++BUY the Cheaper Ice Light Alternative HERE: https://amzn.to/3u92rDQ (This is a newer version)

Today we talk about a cheaper Ice Light alternative & 5 creative ways to use it! The original Westcott Ice Light can cost up to $400 (Yikes!), but this cheaper alternative only costs about $100 and has many similar features and uses.

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Ash adjusts the on-board dimming on the cheaper Ice Light alternative!

This led light cheaper alternative has a ton of great features for a fraction of the cost of the original Ice Light. They’re also ultra portable, so if you’re running and gunning you can easily grab one for a quick lighting fill. The most iconic feature though is the handle on the light which makes it look like a light saber (because that’s the most important thing, obviously). This light is extremely versatile, so you can use them in many creative ways. If you can’t think of any yourself – don’t worry – we have 5 ideas for you to try at home on your own on how to use an ice light!

ICE LIGHT USE #1 – Painting With Light

Have subject move with the light
Paint with the LED light!

Have your subject move with the light in their hand to create some really unique lig

hting effects! The contrast from the shadows and the bright highlights with the light moving is a fun technique to experiment with. Also your talent lights themselves…who needs a gaffer?! 🙂

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Easily shoot outside at night with these portable lights!


Night filming just got a WHOLE lot easier. No light stands or AC power needed. Ditch the generator, and grab two of these ice lights and a couple friends. Use one to key your subject(s) and the other as a hair light. Great for filming as well as photos.

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The Ice Light alternative has a strobe mode too. Add a little red gel and voila…. SPOOKY!

ICE LIGHT USE #3 – Create a quick horror film look

Try turning the integrated strobe mode on and wrapping a little gel around the light to completely change the mood of your scene. We turned off all the lights in the office, then wrapped a red gel and turned our set into a spooky horror film in just a couple minutes! Ash held the Ice light just out of frame as she walked, so the lighting moved with her and stayed consistent.

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Have a crew member shine the handheld ice light into the camera to create lens flares!

ICE LIGHT USE #4 – Create Lens Flare

Shine the light toward your lens to create really beautiful lens flares! Remember, every lens flares differently. If you have some anamorphic lenses or older uncoated lenses, you can get some even bigger saucier flares than what we got. Experiment with it!

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Have a crew member fill your subject with the LED Ice Light while walking! (Ronin S and Canon EOS R used on this shot)

ICE LIGHT USE #5 – Use it to fill walking shots

If you’re tracking with your subject using a gimbal and need some fill light on your talent, have a crew member hold an Ice light alongside as you walk. It makes a difference – and it’s very quick to setup – no stands or cables.

Alright, tell me more about this little LED light…

If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the Ice Light, this Handheld LED light is a great option and only costs around $100. You can power them using standard Sony NP-F batteries or with an AC adapter. When bare, these lights are balanced to 5600 kelvin (daylight) OR you can add a gel tube which is included when you buy to get tungsten light at 3200k. Another nice feature is that a dimmer is built-in to the body of the light, so you can adjust your exposure on the fly.

So, where can I buy?

++You can BUY the Cheaper Ice Light Alternative HERE: https://amzn.to/3u92rDQ (this is a newer version that actually does RGB!)

Alrighty, hope these 5 creative ways to use the cheaper Ice Light alternative were helpful. There are tons of creative uses for led lights so go get one yourself and start thinking outside the box with what you can achieve with this little light saber! Let us know if you have some other ways that would make good uses. And hey, if you need a larger LED light for your shoot, check out our video on the Arri Skypanel and the Litepanels Gemini while you’re here!

An other alternative option to the wand light is the LED tube light. We did a review on the Nanlite Pavotubes if you’d like to check that out!

If you have any questions on the techniques used in this review video, please send a note in the comments. Thanks for watching Ice Light Cheaper Alternative & 5 Creative Uses, in our Film Jams series!

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Gear used in this video:
-Canon C300 – https://amzn.to/2Fe9SlD
-Canon EOS R: https://amzn.to/2QaPZlK
-Cheaper Ice Light LED Alternative: https://amzn.to/3u92rDQ (this is a newer RGB version)

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-Canon C100 – https://amzn.to/2u04CMm
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-Canon 24-105mm – https://amzn.to/2ILo9tp (main interview)
-Canon 100mm macro – https://amzn.to/2KsZuaF (product shots & CUs)

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-Sennheiser MKE600 – https://amzn.to/2ILulBP
-Sennheiser 416 – https://amzn.to/2INrtQy

-Litepanel Astra 6x – https://amzn.to/2KUBYCB
-Kino Flo Diva LED – https://amzn.to/2BuunZp

-Profoto Beauty Dish – https://amzn.to/2zgfjPV
-Profoto D2 500 Strobe Kit – https://amzn.to/2J28AZx
-Canon 5D mkIII – https://amzn.to/2KRE3zl
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Filmed on location at: https://www.LitewaveMedia.com in St. Petersburg, FL

Special Thanks to the St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission Digital Creator Program

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