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Colbor CL100X Video Light For Photography Review

In 2022, I got more and more into video and photographic lighting.

It was part of my quest to get outside my box of being a “natural light” photographer, and instead own up to what it really meant: I was afraid of lighting.

So when the Colbor CL100X came in the mail (Full disclosure, Colbor sent me this light, but didn’t dictate any conditions and will not see this before I publish it), I was excited because from what I could tell, it’s a budget-friendly, portable and powerful-enough LED light that looks simple to use.


One of the reasons I never got much into lighting was the intimidating factor of just getting started. There are SO many YouTube videos and articles out there that tell people to “BUY THIS” or “BUY THAT,” and I was confused about where to start.

The CL100X, for those who don’t do much light, is a fantastic place to start.

First, it’s small and compact, the entire kit fitting neatly into the included carrying case.

Beyond that, you throw the Bowens mount on the light, attach it to a light stand and power it up. You can use the included reflector, or mount a favorite softbox or umbrella.

Here is the CL100X with the included reflector.

From here you can manually control the light in a simple, easy way. Scroll the top dial for power, scroll the bottom dial for color temperature.

And that is… literally all you have to do, and you’ve got a powerful, high-quality light to use in the studio.

Here, I chose to put on my favorite Godox Parabolic Umbrella and took it for a spin shooting portraits in the dark hallways outside of my friend’s studio.

With almost no effort, just arranging the light (near a hallway outlet since I didn’t have a portable power supply), I was able to get some fantastic shots like this:

Product Examples

Here are some examples of the CL100X used for product shots.


When throwing out a lot of light, the fan kicks in, but it’s honestly very quiet even when it starts to spin a lot. There’s even a “Quiet” mode for the fan, dropping the decibels a lot if you’re concerned about the fan being heard on camera for video users.

Modular Ability

One of the cool aspects of this light is the ability to “stack” these things together. They call it a Light Neural Network, and I think it looks pretty cool but didn’t have a chance to check it out since I only have one of these (so far).

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Color Rendering Index97+Cooling Mode
Beam Angle≈∠ 120° Reflector ≈∠ 15°Connector
Color Temperature RangeCL100X: 2700K~6500K(±200);
CL100XM: 5600K
Body Material
IlluminationSee the form in the User GuideLight Dimension (mm)
COB Output Power≥ 100WWeight
Rated Power120W (Max Power)Operating Environment Temperature
Light Working VoltageDC 20V 5A

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Nathan

    Any chance you’ve checked this with a colorimeter or a color chart? I heard there was a big magenta cast on the old model and I’m curious whether they’ve fixed that in this one.


      I didn’t, Nathan. I just dialed in the WB on the camera and it seemed to be accurate!

  2. Hemant

    Thanks for the sharing informative article.

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