Hedler LED Lights
I never really got into continues lighting, probably because my first light was a speed light back in 2003 and from there I went directly to strobes (Elinchrom FX 400’s & FX 100’s). So I never used fluorescent lighting kits. My first experience with continues lighting was actually LED lights as I started to dabble in some filming with my DSLR 3-years ago. These where small Aputure led panels that you mount on your camera rig, good for its purpose but of course nothing even close to the strobe equipment I was used to in terms of power and modifier. My next experience where at the other end of the spectrum when I was shooting a commercial. It required me to rent HMI lights and Briese 220.. which was a lot of fun! But of course, not something I would be able to use (or want to) for my own work, stop motion and occasional filming.
Fast forward to this year and when I started to shoot stop motion more frequently. I now realized that continues lighting was not only beneficial for occasional filming but also for stop motion. It’s simply more convenient and faster to shoot with continues light for stop motion. Thanks to Aifo I got the opportunity to try a pair of Hedler Profilux LED1000 Fresnel lights for a project. Now, these are much more like the strobes I’m used to, both in handling, power and the ability to shape the light with modifiers.
|Type||Singel Cell LED, Constant Daylight Fresnel Head|
|Wattage||185W (1000W Equivalent)|
|Kelvin||Approx 5600K Daylight|
|Dimmable||5% to 100%|
|Zoom Angle||Approx 20° – 60°|
|Fan Cooling||Auto and Manual|
|AC Power Supply||110-230V / 50-60Hz|
|Ambient Temperature||-15° up to +40°|
|Average Lifetime LED||Approx 50000 hours|
|Length of Power Cord||3,5m|
|Attachment to Light Stand||5/8″|
|Size||(L) 250 x (W) 165 x (H) 180 mm w/o bracket|
- High power, single LED
- Tough, well built Aluminium construction
- Fresnel lens focussing spot to flood setting
- 5600 K, CRI 94 & Flicker-Free
- 50,000 hours operating lamp life
- Dimmable, stepless from 5% to 100%
- Unique: Built-In Ballast!!
- Ultra quiet fan, no problem for sound recording
- For Film, Video, TV and Stills Imaging
- Huge accessory range: reflectors, barndoors, filters, softboxes
- Automatic mains voltage recognition
- Integrated overheating protection
Working with the Hedler Profilux LED1000 Fresnel is very much straightforward. Pretty much just turn them on and adjust the power to your liking, and if you have the fresnel version you adjust the zoom. I really like this “no frills” design. Being a heavy strobe user the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) is very nice and I can see the benefit of it for other applications than video and stop motion.
Build & handling
Housed in an aluminum casing, the Hedler are very compact, lightweight and yet very sturdy. The big handle on the back is great for lifting and positioning the light. The swivel bracket that holds the unit is heavy duty with a security pin at the bottom. This is a feature I think just about every light should have. (Its a spring loaded pin that needs to pressed in order to take off the light from the stand) The tilt is easily adjusted by a large wing nut on the side of the bracket. In all the Hedler is built to last and with professional use in mind. One of the most ingenious designs on these units is the accessory mount, its simply 3 studs where one is springloaded, so attaching modifiers is a breeze! If I were to nitpick, the only thing that I noticed was that the power dial is a bit sensitive. I personally would have liked a more damped action on the power dial.
The units are quite lightweight, considering it’s sturdy build. So no problem taking them on location, a 2-light kit with a softbox and reflector will server as a great kit for interviews etc.
Complete specs. and features are listed above, but I will mention a few that are especially attractive to me and my use.
- Stable Color High CRI excellent stability in color
- Cool & quiet The whole unit looks like a heatsink 🙂 It’s very efficient in this regard and when the fan needs to kick in its still very quiet.
- Reliability Been using the Hedler for 8 hours straight shoots, and they haven’t flinched
- Optional DMX Yuu can get these with DMX which is awesome! This means I can connect and control these lights with Dragonframe 4!
- Power Equivalent of 1000w, which is plenty for most application
I have been using the Fresnel version mostly and it’s the one I prefer as really like the ability to go from spot to flood. One can go from 20° to 60° with a simple turn of the knob on the back. The zoom action is well damped and smooth.
For me, the Hedler will mainly be used for stop motion work and occasional filming, both in studio and location. But I can certainly see scenarios in my still photography where I would like to try these units. For instances where I need to preserve and balance the ambient (think a moodily lit restaurant) light. In these situations, I think the Hedler with gels will be a very effective tool.
Shaping the light
Hedler has quite a wide range of light modifiers, everything from barn doors, reflectors to softboxes, grids and gels. I’ve been using them mostly with my Skylite rapid panels. but look forward to using them with other modifiers such my Elinchrom Deep Umbrellas (Hedler has an umbrella adapter that can be mounted on the side of the unit) and some of the Hedler modifiers as well.
Working with the Hedler Profilux LED1000 Fresnel has been a great experience! I love these units, as they are very similar to the strobes I am used to working with in terms of form factor, handling, and how you shape the light.
Apart from working with the lights, it has given me another perspective on the benefits of continues lighting. So for me and anyone else who is after high-quality LED’st that is built to last and usable both in studio and location the Hedler Profilux LED1000 Fresnel certainly fits the bill.