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High CRI LED practical bulbs (2 replies)

JerrodCordell
2 weeks ago
JerrodCordell 2 weeks ago

So I was originally going to buy a bunch of the A-Series LED bulbs from Quasar Science to replace practicals for a documentary, but unfortunately they're being redesigned and won't be available until August. As nice as they seem, I'm desperate to find an alternative. I'm trying to find something that's LED (shooting long term at these locations and don't want to run up my talent's power bill), high CRI, around 3000K (probably utilizing a lot of window light so I want the practicals to be warm but not ugly yellow) and won't completely break the bank. 

I found this review for the Yuji High CRI LEDs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNEeuvY0tTY»
They seem great and a perfect alternative to the quasars. Only problem is it's nowhere on their website! They have E27 it looks like but I'm shooting in the states so I need E26.

So any suggestions? There are so many options its hard to narrow it down. On paper it looks like the Euri E-Lite bulbs would work great but I know nothing about the brand or how good they are: https://www.1000bulbs.com/product/200031/IRT-10112.html»

Same goes with these Hyperikon bulbs. Haven't found much in terms of reviews but I was just looking at photos from customer reviews and they seem really nice. 90+ CRI and they have them in 2700K, 3000K, 4000K, and 5000K, so plenty of color temperature options.
https://www.amazon.com/Hyperikon-Dim»...0779978ZZ?th=1»

And then there's the GE Reveal. I think it's 2870K with a supposed CRI of 90. It's the easiest one to find but it seems like they have a bit of a magenta cast. https://www.amazon.com/GE-Lighting-1»...eveal+100+watt»

Let me know what you all think and if you've had any experience with these.

JerrodCordell
2 weeks ago
JerrodCordell 2 weeks ago

I posted this on DVXuser also so sorry about the weird formatting.

JerrodCordell
2 weeks ago
JerrodCordell 2 weeks ago

So after more digging I found some other options:

Soraa Vivid LED: The pro is it has a CRI and R9 rating of 95 and not a bad price at $13. The con is it only comes in 2700k, and even though it's 11 watts it's only a 60 watt equivilant. Plus the only reviews I've seen have people complaining about a green tint.
https://www.polar-ray.com/soraa-led-a19-60w-04214.html»

Sylvania Ultra-HD LED: Pro is it comes in 2700k, 3000k, and 5000k and has a CRI of 92, plus it's a brand with a reliable history and only $8. The con is I have no idea what the R9 value is and it's nowhere on the spec sheet. 
https://www.polar-ray.com/sylvania-l»...00w-78115.html»

Waveform Lighting: 95 CRI, 80 R9, 3000K. Probably not going with this one because it only comes in a 50 watt equivilant, but I feel bad because it only has one review and it's a negative one because it's some old guy complaining about getting e-mails from them. lol
https://store.waveformlighting.com/c»...=5771197906973»

I feel like there needs to be a Great Consumer High CRI LED Shootout among all of these. Last time anyone's bothered reviewing a number of LED bulbs was CNET in 2014.

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