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Loving the Luxli Cello RGBAW LED Light, Perhaps Not for Its Designed Purposes (yet), in my Sprinter Van it Solves a Need

Get Luxli Cello at B&H Photo.

Home late yesterday after a grueling 210 miles, tonight I just tried the about $399 Luxli Cello tonight in my Mercedes Sprinter photography adventure van. It’s way cool and fills several needs I’ve had since I got my van:

  • It offers an enormous array of color combinations, but my favorite is pure red, which does not wreck night vision or trigger the anti-sleep reflex as does bluish light. And yet, a college student might run it on blue or bluish to help stay awake.
  • It is designed with a CRI (color rendering index) of 95 and TLCI of 97, so it can be used for still or video photography for accurate color rendition, coming with a hot-shoe mount (and tripod mount). And yet it can reproduce a myriad of other colors as well.
  • I’ve been looking for a remote-controllable red light source that will light up the van interior nice and bright for night-time, something that won’t disturb my night vision—the red mode does that very nicely over a soothing just barely there for night-time to quite bright
  • From outside the van I can turn on light inside the van using my iPhone. Very nice when hauling a few 5-pound trout and a fishing pole and a pack and camera.
  • Since it is battery powered with a standard (and included) Sony NPF battery, it can be used indoors or outdoors and mounted on a tripod also.

My daughter (heading to college this fall), is begging me to get one for her. Maybe I will—her flute performance today was magnificent, drawing a stream of compliments.

Specifications:

Luxli Cello RGBAW LED Light,
app for iPhone to control the unit remotely
  • 10" 176 RGBAW LED Light , 176 LEDs
  • Photometrics: 111.49 fc / 1199.63 lux at 3' / .91 m
  • Adjustable Full Color Light
  • iOS/Android App Control via Bluetooth
  • White Mode: Standard Bicolor Operation
  • RGB Mode: Select Color from RGB Wheel
  • Filter Mode: Colored Gel Sampling
  • Discreet Dimming and Color Knobs
  • 100 to 0% Brightness Dimming
  • 1/4"-20 Mounting Thread (with removable insert for 3/16")
  • CRI 95, TLCI 97
  • power: AC Adapter, External Battery, or 7 to 15V DC at 2 amps 24 watts max
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 3.6 x 0.8" / 24.1 x 9.1 x 2 cm
  • Weight: 13.2 oz / 374 g

As for photography, I’ll be putting it to use soon. See also the ProtoMachines LED8 Full Color Photography Light.

Attach a plate from Really Right Stuff and mount the Luxli Cello on a tripod, such as the Really Right Stuff TFA-01 ULTRA Pocket Pod.

Luxli Cello RGBAW LED Light mounted on Really Right Stuff TFA-01 ULTRA Pocket Pod, deep red at 1% brightness
Luxli Cello RGBAW LED Light mounted on Really Right Stuff TFA-01 ULTRA Pocket Pod
Luxli Cello RGBAW LED Light, overview of appearance

The picture below is missing one thing: the Luxli Cello has a nice quality rear LCD also, to control the light without the app.

Luxli Cello RGBAW LED Light, rear view
Luxli Cello RGBAW LED Light, front view
Luxli Cello RGBAW LED Light, app for iPhone to control the unit remotely
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