Light & Motion CLx10 Review – Newsshooter


The Light & Motion CLx10 is a small-sized, high output LED light that can be used for both video and photo applications.

In a lot of ways, the Light & Motion CLx10 is quite a niche light, especially for video shooters. However, because of its size and versatility, it is certainly a light that is worth looking at.

Light & Motion has been making small-sized, high output LED lights since 1989. The breakthrough moment that put them on the map was arguably when they released the CL series in 2015. The subsequent Stella and Sola lights helped cement the companies reputation in the industry.

This small-sized LED might be a good solution for traveling shooters and single person operators who want a light that is compact, versatile, and doesn’t take up much space in a bag. What you do clearly need to keep in mind is that this is a fixed 5600K Kelvin color temperature light. It is also a hard light source that you will need to diffuse for certain applications.

The beam angle is 120°. That 120° beam angle can be modified with optional 25 and 50° lenses. The light can also take advantage of direct-mount and press-on light-shaping tools that are compatible with leading light modifiers from Elinchrom, Profoto, Bowens, and Westcott. The ability of this light to be used with a wide array of lighting modifiers helps with its versatility.


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Quite a few LED lights on the market, including the Light & Motion CLx10, are using COB technology. COB stands for “Chip On Board” where multiple LED chips are packaged together as one lighting module. The advantage of COB LEDs being multi-chip packaged is that the light-emitting area of a COB LED can contain many times more light sources in the same area that standard LEDs could occupy. This results in a greatly increased lumen output per square inch.

The downside to COB is that they generate an awful lot of heat. The CLx does indeed generate a lot of heat and you need to be mindful of this. The front of the light gets very hot and if you use the fresnel attachment there is actually a warning on the front that states- Danger: Intense Heat. Avoid contact when in use.

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One of my biggest complaints with this light is that it gets so hot that I found myself having to use an oven mitt to take any accessories off.

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The other problem with COB LED lights is that unless you diffuse them they are very bright to look at and unsuitable for directly lighting talent. They are also extremely dangerous for your eyes. You should never use a COB LED light without diffusion if anyone is looking at it. I can’t stress this enough.

What do you get?

  • Light & Motion CLx10 LED Light
  • Light & Motion Profoto Adapter for Stella Pro 5000/5000 RF and Pro 8000
  • Light & Motion YS Mount Base with Umbrella Holder for Stella 1000/2000 Lights
  • Light & Motion Flat Port DM for Stella CLx
  • Light & Motion C-Stand Mount for Stella LED Lights
  • Light & Motion High Leverage Handle for Stella YS Mount
  • Light & Motion Power Adapter for Stella Pro 5000 & Sola 8000 (24V, US/JP)
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty on Light
  • Limited 90-Day Warranty on Battery

Size & Weight

The Light & Motion CLx10 tips the scales at 2.7 lb (1.22 kg) and it has physical dimensions of 3.8 x 3.8 x 8.0″ / 9.7 x 9.7 x 20.3 cm.

Build quality

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