Eventually LED technology will no doubt replace traditional flash tubes, allowing both short flash duration for still photography, and continuous light for video use, all from the same lights.
Though lighting manufacturers have been saying for some time now, that technology is still some time away yet. Particularly when it comes to replicating the high output levels and quality of light currently available with traditional strobes.
So in the mean time one alternative I have been suggesting is simply to allow the LED video light to also act as pass through remote extension head for a separate strobe.
This way both the LED video light and strobe can at least be used with the same modifiers at the same time. Even using the same lighting set up without needing to change over lights from video to stills.
Manufacturers are constantly developing new and higher quality COB LED lights, so wouldn’t it be a nice and very convenient addition to be able to simply plug in an external flash tube and strobe unit when needed?!
Ideally the flash tube would actually be encased in a glass housing like the current Godox plug in bulb design for easily handling.
Though likely open in the front face for increased cooling.
A range of smaller strobes could also be connected and used.
Even the small EVOLV / AD200 could now provide a serious modelling light.
And in the case of the Godox / Flashpoint system for example, all of the lights could then run of the common 600 PRO battery mount, simplifying back up gear requirements, and battery management with a multi dock charger.
This may not be the ultimate end of the line solution, though it would provide a lot of convenience and practicality with the equipment and technology available now.
And for the many owners of the current strobes at least, this would surely make the selection of LED lights to add to their kit an easy choice!
UPDATE – A number of people have been expressing interest in an all in one unit.
Though the main limitation there is going to be the physical size and weight of combining a a powerful COB LED, with a strobe and capacitors, and battery pack.
A lot of battery powered LED lights run a separate battery pack anyway, so in practical terms I’m not sure its that much different than attaching an external flash unit rather than the separate battery.
I have an idea for a modular system though that may be able to work as all in one unit, as well as split when needed.
And also combine the above pass through remote head for people who would prefer to use their current strobes as detailed above.