Do you know how important light-quality is?
Two of the most important factors in quality lighting for video conferencing is CRI, and Color Temp. Most Smith-Victor video conferencing lights give you studio-quality results featuring:
- CRI of up to 95 or more
- Full control over the color temp
- Soft Diffused light
Most Smith-Victor lights have a broadcast-studio light quality. Light quality is measured in CRI, the ability of a light source to reveal the colors of people or objects faithfully in comparison with an ideal or natural light source. Light sources with a high CRI (95 and greater) are desirable in color-critical applications such as Cinema, broadcast TV, Video, podcasts, and vlogging–especially fashion/makeup, and photography. It is defined by the International Commission on Illumination (CIE).
Home lights actually subtract blue add lot of yellow to the real color. And that’s not good for home video conferencing or vlogging from home. If this is a problem in your home chose bi-color or variable color control which is available in most of the pro Smith-Victor lights.
Most home and store lighting has a very low CRI, 80 or less, and they do not render color very accurately. In addition, home lights and store lights are actually a different color. The lights at your home tend to add a yellow cast (warm). This is not good for home video conferencing as you might come off looking jaundice. Choose a Smith-Victor light that has color temperature control–bi-color. You turn the color temperature up adding back in the blue cast to balance out the yellows getting you back to neutral. Store lights and office lights are usually fluorescent and have a bluish cast (cold). Have you ever bought paint, or clothing from the store and when you got it home it looked different–even changed colors? Some colors are VERY sensitive to the yellow/blue shift caused by these different lights. Its called a metamerism shift. What appears to be purple in the store can turn green outside. The most likely colors to suffer from metamerism shift are mauve, lilac, taupe, celadon, tan, greys, and grey/blues.