The Best Diffused LED Lights For Your Budget

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Whether you’re making a studio film or quick internet content for TikTok, diffused LED lights can make a huge difference.

Under-lit scenes and shots can look grainy, while too much light can create unflattering shadows on your subjects.

You might think that professional-level lighting equipment is too expensive. But there are a number of affordable diffused LED lights that won’t break your production budget.

What is Diffused LED Light?

First, let’s start with the LED part. LED stands for light-emitting diode. An LED is actually a semiconductor device; when an electric current is passed through it, it emits light.

Next comes the “diffused” part. If all the light were directed at one area, it would look very strong. To “diffuse” something means to spread it out in many directions. Diffused light is softer than non-diffused light.

Affordable Diffused LED Lights

Big Softi

Adjustable color temperature is one reason why filmmakers love the Big Softi. It has a Daylight mode (helpful for nighttime shooting), Tungsten mode for warm, yellow light, and Clean White Mix for a moderate option between those two.

This tiny light can be clipped onto a smartphone, tablet, camera, laptop or desktop. It only weighs 74 grams and has a 90-minute battery life if you’re using its highest brightness setting.

You can preorder the Big Softi on IndieGogo for $67.

Aputure AL-M9

If you need a diffused LED light right now, you might consider the Aputure AL-M9.

This light doesn’t have an adjustable color temperature, but it contains nine SMD LEDs. It also has a battery that lasts for 145 minutes on its highest brightness setting.

The Aputure AL-M9 is just $45 over at BH Photo and Video – a stocking stuffer!

LED Light Strips

Many filmmakers also use affordable LED light strips. The Energizer EIS2-1002-RGB Smart LED Light Strip with Power Adapter, for example, is under $20!

LED light strips can be placed almost anywhere. The idea is that they can be hidden around your house or set. Exposing them is infraction #1 on this video:

Also keep in mind that LED light strips aren’t automatically diffused. Luckily, you may want to try and diffuse them yourself. YouTube to the rescue:

Do you use diffused LED lighting for your content? We’d love to hear your comments over on our Instagram page!

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