Adaptalux EFX adds lasers, UV and ultra-bright LEDs for macro lighting

Adaptalux hopes to crowd-fund its new special-effect flexible lighting arms for lighting close-ups.

Adaptalux EFX Lighting Arms

Two years ago, a British company successfully crowd-funded the Adaptalux Studio, a lighting system for macro photography. The Studio comprises a battery-powered control pod and up to six flexible LED lighting arms, available in various colours.

Now Adaptalux has returned to Kickstarter with the EFX Lighting Arms, a series of three new modules that add even more versatility to the system. The new arms include an ultra-bright LED with a narrower beam, an ultraviolet (UV) light and a laser arm.

Adaptalux EFX Lighting Arms

UV light, when shined on an object, stimulates the emission of visible light, which can show off hidden structures in leaves, insects and other natural objects.

The S (“super bright”) lighting arm uses the same LED as the original Adaptalux arms, but with a lens that focusses the beam, effectively making it brighter, while covering a narrower area. This can help you use lower Iso-sensitivities and higher shutter speeds.

Finally, the laser lighting arm projects a red laser beam, which can be used for all kinds of creative effects and transmitted through semi-transparent objects.

Here are some example images using each of the EFX components.

Example using Adaptalux EFX Laser Arm
Example using the EFX Laser Arm
Example using Adaptalux EFX Arm-S
Example using the EFX Arm-S
Example using Adaptalux EFX UV Arm
Example using the EFX UV Arm

Adaptalux hopes to raise £2,500 ($3,400) by the end of the campaign. Backers can pledge more than £37 for the laser or S arm and £52 for the UV arm. If you don’t already have an Adaptalux Studio control pod, you can get one and two arms by pledging £180; the original system is also available from the Adaptalux Shop.

Visit the Kickstarter project page for more information.

David Selby
David is a keen photographer and has been editor of Lighting Rumours since 2010. When not writing about lighting, he works as a data scientist at the University of Manchester, UK.