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  1. #1 Best 3 Light LED Kit? 
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    Looking for a portable bicolor 3 light LED kit that fits into one case with stands, with good CRI/TLCI, better build quality than Dracast, and can be checked on a plane. I've spent a bunch of time looking around but nothing in particular has jumped out at me. I'm flexible about output. Any recommendations? Looking to spend $2500 or less.
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    Not exactly a kit with stands... However, if you don't mind building your own, these are worth a look:

    https://hivelighting.com/c-series/

    There is currently a group buy going for the largest unit, the 200-C, but that would exceed your price point.

    A combination of the 100-C and the smaller Bee 50-C PAR could be a nice travel kit.

    Good options to incorporate light modifiers. Remote app without the need to purchase a dongle.
    Quick search on YouTube or Vimeo will locate some overview videos. Or go over to Abel or B&H to take a look.


    Side note: When on a lightweight travel shoot, I used to package small light stands with the tripod. Similar shape and dimensions makes transport a lot easier.
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    You're best off building a kit ala carte. For whatever reason, ready-grouped LED-based "kits" rarely consist of a mix of LED fresnels and LED panels. They are almost always 3 panels or 3 fresnels.

    If it were me I'd want a 3-light kit that consisted of 2 LED panel-lights and 1 LED fresnel. You could populate a 3-light kit with two Brightcast LED soft panels ( w/ D-Fuse soft boxes ) and a budget LED of your choosing. Possibly the Apurture Light Storm LS C120d.

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ..._ls_c120d.html

    https://www.amazon.com/Kamerar-Brigh.../dp/B01MRLGHR0

    Stands and travel-case of your choosing.
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    Hives are a good idea, I'll look into them.

    Thanks for the suggestion John, I'll look into building my own kit if I can't find the right 3 light kit. Yeah, it's annoying that they're all essentially 3 of the same light, and 2 panels and a fresnel does sound ideal. Have you used the LS C120D? How do you like the color?
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    You can fit an Aputure LS1S daylight panel, an LS1C bicolor panel, and any lightweight rim light, in one carry-on case, with a couple soft boxes and V-mount batteries and Manfrotto Nanostands. I carry both the lights and an Aputure Amaran with Sony batts in a Think Tank Video Transport 20. There are lots of kit options out there but this one has been good to me.

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    What about an iKan brand? https://www.adorama.com/iamsb83ptk.h...MaAm3qEALw_wcB Adorama has it on sale for $1500 and Epic Light Source is selling it for $1800.
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