If you’ve been eyeing a Westcott Ice Light for some time, but don’t care to drop the dough on it, Chinese light accessory manufacturer Yongnuo has a new product that might interest you.
It’s called the YN360 and it’s an LED light wand designed to spice up your work in ways traditional lights can’t.
Looking like a cross between a metal detector wand and a light saber, the YN360 features a color temperature range between 3200k and 5500k as well as full color RGB mode.
Colors are set remotely using a dedicated smartphone app, which gives you the option to choose from a provided color palette or make your own. Brightness can be set either remotely using the app or on the wand itself using a built-in dial.
In the natural 3200K–5500K Color Temp Mode Yongnuo claims the color rendering index (CRI) value is 95 or higher, a number close to the Ice Light’s claimed CRI value of 96 or higher.
Powering the YN360 is a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, which provides two hours at maximum brightness in 3200K–5500K Color Temp Mode and four hours at maximum brightness in Full Color RGB Mode.
The YN360 measures in at 39.5 cm (~15.6 inches) long and 4.8 cm (~1.9 inches) wide, a fair bit smaller than Westcott’s Ice Light 2 which comes in at 55 cm (21.6 inches) long and 4.4 cm (1.75 inches) wide.
There’s no specifics on how much the YN360 will cost when it goes on sale, but from looking at their current offerings, my guess would be under $100. No matter what it is, it’s safe to say it’ll be a great deal less than the $500 Westcott is asking for their Ice Light 2.