Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Hip to Be Square: The Lume Cube LED Allows You to Create a Studio Anywhere


One of the surprise hits of DEMA Show 2016 is the Lume Cube LED photo/video light. The durable little powerhouse is about the size of a GoPro Session camera, and packs a walloping 1500 lumens at ten different power settings.

Manufactured in San Diego, the body is made of rugged aluminum and comes in three different colors: silver, black, and gunmetal. Inside is a battery that will last for an hour on full power, recharges via micro-USB in about thirty minutes, and that actually performs better and lasts longer in colder water. The Lume Cube is waterproof to 100 feet, but can be used for topside photography without overheating. Attach it to your smart phone, action camera, or any mount using the standard tripod fitting (1/4″ – 20 screw).

What really makes the Lume Cube special is its custom-designed fresnel lens that provides a 60 degree flood angle with no hot spots and a soft fall-off. The LEDs are rated at a 6,000 Kelvin temperature, and the pure white light can be used as a constant beam, or programed to flash. To use it as a flash, simply hold down the right button for five seconds until a red X appears. A sensitive optical sensor will tell the Lume Cube to respond to any light changes with a flash.

For topside and underwater photographers alike, Lume Cube‘s user-friendly functions, compact design, and wallet-friendly price point seem poised to do for action lighting what GoPro did for action imaging. You can pick one up for US$79.99/75.54 Euros, grab a two-pack for $149/141 Euros, or go crazy with four lights for $299.99/283.32 Euros.

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Erin Durbin-Sherer
Erin began diving in 2012 as preparation for a trip to Hawaii and before the year was out she'd left her old life behind to work in the dive industry full-time. When she's not out exploring the deep and collecting c-cards, you might find her making art or working on her master's thesis in cultural anthropology at San Diego State University. Erin is an Associate Editor with


  1. Has anyone else had issues with the LUME cubes buttons not working properly when diving beyond depths of 10m/33ft as I have tried to turn the units on at a depth of approx 15m/50ft and once depressed the buttons do not return out so as not powering the unit up?
    Only once I ascended to the 10m mark would they operate correctly.
    Although once on they then operated at greater depths probably due to the heat expanding the internal air so as compensating for the water pressure.
    Also have an issue with the twin GoPro mount as in the two prongs that are made out of machined aluminium I believe are not the same dimensions and spaced differently to original GoPro ones so you have to clamp them up so tight to stop any movement it becomes very hard to undo and adjust especially when diving with gloves!
    It’s a shame really as they are great little units and provide a very good light for underwater video.


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