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SwitronixTorchLED Bolt 220W On-Camera Light
 
4.5

(based on 37 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (22)
  • Professional quality (20)
  • Compact (16)
  • Improves performance (12)
  • Lightweight (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • In the studio (14)
    • Independent films (10)
    • Complex projects (8)
    • Home movies (6)
    • Interviews (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (14), Professional artist (7), Experienced (3), Videographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (24)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    great output, value, better w/ softbox

    I've had one of these for several years and it's my workhorse small LED. Phenomenally bright in both daylight and tungsten. Since the LEDs are very large though, you get a funky multi-edge...Read complete review

    I've had one of these for several years and it's my workhorse small LED. Phenomenally bright in both daylight and tungsten. Since the LEDs are very large though, you get a funky multi-edge on the shadow and the quality is a little harsh. Both of these problems are totally solved by putting an Airbox Macro Inflatable softbox (sold at B&H) on it- gives you a nice soft source that's controllable, since its only one source, but still bright since this little light has so much oomph.
    I attached an image showing the shadows cast by this light both with and without the softbox on it.
    Being so bright, this light can take a lot of diffusion to get nice and soft.
    I wish the construction was metal. One part of it got flaky on me, but the manufacturer fixed it for me.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great when they work - unreliable.

    Honestly I love these lights. When they work.

    The quality of light is superb, although they're very pricey they are worth it for the battery life etc.
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    Honestly I love these lights. When they work.

    The quality of light is superb, although they're very pricey they are worth it for the battery life etc.

    The problem is in the dimmers which apparently are very unreliable. I bought 2 of these and had immediate issues in the first couple weeks of the tungsten or 5400k ends of the light shorting out so that I could only use one of them (ie tungsten works but daylight doesn't work at all and vice versa)

    Send them in to Switronix (you pay shipping AND duty to do so) and they fixed em for free - only the problems started again a week after I received them.

    I've bought 2 more of these lights - yet to see if they have the same issues, but just be aware there is definitely a problem in the design somewhere.

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    4.0

    Quality Light

    By Jonsen

    from Baltimore

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Bright
    • Easy Setup
    • Efficient
    • Long Beam Throw
    • Runs Cooler

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220W On-Camera Light:

    This light is used mostly on camera for live event shooting. It's really well built, has quality color output, and a long reach. It's a bit heavy for on camera use.

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    4.0

    Great performance, workarounds needed

    By Erik

    from Chicago

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Bright
    • Easy Setup
    • Efficient
    • Long Beam Throw
    • Runs Cooler

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220W On-Camera Light:

        The light itself has a ton of uses that make it perfect for any lighting kit. I almost never use as an on-camera light but rather as a small unit in my kit to replace my old 200w tungsten lights. They are very bright, and the color is quite good. Perhaps the smallest hint of a magenta tint in comparison to actual HMI's, but that's hardly noticable at all. Love the battery power, I've found that they can indeed last 2+ hours as Switronix says. I can stick them in small nooks and spaces quickly without running a stinger to put a small splash of light wherever I want in the frame and match whatever color temp needed, or I can quickly use it as a small fill where needed. The flexibility of this light is really nice to have.That being said, it has no yolk or baby pin receiver, so using it as you would a traditional instrument is difficult right off the bat. To mount to a stand or some kind of baby pin and be able to pan and tilt anywhere, I've found a very good solution. Here's what you need, all easily purchasable at BH and inexpensive. See picture as well:1x - Matthews Minigrip head - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/283851-REG/Matthews_350584_Minigrip_Head.html1x - Matthews 4" rod for MICROgrip - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/686707-REG/Matthews_350602_5_4_101mm_Rod_for.htmlSimply screw the rod into the light and mount it into the 3/8" receiver on the minigrip head, then mount to a standard baby pin and you're good to go. Plus, the head and rod are quite handy to have in your kit in general, when not using this light.

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        5.0

        Simple love it

        By Piximpress

        from New york

        Comments about Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220W On-Camera Light:

        Great light

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        5.0

        Great little light!

        By Zack the Tech Gy=uy

        from Janesville, WI

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Bright
        • Easy Setup
        • Runs Cooler

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Background Light
          • Fill light
          • Rim Light

          Comments about Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220W On-Camera Light:

          Bought it primarily for a secondary/fill/hair light. Great level of control over brightness and temperature blending. A little heavy with the kit battery, but not too bad. Overall, a real time saver and works great!

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          4.0

          Very solid light

          By Kpark

          from Arlington, ma

          Comments about Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220W On-Camera Light:

          Great build quality, color is fantastic and the battery life is amazing. Love this light. My only complaint is the battery is a little bulky... However it lasts forever!

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          5.0

          super bright

          By Essexii

          from Indianapolis, IN

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bright
          • Easy Setup
          • Efficient
          • Long Beam Throw
          • Runs Cooler

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220W On-Camera Light:

            Not cheap but good.

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            4.0

            Great multi use video light

            By DJ BOB

            from Pittsburgh PA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bright
            • Efficient

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220W On-Camera Light:

              I purchased on the advise of the salesperson and am very happy. Very wide evenly spread lighting. The dimmer is a real plus. Most impressive is the ability to adjust the color balance. I likely will never purchase another video light that does not have this as an option.

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              5.0

              Awesome LED

              By Dre Solo

              from NC, Charlotte

              About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Improves Performance
              • Lightweight
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Home Movies
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220W On-Camera Light:

                Doesn't heat up and last for a while. Best part is it gives the natural light you are looking for. No green tint like those cheap 100 dollar LED. Dimmer and diffuser is only a plus. And the temperature change is this LED going whole 9 yards. Bought another one and planning to buy a few more. I use this for weddings!

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                • No

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                4.0

                I would buy this product again .one more

                By Mr.

                from Newark CA

                About Me Hobbyist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Improves Performance
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                • Base Is Very Poor

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220W On-Camera Light:

                the base for attaching to camera is not that great. I use this product on camera.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                2.0

                Great when they work - unreliable.

                By Ryan

                from Vernon BC Canada

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Improves Performance
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                • Poor Performance

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films
                • Run and gun

                Comments about Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220W On-Camera Light:

                Honestly I love these lights. When they work.

                The quality of light is superb, although they're very pricey they are worth it for the battery life etc.

                The problem is in the dimmers which apparently are very unreliable. I bought 2 of these and had immediate issues in the first couple weeks of the tungsten or 5400k ends of the light shorting out so that I could only use one of them (ie tungsten works but daylight doesn't work at all and vice versa)

                Send them in to Switronix (you pay shipping AND duty to do so) and they fixed em for free - only the problems started again a week after I received them.

                I've bought 2 more of these lights - yet to see if they have the same issues, but just be aware there is definitely a problem in the design somewhere.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Great light for ENG Cameramen

                By Howie

                from Australia

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220W On-Camera Light:

                      This is a great all round toplight for ENG situations, with its bicolour flexibility.
                      My only criticism would be one similar to most top led lights is that the mounting of the screw thread should be reinforced further to handle frequent movement. Otherwise it is a great light.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Need a light?

                      By ohcommish

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Production Manager

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Dial-in Light Temperature
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • In the field
                        • Low Light Locations
                        • Run Gun

                        Comments about Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220W On-Camera Light:

                        Great, portable top camera light!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        TorchLED

                        By Say Anything Photo

                        from Bloomington, Illinois

                        About Me Business Owner

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Independent Films
                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220W On-Camera Light:

                          Very Nice on camera or off camera. I had a smaller compatible battery that I use when I have it on camera, and the big battery that came with it I use when it is on a stand. The battery charger that came with it had a problem but B&H sent me a label to return it and sent me a new one within the week.

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Very powerful and affordable light

                          By Vashts582

                          from New York, NY

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Highly Compatible
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220W On-Camera Light:

                              The fact that this unit lets me control brightness and color temperature while on the move is invaluable. It is extremely bright for its size but a tad on the bulky side. I don't really trust it on a ball mount, especially when the battery is attached. The setup is fine for static cameras but constant movement can cause the ball to slip a little. Once this light is stabilized properly it's a tank. Its weight is a good thing but only if its mounted securely. Great product and not overly price for what it can do.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Although still new...

                              By Ray

                              from Virginia

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Handy To Fill With On A S
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                              • Weight

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220W On-Camera Light:

                                I have just started using it and find that it does supply a good amount of light. I plan on using it for video interviews and fill for some stills. I like being able to put it on light stand and place it where needed. On the Nikon D 800 it is a bit heavy and even more so on the D 3 I also shoot with. Although it is not unmanageable. I also like having a diffusion cover for it. I am sure it will also work for table top lighting. I amy do another review after more use.

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                                • No

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Lightem Up!

                                By CU DUDE

                                from Cameron Park,CA

                                About Me Business Owner

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Weddings

                                  Comments about Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220W On-Camera Light:

                                  My assistant videographer bought this and i had to have it. We worked in a dim-lighted area during a wedding reception and with just his light on saved the day during special events. Great light balance too!
                                  looking forward to using it at my next outdoor wedding.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  good

                                  By wanghanan

                                  from china

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220W On-Camera Light:

                                  it is good for camera.

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Works well, with a few catches

                                  By David D

                                  from Lakeville, MN

                                  About Me Business Owner

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Improves Performance
                                  • Professional Quality

                                  Cons

                                  • Pricey / Poor Value

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220W On-Camera Light:

                                    It seems to work well. It's bright. Tungsten seems to have a very slight green shift. Daylight looks really good. When dimmed beyond a certain point, you lose the ability to adjust the white balance.

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                                    • No

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                                    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    great output, value, better w/ softbox

                                    By Tom the gaffer

                                    from Oakland, CA

                                    About Me Business Owner, Gaffer, Videographer

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Bright
                                    • Color Mixing
                                    • Good color

                                    Cons

                                    • Plastic Construction

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Movies
                                    • Independent Films
                                    • In The Studio

                                    Comments about Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220W On-Camera Light:

                                    I've had one of these for several years and it's my workhorse small LED. Phenomenally bright in both daylight and tungsten. Since the LEDs are very large though, you get a funky multi-edge on the shadow and the quality is a little harsh. Both of these problems are totally solved by putting an Airbox Macro Inflatable softbox (sold at B&H) on it- gives you a nice soft source that's controllable, since its only one source, but still bright since this little light has so much oomph.
                                    I attached an image showing the shadows cast by this light both with and without the softbox on it.
                                    Being so bright, this light can take a lot of diffusion to get nice and soft.
                                    I wish the construction was metal. One part of it got flaky on me, but the manufacturer fixed it for me.

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Torch led bolt on camera light

                                    By Eric

                                    from Washington,dc

                                    Comments about Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220W On-Camera Light:

                                    This compact light is dependable sturdy and reliable
                                    With two variations 3200k to 5600k,simply put it makes the difference in your video quality in low light situations,I can say the light throw is a effective 4 feet in distance yes I would recommend this to 10 people.

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