Aputure Light Storm COB 120t LED Light at Cine Gear 2016

I caught up with Aputure at Cine Gear 2016, where they introduced the Aputure Light Storm COB 120t LED light, which has the output power of approximately a 1.5K tungsten lamp, while being a hard light. 

LED lights are here to stay – 1×1 panels with hundreds of small LED diodes are used throughout the world for energy-efficient soft lighting that can also be powered by battery. In the past it was quite hard to make LEDs strong enough so they could used as individual sources of light, which is why they always had to be combined in bigger arrays, which created a host of problems.

Lately however, we have seen more and more hard light single LED solutions come to the market. Johnnie recently reviewed the Kinotehnik Practilite 602 (click here), which is a similar light from another manufacturer. Now also Aputure have released one, the Light Storm COB 120t.

In this video, Ted from Aputure gave me a run-through of the new light, here are some of the highlights: TLCI of 97+ and CRI of 97, which is mind-boggling color accuracy, something that was unheard of only a few years ago for LED lights, which only shows how much the technology has advanced.


Its output equals the output of a 1.5K tungsten lamp, which is impressive. The native color temperature is 3000K.

Its fan is very quiet, they use the same large fans as the MacPro from Apple. It really shouldn’t interrupt shoots but I am going to test that as soon as we have the test unit in house.

Aputure have separated the light control operation from the actual light, which means you can conveniently dim it from a wired controller box. There is also a wireless remote included.

A nice nod to the photography community is the inclusion of the Bowen-s Mount, which is a standard for many chimeras, beauty dishes etc. – that means that this light is compatible with a multitude of modifiers that have been available forever. That’s indeed a huge plus!

I will review this light soon, stay tuned for it over the next few weeks!

If you are one of our European followers, you can get this light by clicking the Amazon UK link here.


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Emile Modesitt Reply
Emile Modesitt June 10, 2016

Aputure is killin’ it

 Tim Pan Reply
Tim Pan June 10, 2016

Just got a 120t, it’s sooo damn bright and the skin tone under this light looks great. Good job Aputure.

 Tim Pan Reply
Tim Pan June 10, 2016

Hope they have a 5600k version following up

 Steven Bailey Reply
Steven Bailey June 12, 2016

A few of these mixed with a few of their announced little fresnels will make up a super versatile light kit. I think I heard in a NAB interview they’re going to definitely do a daylight version, if not a bi-color as well. Stoked.

Evan Shaw June 11, 2016

Great light! High CRI is important but even more they have the spread of light in the spectrum covered that makes skin tones great and then one can mix and match other lighting with it to not have foreground background nightmares etc.
Very good company IMHO

Evil Ken June 11, 2016

Can you imagine trying to book one of these from a rental house? “Have you got any Aputure LIGHTSTORM COB120 A/B-Mount Lights available for next week”? It is a bit of a mouthful…

Johnnie Behiri June 12, 2016

It’s an affordable device. If you are a working professional, it should cover itself very quickly and also save you from braking your teeth at the rental house…:)

Deadfish Longkang June 13, 2016

very happy with my lightstorm. great product . looking forward to the this.