You never know what you’ll find when shopping late at night. Rigjob came across the inexpensive Andoer sc-406, a little daylight pocket light that is unique in that it uses a COB (chip on board) LED.
Most small LED fixtures use an array of bulbs spread across the face of the light, which is fantastic for heat distribution and approximating a larger light source. However, a COB LED concentrates a large number of extremely small emitters into what becomes essentially a single source. By using a COB LED, the sc-406 creates what is essentially “hard light”, similar to what you’d get from a halogen mr16 bulb and old school on-camera lights.
Since lighting is all about options and shaping, having a tiny, battery-powered hard light opens up some interesting options. Plus, if you follow the lead of Rigjob’s Rigjob (yes, he does crack the lights open), the options just get more interesting.