Another of the company’s products are the diminutive Eye-lite LEDs. These are tiny lights designed to provide a small amount of fill light for your subjects, provided they are not far from the camera. They are also useful for lighting close-ups and are surprisingly powerful given their size. Up until now they have been available as single colour in either daylight or tungsten.
At Interbee in Tokyo this week Aladdin launched a new bi-colour version called the Eye-Lite Piccolo. It can shift the colour it outputs from daylight to tungsten. It is also dimmable and has a similar brightness to the original single colour models. Aladdin claim it has a CRI of 98Ra – in other words the colour accuracy is very high indeed.
The light has a solid metal casing and an internal battery. It has a claimed life of around two hours at full power and even longer if run at lower output. One of the best things about the Eye-Lite is that it charges via USB, which means you can also power it from a USB phone battery. The new light has a 1/4 20 mounting socket which the original version did not. A small eyelet on the casing allows it to be attached to a strap or lanyard for easy carrying.
It is priced at around $115 US and should be available any time now.