Dracast LED500 Silver Series Bi-Color LED Light with Dual NP-F Battery Plate

Dracast LED500 Silver Series Bi-Color LED Light with Dual NP-F Battery Plate

Dracast LED500 Silver Series Bi-Color LED Light with Dual NP-F Battery Plate

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Product Highlights

  • 3200-5600K Variable Color Temperature
  • Works with NP-F Batteries
  • 10 x 10.4 x 1.8", Weighs 2 lb
  • 45-Degree Beam Angle
  • AC or DC Operation
  • 100-0% Dimming
  • CRI: 95
  • 100-240 VAC Power Adapter Included
  • Carry Case
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Dracast LED500 overview

  • 1Description

Featuring a slimmer and lighter design at just 2.0 lb, the LED500 Silver Series Bi-Color LED Light from Dracast is an ideal choice for location work, interviews, and small sets where color accuracy, control, and flicker-free output are of major importance. Variable color temperature from 3200K-5600K or anywhere in between means that you can quickly match the prevailing ambient or artificial light balance with a simple twist of a knob while others are still applying filters. Dimming is equally convenient via another knob that adjusts the light intensity from 100-0% with negligible color shift. The low electrical draw of just 30W means a timely return on your investment.

The durable anodized aluminum frame is supported by an oversized, U-shaped yoke with locking knobs on each side and a standard 5/8" receiver. The LED500 can be used worldwide, powered by the included 100-240 VAC adapter in the studio, or by NP-F batteries in the field. Four-way barndoors for contouring and control of the LED500's 45-degree beam angle are included. For protection during transport and storage, a carry case is included.

Photometrics
2700 lux/ 251 fc @ 3' (0.9m) and 3220K
750 lux/ 70 fc @ 6' (1.8m) and 3220K
350 lux/ 33 fc @ 9' (2.7m) and 3220K
200 lux/ 19 fc @ 12' (3.6m) and 3220K

4400 lux/ 409 fc @ 3' (0.9m) and 4400K
1250 lux/ 116 fc @ 6' (1.8m) and 4400K
600 lux/ 56 fc @ 9' (2.7m) and 4400K
350 lux/ 33 fc @ 12' (3.6m) and 4400K

1950 lux/ 181 fc @ 3' (0.9m) and 5600K
530 lux/ 49 fc @ 6' (1.8m) and 5600K
265 lux/ 25 fc @ 9' (2.7m) and 5600K
150 lux/ 14 fc @ 12' (3.6m) and 5600K
UPC: 602401681958
In the Box
Dracast LED500 Silver Series Bi-Color LED Light with Dual NP-F Battery Plate
  • Carry Case
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Barndoors for Silver Series LED500
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Dracast LED500 specs

    Light Fixture
    Beam Angle 45°
    Color Temperature 3200 to 5600K
    Color Accuracy Standard CRI 95
    Cooling System None
    Dimming Yes, 0 to 100% 
    Display None
    Housing Material Aluminum
    Fixture Dimensions 10.0 x 10.4 x 1.8" / 260.0 x 265.0 x 48.0 mm
    Fixture Weight 2.0 lb / 0.9 kg
    Connectors
    Battery Plate 2 x Sony L-Series
    Mounting
    Yoke Mount TVMP/ Hex Bolt
    Fixture Mount 5/8" Receiver
    Accessory Mount None
    Yoke
    Power
    AC Input Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
    DC Input Power 12 VDC
    Power Source AC Adapter, External Battery
    Max Power Consumption 30 W
    Physical
    IP Rating IP20
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.6 x 13.5 x 6.4"

    Dracast LED500 reviews

    LED500 Silver Series Bi-Color LED Light with Dual NP-F Battery Plate is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 165.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meets my needs perfectly! I was looking for a compact light that is easy to travel with and puts out enough throw for a light its size. I heard great things about Dracast's Silver 1x1 but price is an issue for me and I missed out on the deals B&H had on them. This LED 500 hits the sweet spot for me in terms of affordability, thoughtful and durable design, and brightness. I couldn't believe how well lit all my pictures looked. Of wonderful convenience to me is the ability to swap my NPF batteries with this light. This was a classic low-risk, high-reward purchase for me and personally, a great first starting light for Dracast.
    Date published: 2016-09-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good light, if you're light on gear Nice light. You will definitely need diffusion with this, otherwise the light if harsh. Dialing in the color temperature is not as convenient as the Dracast LED500 Pro, which has one dial. This light, the Silver, has one knob for the blue lights and another for the yellow, kind of a pain. Light will run on NP batteries for a long, long time. Light output is only adequate for interview and similar situations. Seems sturdy enough for people that take care of their gear. Would not buy for use by slacker employees who are rough on gear. So says a Ops Mgr friend who shall remain nameless. I agree with other reviewers, a good buy when on sale.
    Date published: 2016-12-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lower illumination lamps We like this manufacturers luminaires. We especially like that these use the dual NP-F batteries -- high capacity batteries will run the light for about three hours. The diffuser panel in place, it does cut down the light some, but casts a nice, flat light. We also like the ability to precisely tune the color of the light, and match them with other units, by number. One should be aware that the maximum illumination is about 42K, when both sets of LEDs are burning -- not a problem when all similar units are set the same and white balanced. Finally, we've found them to be rugged and pack small; we have a kit of four units in a padded roll box.
    Date published: 2017-11-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good for the price I'm used to lugging around hot, heavy quartz halogen lights, c-stands and stingers, so I've been wanting to get some LED lights. These came up on sale so I figured I'd give them a try. Based on what I read in various reviews, I'd have to say that these are a bit more sturdy than I was expecting. The light output is good I guess, but I don't really have anything to compare them to other than my older hot lights, but it's not a fair comparison. Here are some notes based on what others have written in their reviews here. A. True, there is no battery charging on the lights. However, the chargers for NP-F batteries are small, lightweight and inexpensive, so it's entirely practical to buy one for each light and toss it into the carrying case that's included. B. Some have noted the somewhat awkward way of controlling brightness and color balance. In reality, it seems that each knob controls the brightness of either the daylight LEDs or the tungsten LEDs. There's no true color balance control - it's a matter of adjusting the brightness of each until you get the color temperature you need. I don't see this as a big problem - I can always make a note of the index marks where each knob is set, and I can even make those notations on the lights with a grease pencil if needed. C. Regarding the barndoors, one of the two units I bought was fine - they're silent when opening, closing or adjusting them. Three of the four leaves on the other set of barndoors did squeak, sort of a grinding squeak. On the frame, inside each of the simple clamp-style hinges, there's a short section of clear vinyl (or something similar) tubing. These provide the squeezing effect that keeps the barndoors where you've set them. Because they're smooth and rubbery, and the insides of the hinges are smooth, there's a tendency to squeak. However, I found a solution. It's not elegant, but it works: A. Carefully remove the screws, nuts and two hinge halves from each barndoor that's squeaking. NOTE: Be sure to lose at least one nut or screw. It's one of the laws of nature that at least one will be lost. Fortunately in my case I have several pounds of random bits of hardware. Unfortunately in my case, my wife knows I have several pounds of random bits of hardware. B. Once the hinges have been removed, you'll see a short section of tubing as I mentioned. Here's the trick to the whole thing. Take a short piece of transparent adhesive tape (matte finish is what I used and would probably work best), maybe a half inch long or so. Wrap it around the plastic tubing. Do this for each of the two hinges for barndoors that squeaks. C. Once you've got the tape in place, reattach the barndoors via the hinges. As mentioned before, you MUST lose at least one nut or screw. Make sure to tighten things down well, but not so tight that you'd strip threads. I would suggest using some sort of thread locking compound (or even a dab of white glue or fingernail polish) to make sure the screws and nuts don't come loose. D. You're all done. No more squeaking. NOTE: Although you're not messing with any part of the actual light, I would imagine this could be considered a warranty violation, so do this at your own peril. I'm guessing that over time the tape will wear out, but by then some of the smooth texture of the other parts might have been roughened up enough that squeaking won't be a problem.
    Date published: 2016-10-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid light Small sized light but packs a big punch. For the money, you get great controls on the back like dimmer and color temp which is crucial when matching with other lights. Also it takes inexpensive standard NPF batteries if you want to run this thing without AC power attached. I use my bigger dracast lights as my key light and this one as my fill or hair light. I have gotten away using this light as my key if I packed light or am in a smaller location. For the price though, this thing is a beast and you get a extremely well built product. I’ve used my other dracast products for years and they are holding up just as well as when I bought them. Highly recommend.
    Date published: 2017-11-28
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Awkward controls, several design issues Plain and simple, these Dracast lights feel great and are nice to look at, but functionally they're lacking.While Dracast has a reputation for good quality light, and the build quality on these seems right up there, there are baffling design choices here. I'm going to compare this directly to the Aputure HR672C which is half the price, plastic, cheap feeling, but in many ways, better. First, and worst, they chose to make the two dials both control brightness - one for the Tungsten LEDs and one for the Daylight LEDs. Adjusting color and brightness overall is like mixing the hot and cold faucets in your bathroom. If you dial in a color that works, you have to fiddle BOTH dials proportionally to try to adjust the brightness up or down, otherwise you're shifting the color too. Any other light I've seen have a dial for brightness and a dial for color, allowing you to adjust exposure independent of color temperature. Interestingly, the description says Dimming is equally convenient via ANOTHER KNOB that adjusts the light intensity from 100-0% with negligible color shift. This is absolutely NOT the case, as confirmed by the photos on the product page. The Aputure HR672C follows convention with one dial for temperature, one dial for brightness. There's even a numerical readout of both temp and intensity on the back, making reproducing previous lighting setups easy. The Dracast LED500 has no such readout. The second poor design choice is the barndoors. I was happy to find out the listed accessory was actually included, but in practice, they completely block 2 rows of LEDs. That's 40 of the 500 emitters that won't illuminate your subject (and 40 more are partially occluded by the rails of the barndoor assembly.) Additionally, my copy arrived with one leaf that moved smooth and quiet, but the other three squeak so loud it would destroy a recording or frazzle a DP's nerves. Loosening the screws that attach the leaf to the rail to barely finger-tight offered no relief from the claws-on-chalkboard squeak. Related to the second issue is the design of the barndoors themselves. You remove them with four thumbscrews, at which point all four leaves come apart individually. This DOES allow for flexibility, in that you can put any number of leaves on any side in any combination, but it also means it's a slower process to reconfigure your doors. Aputure HR672C: no barndoors included or optional. Overall brightness was a little lacking in the Dracast, though only by a small margin. I did a controlled test with both the Dracast and Aputure three feet away from and at a 45 degree angle to an X-Rite Color Checker, across the full tungsten, full daylight, and a mid color settings. Even though the Dracast claims 1950 lux at 3' (daylight) and the Aputure claims 1920, I found the Aputure to be consistently a half-stop brighter in the test across all three color checkpoints. Regarding the dimming range, neither is actually capable of the claim 0% to 100% as both go to an estimated 10% before the LEDs shut off. At least the indicator on the Aputure indicates 10 as the lowest intensity setting, but product description claims are misleading. (I actually did have a situation in which the lowest intensity was still a bit too hot, so a real 0% range would be occasionally useful.) Using the Lightroom white balance tool on the light gray patch, the readings for each light were as follows: Dracast: 4900, 3900, 3050 Aputure: 5050, 3950, 3100 The supposed extreme color temperatures listed by each are 5500 and 3200, so both fell a little warmer than their specs. I don't have any way to objectively measure CRI performance, but both look reasonably good on the color chart. Finally, and this one I can't fully test yet, but the design of the power switch leads me to believe these *might not* charge while on AC/mains power. The 3 position switch goes left for battery power, right for AC power, middle for off. Without any indicator, it's hard to tell if one can expect this to charge its batteries when in the OFF or AC position. This DOES mean however that on a long shoot if you want to switch power from soon-to-be-exhausted batteries to AC, you have to interrupt your light. The only indicator of any kind is a single LED on the back labeled Power LED which sheds no light on whether it's also a charge indicator. The Aputure will seamlessly switch from battery to AC - or charge the batteries if left mounted - while running. And there is a 4-segment battery level meter that tells you how much power you have left, or how much you've charged, or that you're charging is the unit is powered off. One last point in favor of the Aputure that I thought was gimmicky at first: the 4-channel wireless remote. When I had the light 8 feet up on a stand across the dance floor and wanted to turn it on to film wedding dances and off during dinner, I found the remote worked from the other end of the room letting me do my job more discreetly and with a level of convenience I quickly appreciated.
    Date published: 2016-10-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Value - in the Zone! A special included barn doors and 2 NP-type batteries, charger and stand, so it's in the good deal zone. At first I thought the barn doors would not allow the light to swing and point down, but you can rotate it back the other way to make that happen. The AC power cord plug had a broken ground pin out of the box but it's a common cord and I've got others. The light is 8 inches square. The barn doors have limited effect cutting spill but are handy to clip on diffusion gel or paper. The includes batteries are small so you may want to pick up a couple of 970s. A very compact system for travel.
    Date published: 2017-07-14
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Smaller than you think The only reason I'm giving it one start is because it's not accurately represented in the specs. The light panel itself is actually more like 8x8 inches and some of that surface is covered by the barndoors bracket, the 10.5 x 10.5 INCLUDES THE YOKE! BH really needs to change that in the specs. I returned it for that reason. It's actually a nice LITTLE light otherwise.
    Date published: 2017-02-26
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