The Westcott Ice Light has been around for awhile, and a number of photographers in the community on our site have shown it to be a part of their kits. Whether they're being used to light cars for an automotive shoot, or for food or small product photography, one thing that's been noted more than a few times is the steep price.
LED wand technology is still scoffed at by some, joking that they are best used for directing planes on the tarmac, but in reality it's another tool in a kit, and all that matters is how a photographer or filmmaker chooses to creatively use that tool. Anyways, enough conjecture, let's get to the meat of what's going on with this Ice Light alternative.
From Yongnuo's blog on this new product:
The YN360 is formed by:
- 40 full color RGB SMD lamps
- 160 LED lamp beads with 3200k color temperature
- 160 LED lamp beads with 5500k color temperature
The LED Light Wand is powered by Sony NPF batteries, or an external power supply.
Two color modes are available, for when you need a traditional 3200K-5500K, or if you're just looking for a splash of color that isn't kelvin-accurate.
In "Full Color RGB Mode" the YN360’s 40 RGB SMD lamps can provide rich colors of red, green, and blue.
In natural "3200K-5500K Color Temp Mode" the YN360’s 320 LED lamp beads can be adjusted from 3200K to 5500K as required .
The CRI or "Color Rendering Index" is stated to be 95 or higher for the natural color temp mode.
What's more is that there is an app that is being released alongside this light, which will allow for control over brightness and color choice. From what I can tell, you are able to control luminance on the wand itself, but varying the color/kelvin might only be possible from the app– the details aren't specific in this regard.
The specs show the lumen output to be 2560, which is important to note considering the Ice Light has only a 1740 lumen output. Total output isn't the end all though, as there are many other factors to consider, such as the angle, softness, falloff, and more. Hopefully when this light becomes available, there will be a side-by-side review between these two products.
Here are a few more specs on the Yongnuo LED Light Wand:
- Power: 19.2 watts
- Lumen: 2560LM
- Weight: 489g
- illumination angle: 55 degrees and 110 degrees
- Applicable battery: A lithium battery NP-F series
- External DC power supply: 8 V DC power supply 5 A
- Size: 583 * 48 * 24 mm
Release date is expected to be around Spring of 2016.