Chinese lighting manufacturer Aputure has added a new accessory, the Sidus Link Bridge, allowing you to control nearly all of its LED video lights from your mobile phone.
Most Aputure lamps have built-in 2.4GHz radio receivers, allowing them to form a mesh network to communicate their settings. What most of the older ones don’t have, however is native Bluetooth or mesh control. The Sidus Link Bridge is effectively a relay, talking to your smartphone via Bluetooth and then passing these signals onto your lights via 2.4GHz RF signal.
The device itself is a small box with antennae sticking out of it, that you can mount on a light stand. It has a built-in lithium battery that charges via USB.
Through the free Sidus Link mobile app, you can adjust all of your connected lights’ power and colour temperature in up to four groups and three channels. It also adds special effects modes (e.g. fire, police car, lightning) to lights that may not have originally had them. One of the key features of the app is the ability to save and share presets of lighting setups.
Compatible lights include all Aputure lights with a 2.4GHz remote, including the HR672, Tri-8 and Light Storm C120D, C120D II and C300D. Newer lights, such as the Accent B7c and LS C300d II, already have mesh support so you don’t need a Bridge for them.
The Sidus Link Bridge is priced $89 and available now. Visit the Aputure web site for more information.