The Most Surprising Light? Lowel EGO LED Review – The Phoblographer
I’m a snob about lighting. I still, to this day, swear by what a flash can do vs an LED for the same price. And I think off-camera lighting is a creative tool not only designed for when a place is too dark. For many reasons, the Lowel EGO LED shouldn’t leave your home studio. But no matter what, it will give pretty great light, and it surprised me in ways I didn’t think would happen.
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The Lowel EGO LED is a great light; it offers a bright LED source with built-in diffusion. Think of it as a light panel, but with the diffusion already there. Best of all, it’s super affordable.
Pros and Cons
- When you get a working version, they work wonderfully for video conferencing.
- Versatile mount for a light stand
- Color changing abilities is very cool
- Had it on for well over and hour with little overheating
- Took a tumble off of a lightstand and kept working
- They’re like $150.
- Cheap build quality around the ports: our first one had an issue here.
- I wish it had a battery and didn’t need to be connected to an outlet.
We tested the Lowel EGO LED with Sony, Leica, and Canon cameras.
The Lowel EGO LED doesn’t necessarily innovate. But instead, they build in the diffusion into it for a very good price.
These tech specs are taken from the Adorama listing:
- Professional beauty light with industrial design
- Hides in plain sight
- Powerful, flattering bi-color soft light to match any environment
- Plug and go, no assembly required
- Flicker-free dimming and low heat emission
The Lowel EGO LED is pretty much a rectangle. There’s an LED inside, and there is a giant diffusion panel on one side. That’s pretty much all you need to know about how it works.
As you can see, the backside of the Lowel EGO LED is, well, black. So think of this exterior area much like a softbox.
On the back side, there are these controls. You’ll plug the Lowel EGO LED into the wall via a port. Unfortunately, it can’t be charged via USB-C, which would’ve been amazing. The brightness and color controls on the left will pretty much be the only other things you end up touching.
To turn the light on, there’s a switch on the bottom.