LED LIGHT CUBE – Now Avialable

LED Light Cube

 

The long awaited LED Light Cubes from IC12 are now available from Adorama and B&H Photo. Starting from around $659 for a single cube, with multi cube kits and many accessories also now available.

The LED Light Cubes, originally a successfully crowd funded project, are one of the most unique lights currently available.

Using a super-bright 150 watt LED light source for both flash and continuous lighting, the one compact portable light can be used for both still photos and video.

In flash mode the Light Cubes also have some very unique capabilities –

No Recycle Time – 

The light Cubes do not have any traditional flash tube or capacitors, so instant recycle times are possible, even at full power!

This means the Cubes can keep up with the frame rates of the fastest DSLR’s, even at full power!

Adjustable Flash Duration –

The Light Cubes flash durations are also fully adjustable at any power level!

From motion freezing 1/8000th of a second, to as long as 1 second.

Modeling Light –

Unlike most hotshoe flashes which do not have any practical modeling light available, the LED Light Cubes are inherently built around a continuous light source. Providing a very practical modelling light and focus assist aid while in flash mode as well.

On Board Lithium-Ion Battery –

No AA batteries to manage. The LED Light Cubes are powered by interchangeable Lithium-Ion battery packs, capable of over 15,000 full power pops at 1/60th duration. Or constant video light of around 45 minutes.

 

Product Features –

  • Continuous High speed flashing at full power.
  • Completely portable with battery internally fitted.
  • High Capacity – over 15,000 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 Use 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.
  • Compact and easy to pack and transport – 10cm x 10cm x 10cm

 

The LED Light Cubes are fitted with a proprietary bayonet mount which accept a variety or accessories –

 

LED Light Cube

 

As well as adapter mounts for Bowens S-type and Elinchrom systems (with Profoto and Broncolor mounts also to come).

 

LED Light Cube Adapters

 

The LED Light Cube interface is very simple, with an orange back lit LCD panel displaying the mode, 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 LED 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.

And a Master control array mode allows all units to match the one Masters units settings.

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

 

An interchangeable 11.1v 2.8 mAh LiPo Lithium-ion battery provides over 15,000 full power shots at 1/60th flash duration. Or around 45 minutes constant video time.

Charging time is around 2 – 3 hours. Packs are removable and exchangeable though, so you can have spares, and be charging some while others are in use.

 

LED Light Cube

 

For firing the Cubes there are no radio receiver or remote manual power control enabled at this stage. Though a basic optic slave is built in. And 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 in sync together.

 

LED Light Cube

 

LED Light Cubes come with –

  • 1 x LED Light Cube
  • 1 x LED Light Cube Li-PO Batteries
  • 1 x LED Light Charger
  • 1 x LED Light Cube Interlocking Spigot
  • 1 x Cube-in-Cube-out Cable
  • 1 x LED Hotshoe Stand
  • 1 x Carry Bag

LED Light Cubes

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY –

 

The LED Light Cubes and accessories are available now from $659 for a single cube kit –

Adorama, B&H Photo, LED Light Cube Shop.

 

 

LED Light Cube – Website

LED Light Cube – Indiegogo Campaign

LED Light Cube – Original Post.

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18 Comments
  1. AJ Luna 3 years ago

    Nice but expensive. Really really expensive.

  2. Arthur S 3 years ago

    Seen these at Photoplus expo recently. Even though they’re out for a short while now, I have yet to see a review of a production unit. Seems odd for such a groundbreaking unit. Yes, too expensive for the light output it produces, Nice features though. Needs a heavy price drop to generate more interest/sales I believe.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Arthur,

      Did you get to see them working?

      It does seem strange that there are no reviews. Considering hundreds of these have gone out to people who backed the Kickstarter campaign over a year ago, yet no one appears to be raving about them good or bad. If they were disappointing though you would think we would hear about it considering people waited a year to get them.

      On the flash side of things though, I think many people would be taking a lot harder look if they had remote power control already. Or if they teamed up with something like the Phottix Odin or Cactus V6 etc to allow remote control and a TTL flash on camera (for wedding photographers etc).

      The price is in line with other professional LED lights, but the dual use for flash as well starts to make the price quite reasonable if they really perform as both.

      The thing that concerns me a little is that they have changed the spec from 800+ shots at full power 1/160th on one battery charge, to 25,000+ shots at full power!!

      That is an insane number, but I wonder what it may mean in terms of the actual light output in flash mode?

  3. Mike H 3 years ago

    It seems to be a standard fresnel lens, right? Why didn’t they make it so the LEDs were adjustable so they can narrow or spread the light? Wouldn’t that make these things much more useful?

  4. m4tik 3 years ago

    Hi,
    i got my unit 10 days ago and after using it a lot, it’s a nice little light with a good output for it’s size, nice build quality for a v1 and a CRI which is high too. It’s size/output ratio its really interesting, especially because i was mainly interested in it for video use.
    There are two things that annoyed me a little bit in this use, the odd battery compartement which makes sometimes a little hard to put out/in and the battery pack and the main concern, it overheats fast in VIDEO use ! In flash use it’s great, but in video use, i’ll need to make a ventillation system if i want to use it more than 20 minutes.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Thanks for the feedback m4tik, that’s very interesting.

      You can’t possibly give any indication of how much light the cube puts out in flash mode compared to a regular speedlight? Thanks.

      • LIGHTBASICS 3 years ago

        I compared the LED Light Cube to a Nikon SB-800 and posted my test results here:

        http://lightbasics.com/led-light-cube-hands-on-review/

        • Adam Gasson 3 years ago

          Thanks for sharing your views and the speedlite comparison. The colours from the LED Light Cube are pretty shocking!

          It’s a shame because, on paper, it looked great. But the power output is pretty poor (you were shooting at ISO 400 @ f2.8 which is pretty much unusable outdoors and underpowered for studio work). Even allowing this the random colour cast is a bad sign. It’s not even, it’s seems to drop off in the top left corner. Have IC12 specified a colour temperature for the units?

          Ultimately features are gimmicks – the bottom line is always the light. It has to be consistent, clean and usable. Personally I think the design will hinder some modifiers – but you can overlook issues like that if the light is perfect.

        • Stevey 3 years ago

          LIGHTBASICS,

          I couldn’t see a way to comment on your own site, so I’ll pose my observation/question here:

          Could it be that you did the comparison to the SB800 incorrectly? (At least for how this LED technology works.)

          You set the light cube to full power (1/60th sec) and then shoot at 1/250th of a second. You then conclude that the light cube is at least 4 stops less powerful than the SB800 because you have to open up the aperture and increase ISO sensitivity (by my count you increase it by 5 stops total). But you don’t try decreasing the shutter speed.

          That makes sense with traditional speedlights and flashes where 1/250th sync speed is standard. However, if I am correct with my assumptions of how this light works, it (like all flashes) relies on the additive accumulation of light on the subject. But it has one major disadvantage! These lights (LEDs) are much less powerful than traditional flashbulbs. Therefore it takes 1/60th of a second (or longer) to output as much light as an SB800 will output in 1/250th or less.

          In a way IC12 is trying to cheat and claim the same power output, but I think you inadvertently showed how they do so by changing the rules. I Imagine that if you had set the shutter speed to 1/60th or slower that you would have reclaimed at least 3 stops as the light would have “baked” your subject longer.

          Anywho, yes, when comparing them at standard flash sync speeds, the Light Cube is much less powerful. But I suppose you would need to rethink what this is…this is not a “flash” by our standard definition. What it is, is a focused, continuous-light LED that has the ability to turn on and off (or at least get brighter) when triggered by a camera.

          But otherwise, it is simply another continuous LED (with this on/off/sync feature and a lens to focus the light source). At least that is what I am assuming/concluding as I read more about it. BTW, your test was integral in helping me mark the assumption, so thanks!

          -Stevey

          • Stevey 3 years ago

            BTW, LIGHTBASICS, I never meant to imply that you really did anything wrong or that you don’t know what you are doing.

            If I’m right, and IC12 is trying to require a 1/60th sec. shutter speed to get a full power flash, then *they* should be more explicit and explain their intent.

            I also agree with another commenter that the colors the unit shows in your review are disappointing.

          • Stevey 3 years ago

            No wait, that’s two stops you would probably reclaim (1/60th is two stops brighter).

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 3 years ago

          Hi LIGHTBASICS,

          Thanks for the review and comparison’s, that is very interesting.

          It certainly sounds like they have some work to do still on the flash side of this.

          No doubt most people who have purchased these already would have been primarily interested in video use, though even 1/32 speedlite flash power would still be fine for many wedding photographers just using these at receptions etc with high ISO.

          They would still have some advantage in continuous frame rates, and number of pops with the battery.

          They’re obviously not going to replace speedlites or larger lights in brighter environments at this stage though.

          Steve may have a point about matching the flash durations, though I doubt there would be anything like stops of light to gain. It would be interesting to see what the differences are though at different duration and shutter speeds.

          • LIGHTBASICS 3 years ago

            Thanks for all your comments and the interest about the review on my site. And, to FlashHavoc, a huge thank you for the excellent product reporting you do around here!

            Sorry, guys–I checked back here quite frequently for several days after my post was approved, but haven’t been here since. I’ll try to reply to each of your comments in as much detail as I can recall.

            As for the 1/250th exposure, I don’t believe I tested at a shutter speed as you suggested (e.g., 1/60th). I thought I did, but I just checked my EXIF data in my files and it appears that all recorded tests were at 1/250th. However, upon performing my very unscientific “by eye” test, when first test-firing the light manually, it didn’t appear anywhere near as bright as a Speedlight.

            But in any case, the Sekonic flashmeter reading I took should result in an accurate reading of the Light Cube’s total output regardless of flash duration, shouldn’t it?

            As for my website, it’s only a WordPress site for now, which I’m basically using to prototype, and will eventually be converted to full-HTML (to optimize page-loading speed), and at a later date, I do hope to open it for comments. For now, the WordPress log-in interface required for comments is very clunky and I just haven’t invested the time in seeking/testing an appropriate alternative log-in plug-in.

            Again, thanks for your observations and interest!

            Regards,

            LIGHTBASICS

  5. Jason 3 years ago

    Lack of remote manual hurts it. Interested to see photometrics for video. They’re in a tough spot because it lacks a power port (or AC Power) and they don’t run on any standardized video lithium batteries such as V-Mount, Anton Bauer or NP1. No one wants to buy half a dozen proprietary batteries.

    That paired with the price makes them a tough sell on being “good” at more than one thing vs a so-so trade off. 5000 lumens is also very vague. 3ft away? 3 meters away? For the money, you can get a nice on-board LED with variable color temp and same/more output and get a separate remote powered flash from the likes of Yongnuo, Godox, etc.

  6. Jason 3 years ago

    Also, I would have made it a Par lens if my intention was to have it be a versatile head with various modifiers. Now you have to lose output from the fresnel and then reshape the light depending on what modifier you need.

  7. mmmfotografie 3 years ago

    Got a mail from Bowens that they are going to distribute this product.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Ok thanks mmmfotografie.

  8. TRC 3 years ago

    I purchased one of these units mid December but am sending it back.

    I initially fell in love with its size and incredible power supply and figured the price tag was still cheaper than my current speedlite and external battery combos. But as others have mentioned, the power just doesn’t cut it and I’m disappointed with the color as well.

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