Fotodiox Takes LED to Film/TV Market with new Fresnel Lights
Fotodiox just announced a brand new fresnel-style LED light that is dimmable, focusable and cooler than traditional fresnel tungsten lights. The new lights offer a power of 9,100 – 60,000 Lux/m Luminance, which Fotodiox is saying is about the same as the output of a 1K light, all controlled wirelessly. This adds another high-powered LED to the Fotodiox lineup, the first being the LED100WA.
Called the DY-200 LED Fresnel light, Fotodiox’s latest offering is available in 5600 Daylight and 3200 Tungsten color temperatures. The fresnel lights feature accurate flicker-free light, low power draw, simple cool-to-the-touch operation, and remote controlled power and focus. A separate ballast unit and an adjustable yoke mounts on either a floor stand or hangs from a lighting grid for many mounting options.
The fresnels draw a max of 200 watts of power (less if the light is dimmer, of course) and offers the same lumens as a tungsten light many times its size. When fully spotted (that is to say, with the light beam set to its strongest magnification), the DY-200 has about the same output as a traditional 1K fresnel light, which is mighty impressive.
The Fotodiox DY-200 LED Fresnel lights feature on-board controls which offer a full range of light levels, as well as control over the motorized focus to create a wide floodlight or a powerful spotlight. The light’s intensity and focus can be adjusted in one of three ways: ballast control box with an integrated LED display, a wireless remote, or by connecting it to any DMX-compatible lighting control system.
Other important stuff to note:
- Daylight 5600 ± 300, Color Index Rating > 85
- Tungsten 3200 ± 200, Color Index Rating > 85
- 32cm (W) x 35cm (H) x 27cm (D) in size
- 9,100 – 60,000 Lux/m Luminance
- Dimmable: 0-100% Power Output
- Focusable Beam Spread of 12 – 75 degrees
- Removable collapsible Barndoor with Gel Holder Clips
- U-Shape Light Stand and Hanging Bracket
- Included fan is “whisper silent” and flicker free
The DY-200 (daylight) and DY-200w (tungsten) Fresnel lights include power supply ballast with cables, DMX cables, handheld wireless remote control and safety cable wire. The lights are available now for $1,199.95 on the Fotodiox website. That’s a steep price considering the low number they’re asking for the LED100WA. This is likely due to the compact nature of the light along with the wireless functionality. I would be more apt to be excited about this if, for that price, it gave me a range of color temperatures as well instead of having to pick just one per unit. I do appreciate the focusing abilities of the light though.
The whole kit (including the ballast) isn’t light, weighing in at 20 pounds/9.25 kilos. That’s a lot to lug around, especially if you need multiples (which you will) and combined with camera and other grip equipment.