Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Studio Equipment: Color Changing Bulb

-By Dan dos Santos

I'm currently on my way back home from my 3-day workshop in Seattle, which was a ton of fun! One of the coolest things about the weekend (And there were many, many, cool things), was this really neat light bulb that one of the students introduced me to.

This is a 10w LED lightbulb (60w incandescent equivalent) which changes colors with the touch of a button. You screw it into any regular lightbulb socket, and with the remote, you can change the color to any of 15 different hues! You can also select from 4 different levels of intensity.

The bulb is obviously intended for casual party lighting, but it's absolutely perfect for artistic applications. We used the bulb as part of a softbox set-up and photographed the model in a variety of fantasy lighting scenarios. It was really useful, and really easy.

Although the bulb isn't bright enough to compete with a flash bulb set-up, it is great for those that use incandescent set-ups. I often use a low-wattage incandescent setup when photographing various reference in the studio; like mannequin heads, miniature models and dioramas.

When I saw how cool this bulb was, I expected it to be really expensive. I was really surprised to find out that you can order it on Amazon for just $20. Plus, it's an LED bulb, so it should last much longer than a tungsten bulb. I just ordered mine, and can't wait to try it out when I get home.


  1. Thanks for posting this, Dan! That seriously looks cool/helpful, I think I might look into purchasing a bulb.

  2. My son gave me one of those, and I agree, it's awesome. It comes with a remote, so you can experiment with a bunch of different color options that switch instantaneously without touching the bulb—which makes it a great teaching tool. AND it flashes for a cool party effect. Much more amusing than TV.

  3. That's so cool, I'm totally going to order one!

  4. What a great lead. Thanks for sharing ... just made an order. Also, thanks for coming to speak to us HAS MFA Illustration students in Hartford, CT about two weeks ago. Cheers - Brian

  5. I have no use for one of those, but it's so cool i want one any way!

  6. Too bad it doesn't ship to Canada, it's just what I need :C

  7. Much more expensive, but also much more versatile. These were actually selling out at Amazon over 2012 Christmas holiday. https://www.meethue.com/en-US

  8. I love those things, I practically did a dance the first time I stumbled on it with Amazon. I'm glad you ended up liking it so much (I am the student at the workshop in question).

  9. haha, just got mine a couple days ago;
    I'll be using it for my next reference model shoot, can't wait!!!

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