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Comparison of 4 Powerful LED Spot Lights

Let’s compare four 300 Watt low budget LED spot lights for video work.

To be in this comparison an LED light must fulfill the following:

  1. Must have a power draw of about 300 Watts.
  2. Must have an open LED chip design, with a mount to adapt various accessories.
  3. Must be relatively cheap.
  4. Daylight balanced only.
  5. CRI of 90+

Here’s my list, not in any particular order:

#1

Aputure Light Storm C300d Mark II

Buy: Amazon | B&H

This is probably the best known and most marketing high power LED light. It has a lot going for it, including Aputure’s service. Their lights have been generally reliable.

In addition, you also get support for the Bluetooth Sidus Link, wireless and DMX control, and passive cooling. And there are eight built?in effects: Paparazzi, Fireworks, Lightning, Fault Bulb, TV, Pulsing, Strobe, and Explosion.

Important specifications:

  • Price: $1,099
  • Rated temperature: 5500K
  • Dimming: 100% to 0%
  • Lux: 3,000 at 3m
  • Power draw: 350W
  • Cooling system: Active
  • DMX: Yes
  • Wireless, App, Remote: All three plus Bluetooth
  • Weight (including AC adapter, controller, etc., no batteries): About 5kg (they haven’t specified it, probably for a reason)
  • Accessory mount: Bowens S-Type
  • Controller box: Yes
  • Battery option: Yes, V-mount and AB-mount

#2

Godox VL300

Buy: Amazon | B&H

This is a new model, and is an update to their SL-line. I’ve used the SL-200W and the SL-60W often, and they have delivered great results so I have no hesitation in recommending this new one.

The downside (if you can call it that) is there are two boxes with this light – the controller and AC adapter.

Important specifications:

  • Price: $749
  • Rated temperature: Unknown
  • Dimming: 100% to 0%
  • Lux: 10,800 at 1m
  • Power draw: 300W
  • Cooling system: Fan
  • DMX: Unknown
  • Wireless, App, Remote: All three
  • Weight (including AC adapter, controller, etc., no batteries): 5 kg
  • Accessory mount: Bowens S-Type
  • Controller box: Yes
  • Battery option: Yes, V-mount

#3

Nanlite Forza 300

Buy: Amazon | B&H

The Forza 300 would probably be my favorite light in this list, though I haven’t used any of the Forza line. I’ve used the Nanguang branded lights (same company, previous name) and they have been 50-50 in terms of reliability and toughness.

One cool party trick this one has the others don’t is you can simulate lighting effects like lightning, a TV screen, a flash, and a flickering light bulb.

Important specifications:

  • Price: $999
  • Rated temperature: 5600K
  • Dimming: 100% to 0%
  • Lux: 4,073 at 3m
  • Power draw: 300W
  • Cooling system: Fan
  • DMX: Yes
  • Wireless, App, Remote: Wireless
  • Weight (including AC adapter, controller, etc., no batteries): 5 kg (estimated, because they only list the head weight)
  • Accessory mount: Bowens S-Type
  • Controller box: Yes
  • Battery option: Yes, V-mount

#4

Genaray Powerhouse PH300

Buy: Amazon | B&H

I have no experience with Genaray products, but at the price it’s hard to disregard them. The major downside is the lack of battery support.

Important specifications:

  • Price: $700
  • Rated temperature: 5600K
  • Dimming: 100% to 0%
  • Lux: Unknown, they rate the output with the reflector
  • Power draw: 330W
  • Cooling system: Fan
  • DMX: Yes
  • Wireless, App, Remote: Wireless
  • Weight (including AC adapter, controller, etc., no batteries): 3.5 kg
  • Accessory mount: Bowens S-Type
  • Controller box: Yes
  • Battery option: No

That’s it for my comparison.

If I had to pick one for a serious project, based on specifications alone, I think I’d go with the Aputure Light Storm C300d Mark II (Amazon, B&H). For these reasons:

  1. Service and support
  2. Much quieter fan than the previous model
  3. Tons of accessories
  4. App control
  5. Step-less dimming with four dimming curves
  6. Eight built-in effects: Paparazzi, Fireworks, Lightning, Fault Bulb, TV, Pulsing, Strobe, and Explosion.

What do you think?