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Which Spotlight bulbs don't cause banding with the silent shutter?

Hindy
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Hi,

I have an Canon EOS R8 camera. A while back, I wrote a post asking where to find regular flicker-free light bulbs. I ended up finding several options:

https://community.usa.canon.com/t5/EOS-DSLR-Mirrorless-Cameras/EOS-R8-quot-Which-LED-Light-Bulbs-don...

But I am having a really hard time finding flicker-free BR40 spotlights bulbs for home use. 

I tried several spotlights bulbs from Lowes, Ace, Amazon, Philips, & Alzo Digital but all of them flickered. 

If anyone knows of a genuinely flicker-free spotlight bulb, I would really appreciate it if you can please post where to buy one. 

Thank you very much!

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Hindy
Contributor

Hi,

I tested tons of bulbs & found 3 bulbs that don't show banding at high shutter speeds. The 250 watt bulb is not flicker-free though. I edited this post twice; because when I first tested the bulbs, I pointed the camera straight at the bulbs, and got "no flicker found". But for the 250 watt bulb, I later tested again at the side on a blank wall, and got "found 120hz flicker". I already returned the other 2 bulbs so I can't test them again. But one thing is for sure, I did not see banding at high shutter speeds. If anyone has this and can comment, please do. Thank you.

Small BR30:
Flicker-Free BR30 Light Bulb, EyeComfort Technology, Non-Dimmable, 650 Lumen, Daylight (5000K), 9W=65W, E26 Base, 6-Pack
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NMV7CKN?ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details&th=1

Medium Size: PAR38 10 watt LED, 90 watt equivalent:
PHILIPS 5-CCT Selectable Color Temperature, 90-watt Replacement, PAR38 LED Spot, Dimmable, Flicker-Free EyeComfortTM*, 900 Lumen, T20 Certified, E26 Base, 4-Pack
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CW3P78GF?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details

*Not flicker-free but no banding at high shutter speeds. Almost unnoticeable slow-motion video flicker. 
Best & brightest: PAR38 20 watts LED/ 250 watts equivalent:
Philips 250-Watt Equivalent PAR38 Dimmable High Lumen LED Flood Light Bulb Bright White (5000K)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B089P2Q2Z6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

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Hindy
Contributor

Hi,

I tested tons of bulbs & found 3 bulbs that don't show banding at high shutter speeds. The 250 watt bulb is not flicker-free though. I edited this post twice; because when I first tested the bulbs, I pointed the camera straight at the bulbs, and got "no flicker found". But for the 250 watt bulb, I later tested again at the side on a blank wall, and got "found 120hz flicker". I already returned the other 2 bulbs so I can't test them again. But one thing is for sure, I did not see banding at high shutter speeds. If anyone has this and can comment, please do. Thank you.

Small BR30:
Flicker-Free BR30 Light Bulb, EyeComfort Technology, Non-Dimmable, 650 Lumen, Daylight (5000K), 9W=65W, E26 Base, 6-Pack
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NMV7CKN?ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details&th=1

Medium Size: PAR38 10 watt LED, 90 watt equivalent:
PHILIPS 5-CCT Selectable Color Temperature, 90-watt Replacement, PAR38 LED Spot, Dimmable, Flicker-Free EyeComfortTM*, 900 Lumen, T20 Certified, E26 Base, 4-Pack
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CW3P78GF?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details

*Not flicker-free but no banding at high shutter speeds. Almost unnoticeable slow-motion video flicker. 
Best & brightest: PAR38 20 watts LED/ 250 watts equivalent:
Philips 250-Watt Equivalent PAR38 Dimmable High Lumen LED Flood Light Bulb Bright White (5000K)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B089P2Q2Z6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 
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