Lighting with LED lights

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It’s been way too long since I posted anything about photography gear. I was becoming worried that this blog was turning into a therapy blog for myself rather than a place for me to show you guys cool new stuff.

Introducing my favorite new toy, the Husky 180 LED floodlight. You mean that thing from Home Depot? Yup.


Ok, ok. What’s so great about this little guy? First off, it’s pretty bright. In fact, it works for practically any situation other than bright daylight outdoor shooting. I’ve used it several times indoors and during late afternoon/early evening shoots with amazing results.

What I love about it is the fact that it’s a cordless LED floodlight. You don’t need a power source. Once it’s charged up, it’ll last for up to 4 hours. Plus, it weighs only 3.5 pounds. I attach it to a light stand using a standard reflector clamp, and use it either as a main light or fill.


Above, this picture was taken outdoors on South Congress in Austin, TX at around 7pm. Still bright for summer standards, so the Husky LED floodlight created a perfect spot light for this downtown look. My intern stood off to the subject’s left with a daylight reflector to fill the shadows.


This picture above was taken indoors inside a fairly dark bar area. I used the Husky as a fill light to counter balance the contrasting light from over the bride above the bar. Again, it created a really nice fill, with a little more edge definition than shooting with a light modifier such as a beauty dish or umbrella.

I find that I prefer shooting with the Husky straight on without any modifiers to get that original Hollywood lighting effect. Keep in mind though that the color temperature from the LEDs is fairly cool, so I use an orange gel to create a more natural skin tone colored light.

Oh, and did I forget to mention its only $60?

Here’s the link: Husky 180 LED Portable Worklight

Do you have any experience working with LEDs lighting? If so, I’d love to hear about it…

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8 Responses

  1. Peter Tsai
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    sweet. I just bought one of those small 30 LED lights from B&H and it was pretty much the same price. I’ll have to check these work lights. Thanks for the tip!

  2. debra
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    Brilliant, thank you for the tip!

    • dustinmeyer
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      You’re welcome, Debra!

  3. Steve
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  4. Adrian Felder
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    Would you sugest these for video work and what type of gels should I buy to deal with the color temperature issue. I shoot with a Nikon D7000 and have the option to select specific color temperatures do have any advice on how I can get the optimal color balance with these lights using gels and what light stands do you use.

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  6. Stacey Sather
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    Thank you so much for posting this review. I'm in a jam and have to have some lights for tomorrow. I saw the husky led's and thought/hoped they'd work. I bought two of the taller units that have stands but can also be taken off and placed anywhere the cord will reach. Now that I've read your post, I'll probably go back for the portable one you've mentioned.

  7. David Swoyer
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    COOOOOLLLLL!! Thanks for passing this on!

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