problem is that it’s a little difficult to discern what icon means what. Reluctantly, I turned to the user manual for assistance.
The instructions are displayed in three languages in the manual: English, German, and Chinese. The best part of the instruction was the diagram that identified the different parts of the display. The instructions were still confusing how they were worded. One of the shots I wanted to get at the wedding included back lighting the bride with the video light in purple. So, I wanted to change the light to be a steady purple, but the instructions for Color Saturation Adjustment read like this:
“After turning on the LED, press function switch button and move the adjustment icon to color area, then dial the adjustment dial upwards and downwards to adjust 0º – 360º full color function mode. Press function switch button and move the adjustment icon to color saturation area, dial the function adjustment dial upwards and downwards to adjust 1 – 100 color saturation function mode.”
After playing around with the light a bit, I finally understand what this bit of information is trying to direct the user to do. As it turned out, I let the light cycle through the RGB colors on slow fade mode and took several shots with different colors behind the bride. The result was stunning. I ended up with a soft pink light behind her. The Pixel light gave the entire scene a very dreamy look to it. The best part about using the video light for this effect was that it was quick. We had a very limited amount of time to finish up our staged portraits of the bride and groom. If I had to rely on standard lights with gels, we never would have been able to capture this shot the same way. We wouldn’t have had the time for that type of set up.
Using the light is pretty easy as long as you don’t get too caught up in the printed instructions. The light body itself is very sturdy and feels solid when you hold it in your hand. Three of the four sides of the light have a 1/4 inch screw hole for mounting it to a camera or other type of stand. The light charges using USB-C and comes packaged with a USB-C to USB-A cable and an extension for it.
The Pixel RGB Video Light really does a great job of producing bright, consistent light from a small package. I couldn’t have been happier with how the photography shoot turned out and how well this little video light complimented the rest of the gear I took with me. Because of its size, rechargeable battery, and easy-to-use nature, the Pixel RGB Video Light will certainly be in my production gear from now on.