The Alphatron TriStar 4 on-camera LED light “can be thrown on a concrete floor, just bounce and still work,” according to Richard Payne, technical pre-sales manager with its distributor, Holdan. “We threw it a few times, and the only damage was a slight dent in the metal barn doors, which (like its metal ball joint) is a rare feature in this price bracket (about £180).”
The bi-colour light is tuneable between 3200K to 5600K, doesn’t change its intensity when you change colour, and uses 96 long-life, high-brightness three-chip surface mount diodes (with three times the output of non-SMD lights using the same number of LEDs), and promises 100-10% dimming without noticeable colour shift. It is powered by Mini 4-Pin XLR or Sony NP-F Battery, draws 12W, has a beam angle of 120°. It comes with a built-in diffuser.
In testing, it achieved a Television Lighting Consistency Index daylight score of more than 85, which means that it doesn’t need correction in colour grading.