For all the times I have spent at IBC and BVE one LED manufacturer stood out from the crowd…GEKKO. Last week I proudly bought a Kelvin TILE from a great promotion CVP were running, I finally owned a UK manufactured LED Bi-coloured light for £480 with “V” lock or £420 without “V” lock.
I am a big fan of cable free lighting so the “V” lock version was a no brainor for me.
The Kelvin TILE is not only a video light that ranges from 2200K to 6500K but you also have a film preset as well. With DMX control the Kelvin TILE also gives you the unique ability to turn your Bi-colour LED light into a light of many colours.
Using a “Gekko Paintbox” it’s easy to dial in any colour you fancy but if the best part of £500 does not sway you to part with your cash you can also use a laptop or in my case a MacBook Air with a £130 Enttec USB PRO DMX box and download a free DMX control app from the Apple APP store and control the Kelvin TILE for £130 plus a 2m 5pin XLR DMX cable for about £25.
The Karess lite 6006 is a very powerful 5600K LED light that out performs all but none of my cheaper Chinese LED lights for sheer light output alone and makes a great bounce light for my Canon C300.
Both the Karess and Kelvin lights are built to last with heat sink frames that are admittedly a lot heavier than the cheaper LED lights but it also has an air of quality not a word you can pin onto the plasticky LED lights from China.
Gekko are built in the UK and I look forward to showing off the best of British in my User Review Video next week.