Tiny LED lights have become very popular over the last few years. I’ve even become a fan of them myself for lighting up night scenes, quick product shots, as an on-camera light for interviews, and to add a little dash of light to a dark corner of a shot. One of the most well-known names in small lights is Lume Cube. Recently, they announced the Lume Cube 2.0, so we caught up with them at PhotoPlus 2019 to find out more.
I’ve become a big fan of small LEDs over the last few years. I was originally quite skeptical of them and their power output, but after picking up a few from different brands like Litra, Moin and digitalfoto, they’ve really started to grow on me and turned out to be far more useful than I expected.
One of the big names in small lights is Lume Cube, and they’ve just released a new Lume Cube Panel LED for $149.95 but it looks an awful lot like a bunch of other similar LED Panels found on eBay and Amazon for only around $70.
Action lights are strange little things. When I first saw them, when the Lume Cube was announced, I thought they looked pretty useless. A light that small, how powerful can they be, really? Then I got a Litra Torch, and I was rather shocked at just how good these little lights are. Even though I’m not always using it for video, it’s a very handy bright little general purpose utility light, too.
But now the Litra Torch vs Lume Cube battle has a new contender; the Mirfak Moin L1. It’s of a similar size and form factor to the others, but it has a few differences. It’s bicolour and it has a magnetic power connector for charging. The video above is a review of the light from photo & video tech reviewer Scott Dumas.
The Lume Cube, Litra Torch and similar lights have become quite popular since they first appeared. Powerful little LED lights that are just as tough and rugged as the action cameras they’re designed to be used with. But that’s not all they’re good for. Light is light, as they say, and you can use small lights for all kinds of uses.
Take this video, for example. In it, Jay P Morgan of The Slanted Lens uses 100 Lume Cubes to light up three different sets. And while it may sound complicated the same principles apply whether you’re using a hundred lights or just one.
Face it, if you want an action-light (those small on-your-motorcycle cube lights), there are two options in the market: the Lume Cube (Amazon, B&H) and the Litra Torch (Amazon, B&H). They are both great lights if you are doing any sorts of action sports photography, they are compact, light, have some resistance to the elements and hold a few hours if you avoid max power. But which is the better light? Which of those light will give you the most bang for your buck? we set out to find out and ran the two lights through a battery of (sometimes ridiculous) tests.