Zecti, makers of that pretty sweet tripod I reviewed a while back, saw that I had a series of fairly badly lit product photos and sent me over a dimmable 15 Watt 3200-5600K 1500 lumen LED lamp to play with.
While my photography issues presented here are product related, if you’re into any photography that requires lighting this is possibly going to be something you should investigate at some point.
Preface: Paul was a photography major for a very short amount of time… the short amount of time it took him to discover he was colorblind and that film developing was really expensive. As such you’re reading a review of a multi-temperature light by someone who can’t say “no, that isn’t 4400K, that’s 3600”.
To attempt to compensate for that I have simply taken a series of photos with different color temperatures in a darkened room of some products I have laying about the office. That is really as far as you should trust me with this review.
Zecti Dimmable 15W LED lamp on a Zecti Tripod using a separate Zecti power adapter. It should be noted that the lamp comes with an angle-able mounting piece (hot shoe,) for easy pro camera attaching.
I placed several items I had in the office approximately three feet from the LED lamp, plugged it in, turned the light to maximum intensity, and took several photos.
The numbers on the back in the first series indicate what K temperature it’s at. The numbers in the second will be 1500 Lumen intensity %.
What’s in the box?
Power adapter sold separately (left box)
Rather than a colorblind man attempting to tell you what he sees, this is it. From behind the lamp, using an HTC 10. The only digital manipulation done on any photo in this article is to resize the photos using image resizer.
I attempted to keep focus on the tag at the top of the pictures. Obviously I failed a few times. The number on the display is the color temperature in Kelvin (32 = 3200K, 56=5600K, etc).
And here are some of the brightness settings
Starting with off and working our way up to the highest setting
It should be noted you can select any number from 10 to 99, I just didn’t feel like taking 89 photos.
Dang it’s bright
While the above photo isn’t quite what things looked like, left is the Zecti, right is the gray window of my discontent – a sunny day, grayer than normal due to I’m assuming lighting compensation by the HTC 10. The 1500 Lumen Zecti LED feels on a pain threshold slightly less damning than a 1500 Lumen projector.
That might be due to projector having a smaller emitting area. This is pretty darn bright.
Above: less bright
Above: pretty colors.
Features we didn’t/couldn’t test
- With a battery
- With a non-colorblind person in the room
Feel free to ask. Other than that Zecti sent me this to review I am not beholden to give it a good review or stick up for it. Do go easy on my camera work though. I blinded myself with the LED.
You can get the Zecti Dimmable 15W LED lamp for $27.77 at Amazon. You’ll need either the 15 Volt/1Amp power adapter, a universal adapter (no link, feel free to suggest one,) or a battery (here’re links to three that are listed as compatible in the documentation) NP-F550, NP-F750, or NP-F960.