I was ordering some batteries the other day on Amazon and while I was on their site I looked around at the current state of LED lighting. These tiny lights caught my eye and I dug a little deeper. They are amazingly simple. These lights are 8 Watt 200 lux capable at full power and advertiser as capable....oh what the hell? Here are the specs on the site:
If you put two of these at full power, pushed the light through a layer of 1.5 stop silk, and used something like a Lumix S1 or a Sigma fp at 6400 or 8000 or 12,000 ISO I think you actually could film a very decent looking video clip with them. Alternately, you could add just the right amount of fill light to a low light photographic scene. There is a water proof on/off switch on the top that cycles through from off > 1/4 > 1/2 > 3/4 and full power and on the other three sides are quarter inch, threaded mounting points. You can mount these on a video cage, add a hot shoe mount and put them on your camera, use a stand adapter to put them on a light stand or just have your favorite super-model hold them and point them in the correct direction.
I bought two of them to have around. In a pinch they make great flashlights. I can think of a thousand uses for them. But the reason I think they are really great is that: I can use them in a pool, in the rain, in the sink, down the drain, I can use them in a flood, I can use them in the mud. I can use them in Scotch and water, I can use them to film an otter. I can use them covered with drool, I can break each lighting rule.
And look!!! No magic cables to make things anti-science and oh so complicated!!!
Video with sound effects included just for fun. And now you've read this; we're all done.
Cost = $38 a piece. The cost of half a tuna sandwich at the Plaza.