Now that the 2015 NAB show in Las Vegas is over it’s time to do some coverage! Starting on April 17th and going until the end of the month I will be doing a spotlight on what was good at the show. Each day I’ll focus on something new or exciting that I saw. These are being released in no particular order.
Westcott Flex LED Lights
I’m always on the lookout for great ways to expand my lighting package with lights that are powerful, versatile, and able to get the job done fast and right. As such, I’ve been in love with the Westcott IceLights for a while; so when I saw the Flex lights at their booth this year I was immediately intrigued and after taking a look at them, my conclusion was simple: I want them!
I do a lot of run and gun shooting where I don’t have a ton of time or extra hands to set up, so having lights that are lightweight, portable, and easy to work with is key. Not only are the Flex lights ultra-compact, they are also bendable so the uses are endless. Need a wrap light? Done. Need to replace a practical bulb with something better? Done. Need low profile interview lights? Done.
The Flex lights are small, but pack a HUGE punch. The 1×1 that Westcott had on the floor was able to offset all the other lights in the area at 3′ at only 1% power. The 1×1 draws only 50 watts of power, but outputs more than any other LED I’ve seen in its size. And since the power draw is so small they can be powered with optional Westcott batteries or through regular bricks with a D-Tap adapter.
One of the best things about the Flex line is that there’s more than just a 1×1 option. A lot of times I want longer sources, or just larger sources. Now with the Flex lights I won’t have to stack multiple lights together and punch it through some diffusion. The Westcott Flex lights come in 1’x1′, 1’x2′, 1’x3′, and 2’x2′ sizes. They also come in daylight, tungsten, or bi-color options; meaning even more versatility.
When the Flex lights finally do hit stores they’ll be offered individually or in a variety of kits. A 2 light 1×1 kit will come with the 2 fixtures, dimmer and power supplies, Scrim Jim frames, diffusion, softboxes, stud adapters, stands, and a hard carry case. And if you want to have batteries for your Flex lights, there’s a kit for that; the battery kit will be able to run your 1×1’s pretty much all day.
Single fixture Westcott Flex light kits in either daylight or tungsten are available on B&H now for $700. The 2 light kits, different sizes, and bi-color options will be available this Summer (I was told July 2015). If I had a set of these they would become workhorse staples in my light kit. If you’re looking for more information on the Flex line, be sure to check out Westcott’s product page.