10 Best Light Meters

Extech LT40 LED

Extech LT40 LED

The Extech LT40 LED is a high-quality and versatile tool that is suitable for everything from planning out the lighting schemes of a museum or hospital to taking readings as you prepare a movie set, provided your primary light sources are LEDs.

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Sekonic 401 Twin Mate

Sekonic 401 Twin Mate

The Sekonic 401 Twin Mate is an analog option that hearkens back to the days of film-based photography. It’s a good way for a budding photographer to get used to the idea of using more than just the camera to help determine exposure.

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General Tools UVA/UVB Digital

General Tools UVA/UVB Digital

The General Tools UVA/UVB Digital is designed to measure ultraviolet radiation in a range from 280 to 400 nanometers. It is suitable for everything from scientific data collection to testing window tint opacity. Its sensor is tethered to the main body by a 46-inch cord.

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Sekonic L-308X-U Flashmate

Sekonic L-308X-U Flashmate

Designed with a smaller profile than much of its competition, the Sekonic L-308X-U Flashmate might just be diminutive enough to fit in a few pockets. It’s very simple to use, without a lot of bells and whistles, but it’s also exceedingly accurate.

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Extech EA33 EasyView

Extech EA33 EasyView

The compact Extech EA33 EasyView features a large LCD screen and a wide measurement span, reaching 99,990 foot candles in five ranges. It can store and recall up to 50 readings, each of which is marked with a convenient time stamp.

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Illuminati Instruments IM100

Illuminati Instruments IM100

Thanks to its Bluetooth connectivity, you can set up the Illuminati Instruments IM100 wherever you need a measurement, and take readings from across the room. That way, you can make adjustments to your lights or camera without having to run back and forth.

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Kenko KFM-2200

Kenko KFM-2200

The positioning of the spot window on the Kenko KFM-2200 makes it easy to take measurements for both incident and reflected light simultaneously. Its display can give you a ton of information, though it does feel a little outdated.

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Sekonic L-478D-U Litemaster Pro

Sekonic L-478D-U Litemaster Pro

The Sekonic L-478D-U Litemaster Pro is designed to fit comfortably in the hand. Its trigger is located on the side where your fingers rest, so taking a measurement is fast and easy. Its touchscreen interface allows for quick adjustments to match your camera settings.

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Extech HD450 Data Logging

Extech HD450 Data Logging

The Extech HD450 Data Logging comes with a storage bank capable of saving up to 16,000 of your readings automatically. You can connect it to your PC with an included USB cord and back up all of your information there, as well.

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Sekonic Speedmaster L-858D-U

Sekonic Speedmaster L-858D-U

Plenty of seasoned professional shooters rely only on their eyes when lighting, but if they need a little help, many will reach for the Sekonic Speedmaster L-858D-U , which is widely considered to be one of the most accurate and reliable options available.

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