IKEA LED Bulbs: Good Enough for Video Lighting?

IKEA LED Bulbs: Good Enough for Video Lighting?

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If you’re shooting video on a really tight budget and you cannot afford an expensive, pro-grade lighting instrument, can you get away with using consumer grade LED bulbs from IKEA? Let’s take a look and see whether these bulbs can produce decent quality light for your video projects and consider the “down-sides.”

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Links to gear discussed and used to record this session:

IKEA RYET LED Bulbs (not recommended for video use)

IKEA: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/search/?query=ryet


IKEA LEDARE LED Bulbs (usable for tiny budget, non-color critical video lighting)

IKEA: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/search/?query=ledare


Shop/Clamp Lamp – the aluminum lamp you’ll want to concentrate the light and mount it on a light stand

Amazon: https://geni.us/5aD4qrj


5 in 1 Reflector (I use the middle section to soften the light – it is a scrim/silk)

Amazon: https://geni.us/aXGA

B&H: https://bhpho.to/2HKeIpk


Sekonic C-700-U Spectrometer (for measuring CRI, color casts, spectral light output, etc.)

Amazon: https://geni.us/bB5B

B&H: https://bhpho.to/2ie5PJd


Sennheiser MKH 8050 Super-cardioid Boom Microphone

Amazon: https://geni.us/BUjBAdM

B&H: https://bhpho.to/2zozur3


Panasonic GH5S (My current favorite small camera)

Amazon: https://geni.us/8r1G

B&H: https://bhpho.to/2Cbt6mY


Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 OIS Lens – incredibly versatile lens that is on the GH5S most of the time

Amazon: https://geni.us/hNzCP

B&H: https://bhpho.to/2i6s2gv


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