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Hello everyone, John at Groovy again. Today’s blog is all about Tungsten versus LED lighting.
When it comes to video production, proper lighting creates the mood that effects your viewers. Many video production companies have used tungsten lighting over the years however the newer LED lights are becoming more popular for a variety of reasons.
LED lights often have “variable colour temperature” adjustments. This allows the production crew to adjust the exposure on the fly if they have to head from inside to out during a shoot. This setting can also help to speed up the white balance setting on the video camera when doing quick setups.
LED lights are very light compared to their tungsten counterparts. It can be much easier on a one man crew to light any given scene quickly and efficiently.
LED lights run cool compared to tungsten lights that throw off some serious heat. When working in confined spaces like kitchens or corporate offices, LED lighting is a better overall choice.
LED lights have a much longer bulb life than tungsten lights do … for those who are budget conscious, this can be a very important factor. Also, LED lights run on battery power ( not AC ) so the camera operator has much more mobility which can speed up the shooting process dramatically.
Another benefit of LED lights is that they use less power than tungsten lights. Sometimes, when using multiple tungsten lights on a shoot, you have to concern yourself with tripping circuits and how to safely lay down the power cables. With LED lights, most of this may not even come into play in the first place which is always a bonus for any video production.
One of the main drawbacks of LED lights and lighting rigs is the initial purchase cost. LED lights are generally more expensive ( sometimes by almost double ) than their tungsten counterparts. The overall savings in production time and life of the bulbs will certainly pay for itself over the long run.
I would encourage you to drop by your local video supplier or rental place to discover what is currently on offer. When you are looking for a professional video production however, look no further than the Team at Groovy Concepts. We. Are. Video Production. Toronto.