The LED Light Cube design has been finalised, and the cubes are now in production, and will start shipping to customers by the 1st of September 2014.
IC12 are also offering a 25% pre-order discount up until the 31st of August. So if you missed the original Kickstarter campaign this may be another opportunity to grab the cubes at a discounted price before they finally hit store shelves.
The LED Light Cube accessory and modifier mounts are also in production, and can be pre-ordered now in the LED Light Cube Store as well.
So far Bowens S-mount, and Elinchrom adapters are listed in the Light Cube store, though Profoto and Broncolor mounts will also be available.
If you’re not familiar with the development of the LED Light Cubes, they are set to be somewhat revolutionary new LED based combined flash and constant lights.
The significant advantage of the LED for flash use, is that they provide continuous instant recycle times at full power.
And the cubes can be used as continuous video or modelling lights, while the flash is used for still shots at the same time.
The flash duration of the LED Light Cube is also completely controllable, and adjustable from motion freezing fast 1/8000th, to 1 second long.
And the on-board Lithium-Ion battery provides aprox 800+ full power pops, or approximately 45 minutes of continuous video light. All in a compact package cube just 10cm square.
The Light Cube interface is very simple, with an orange back lit LCD panel displaying the mode, and fully adjustable power output, and flash duration.
The modes provide a choice of Flash only, Flash with Video / Modelling light, and Video light alone –
The Light Cubes come with 1/4″ 20 threaded mounting points on all 4 sides, so that the Cubes can be joined together in larger light banks.
Removable orange rubber O-rings provide a soft surface around the edge of the cast alloy Light Cube case, and also allow an air gap for heat dissipation.
- Continuous High speed flashing at full power.
- Completely portable with battery internally fitted.
- High Capacity – over 800 flashes @ 1/60 of a second duration from a single battery charge at full power.
- Over 150 Watts / 5,000 Lumens of light output.
- Ultimate portable lighting kit – Sold as individual or set of 4 lights.
- Stackable. Build versatile light banks.
- Stable colour temperature. Consistent colour temp as power levels are adjusted used as a video light.
- Master control. Set the lighting condition of a single unit in array mode and all others will match the settings.
- Modelling light feature.
- Trigger remotely via sync cable, wireless trigger or as light sensitive slave.
- Adjustable flash speed. Adjust the flash speed of the unit to shoot at faster or slower durations. 8000MS – 1Sec.
IC12 do not provided much more in they way of technical specs at this stage. Though the last Lithium-ion battery specs were stated as 11.1v 2.8 mAh (which would generally power a regular speedlight for over 1000 full power shots).
And this is a LiPo (Lithium Ion Polymer) battery. LiPo are the longer life Lithium-ion batteries which can last up to 10 years or so. And the battery packs are removable and exchangeable.
There is no radio receiver or remote manual power control enabled in the Light Cubes at this stage. Though a basic optic slave is built in. A 2.5mm sync port allows manual radio triggers, or sync cord to be attached.
(Cube In and Cube Out ports allow a number of cubes to be joined together).
The LED Light Cubes are stated as providing over 150 Watts / 5,000 Lumens of light output.
There is still no indication provided of how this compares in flash mode to a regular speedlight though. The original intention was to match regular speedlights, which would be very impressive considering the instant recycle times possible at full power with the Light Cube.
So this is one question many people will surely be waiting to have clarified. Nevertheless the LED Light Cubes are looking impressive, and the potential of instant recycle and fully adjustable flash duration is very intriguing. Not to mention the portability and combined video and flash capability of the Light Cubes.
Price and Availability –
LED Light Cube – Website
LED Light Cube – Kickstarter Campaign
LED Light Cube – Original Post.