LED Studio Lights by Lupolux

The new LED Fresnel spotlights from Lupolux deliver unrivaled levels of power, quality, efficiency and control in a unique lightweight compact lamp housing.

Fresnel lenses have been at the heart of the best spotlights for decades. The dimpled surface on the back of the lens delivers a delicate soft edge. Other lens systems claim a more accurate beam pattern but none create the beauty of fresnels. Lensed lights are here to stay.

The Lupolux DayLED lights have the same beautiful fresnel lenses with a flood/spot control and high quality build construction as the Lupolux HMI family of Fresnel spotlights. The daylight balanced (5600°K) light produced is from an array of power LEDs. The LEDs have instant restrike capability and are fully dimmable from 0-100%. The high colour rendering index of this latest generation of LEDs makes them perfect for photographers and videographers alike.

Both the new Lupolux DayLED fresnel spotlights side by side. The 1000 on the left is ⅔ of a stop more powerful than the very capable 650 on the right.

These LED spotlights are DMX (remote) controllable making them the ideal choice for video and theatre productions. You will also never have to think about changing the bulbs as they have a life span of 50,000 hrs. This makes these lights much more cost-effective than other continuous lighting options. Here are the vital statistics

The difference in case size of the two luminaries is small but significant. The cases of Lupolux Fresnel spotlights are made from a carbon fibre reinforced polymer giving them super strength and lightness.

Due to their very low power consumption LED lamps are much more suited to run on battery power making them a great choice for wedding, portrait or commercial photographers.

The soft edged spot of light is from the DayLED 1000 on the left. Both lamps have a standard 16mm socket to attach to lighting stands or rigs. They will fit on all lighting stands with a universal 16mm spigot including those from Bowens, Elinchrom, Calumet, Manfrotto, Lastolite, Arri, Matthews and Lowel.

The DayLED 1000 comes with barn doors as standard. The doors have clips to allow gels or diffusion material to be easily attached. The barn doors can be used to shape the light or to flag unwanted spill light from areas of a scene. The lamps run cool, very cool. You can't cook sausages on these lamp housings like you can with the tungsten equivalents.

The 1000 lens is 150mm diameter and the 650 lens is 120mm but the beam pattern is similar due to the increased LED size in the 1000 lamp. The 1000 lamp has a 90W LED and the 650 lamp has a 50w LED. The notation 1000 and 650 refers to the equivalent tungsten lamp for the same light output. Bear in mind these lamps are 5600k (daylight balanced).

This shot shows the layout of the rear of the DayLED 1000 lamp. The lens has been set to partial flood mode showing a fine gradient from the lit to unlit area on my studio wall. The colour rendering index of the LED spotlights is superb. This latest generation of LEDs completely redefines the quality of light available from such devices.

The DayLED 1000 above has the same 50,000 hours run time as the DayLED 650. In essence that means this is a lamp for life. With no fragile bubbles or tungsten filaments this new rugged dependable technology is the future and it's here right now.

There are three buttons on the digital control box. DMX/ Manual control switch, plus Power increase and power decrease buttons. This lamp is set at 12% and the colour temperature remains constant throughout the full range of dimming.

On the back of the 1000 lamp there is a convenient carrying handle. Below the handle from left to right there is the 14.8v DC input via a 4 pin XLR then there is a DMX control in socket via a 5 pin XLR and a DMX loop out via XLR. Below that is the mechanical Flood / Spot control knob. This drives the LED forwards and back inside the housing. All Lupolux lamps are available from stock with optional pole operated yokes.

The Lupolux DayLED 650 is a fabulous light. Smaller than its big brother the 1000 and still packing a punch. It is the perfect carry everywhere lamp.

On the back of the Lupolux DayLED 650 there are the same sockets and controls as the 1000 but in a slightly different arrangement. This lamp is a perfect lamp for video makers and photographers alike with its silent running and battery power options.

This portrait of Henri was lit with a Lupolux DayLED 1000 as her key light and a Lupolux DayLED 650 as the backlight. I used a Lupolux 1200 through a gobo to light the grey paper background.

The LED continuous lighting solutions from Lupolux are available for delivery right now. We ship them straight from the factory in Italy fitted with a UK plug and supplied with barn doors ready to go. Just plug and play. These lights would be great to light exhibition stands too and I expect some owners will rig them in their homes as ornaments. Because they not only look great they are fully dimmable, maintain a constant colour temperature and deliver beautiful light. Put some Hollywood glamour into your shoots with the LED fressies from Lupolux.

Please feel free to ask questions, request a demo or comment on how you would use these amazing new lights from Lupolux.

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About Damien

Damien Lovegrove learned his trade as a cameraman and lighting director during 14 years at the BBC, working on programmes such as the Clothes Show, Top of the Pops and Casualty. Fifteen years on, Damien has become one of the foremost trainers of photography and entrepreneurial business strategies in our industry. A published writer and regular columnist, Damien has travelled the globe sharing his knowledge and expertise. “Photography fascinates me” declares Damien. "Much of my photography is inspired by a burning enthusiasm within me” explains Damien. “Picking up a camera gives me such a rush that I’m instantly driven to create pictures.”

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20 thoughts on “LED Studio Lights by Lupolux

  1. Look great! Does 1000w tungsten equivalent mean unfiltered ie same exposure as a 1k arri or 1000w tungsten with a ctb ie one stop less?

  2. Excellent stuff! Do you also offer them with mainland EU Plug as used for Exempel in Germany?

  3. Hi Martin, yes unfiltered equivelent. Just as a light meter would measure. If you had a 650w Arri alongside a DayLED 650 and shot on monochrome the light output would seem the same. Lee 201 Full CTB has a 1.7 stop light absorbsion so an equivelent geled tungsten lamp would have to be a 2k or more.

  4. Hi Marc,

    Yes we do we supply them with the plug of your choice. All non UK orders are supplied with the plug of choice just request the type you want in the notes box at the checkout. The lamps will ship directly to you from Italy with the correct plug fitted.

    Kind regards,


  5. I’m just thinking at the moment of a versatile solution for both studio and event photography and these seem like a wonderful solution. In Cyprus it’s common for the videographers here to light a baptism or a wedding with floods of light(‘Horror!’); if I can provide a daylight solution in place of their stone-age tungsten then perhaps i might get some good rendering on my images! Can you tell me the coverage of these in flood-mode, are they suitable for this kind of use Damien?

  6. Hi Damien,

    thanks alot for your reply. So I’m gonna order in a couple of minutes. More lights to follow in case I am happy with it :)


  7. Hi Phill,

    Yes these lamps have just what you need with an even illumination of about 50 degrees in full flood. Keep the barn doors in a horizontal letterbox mode and you will have the perfect light with a beautiful pool on the baptism party. It will be like a ray of gentle sunlight striking through the chancel window. The 1000 is the best light for you as you can dim it right down as required but on full power gives you quite a bit more throw.

    I hope this helps. Damien.

  8. Nice lights but wow are they expensive for continuous lights
    I think I will stick with my Elinchroms.
    There is always something new on the market these days and photography kit never stays the same but having spent a small fortune in recent years it is time to stop now and get the best from my investments.

    I have enjoyed the blog in recent times but I am beginning to feel you are using it market new kit a little too much these days

    Sorry Damien

  9. Hi Bob,

    You don’t need to apologise. Our circumstances are always changing, mine especially. I’m just finishing off a 30,000 word ebook on building a first class wedding photography business and I have had less time to write for the blog as a result.

    It’s interesting to see the readership figures of Prophotonut and how they are affected by the type of posts. Posts containing a set of images get the most initil hits, sometimes as many as 50,000 while posts containing pillar articles of over 2000 words get constant daily readers because of SEO etc. Then there are posts about kit, these get an entirely different audience again.

    I’ve posted about the Lupolux lights because I am the UK distributor for them and it seems only right that I should introduce them to my blog audience. I use the Lupolux lights for about half my work and the Elinchroms for the rest. So those readers wishing to recreate the kinds of lighting styles that I’m shooting will have an interest in seeing how the lights work.

    I agree that you should be getting the most from the kit you have. A part of my role as an educator and trainer is to realise the potential of innovation and the new products available to image makers. I will always strive to be creative and utilise the tools at our disposal. I do hope you stick around because when my ebook is finished in a couple of weeks or so I’ll be posing new pictures and features.

    Kindest regards,

    Damien :)

  10. Hi Damien, thank you for your reply back in July about event lighting. These babies are sorely tempting me!

    I had one other question. Are these the units of choice for the majority of your portrait work or are there other units that you can recommend? The reason I ask because many photographers, here in cyprus at least, still use Flash units of the bowens kind. These of course have the benefit of modelling lights and the ability to use a range of diffusers and dishes to model the the light. If I need this kind of ability should I plumb for this kind of lighting or do the Fresnels offer a way of achieving the same adabtability? Portraits are new territory to me and I would like to start out with kit that is appropriate for my skill level but also advanced enough to see me through the next stage of my skills development and creativity.

    One last question, if I may, the batteries that these may run from are hefty things or are they of a portable nature like the Quadra batteries?

    If this is too general a question to ask here I apologise but any opinion would be useful to me! My email is philladams@shoot studio.com if you prefer to answer by this way.

    Many thanks

  11. Hi Phill,

    Good questions. Flash and Fresnels are different animals. Flash freezes action and give high f numbers. Fresnel spot lights give 1/125th and low f numbers f/4 typically. It is a case of using the right light for the right job. For environmental portraiture inside during daylight hours the LED or HMI Lupolux lights are perfect. In the studio or outside locations the Flash type lights are better for most applications.

    Our new inverters are super portable like the Quadra packs you mention and we have them in stock.

    Kindest regards,


  12. Good morning.

    My name is Randall Smith and I’m the Production Manager at KVOA News 4 in Tucson, Arizona.

    We are looking to replace our traditional halogen back lights with LED fixtures.

    I would appreciate it if one of your representatives would contact me regarding putting together a package of 1K and 2K equivalent LED fixtures.

    Thank you.

  13. Hi Randall,

    One of my team will be in contact with you on Monday. Our Lupolux LED fixtures have Fresnel lenses and are direct replacements for Arri, Desisti or Mole 650w and 1kw units. They are available in 3200k or 5600k models and have full DMX control. They are flicker free up to 11,000 FPS and are used by broadcasters everywhere where energy saving and maintenance free systems are needed. A 2k model may well be with us soon. Here is a link with more information: http://www.lovegroveconsulting.com/shop_by_brand/lupolux/lupolux_led_lighting_for_video.aspx

    Kind regards,


  14. Hi Damien,
    My name is Violeta Brown.first of all I’m apologize for my English my native language is Russian .Thank you very much for sharing your talent and knowledge with public I love your work especially a boudoir pictures they are amasing.
    I’m starting boudoir photography business now in process of building a studio there is going to be a large window and french glass door. Would you tell me please which light is be better to use Lupolux DayLED or Lupolux HMI, and what the difference between them
    Thank you .

  15. Hi Violeta,

    Sorry for my delay in replying. Thank you for your kind words and your English is fine :) The HMI 800 is my personal favourite light. The quality of light is wonderful and the shadows it can create are very clean. The downside is that you have to wait a few minutes for it to cool down after switching it off before you can switch it on again. The LED 650 is a slightly smaller light with all the convenience of LED. It can run on battery, has a dimmer and is near instant start. The LED 1000 is bigger again. As big as the 800 but a fraction heavier. You choose. I’ve said what my favourite is ;) I can send you any of the lights

    I hope this helps,


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