ELINCHROM ELM8 Cordless LED Light – Released

Elinchrom ELM8


Elinchrom have expanded into LED lighting with the release of the ELM8 continuous LED light, a fully cordless, compact, powerful, and rugged light, purpose designed for both photography and video use.

The compact ELM8 outputs 8000 Lumens, weighs just 1.2kgs, and will run from 50 to 245 minutes on one charge of the built-in Lithium-ion battery.

Elinchrom have collaborated with high quality LED light manufacturers Light & Motion to offer the ELM8, which conveniently features built-in Skyport radio, and provides an Elinchrom Q-mount (Quadra) modifier mount.

So photographers can use all of their existing Elinchrom modifiers with the ELM8, as well as a range of dedicated modifiers.

For USA based customers this light is available as the Light & Motion CLx8.

Elinchrom ELM8

The ELM8 LED light is daylight balanced 5600K, with a CRI of 93, and TLCI of 94.

Light output is 8000 Lumens, which provides 16320 Lux at 1m (measured using the narrow beam 25 degree Fresnel attachment).

The fan cooled ELM8 is also built rugged and with an IPF54 weatherproof rating, and shockproof to withstand a drop from up to 1 meter.

The ELM8 can run from 50 to 245 minutes, and recharge in 2 hours. The battery is unfortunately not removable. The light can also run off AC power if needed though.


Elinchrom ELM8




  • Light Output – 8000 Lumens
  • LUX – 16320 (1M, Fresnel)
  • Color Temp – 5600K
  • CRI – 93
  • TLCI – 94
  • Native Beam Angle – 120°
  • Q-Mount Modifier Mount
  • Fan Cooled
  • Water Resistance – IP54
  • Impact Resistance – 1M
  • Skyport Radio Receiver
  • Range – To 100M
  • 4 Groups
  • 20 Channels
  • Compatible With Phottix Odin II
  • Runtime – 50 to 245 min
  • Charge Time – 2 Hours
  • Size – 20.5 x 9.6 x 9.6 cm (With Battery)
  • Weight – 1.2 kg (2.645 lbs)




Elinchrom ELM8


The ELM8 features an Elinchrom Q-mount modifier mount, which is the same as used on the compact Quadra lights.

And the full size Elinchrom modifiers can also be mounted using an adapter.

Dedicated modifiers like Fresnel, Globe, Barn Doors, Gel Holders etc, can also be mounted directly to the face of the light.



Elinchrom ELM8


The ELM8 also features built-in Skyport radio receiver, allowing remote control for up to 4 groups of lights (also compatible with the Phottix Odin II transmitter).

Though a separate optional Remote Control also available for the light.

An international Micro USB Charger Kit as also available optionally.


Elinchrom ELM8




Elinchrom ELM8







The Elinchrom ELM8 continuous LED lights are available now from $1699.

Please contact your local Elinchrom dealer for purchasing.


For USA based customers this light is available as the Light & Motion CLx8 from $1299 –

Clx8 Light – Adorama, B&H Photo
Clx8 Action Kit – Adorama, B&H Photo


Elinchrom – Website
Light & Motion – Website


  1. John Wilson 10 months ago

    Looks like the battery is not replaceable.

    Very limited modifier choice with the ELB mount then you’re into adapters. If you can mount Profoto modifiers on it you’re probably better off with a Profoto to the mount of your choice adapter.

    I’m not into these sort of lights but if I was I’m not sure why I would pay a $600 premium over an Aputure LS C300D II.

    • James 10 months ago

      John, looks like the main advantage is that the Elinchrom has an integrated battery. It’s an all-in-one unit, while the Aputure has a separate ballast unit that you have to attach to the light.

      • John Wilson 10 months ago

        Hi James.

        I’m not sure I see that as an advantage. The separate battery and control system lowers the centre of gravity of the light stand (which Is why I like the remote heads on the Ad200 and Ad600Pro). It also means that when the battery is exhausted I can just swap it for a new VMount. With this device the light becomes unusable until recharged.

        There will, of course, be people who see the lighter weight of the elm8 as attractive. I wonder if that’s $600 worth of attraction, though.

        • Author
          FLASH HAVOC 10 months ago

          These are mainly going to appeal to wedding and event style run and gun videography where an assistant is often holding the light.

          The Aputure LS C300D II are far bigger and more powerful. And in that regard also more practical if you wanted to use them for still photography as well, particularly in larger modifiers. They are no where near as portable as the ELM8 though.

          And for a photographer with a lot of Elinchrom gear already, and looking to add a video light, these are very likely to be a first consideration now.

          I think the sealed in battery is going to be a deterrent for people though.

  2. Joe 10 months ago

    Aputure LS C300D II Just 1099…

  3. Author
    FLASH HAVOC 10 months ago

    For people interested in the the Aputure lights, Adorama also have their own house brand version the CLAR illumi Max. And I just noticed they are currently on sale at ridiculous prices –

    CLAR Illumi Max 120 Bi-Color $229 (save $200) – https://adorama.rfvk.net/KGW4x
    CLAR Illumi Max 300 High Power – $399 (save $200) – https://adorama.rfvk.net/dvEnK

    I’ve had a couple of samples for a few weeks, but only just got a chance to start looking at them now, and they are really good lights. Super bright (more powerful than Aputure), very high CRI, and very quiet.

    For that price they come with all you need for AC use, just add your own V-mount batteries for DC use. And use your existing Bowens mount modifiers (comes with 7″ reflector).

    These are really killer light at this price, if anyone is not sure to where to start with LED’s it would be hard to go wrong with these. I would be surprised if even the 120 is not brighter than the ELM8 (and its also color adjustable).

    Even at full price these are a really good option.

  4. Jonte 10 months ago

    Are CLAR reabraded aputure?

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 10 months ago

      Hi Jonte,

      No the CLAR Illumi Max are not rebranded Aputure lights, though a very similar concept. I’m not sure who makes them, though someone will probably recognize them.

      They are not noisy like the Godox LED lights though, and the CRI is excellent (I tested them across the color and power range with the Sekonic C700 color meter).

  5. mmmfotografie 10 months ago

    InNetherlands they called Bresser:


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