And that future has finally arrived in the here and now. I’m not talking about LED lights for photography or video, tho Kirk Tuck said something like this since quite a while (and having bought all of his books, I also have his book about using LEDs for photography of course).
Instead I’m talking about lamps and lights for the normal household. Today Mitchie went to a local supermarket (called “Penny” in case you’re interested), and they decided to act like the godfather – making her an offer she couldn’t refuse. So she brought home an LED table lamp for 10€. The packing said something like “3W power”, and they must mean the output – she measured the power drawing with 6 Watts. But these lights are incredibly bright for taking only 6 Watts; much better in fact than our 50W halogen lights. So we decided to get three more of those.
I took a photo of one which is in our living room right now:
The packing also says “warm white”, and without really taking grey card test shots until now, I set the camera to 3600K to get the image inside the electronic VF-2 viewfinder as close to reality as I could – and in fact even on my calibrated monitor this looks quite true-to-life. Very nice. A bit cooler than halogen or these energy-saving bulbs we have, but much warmer than most fluorescents. They actually remind me a bit of Edison bulbs which aren’t sold here anymore (because they draw much too much power which they mostly transform to heat instead of light).
This is another photo taken with the Olympus E-PL1 and the 45mm lens. I can understand why Mitchie likes hers so much (and why whoever has one is praising it); it’s a real fine optic.
Thanks for viewing.