Tutorial: Studio Panel Lighting Kit

Tutorial: Studio Panel Lighting Kit

Let's breakdown the must-have lighting tool for photographers, videographers, creators, and filmmakers alike. 

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Hey guys, Trevor here to breakdown the must-have lighting tool for photographers, videographers, creators, and filmmakers alike. Meet the Lume Cube Studio Panel Lighting Kit - the powerful, portable, and precise two-point lighting kit with no limits. 

The studio Panel Lighting Kit was designed for creators who want ultimate control of their lighting, while keeping their gear lightweight, travel-friendly, and easy to use. Simply put, this is the most effective two-point lighting kit that you could fit into a travel-friendly bag. Because the Studio Panel has an internal battery, you don’t need to rely on traditional power sources to power your light. This combination of light quality, portability, and control allows users to create dynamic lighting effects wherever and whenever they want. 

Whether you received the two-light Studio Panel Lighting Kit or just the Studio Panel light, this video will help you get to know your new lights a little better and breakdown how to best use and operate. 


What’s Included

Before we get into how to use it, I’ll give you a little tour so you know your way around the lighting kit. We’ll start with what comes inside the box! 

(2) Studio Panel Lights
(2) Barn Doors
(2) Tilt Mounts
(2) 70" Light Stands
(2) Power Cords
(1) Remote, syncs to control multiple devices
(1) Travel Bag


Physical Features

The Studio Panel is one of the larger lights we’ve made here at Lume Cube standing tall at about 10.5 inches wide, by 7.5 inches tall.. That larger the surface area of light the softer and more professional-looking your light’s output will be. Simply put, this thing throws some beautifully diffused light onto your subject.

This is due to the Edge Lit technology inside of the light. We have 200 LEDs shining inward and passing through multiple layers of diffusion and creating a very flattering and soft light output. This also allows us to keep the light very slim, as it’s only 1” thick. 

Moving around to the back we have the internal rechargeable battery. This is an absolute game changer. This gives you the option to use the Studio Panel while plugged into power, or you can unplug and use it anywhere as it’s powered from the internal battery source. Most other lights of this kind are either required to be plugged into a power source, or if they are battery powered, you need those big clunky external batteries which I either break or lose before it’s time to use them. Simply put, this battery powered system is just easy to use and seamless. It’s one less thing you have to worry about.

Keep in mind, You can run your Studio Panels for about an hour and a half at full power while using battery power. 

On back you’ll also notice the back screen and side controls. This is where you will monitor, adjust and control your light output. To touch on the controls, we have a brightness dial, a color temperature dial, a power switch, and your power port to recharge your light. The screen will display your brightness settings, adjustable from 1%-100%, your color temperature, adjustable from 3200k to 5600k, and your battery life. Assuming you’re using the batter power, the battery life indicator is especially helpful because it shows how much juice you have left at the given brightness setting. As you increase brightness, that time remaining will decrease. The more output, the less run time you’ll have. But this really helps avoid your light dying unexpectedly during a shoot. 

On the bottom of your light, you’ll find the ¼ 20 thread. This is where you will connect your light to a light stand, or the included angle mount. 


How To Use

Now that we know our way around, lets get into how to use it. First attach the angle mount to the ¼ 20 thread on the bottom of your Panel. This will give you extra flexibility when angling the direction of your light. Next, set up your light stand or mounting option. If you have the Studio Panel Lighting Kit, use the light stand included in the box. Then, mount your Studio Panel via the bottom of the snake mount to the light stand. 

You can then mess around with the angle of your light. Use the angle mount to shine your light downward, upward, or straight forward. 

Then, it’s time to power up your Studio Panel. Grab your power cable, plug into your power source, and insert the other end into the power port on side of the light.

Keep in mind, once you plug in, you can start using your Studio Panel right away. But as long as it is plugged in, the internal battery will be recharging. It takes a little over 2 hours to fully recharge your studio panels. 

Next, press the power switch and your light will turn on. Take a look at your back control screen.

As mentioned, you can adjust both the brightness and the warmth of your light. Use the top dial to adjust the brightness, and the bottom dial to adjust the warmth. And you can see these changes being reflected on the back screen. 

One of the best parts about the Studio Panel is the Barn Doors. If you get the two light kit, they’re included. If not, you can buy separately. 

The barn doors are great at controlling the beam angle of your light. So say you’re filming an interview of someone and you want to draw your viewers eye to your subject.. You’ll want your light to hit your subject, and nothing else. You can adjust the barn door to remove light from hitting the background, and just hit your subject. You can also use these to get creative and create shadows, lines of light, etc.  The barn doors simply clip onto the front of your light like so. 

Whether you bought the full kit, or just the light itself, you should receive a remote in the box. This remote is an easy way to wirelessly control your lighting. I think this is super handy when you’re all set up, ready to shoot, and you want to adjust your light in real time to see how the changes made on the remote effect what you’re seeing in your camera. 

Your remote has been pre-connected to your light, so as long as your studio Panel is on, your remote should work right out of the box. 

If not, follow these instructions: 

  • On remote, press and hold CH button until red indicator light starts flashing.
  • On studio panel, press and hold CH button for 2 seconds until the small H on your screen starts flashing. 
  • On the remote, use the brightness increase/decrease to select a channel from H1-H9 (you have 9 options, H1 to H9).
  • Then, simultaneously hold the CH button on both the Studio Panel and your remote to connect.

On the remote, you can adjust brightness and color temperature using the white pad.

  • Below the pad, we have some hot keys to make quick adjustments. 
  • Tap the color temp buttons to quickly change your light from warm to white
  • Or tap the brightness buttons to quickly adjust brightness from ¼, half, or full brightness.
  • You can also turn the light on and off using the power button. But if you want your light to fully shut down, make sure you physically turn the light off using the switch on board.

Well there you have it, a breakdown of how to use the Lume Cube Studio Panels.

Have any further questions we didn’t cover? Send us a message on social, reach out to support@lumecube.com, or comment in our Lume Cube community group on facebook. We’ll see you next time.

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