Limelite Mosaic Daylight LED Panel review

So, you want to know a little more about the Limelite Mosaic Daylight LED Panel? As you can see from the specs, this is a pretty hefty light. Probably not the type you’re going to carry around with your gear on the off-chance you might use it. But you don’t want a long-winded review filled with my personal opinions, you want a quick read over the key issues of this light.

Bowens Limelite Mosaic

Pros

  • This light comes with both DMX in and out
  • 2 forms of power input: battery and AC Adaptor
  • Comes with lengthy power cable
  • Simple controls on the back of the light
  • Programmable for quick changes and set ups set to F-stops

Cons

  • Requires that you already have a light stand to mount it on
  • No analogue dimmer control. Only + and – buttons
  • Huge/heavy
  • Need to loosen both sides of the light before you can tilt it
  • Slightest movement of the light can dramatically change light coverage
  • No accessories included with product

Now come the personal opinions. This light is probably best for a larger production company with both the crew and the time to set it up. You may even require two or three of these lights to achieve the look you’re going for and at an online price of £749.70 this is probably not the light for the indie film maker/photographer.

Another issue with this light and its cost is that for the price you pay for one, you’d expect to get maybe one gel or diffuser. This is not the case. You receive the bare essentials inside the box. There are accessories for this light however if you’re on a budget you might want to look into DIY methods for any extra effects you desire.

The lack of a dimmer switch was also a problem when using this light. During my testing I set up this light on top of a light stand (another issue being that it requires you to own or have access to one to use this light at any height other than floor level) and had no end of frustration trying to change the light levels by pushing the buttons while at the same time trying not to tip the light over.

Limelite Mosaic LED positioned high up on a light stand

It’s also not the easiest of lights to transport around. Unless you have a private means of transport, don’t expect any kind looks on the bus with this and all your other kit under your arms.

In my line of work, which is promotional film making, I’m mostly focussed on getting the quickest set up in a tight space of both time and location. This light was way too bulky for me to be carrying around with my general kit. I’m looking for something that’s both affordable and mobile. This is neither.

Setting up the Limelite Mosaic to light a video interview

In my testing of this light, we had a closed set with three tech hands to set up the light. The light itself was simple enough to set up, but altering its settings proved to be frustrating, due to many of the problems I have already listed for you. The light was used as the main front-facing directional light in an interview with a comedy double act and caused a few problems with both blinding one subject and not getting enough coverage of the other and vice versa.

Setting up the Limelite Mosaic to light a video interview

On the plus side this light does come with a DMX in and out capability, giving you a lot more remote control over its operation. However, if you’re on a budget this feature may not be enough to win you over. The programmable feature and f-stop control is a definite plus for photographers over film makers needing to make quick changes on shoot.

Although it may seem like I am coming down on this product rather harshly, I feel that I must say that I feel that when considering spending such a large amount on a light you must consider the cons as much as the pros of what you are looking for.

Sample video

Where to buy

For more information about the Limelite Mosaic Daylight LED Panel, including pricing and availability, visit limelite.uk.com.

  • Tim Haskell

    Hi. I am the Business Development Manager at Bowens responsible for the Limelite brand and should like to comment on some of the points raised in Andy Cameron’s Limelite Mosaic test report.

    The Mosaic is equipped with a standard 5/8″ stand mount and, like other LED panels, fluorescent fixtures etc, does not come with a lighting stand, as so many users have plenty of these already.

    The reason we used the digital display coupled to the +/- buttons, instead of the analogue rotary-style dimmer used on most other panels is that this provides far greater accuracy and you can use the digital display or save a setting to the on-board memory to repeat a particular set-up later – not easy with the relative vagueness of analogue rotary dimmers. I agree that the +/- controls may be more difficult to access at high mounting positions but you can buy some pretty low cost DMX fader controls now, which can be connected directly into Mosaic to provide remote power control for single or multiple panels should your usage require this facility – we bought one on-line for around 70 and often use this in product demonstrations.

    Mosaic, as with all Bowens lights, is built to very high standards and, unlike most other plastic-bodied lights, uses a rugged metal casing to withstand the demands of heavy professional use. This, together with the onboard DMX, digital display, f-stop mode etc does price Mosaic in the “mid-market” sector, but it is still around 40% less than Litepanels and is 3x as bright, so you do get a lot of light for your money.

    We have a new, padded 2-panel kit bag coming out in January, which will hold two Mosaics, plus cables, filter kits, v-mount batteries and compact lighting stands. I carried a sample bag full of my 2-light demo kit around London all day recently, using the Underground to get around. Not only did the bag perform exceptionally well, protecting the kit and making it very comfortable to carry for long periods, but it was compact enough not to cause any commuter hassles in a crowded tube train!

    You do need to loosen both sides of the light stirrup to adjust the angle, as you do with all the other LED panels I have tried, but this ensures that, once you have set up your light with any accessories such as barndoors, it stays exactly where you put it until you need to change the set up again.

    As each user’s lighting effects requirements differ, we produce two optional filter sets which cover Colour Control (Tungsten Gels and Diffusion) and Colour FX (Cosmetic and Colour Wash filters) and these are readily available from our stockists. If you just need the odd gel, then cut 21×24″ sheets are available for just a few pounds and can easily be trimmed to fit Mosaic’s filter slot.

    The video clip that Andy shot is very nicely lit and I hope that the points that I have mentioned, supported by the quality of the light evident in Andy’s video, will help potential purchasers to see why Mosaic is really a very high quality lighting tool for the money.

    • NowYouSee

      He’s an idiot, Tim. Observe how he left the practical ceiling flo on. I’m sure that makes for some lovely green spikes in the spectrum and a nice buzz in the audio track. Sorry, but I have no love for hacks who pose as professionals and then write reviews of gear as if they know WTF they are talking about. The lowered cost of video gear now means any dipshit. can enter the field and call himself a “pro”, thus giving the true professionals a bad name.

      • http://www.lightingrumours.com/ David A. Selby

        I can appreciate that you don’t agree with all of Andy’s points, you believe the video isn’t the best demonstration and reckon you could do better. That’s fine.

        But there’s no need to be rude. What’s constructive about calling someone a “moron”, an “idiot”, and a “lil’ bitch”?

  • NowYouSee

    Okay, I’m going to be harsh on you in return: You are a moron when it comes to lighting. Why in the WORLD would you place the light so far away frome the subject?!? If the light is too intense, cover it with diffusion. Unless you desire a hard shadow, move the light as close to the subject as possible. If you are adament about dimmable control then purchase a cheap dimmer from the local hardware store for under $20. Heavy?!? You’ve got to be kidding me. An 18k HMI is heavy. This little light ain’t. These flat panel LEDs are some of the most light-weight lighting units in the history of film / video lighting. What “professional” does NOT have their own vehicle?? Lemme guess…you put that light WAY up high where it could easily fall and injure someone and you failed to secure it with a shotbag. ( if you are whining like a lil’ bitch about a light that weighs 6lbs I doubt you are carrying around 20lb shot bags and responsibly securing your lighting units.)

    • glazunov

      First suggestion for you? get a dictionary. Second? Learn some manners. One thing is terribly clear to me and that is you are no professional as much as you claim yourself to be one. They’ve extended to you the courtesy of letting your insulting and rambling comments to stay on their post. I have no idea why. They should be deleted forthwith.

  • NowYouSee

    AND, that video clip is not “nicely lit”. It’s dreadful. Tim was just being diplomatic. Key source is too high and too sourcey. Subjects have “dirty-nose” shadow and a hard bib-shadow. The backlight / edgelight is too hard on one subject and not enough on the other. Subject on left has a nasty reflection of the source on his forehead. NEVER LIGHT A SUBJECT WITH A NAKED BULB unless you want UNFLATTERING light.

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