In this photo, there are six rail cars in a row, each 48 feet long, plus some space in between. That’s a total of 300 feet. What we witnessed: the LED bounced light off the last rail car and shot light well beyond the cars and covered area. Despite being rated 5,000 lumens lower than our high-output Hi-IR 650W lights, the LED seemed much brighter even! That’s quite an accomplishment because our 650W lights are insanely bright!
There are two reasons we think this and other photos of the LEDs do not seem to show how bright the LED was in real life.
First, the LED is aimed straight forward in this photo and that is where the light actually goes. Halogen bulbs send light in all directions, so it reflects off the housing and about half of it goes into the sky. The other photos look brighter overall because the roof is lit; most customers, however, need the light straight ahead and down, not into the air.
The second reason this photo does not seem as bright as in real life is that the camera was set to auto and automatically adjusts to the type of light. LED is not defined by the Canon Powershot, so it probably adjusted as if it was seeing fluorescents. In any case, this photo simply does not show how “OMG Bright” this light really is!
For more information on the LEDs - including the ABC LED which was not yet available at the time these photos were taken - please see the LED page.