LED LIGHT CUBE – Update – First Tooling Samples

IC12 have posted another update showing the first production tooling sample parts for the soon to be available LED Light Cube.

The new Cube is certainly looking pretty badass in its raw state. Imagine the attention this would get mounted on the camera (and that’s even before you start blasting people at 10 frames per second on full power).

LED Light Cube Tooling Sample

 

“The latest production tooling sample parts have been arriving this week!

We have new mirror samples arriving tomorrow. Once these parts are available, we will kick off a new round of lens testing to make sure that the final design is performing to spec. Then, once we have this final production sample fully assembled, we will release some new video footage of the unit, as well as showing it in full operation in both flash and video light modes.”

 

Final casing, tooling sample

LED Light Cube Tooling Sample

 

Final casing, tooling sample with sample lens elements installed

LED Light Cube Tooling Sample

 

Final casing, tooling sample with sample lens elements installed. Rear membrane keypad shown in foreground.

LED Light Cube Tooling Samples

 

The LED Light Cube is scheduled to ship in January 2014 (though I would personally consider that target as fluid still at this stage) to nearly 200 backers on Kickstarter, many of which purchased 4 and 8 Cube sets at over $300 per cube.

The Light Cube is an LED based light used for both video and flash photography. The significant advantage of using the LED for flash use is that it provides continuous instant recycle times at full power. And the on-board Lithium-Ion battery provides aprox 1000 full power pops.

The flash duration for the LED Light Cube is also completely controllable, and adjustable from motion freezing fast 1/8000th, to light painting long 30 seconds. So the Cube is not just a convenient dual purpose video and flash light, it also has some revolutionary advantages over regular Xenon flashes.

Instant recycle at full power, combined video and flash, and on-board Lithium-Ion power, alone are very desirable. So it will be very interesting to see how the final Light Cube does actually perform. Its certainly developed into an intriguing looking piece of gear now.

 

 

More details can be seen in the original LED Light Cube Announcement and First Update.

LED Light Cube Updates
LED Light Cube Website
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3 Comments
  1. Meddin Studios 6 years ago

    Do we know a guide number or quartz like equivalent yet?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 6 years ago

      Hi Meddin Studios,

      They were aiming to match a speedlight in flash output.

      That may not sound like much, but considering the cube has zero recycle time at full power, and you can get all of that light into the frame at 1/250th X-sync (most speedlites etc loose about 1/3rd of stop there), and you can extend the duration possibly for hypersync, and it does 1000 full power pops without an external battery pack, if they can match a speelight output it will be a very impressive little cube.

      And that’s not to mention the modeling light and video light ability.

  2. Owen Lloyd 6 years ago

    It is way off matching even a modest speedlight in output. According the spec on their website it is capable of 350watt bursts. To put that into context, an SB900 is a 65 kilo-watt light (75 joules dispensed over 1/900th of a second). A modest 300 joule (or “watt-second”) studio flash delivers it’s light at roughly 270kwatt. (300 joules over 1/900th of a second).

    To deliver the same amount of light as an SB900, this cube would take 0.21 seconds (75 joules, 1 watt is 1 joule per second, so 75 joules/350 watts = 0.21). 1/5 of a second. Your model better hold still.

    At this rate of output, if the light was to be on for only 1/8000th of second (as claimed on their website) it would output 0.044 of a joule. I doubt this would register on an image on any camera.

    Unless their quoted outout rates are mis-quotes on the website,it is nowhere near the output of a flashgun. I speculate it is a nice bright light that turn itlself on when the shutter operation begins and off again at the end – a continuous light from the camera’s perspective.

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