When it comes to continuous lighting, LED lighting is the best option to choose. So, making sure you have the right LED Light to meet your requirements is a must. In this Blog, we take a look out our range of LED Lighting heads, the LED100D MKIII, LED100B MKIII, LED200B MKIII and the LED S300D, and see how these compare to each other.
Each of these lights come with an Integrated LED Chip, meaning that they all run a lot cooler than a tungsten light, whilst only using approximately 10% of the power. The Integrated LED Chip has been designed and improved to give a vibrancy to your shoot and to accurately represent the colours of display in your subject. This is shown by each of these lights have a CRI and TLCI of ≤97, which is incredibly unique and accurate compared to other LED lighting available. The ability to control the power from your lights is important, and each of these lights can have their power dimmed from 100% all the way down to 10%, perfect for adjusting to better suit any given shoot you may find yourself on.
Each light is a mains power light, with each coming with its own XLR-4 port with cable locks, which help to prevent the wire mains power cable becoming loose or accidently being pulled out during your shoot. Using modifiers on your lighting can be useful, as it can help to add an additional dimension to your photography. Each of these LED Lights come with Bowens S-Type Mount as standard, which is the most common fitting on the market, meaning that it is much easier and cheaper to find compatible modifiers and accessories.
So, whilst there are quite a few similarities between these lights, there are still plenty of differences. To start with, these lights do differ in the type of lighting they emit. Both the LED100D MKIII and LED S300D are Daylight Balanced lighting, but the LED100B MKIII and LED200B MKIII are both Daylight Balanced and Tungsten lighting, offering you more lighting opportunities. An additional benefit to the Bi-Colour lights is that whilst most both colour lighting splits the power output between each lighting type, e.g. 50W for Daylight and 50W for Tungsten, the LED100B MKIII and LED200B MKIII allows you to get the full power for both lighting types, so you aren’t missing out on any power. One of the main differences between all of these lights is the power output. The LED100D MKIII and LED100B MKIII are both 100W lights, but the LED200B MKIII is double the power output at 200W. The LED S300D is the most powerful light here, with it offers an incredibly strong power output of 330W. The power differences are also represented with the brightness produced, as both the LED100D MKIII and LED100B MKIII has a brightness of 11,000 lux @1m. The LED200B MKIII has a higher brightness of 16,000 lux @1m, but this comes nowhere near that brightness offer by the LED S300D, which is 65,200 lux @1m. Whilst the LED S300D is incredibly powerful and bright, each light would be more than suitable for their own individual uses and lighting set-up.
With two of these lights being Daylight only and two being Bi-Colour lighting, the Colour Temperature between each of them differs. The LED100D MKIII has a colour temperature of 5600K, offering a nice white lighting. The LED100B MKIII and LED200B MKIII, the Bi-Colour lighting options, also offer 5600K for Daylight Balanced lighting, but they also go down to 3200K for Tungsten lighting. The LED S300D, the other Daylight Balanced light, offers a colour temperature of 5500K ± 200K, so whilst it is possible that this light offers the same for Daylight lighting as the other three lights, it isn’t as accurate due to the extra power it has available. This increase of power does have other benefits to it however, as shown by the Beam Angle for the light. The LED100D MKIII, LED100B MKIII and LED200B MKIII all have an accurate and direct Beam Angle of 65°, helping to light up an individual subject nicely. The Beam Angle for the LED S300D is almost double the other options, at 120°, making it ideal for spreading the light over a large group of subjects or large space.
As these lights are designed to be used over an extended period of time, making sure they stay cool and protecting them from overheating and potential damage is crucial, so each has their own design to help with this. The LED100D MKIII, LED100B MKIII and LED200B MKIII all have the same heat dissipation design, with large ventilation slits built into the chassis of the lights to help keep the internal components cool and to maximise airflow through the unit. They also have a very quiet built-in cooling fan, to further help keep the light cool during extended period of use. The LED S300D has it own design when it comes to keeping the light cool and protected during extended periods of use. The Aluminium Alloy housing and copper tubing helps to keep the internal parts protected during use, and rather than one large cooling fan, they have three smaller fans built into this unit. But, no matter how the cooling system has been designed, each of these lighting options would say cool and protected during use. To make using the lights easier and allow you to control these away from the lighting units, each of these can be controlled via a remote control. The LED100D MKIII, LED100B MKIII and LED200B MKIII all use the same remote control, but this needs to be purchased separately and needs to be used with am dongle being plugged into the lights themselves. The LEDS300D however comes with a remote control included with the light and a built-in receiver, meaning you wouldn’t be required to purchase a separate remote and dongle to control the light away from the unit.
As each light has its own design and features, they all have their own dimensions and weight. As the LED100D MKIII and LED100B MKIII are pretty much the same light, the both have the same dimensions of 251mm x 170mm x 300mm, but there is the slightest difference between the weight of these lights, with the LED100B MKIII being 100g heavier at 2.6KG compared to the 2.5KG weight of the LED100D MKIII. The LED200B MKIII is larger than these lights, with dimensions of 360mm x 250mm 315mm and with the added size comes extra weight, being 1KG heavier than the LED100B MKIII at 3.6KG. The LED S300D is the largest of these lights, with a noticeable difference. It has dimension of 585mm x 270mm x 250mm, which is noticeably larger than the LED200B MKIII, but the weight difference is where it really is different, as it weighs twice as much as the LED200B MKIII, at 7.2KG. So, whilst it is possible to move the lights from different locations during shoots, it is suggested to find the ideal place for these lights and leaving these in place.
Each of these lights do have a lot in common, but they differ where it matters most. These differences mean that each light is better suited to different lighting requirements. But no matter which light you choose, they are all well-built, dependable and offer the highest quality of lighting as possible, so you will be left happy with your choice.