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07-31-2017, 08:16 AM   #1
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Continuous Lighting Color Temperature ?

Which is better to match flash lighting, 5000K or 6500K color temp LED bulbs? I think the flash color temp is 5500K, which to me suggests that 5000K would be a better match.

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Which is better to match flash lighting, 5000K or 6500K color temp LED bulbs? I think the flash color temp is 5500K, which to me suggests that 5000K would be a better match.

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neither of those would match if you are using both flash and led
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The difference between 5000K and 5500K will be so small it will be next to impossible to tell the difference (in the words of a former professor, "what's a couple hundred degrees K between friends"). However, 6500K will be noticeably cooler/bluer. You either have to warm up the 6500K LED or cool down the flash. Easily done with filters, but which ones will be hard to determine unless you have a color temperature meter. To warm up the 6500K you won't need much, but the filter needs to go on the flash, not the camera. A decent stage lighting supply house should be able to help with some recommendations.
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You can use either, and then filter to match. You'll have less power loss on the LEDs moving from 5000K to 5500K than 6500K to 5500K using filters, but if you have plenty of flash power available and filter your strobes to match the LEDs then it's maybe not even a consideration.

I'd be more concerned about the CRI of the two different LEDs you're looking at, and go with the one with a better spectral output.

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