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A Comparison of Dedolight to Lowel and Arri Lights

Have you ever experienced the awesomeness of a Dedolight in real life? If not, this might be the video that finally gets you to drive out to your local dealer and try one!

Mitch Gross at Abel Cine Tech put together this terrific short demo showing the difference between Lowel, Arri, and Dedotec light heads of similar wattage. Mitch explains what to look for when sizing up a lamp; beyond brightness, it’s also important to consider the light’s evenness, precision, falloff, and other considerations that don’t always show up on spec sheets (but will impact your day-to-day usage tremendously.)

The DLH1x150: A Great Light Head for Even Soft Box Lighting


In the last few years, Dedolight has come out with a range of soft-light heads and matching soft boxes that are unmatched in their evenness of light. One model in particular has been getting a lot of attention: the DLH1x150.

It’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, uses a 150-watt clear bulb rated to last 1000 hours, and mounts in a very small soft box. It’s fantastic as a “run-and-gun” light in film and video and as a way of lighting up the interior of a car or plane; it’s also wonderful for shooting food set-ups on location or impromptu interviews.

Normally it’s connected to an in-line dimmable power supply (DT24-1U), but by changing the bulb to a 100-watt, 12-volt lamp, and using the appropriate accessory cord, it can run from a battery belt or a vehicle’s accessory outlet.

It’s a beautiful piece of engineering, and remember that the light output of a Dedolight head is much more efficient than a bigger and hotter fresnel or open-source light fixture.

LEDZilla: A Game-Changing On-Board LED Light Head

Dedolight LEDZilla on-board LED head

Lightweight, Dimmable, Zoomable, Precise… It’s Everything We’ve Been Waiting For

First annouced at NAB 2009, the Dedolight LEDZilla uses a single, high-power LED to give you amazing output levels in combination with the trademark Dedolight double aspheric optics. Unlike most LED lights, the LEDZilla is focusable from 4° to 56°, with smooth light distribution in all focusing positions.

Click to read the full Dedolight LEDZILLA spec sheet (PDF).

The unit includes a wide angle flip-up diffuser for 70° angle, smoothly covering the widest zoom and widening the beam more horizontally than vertically (1:1.66) — after all, we don’t shoot round pictures! The diffuser lets you achieve a clean, sharp, single-edge barn door shadow or a very gentle light and shadow transition.

An adjustable support arm allows it to be positioned above and forward. Color quality is maintained across the entire dimming range, from full blast down to zero. The dichroic flip-down filter converts from daylight to tungsten quickly. A front-end bayonet allows future attachments and light modifiers.

LEDZilla’s power requirements are impressive, as well. Despite its amazing brightness, it requires only 8 watts, and can be run from any 6V to 18V DC source. Adapters are available for Anton/Bauer or PAG systems, XLR, Swit battery, or your car’s cigarette lighter. The optional battery shoe accessory is compatible with Sony and Panasonic mini-DV batteries, potentially giving you a full day’s use from just one or two camcorder batteries.

LEDZilla accessories are listed on page 3 of the spec sheet.

LEDZilla Accessories

Dedolight believes in the LEDZilla design so thoroughly, they have created an ecosystem of high-quality matched accessories around it. Highlights include adapters for all manner of shoe and stud mounts, international and DC power adapters in various lengths, a self-contained AA battery pack, suction and rail mounts, and a soft pouch.