A good set of lights are essential for video production and D5 Media recently added a new set of LED light panels to its ever expanding equipment list. We opted for a Lishuai LED1000 set from proav.co.uk, that included 3 LED light panels, 3 light stands and carrying cases for the whole lot.
LED Light Panels
The panels themselves are of a good build quality, with metal carrying handles and a solid enough plastic casing. The lights feature metal ‘barn doors’ and a magnetically attached acrylic diffuser that is easy and quick to remove.
One of the stand-out features of the Lishuai LED1000 is the touch screen control panel on the back of each light. Allowing control of both the light intensity (10% – 100%) and the colour temperature (3200K – 5600K) of the light, the panel helps you set up shots just how you want them and with minimal fuss.
Another great feature is the V-lock plate located on the rear of the light panels, allowing the light to be powered by a V-lock battery instead of needing mains power. There is talk of around a 2 hours battery life at 100% intensity with an average V-lock battery, which sounds a reasonable amount.
The air cushioned light stands are the highlight of the accessories supplied with the kit. Strong and well balanced they support the lights with ease, even when extended up high.
The cases that come with the kit are a little bit disappointing to say the least, with the zip on the light stand bag lasting all of five minutes. The quality of the light panel bag is a little better, however a bag for each light panel would have been preferred due to the weight and bulk of three lights in one bag.
We got the chance to give the lights a try on a recent music video shoot and I’m very impressed with the overall results. Set-up was quick and painless and the light cast was excellent with the touch screen giving us the control the scene lighting just how we wanted it.
A full review we be posted once we’ve spent a little more time with the lighting kit but for now I’ll leave you with a still from one of our upcoming music videos (lit with the Lishuai LED1000)