British lighting supplier Smick has announced the introduction of Micansu LED Photographic Bulbs to the UK market. LED bulbs emit more light than equivalent compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs and maintain constant light output over their lifetime.
The Micansu LED bulbs are available in 25W and 45W. They use a standard Edison screw (ES) fit so work with common household sockets and lighting fixtures. There is a small internal cooling fan inside the bulbs, which is quiet enough that it will “not affect video audio”. The new bulbs are suited for both photography and videography and are “set to revolutionise photographic lighting”, claims Smick.
Mick Sadler, the man behind Smick, said: “We introduced photographic CFLs to the UK ten years ago. Now we are introducing LED bulbs branded Micansu, which can directly replace CFLs… A lot of panel lights can be 24–54W so two 25W LED bulbs can outperform these, and not only that but can be used with softboxes, which is very rare.”
According to Sadler, a pair of the new 25W bulbs is brighter than four conventional 50W CFL bulbs, and two 45W LED bulbs have higher output than four 105W CFL bulbs. A 25W LED bulb is equivalent to a 250W tungsten bulb, while a 45W LED bulb is equivalent to 450W. The Micansu bulbs have a high colour rendering index (CRI) of 90 and are daylight balanced, with 5500K colour temperature.
He demonstrates the new LED bulbs in this video.
The Micansu LED Photographic Bulbs go on sale from 29 June 2015, priced £19.99 for the 25W and £29.99 for the 45W. They are also available as part of “Supersoftbox” kits, with light heads able to take up to four bulbs each. They start at £78.99. For more information, visit Smick.co.uk.