Genaray or Amaran Constant Lights for Small Product Photography?

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Genaray or Amaran Constant Lights for Small Product Photography?

I just started learning how to photograph small products, such as mugs and jewelry. I need to get two or three constant light sources, and the solutions I am looking at are these:

Genaray Accushine 60W

Amaran 60d

Amaran 60x

I can get the Genaray light for about $75 USD each through a student discount. The Amaran lights range from about $170 USD to $200 USD. I plan to buy at least two of the same lights, but I am not sure which solution is best. I have a shooting table, light stands and soft boxes that will work with any of the lights, so additional accessories won't be needed.

I am not familiar with Genaray, although the price of the Genaray product is good. However, the portability (size, weight, and battery option) of the Amaran lights adds a lot of value that might be worth the extra cost, especially if I eventually use the lights for other purposes.

Do you have any thoughts on these brands or the specific lights I listed? Also, do you think the adjustable color temperature of the Amaran 60x is worthwhile? The 60x puts out a bit less light than the 60d, so there is a tradeoff between those two products.

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