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Westcott Basics LED Hands-On Review

An inexpensive and portable light that may be the ideal solution for many photographers
Westcott Basics LED

Lighting gear is essential to us as photographers, and one of the challenges we face is finding good, inexpensive solutions that are small enough for us to carry anywhere.

Our portability and affordability problems are solved with Westcott’s Basics LED, thanks to the unique design of this LED light system—it uses standard “Edison” fixtures (those are the screw-in bulbs we use every day), and it produces an incredible amount of light. The unit can throw more than 3000 lumens, and the $35 LED is a real problem-solver—it’s the type of solution that should be found in every studio.

Westcott sells the bulb by itself and as a kit that includes two bulbs, two stands and two fixtures. And the portability and standard screw-in design make the LEDs particularly useful for the portrait and real interior photographer looking to add additional light. Just remove the low-brightness bulbs in your client’s floor lamps and replace with the Basics, and a room is suddenly a few stops brighter.

In our video review, we examine the pros and cons of the Westcott Basics LED, which you can also find on their website.


 

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