Explaining our new LED Lights

Recently, we released our new Amaran LED lights – AL-198A and AL-198C, controlling beam angles and color temperature, respectively. We produced a couple of graphics, photographs, and charts showing you exactly what this means in practice. Let’s take a look at them, one by one.

Amaran AL-198A

Like our original Amaran LED video light, this one features bulbs of different angles. However, they have a different layout. Whereas before, the narrow bulbs were in the middle and the wide bulbs around the edges, now they are interspersed with one another. You can see this from the diagram below.

198A Beam Angle Diagram

To show you the difference in effect of these two bulbs, we took two sets of pictures. One showing the bulbs themselves (first picture) and one showing the effect of the bulbs on a plain white wall (second picture).

From these photos, you can see two things:

  • the narrow bulbs are clearly better for lighting things in the center
  • the wide bulbs are better for lighting an entire scene, edge to edge

Amaran AL-198C

Whereas our original Amaran LED only featured bulbs at 5500K, this new one features bulbs of both 3200K and 5500K. This makes it useful for shooting under all kinds of lighting conditions. Check the diagram below to see the arrangement.

To show you the difference in effect of these two bulbs, we took two sets of pictures. One showing the bulbs themselves (first picture) and one showing the effect of the bulbs on a plain white wall (second picture).

From these photos, you can see two things:

  • the 5500K bulbs are useful for adding cool light to a warm scene
  • the 3200K bulbs are useful for adding warm light to a cool scene.

Of course, you can also spin the wheel to get any color in between, to find just that balance of perfect light…

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