Westcott 5500 Ice Light Wrap-Around Handheld Dimmable LED Light , Designed Photographer Jerry Ghionis

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About Westcott

The Ice Light is an easily-handheld LED daylight light source designed by award-winning photographer and lecturer, Jerry Ghionis. The Ice Light offers the ability to shoot and light in tandem without the need of heavy light stands or additional mounting systems.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to set up (6),Lightweight (6),Consistent (4),Reliable (4)
Best Uses:
Artificial lighting (5),Photography (4),Portraits (4),Weddings (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Pro photographer (5)

Westcott Features

  • Cutting Edge Technology: The Ice Light features the latest Lithium Ion battery technology and can be run both AC or DC power. Batteries are built into the lightweight 1.3 lb. design and can run for a full 60 minutes at full power. Fast charge times are less than 2.5 hours
  • Soft, Even Daylight Color: The LED array combined with the diffused front face offers an extremely soft and evenly wrap-around light source. This eliminates the need for additional light modifying tools. Lamps are true daylight color and rated for over 50,000 hours of use
  • Perfect For Travel: The ergonomic design allows for single-handed operation and requires no additional mounting accessories. Both ends of the Ice Light incorporate a 1/4-20" Thread with the option of mounting to a light stand, tilter bracket or mini tripod
  • All-in-One Solution: Attach a gel using the included gel clips to easily go from Daylight to Tungsten or add color for more dramatic results. The Ice Light includes the battery charger/power cord, 2 gel clips and carry case. Patent pending

Westcott Specifications

Led Hours
50,000 +
Equivalent Watts
150 watts (compared with quartz halogen)
Color Temperature
5200-5400k
Battery Life
60 Minutes(Full Power)
Power Draw
1.5w - 15w
Dimmable
1.5w - 15w (any anywhere in between)
Power Supply
Input 100-240v / 50-60hz /Lithium Ion 7.4v
Battery Charge Time
2.5 hours
Beam Angles
72.6 degrees
Dimensions
20.25" x 1.75" / 52.07 x 4.4 cm
Weight
1.3 lbs / 0.58 kg
Mfr #
5500
SKU
WEIL

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
3.8

(based on 10 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

So far so good

We purchased the Ice Light for it's portability and for its use in areas where we cannot bring a light kit or have sufficient light for a reflector. So far we have used it a handful of times and we are very impressed. This was not meant to replace our studio lighting, yet with the right budget and accessories we probably can, but for its portability it's an excellent product. I would consider purchasing a second or third light for my team next year if we continue to enjoy working with this li

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We purchased the Ice Light for it's portability and for its use in areas where we cannot bring a light kit or have sufficient light for a reflector. So far we have used it a handful of times and we are very impressed. This was not meant to replace our studio lighting, yet with the right budget and accessories we probably can, but for its portability it's an excellent product. I would consider purchasing a second or third light for my team next year if we continue to enjoy working with this light throughout the rest of 2013.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Most Disappointing Purchase Ever

By far, this is the most disappointing photography gear purchase I've ever made. The light is very expensive for so very little in return. Fully charged battery lasts about 20 minutes. Light output is poor at best. Cannot use this as a sole light source--maybe can be used as fill light. I really thought I'd found a nice portable light that could produce good results by itself, but that is not to be. I wish I had my money back.

Reviewed by 10 customers

 
4.0

Great Product for Wedding Photographer

By

from High Point, NC  -  Pro Photographer

Just used the Ice Light for the first time at a wedding. Great for detail photos in a dark room without needing to set up OCF. Made taking this photos much quicker - especially with an assistant to hold the light. This light puts out a lot of power and the dimming function comes in very handy.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A shining example of a handheld LED

By

from Brooklyn, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

I was fortunate enough to use this at the Edwardian Ball 2014 at the La Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. As I often find myself shooting in night clubs, one of the major hassles is lighting - club lighting is usually too low or inconsistent to shoot in, and using a flash comes off as disruptive. The Ice Light provided a nice simple solution. With its case making it easy to carry either slung over the shoulder or strapped to the belt, the Ice Light was always readily on hand to shoot with. Starting the light low and facing away from the subject allowed them a moment for their eyes to adjust (a major plus over using a flash) and being handheld I could control the direction of the light far better than a flash. The output on my unit was consistent and didn't have too much of a color shift (as LEDs often shift blue, in my experience). The start up time was reasonably quick - under 2 seconds by my estimate, and I could raise the light and snap a photo quickly and return the light to its case. All in all, the Ice Light is easy to carry around, super easy to use, and provides a great lighting solution, especially in situations like shooting in bars or clubs. The only cons that I can think of are: a.) the high price tag is a bit much to stomach b.) the dimming capability is minimal - even at different output settings it was hard to notice a significant difference in how much the light was dimmed. Aside from those two points, I'd recommend the Ice Light to photographers looking for a easy-to-use, portable lighting solution.

 
5.0

Great for Baby pictures!

By

from Cincinnati, Ohio  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have 2 new grand babies and have found the Ice Light to be the perfect lighting option. An assistant can hold the light to illuminate baby and mom. You can see the lighting pattern and make adjustments on the fly. I have also had fun putting one or two on stands to light the toddlers play area and then shooting away as the little people demonstrate their super cuteness. The babies are not startled by flash and, since you do not have to wait for flash recycle, you can shoot on continuous high to catch the best expressions. The Ice Light is also perfect for video lighting.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Most Disappointing Purchase Ever

By

from Texas  -  Semi-pro Photographer

By far, this is the most disappointing photography gear purchase I've ever made. The light is very expensive for so very little in return. Fully charged battery lasts about 20 minutes. Light output is poor at best. Cannot use this as a sole light source--maybe can be used as fill light. I really thought I'd found a nice portable light that could produce good results by itself, but that is not to be. I wish I had my money back.

 
5.0

Welcome to the new world of lighting

By

from West palm beach  -  Pro Photographer

I have used flash's for years with the new led lighting and DSLRs time is changing. I like the versatility that the ice light brings . Last night I shot some portraits using natural light and the ice light they came out beautiful . My son keeps borrowing it for his film and video work and it's hard to get him to give it back.

 
4.0

Window Light in a Tube

By

from Bradenton, Fl.  -  Photography Student

Had a chance to use this product in a studio photo shoot. It is like bringing window light into your shoot. Very nice affect for Portraits. The reason for four stars is the price. A tad higher than it should be. I'll wait for the price to come down.

(3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Great Idea, great looking product

By

from San Angelo, TX  -  Pro Photographer

Would love to own and use a couple of these... but the price tag is too steep for what it actually is. Don't assume that just because it was designed by a photographer that you can extract that kind of money on a whim. Too pricy! Not enough of a need for it to warrant putting out nearly $1000.00.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

So far so good

By

from Atlanta, GA  -  Pro Photographer

We purchased the Ice Light for it's portability and for its use in areas where we cannot bring a light kit or have sufficient light for a reflector. So far we have used it a handful of times and we are very impressed. This was not meant to replace our studio lighting, yet with the right budget and accessories we probably can, but for its portability it's an excellent product. I would consider purchasing a second or third light for my team next year if we continue to enjoy working with this light throughout the rest of 2013.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Ice Light

By

from Gilford, NH  -  Pro Photographer

The ease of use when you need a little pop of light makes this a great lighting tool.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for product

By

from Oslo, Norway, Europe  -  Semi-pro Photographer

First of all - For shooting products - perfect. I was at a client and used them for video photography - very close and - the client said - wow great lights - where can I buy this? I said - in Adorama.com in the USA. Have not seen anything like it here in Norway. Just love it!!!

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PAUL W  So, the battery problem has been "fixed," yet it only holds a charge for a week? A Lithium battery with no drain on it should hold a charge for many months. So, if it only holds a charge for a week, it begs the question: "What is draining the battery while the unit is turned off?"
BOB M  What does it matter? Simply charge it up before you need it. Mine holds a charge for weeks when I'm not using it and hours when I am.
PAUL W  Actually, it matters to me a lot! I frequently have shoots on short notice and won't always have time to charge it up. If this thing won't hold a charge it indicates a SERIOUS design flaw and I wouldn't buy it at 1/4 the price! Otherwise, I would buy several. The fact that they tacitly acknowledged a design flaw with the battery not holding a charge and "fixed" it is in itself a warning sign.
Shopper  Hi, I would like to purchase this light. Is that true that the battery has been fixed and hold the power for a week? Thanks,
BOB M  Mine holds a charge for a lot longer than a week. I've never thought the battery was bad.
PAUL W  So, the battery problem has been "fixed," yet it only holds a charge for a week? A Lithium battery with no drain on it should hold a charge for many months. So, if it only holds a charge for a week, it begs the question: "What is draining the battery while the unit is turned off?"
BOB M  What does it matter? Simply charge it up before you need it. Mine holds a charge for weeks when I'm not using it and hours when I am.
PAUL W  Actually, it matters to me a lot! I frequently have shoots on short notice and won't always have time to charge it up. If this thing won't hold a charge it indicates a SERIOUS design flaw and I wouldn't buy it at 1/4 the price! Otherwise, I would buy several. The fact that they tacitly acknowledged a design flaw with the battery not holding a charge and "fixed" it is in itself a warning sign.
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