With so many of our activities being recorded on a daily basis, many of us are recording video for work or as a lucrative hobby. So, lighting has become essential.
Many YouTubers and streamers have been singing the praises of ring lights, for instance. In this article we’ll be doing a deep dive into the 4 Rest Light’s Kickstarter campaign, so that you’ll have all of the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.
If you aren’t familiar with the campaign, there is a black button below to the campaign page.
So, let’s get started!
The Crowdfunding Campaign
When all of the light’s 4 panels are unfolded, the light is rather large, and it takes up quite a bit of space. Each panel is 6 inches across, and when fully unfolded, it’s 16 inches across.
It’s marketed to streamers, YouTubers and people who have to do lots of professional video calls.
But, if you’re working from a small home office, or if you’re a content-creator that’s just starting out, you may not have that much room. It’s definitely not going to be good for a small desk area!
It has 3 different brightness settings, which isn’t a lot, first of all. And although the different panels can be moved and adjusted, it’s not clear if you can turn them on and off individually.
The creator says “The 4 panels are all controlled with one switch to on/off position” in the comments. That indicates that they’re either all on or all off. So, why have 4 panels that are adjustable if you can’t turn them on and off, as well?
Our Analysis and Review
One backer asked about the light’s CRI in the comments, which was not up to their standards and they actually pulled their backing.
CRI stands for Color Rendering Index. This number is a measure used to describe a light’s ability to reveal objects’ colors. High CRIs are crucial for some things.
A CRI of 0 will make all colors look the same, and a CRI of 100 would show objects’ true colors. The CRI of the 4 Rest Light is 90. 80-90 is considered “okay” or “good”, whereas anything over 90 is considered “excellent”. The creators said in the comments that they haven’t figured out how to increase the CRI without the light being too bright. So, if you need an excellent CRI, this probably isn’t the light for you.
It’s supposed to be portable. But, one backer points out in the comments that even if you put it on a tripod, you’re limited to a wall outlet. You’re further limited to a wall outlet in the United States. So, you may not even be able to use it on an overseas vacation. You definitely can’t use it in the UK without an adapter, and there’s no clear UK-friendly option at this time.
The Potential Shortcomings
There really aren’t a lot of customizable options for streamers, even though it’s marketed toward them.
The lights don’t have any color options, which would make videos, vlogs and streams more visually appealing. There’s no USB power, as one backer pointed out in the comments. That would make it more laptop-friendly, and it would make it actually be portable.
And there’s no way to control it through an app. That would probably make customization a lot easier because you could change the light color, and change which panels were turned on or off, all through one app.
And it would be a lot easier for some people because if they’re already using their phone to record their content, it’s pretty easy to switch over to an app on the same device to control devices.
So, does the 4 Rest Light live up to the hype? Maybe. It doesn’t seem like do part of the things it’s advertised to do, and it isn’t very well-suited to its targeted demographic. The white button below is my recommended best alternative you can find now on Amazon.