By monitoring lighting conditions around the house, you can save up an awful lot of money on electricity. You do that by using a light meter or any other similar device aimed at recording accurate metrics when it comes to light levels inside any given room. While most light meters are relatively useful and affordable, there are a few who cannot be trusted to provide trustworthy readings.
To help you find one that is guaranteed to be reliable and long-lasting while still being inexpensive enough to be worth the investment, we put together a list of the ten best light meters on the market today.
10Sekonic 758DR DigitalMaster Lightmeter
This light meter is designed to provide precise readings by using a state of the art sensor capable of pinpointing exposures down to a tenth of a stop in full-stop mode. It also features a built-in 1-degree spot meter with an adjustable diopter along with 30.5mm threading capabilities that will filter up to 9 readings. These readings can then be stored for meter averaging and contrast evaluations in aperture and shutter priority modes.
9Extech 401027 Pocket Sized Candle Light Meter
This particular device boasts a measuring capability that ranges between 200 to 2,000-feet candles. It also has a maximum resolution of a 0.1-feet candle, which is pretty impressive all things considered. Not only that but it also benefits from a user-friendly interface that makes it very easy to use, an interface that when paired with its built-in stand and its 45-inch coiled sensor cable makes it one of the best light meters money can buy.
8Extech LT40 LED Light Meter
What makes this particular light meter stand out from your average light meter is the face that it can measure both LED and standard lighting with roughly the same accuracy. It can also be used for white and color LEDs through Lux / Foot-Candle units for good measure. At the same time, it benefits from a built-in sensor with a protective cover, a storage pouch, a user manual, and a lightweight design that makes it very easy to operate.
7Sekonic L-478D-U Lightmeter With Exclusive 3-Year Warranty
Sektonic L-478D-U is designed to be effective when using flash to lighten shadows or to reduce background detail. This is due to the fact that they can measure ambient and flash simultaneously while automatically indicate the percentage of flash in the total recorded exposure. Feature-wise, let us point out that it has two motion-capture modes to fit any camera you may use, a touch-to-set shutter, and shutter angles for Cine.
6Docooler 200,000 Lux Digital LCD Pocket Light Meter
This generic 200,000 Lux Digital LCD Pocket Light Meter enjoys a high accuracy with a wide measuring range and automatic measuring level selection capabilities. It also benefits from LUX/FC unit selection, data hold, data automatic recording, and a multitude of other similar features. Not only that but it is also surprisingly affordable given its capabilities, which may explain its popularity.
5Sekonic 401-208 Twin Mate Light Meter
Perfect for beginners, this particular light meter benefits from a very user-friendly interface, one that recommends it for almost anyone looking to learn how these devices operate. At the same time, it is also designed to meet the highest possible standards without being too expensive or difficult to operate. In terms of what it can do, let us point out that it can go from ISO 12 to 12,500 in half-stop increments and that it only takes it 30 seconds to reach 1/8000th in half stop increments.
4Dr.Meter LX1010B 100,000 Light Meter
Thanks to its LCD display, you are bound to access the device’s readings easily and without needing to be too tech-savvy. As far as its capabilities go, it has to be said that this particular light meter has a +/- 5 % accuracy, which is more than enough given its price. Not only that but it also has a sampling rate of 0.4 seconds and a range that goes from 0 to 100,000 Lux.
3HDE LX-1010B Digital Luxmeter Light Meter
This digital light meter uses a 9V battery that makes it very easy to maintain in the long run. It also comes equipped with a light sensor that is separate from the reading device so as to give you the possibility to choose the optimal reading position. Despite what its price will have you thinking, this device is accurate up to 50,000 lux with a +/- 5% margin of error, one that shouldn’t really affect most users.
2Sekonic L-308S-U Flashmate Lightmeter
What makes the Sektonic L-308S-U stand out is the fact that it enjoys a pocket-size construction that makes it very easy to carry. This device is also one of the smallest digital flash-meters for reflective and incident light readings in ambient / electronic flash lighting conditions. Interestingly enough, this device is capable of exposures accurate down to a tenth-of-a-stop for both ambient and electronic flash light readings in full-stop mode.
1Dr.Meter Digital Illuminance/Light Meter LX1330B
There is perhaps no better light meter as far as price / quality goes, which is perhaps why this particular device is so popular in the first place. It has 4-range capabilities of 0/200/2,000/20,000/200,000 Lux, high accuracy and rapid response features with Auto Zeroing, over-range indicators, and a multitude of other equally useful features. Among them, data hold & peak-data hold switches and a low power consumption operation, both being features one should always look for in a light meter.