Colbor release a low-budget RGB version of their modular CL60 LED lights

Dec 22, 2022

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Colbor release a low-budget RGB version of their modular CL60 LED lights

Dec 22, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Colbor has announced the new Colbor CL60R, it’s an RGB version of the CL60 and CL60M LED lights released in August. We got to check out those versions in person in September at IBC 2022 in Amsterdam. Now, the new RGB version has landed, with the same modularity but a lot more colour options and at least one very cool new feature.

The cool new feature may seem like an odd choice for a light designed for video and something more commonly found on disco lights instead – although the Aputure Amaran SM5C features this ability, too. It has a built in audio-sensitive system that allows the colour and light react to music or other sounds going on around it.

As with the original CL60 and CL60M units, you can gang up to 10 of the CL60R units together to turn the individual 65W LEDs into a more powerful 650W LED light source – but in colour. The new lights can also be mixed in with the daylight and bicolour versions, all controlled from within the Colbor Studio app for iOS And Android. It includes 13 different built-in effects and in its white colour mode, it offers a CRI of 97+ with a white balance range of 2700-6500K.

The same quiet cooling system can also be found inside the CL60R so that when you do have a bunch of them all running together at once as a larger, more powerful light source, they remain as quiet as possible so as to not interfere with your audio. When using it as a single light, it comes with the Bowens mount adapter, letting you use all of your favourite modifiers, but naturally, these can’t be attached when you’ve got a bunch grouped together as a single large unit.

If you’re already into the Colbor CL60 system, it looks like a great addition to add a little colour to your scene. Even if you’ve not bought into the Colbor ecosystem yet, this is one of the cheapest RGB LEDs (with a Bowens mount) that appears to be out there at the moment. Along with the original CL60 and CL60M, the CL60R is very competitively priced. Overall, it’s a very low-budget system that should satisfy many YouTubers and those with entry-level video needs.

The Colbor CL60R is available to buy now for $199 and is shipping now. For reference, the bicolour Colbor CL60 costs $149 and the daylight Colbor CL60M is priced at $129.

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One response to “Colbor release a low-budget RGB version of their modular CL60 LED lights”

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    Kay O. Sweaver

    I’d really like to see some unbiased reviews of these. They look really interesting, but tests I’ve seen of the CL100 were pretty underwhelming.