It was hard not to make that joke, but indeed those LEDs amazed me. I was looking for a replacement for very high CRI D50 fluorescent tubes, specifically tailored for photography, and I was very excited when I came across this product. I ordered 2 reels, and appart some customs problems (during which I had the full support of the waveform team), my package came in perfect shape, harm-free. I put them to the test and I wasn't disappointed, they're truly stunning.
The diode density is tight and allow a neat diffusion of light.
The 3M adhesive is top quality, pretty strong and reliable. It doesn't affect negatively the thermal dissipation, and it will hold the heat.
There were not a single diode showing any sign of weakness nor default.
The soldering job is clean and strong, and the plug system made the installation very comfortable.
The brightness is powerful, and yes, the colors are extremely detailed under the lights : even if the light appear like a neutral/cold white looking at the source, you can appreciate the high CRI when looking at your hand, which will have its nice warm color, with the full palette of tones. The color depth of the reds is just wonderful, and also the difficult violet : tested on a picture of a morning, cloudy sky, you get with high precision the subtle transition of the purple, foggy sky, to reddish blue, to deep blue sky...The kind of subtlety I was looking for, the kind you can only get at this level of quality. Thus they truly deserve the name.
Impressive product, and many thanks.
When I found out these 5000k CRI 99 lights conform to ISO 3664:2009, I was immediately interested. We ordered a 16 foot tape and a power supply. I assembled a test strip of (3) four foot strips of the LEDs on a silver reflector. When we hung it over our ink consoles in the press room, we were impressed with the light. ISO 3664 needs a specific lux level for proper viewing. We were able to achieve this level with the 3 strips of Absolute Series. Our pressmen spend a lot of time color matching press sheets to contract proofs made of many different substrates, and these lights are great for critical evaluation. Also, customer service at Waveform was top notch. I was able to change my order before it shipped without any trouble.