Spiffy gear has released some pretty interesting products over the years. Products like the Light Blaster and, more recently, as they’ve started getting into the world of LED lighting, Spekular. Now, they’re expanding their LED lighting range with a small, wearable LED light called Lumee.
Lumee is what they’re calling a “slap light” and as the name suggests, it works like those slap bracelets many kids had in school back in the 80s and 90s. Lumee is available in two flavours. One is a cinema grade 95+ CRI bicolour LED while the other is a “mood-generating” RGB LED light.
We first saw Lumee at NAB 2019 a few months ago and got to have a bit of a play with some prototypes. They were pretty impressive for their small size, and certainly have plenty of potential uses. Spiffy Gear’s also managed to bump the CRI up a couple of points since then, as well as shave a couple of dollars off the price.
The bicolour LED offers a white balance range from 2700-6500 Kelvin over 9 steps. The RGB version of the light allows you to individually select red, green and blue LEDs, or all three in different combinations to fine-tune the hue exactly to your needs. The RGB version also comes with a number of built-in special effects (police car lights, fire, TV, etc).
As well as being small and having the ability to snap around various objects, they’re also magnetic. This offers a wide range of potential uses for when you just need to fit a small light in a tiny space. Lumee’s also splashproof. That doesn’t mean waterproof, though. It’ll handle some rain, but you don’t want to go diving into the pool with it, but it can handle a bit of rain.
It runs for an hour on a full charge at full power (4 hours on low power), and you can use it while you’re charging it from an external power bank for extended periods of time, too.
We’re heading to IBC next week, where we’re expecting to see the production models of Lumee in the flesh. I’m looking forward to seeing how they’ve changed since the prototypes we saw in April.
Both versions of Lumee are available to buy now for $45 from the Spiffy Gear website and will be coming to the usual online retailers soon.