March 2012 will see the release of the Ice Light, a mysterious new product from Westcott. Designed by Jerry Ghionis, the marketeers describe it as “the first ever wraparound handheld LED daylight light source”.
So, what actually is it?
A kind of light sabre not dissimilar to the Bask Blade, the Ice Light is a tube-shaped continuous light source. The colour temperature is around 5200-5400K, close to a “daylight” white balance. You can run the Ice Light from the mains or its built-in lithium ion battery, and dim the intensity down to 1/10 of full power. The whole device is half a metre long with tripod sockets on each end. You can also hand-hold it.
According to the manufacturer, the Ice Light is “perfect for both photo and video applications”. However, some photographers may be put off by the opening price: $499.90. Pre-ordering is available now from Adorama and B&H.
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