LED LIGHT CUBE – Finalised & Pre Order Discount

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.

LED Light Cube

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.

 

LED Light Cube

 

So far Bowens S-mount, and Elinchrom adapters are listed in the Light Cube store, though Profoto and Broncolor mounts will also be available.

 

LED Light Cube Adapters

 

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.

 

LED Light Cube

 

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.

 

LED Light Cube

 

The modes provide a choice of Flash only, Flash with Video / Modelling light, and Video light alone –

LED Light Cube

 

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.

LED Light Cube

Features – 

  • 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. 

 

LED Light Cube

 

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).

 

LED Light Cube

 

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. 

 

LED Light Cubes

 

Price and Availability –

 

The LED Light Cubes retail for $659 each in the LED Light Cube Store. Though you can save 25% if pre-ordering before the 31st of August 2014.

Accessories and multiple Cube packages are also available for pre-order in the LED Light Cube store.

 

LED Light Cube – Website

LED Light Cube – Kickstarter Campaign

LED Light Cube – Original Post.

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10 Comments
  1. Tom 3 years ago

    Size dimensions, weight etc.?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Tom,

      The size is 10cm x 10cm x 10cm.

      I don’t know the weight, though considering its a solid cast alloy case, with battery built in, I’d guess around twice the weight of a speedlite (800 grams or so).

      They are pretty light on with the specs at this point, CRI etc as well. Thanks.

  2. Ross Campbell 3 years ago

    $659 is pretty steep, for that price I could buy 5 x Godox V850’s .. no contest.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Ross,

      Yes its steep for a small flash unit, though mid range LED lights only start around $600.

      Depending on the light output, you may need quite a few regular speedlite set to a lower power level to keep up with the instant recycle times of the Light Cube.

      • Strober 3 years ago

        But we can actually calculate light output from 150W power value, aren’t we?

        At 1/200 shutter speed it will be 0.75 joules. And as we know that regular speedlite does impulse of roughly 50-60J at 1/1 power, then Light Cube should be equivalent to 1/64 power of a speedlite.

        Don’t know about yours, but all my flashes recycle pretty instantly at 1/64.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 3 years ago

          I have no idea really how accurate a calculation would be.

          My Pixel Sonnon LED light panel is rated at 25W in flash mode, and that is equal to 1/128 on a speedlite.

          I would expect the Light Cube would put out a lot more light than lower end Pixel gear though.

          Some of the LED torches are only a few watts and put out insane amounts of light, even in continuous use. So I really don’t know what these will be capable of. They were aiming for the power of a regular speedlite, though I don’t know if that is realistic or not.

          The flash duration was stated as up to 30 seconds originally, and is now revised to just 1 second. So I think we will need to wait and see.

          • Strober 3 years ago

            It all depends on luminous efficacy of the LED modules used in these products.

            Pixel Sonnon may have got pretty efficient LEDs, but I’m not so sure about Light Cube. Its developers stated “5000lm/150W”, which means VERY low efficacy, about 33lm/W (There is a handy table of different light sources’ efficacy levels on Wikipedia).

            33lm/W is surprisingly poor ratio, just like the first generation of white LEDs that chinese manufacturers started to widely produce. For instance, best LED modules that I have used for myself so far, show efficacy of 160lm/W. Xenon lamps used in speedlites also got higher ratio of about 50lm/W.

            So as you see, I have reasonable suspicion that Light Cube creators don’t publish more detailed information about light output amounts just because these amounts are ridiculously low.

  3. IL 3 years ago

    Still very skeptical. I haven’t seen much by way of real-world tests of its performance and my gut tells me that the flash will be too weak. Limited sync options also means that practically speaking this product is not ready for my use-case yet.
    The only thing that might be interesting is the lens on that. If it’s a true fresnel system that makes it a very interesting LED-based video light.

  4. Nathan Oxley 3 years ago

    Hi Strober

    I’m Nathan from IC12. Just to clarify the 150w/5000lm video light efficiency / output for you, the 150watt LED array we use in the Light Cube can produce 13,000 lumens at 100% efficiency. We have limited the output in video light mode to 5000 lumens for control over the heat, longevity of the LED module and battery performance.

    Regards
    Nathan

  5. Motti 3 years ago

    As a photographer that is routinely being ambushed by “road side bandits” ( i.e photography equipment manufacturers), I am always skeptical when something shiny and trendy comes along for “just” a “measly” few hundreds bucks.

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