LED Shop Lights For Video?


Halogen shop lights are used for budget video lighting all the time, so why not LED shop lights? Alan Silva picks up the 180 LED shop light from Home Depot and seems to be pretty happy with it. I guess you can't complain picking up a 180 LED light with built in rechargeable battery for under $60 bucks. This light has actually come up a few times on this blog before, but as often as I go to Home Depot myself, they were always out of stock. Not sure what the temperature is, but if it's off, hopefully someone's going to come up with the right pattern of gels for color correction. Maybe Alan will send in some samples of this light in use, as i'm curious about it's light output. Unfortunately it's not sold online, but here's a link to the description: https://www.homedepot.com/Electrical-Electrical-Tools-Accessories-Work-Lights/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xgtZbm8p/R-100655277/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Not something you'd throw on your camera, but there is several ideas that come to mind. A buddy of mine talked about shooting late night bike rides and meet-ups in the city, and was thinking about what portable lighting solution would work to help bring in some additional light. Throwing a few of these on some tall stands, i'm sure would do just fine. Since they would all be the primary source of light, white balancing would be of no issue. Designed to be used as tools, i'm sure they are durable for tossing around and hopefully with a bit moisture proof. The built in rechargeable battery keeps things pretty compact and beats dragging around a generator to the site. [Thanks Alan]

Closest thing I could find online were these:

find-price-button LED Shop Light Rechargeable Battery Work Light

5 thoughts on “LED Shop Lights For Video?

  1. JoHA

    Picked up two of these from home depot to give them a try as the portability of these things would make for incredible convenience.

    First off the light is very focused on one spot in the middle with some weird bleeding off of the edges. You have to diffuse it in order for it to be usable. When you diffuse it you kill the output to something that is hardly usable. Certainly a light that is not capable of lighting a scene. A single person sitting in the middle of a room for an interview is possible with 3 lights.

    Second the color balance is around 7200 Kelvin. Not ideal.

    Third, the build quality and reliability is pretty spotty.

    The idea that goes along with these lights are very cool. The outcome is not worth it.

  2. So I had my parents pick one up at their local home depot today. (I live in NYC and they were all out)

    My pops is an electrician, he said that he can outfit it with a dimmer.

    Gonna see how that works.

    DIY. FTW.

  3. Mark

    Hi Guys,

    I can backup everything you guys covered in your post. I have three of them and now all three are dead and will not except a charge. Additionally many of the LEDs had begun to die out as well. I think they obtained some of the output level at the expense of the LED life considerably.

    As for their color temp, you definitely need to gel them for any desired temp CTO or CTB but as said they seem to loose a lot of their punch once gel'd or diffused. More so then something like the Z96's which I love.

    Now they do make good backlights like Garret said. At this point I think I will gut them eventually and repair the driver circuitry to accept a different battery/power source.

    The reason I may give them this last hurray is that they are reasonably well weather sealed. So If I want to put a light out in some rain or splash zone these lights would give you that. Now don't go and submerge them under water but rain and splash seems harmless to them.

    That's my 2.5 cents

    PS: I offer this little prayer,

    Dear Lord we thank you for all that you provide and ask that you deliver us from darkness,
    by ramping up 500 LED light unit production soon. Amen...


  4. I've used these types of light in the past. See photos and discussion here:


    The short story is that they're difficult to diffuse, often spotlight easily, and the glaring white/blue needs to be gelled.

    I think the blue ones make excellent rim (back) lights, though, and the warmer color temperature LEDs definitely have their place here, too.

    To put things in perspective, though, I have LED work lights, my Z96 (dimmable, diffusable, gellable, cold shoe-mountable) is the light that I end up using.

  5. I have to strongly urge people away from these lights. I went to DePaul University for their digital cinema program and graduated back in June.

    Our Cinematography and Lighting professor had brought these in to show us alternatives to the expensive stuff that he found at Home Depot. However, there were some issues. Some didn't take a charge from the AC adapters after a while, and others were DOA. If you gel or diffuse these lights, you lose a ton of kick that they put out normally, which is really unfortunate.

    These are great for the indie low-budget shoot, but shouldn't be heavily relied on. As this article mentions, try just using it as a small additional lighting solution.

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