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DRACAST - LED 101: AN ESSENTIAL BEGINNERS GUIDE

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FACT:
LED LIGHTS USE UP TO 90% LESS ENERGY THAN TRADITIONAL LIGHTS SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY DON'T GENERATE HEAT!
LED as a lighting option for photography and videography has quickly become an industry standard.  There are a TON of advantages to using this new technology over existing lighting methods. If you're new to LEDs, this guide will show you 5 reasons why Dracast is the right lighting choice for you!
LED 101: AN ESSENTIAL BEGINNERS GUIDE
1. ENERGY SAVING
TRADITIONAL LIGHTING
LED LIGHTING
CHARTS REPRESENT TOTAL CONSUMED ENERGY
FACT: LED LIGHTS ARE TREMENDOUSLY EFFICIENT WITH ENERGY. IT WOULD TAKE A 650 WATT INCANDESCENT BULB TO DO THE SAME WORK THAT LEDS CAN DO WITH 60 WATTS.
DRACAST LED
LED1000 (60W)
LED500 (30W)
LED2000 (120W)
300W FRESNEL
650W FRESNEL
1200W FRESNEL
=
WATTS USED FOR EQUIVALENT LIGHT OUTPUT
CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO SHOWING A TRADITIONAL FRESNEL COMPARED TO A DRACAST LED1000
2. PORTABILITY
BECAUSE DRACAST LEDs USE SO LITTLE ENERGY TO PRODUCE SUCH A LARGE AMOUNT OF LIGHT, THEY CAN BE POWERED BY BATTERIES.  THIS MEANS THAT THESE  LED LIGHTS CAN BE USED IN ALMOST ANY LOCATION!
2. PORTABILITY
FACT: ONE 90WH LITHIUM-ION BATTERY WILL POWER THE DRACAST LED1000 FOR 1.5 HOURS AT FULL STRENGTH AND 3+ HOURS DURING TYPICAL USE.
LED LIGHT FIXTURES ARE TYPICALLY VERY LIGHTWEIGHT.  SINCE THERE IS NO HEAT MANAGEMENT TO WORRY ABOUT, ALL THE ADDED WEIGHT FROM FANS AND HEAT SINKS IS REMOVED.   TYPICALLY, A DRACAST LED WITH AN INSTALLED BATTERY PACK WEIGHS LESS THAN 10 LBS.
ON TOP OF BEING LIGHTWEIGHT, LED LIGHT FIXTURES ARE RELATIVELY COMPACT.  THE LOW HEAT FACTOR ALLOWS MANY LEDS TO BE PACKED TOGETHER ONTO A SINGLE PANEL. THE DRACAST LED500 MEASURES JUST ONE FOOT WIDE BY SIX INCHES HIGH
3. DURABILITY
DRACAST LEDS ARE TOUGH...VERY TOUGH.  A DRACAST LED1000 HAS OVER 1000 ACRYLIC LED BULBS ON ITS POWER BOARD.  UNLIKE GLASS BULBS THAT WILL SHATTER EASILY, LED BULBS ARE BUILT TO TAKE A FEW PUNCHES
FACT: LEDS HAVE A LIFESPAN OF 30,000 - 50,000 HOURS COMPARED TO 1000 IN A TYPICAL INCANDESCENT LAMP. THAT MEANS YOU COULD LEAVE IT ON FULL INTENSITY, FOR 24 HOURS PER DAY...FOR ALMOST 6 YEARS.
DRACAST LED FIXTURES ARE BUILT ON AN ALUMINUM METAL CHASSIS AND HOUSED IN A THICK, ALUMINUM METAL FRAME.
IF THE BULBS ARE GOING TO LAST FOR YEARS, THE REST OF THE LIGHT SHOULD TOO!
4. VARIETY
LEDS COME IN MORE THAN JUST ONE FLAVOR.  THEY CAN BE MADE IN DIFFERENT COLORS AND FOCUSED AT DIFFERENT ANGLES.
FACT: THE "SHADE" OF WHITE IN LIGHTING IS CALLED IT'S COLOR TEMPERATURE AND IS MEASURED IN KELVIN (K).  A WARMER (MORE RED) WHITE WILL HAVE A LOWER KELVIN TEMPERATURE.  A COOLER (MORE BLUE) WHITE WILL HAVE A HIGHER KELVIN TEMPERATURE.
TUNGSTEN
3200 K "WARM WHITE"
5600 K "COOL WHITE"
DAYLIGHT
BI-COLOR
3200 K "WARM WHITE"
5600 K "COOL WHITE"
DRACAST LEDS COME IN THREE COLORS
CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO SHOWING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DAYLIGHT AND BICOLOR LED1000
DMX
(DIGITAL MULTIPLEXING)
DRACAST LEDS CAN BE CONTROLLED REMOTELY BY USING A DMX BOARD.   THIS IS GREAT FOR STUDIOS THAT HANG THEIR LIGHTS HIGH UP OUT OF REACH ON A LIGHTING GRID.
OR...
MANUAL CONTROL
DRACAST LEDS CAN BE CONTROLLED WITH MANUAL KNOBS ON THE FIXTURE ITSELF.  THESE KNOBS CAN CONTROL BOTH THE DIMMER AND THE COLOR TEMPERATURE.  THIS IS GREAT FOR PEOPLE THAT USE LEDS AS LOCATION LIGHTS.
5. QUALITY
ALL LEDS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL!  THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT SET BRANDS LIKE DRACAST APART FROM OTHERS.  WE STRIVE TO MAKE THE BEST LEDS FOR OUR CUSTOMERS, AND WE'RE CONSTANTLY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO IT EVEN BETTER!
FACT: AN INCANDESCENT BULB PRODUCES A "CONTINUOUS SPECTRUM" OF ALL THE COLORS IN THE RAINBOW.  AN LED PRODUCES AN "EMISSION SPECTRUM" OF A FEW COLORS THAT COMBINE TO APPROXIMATE WHITE.
CRI
COLOR RENDERING INDEX
THE WHITE LIGHT THAT AN LED MAKES HAS TO BE ABLE TO ACCURATELY REPRESENT COLORS THE WAY THE SUN DOES.  CRI IS A SCALE OF 1-100 MEASURING HOW WELL AN LED DOES THIS
COLOR CONSISTENCY
A DRACAST LED BOARD CONTAINS UP TO 2048 LED BULBS ALL COMBINING TO MAKE UP A SINGLE LIGHT SOURCE.  IT'S IMPORTANT THAT ALL OF THOSE BULBS HAVE A CONSISTENT COLOR BALANCE SO THAT THERE ARE NO COLOR SPIKES OR IMPURITIES.
THANKS!
THANKS FOR CHECKING OUT OUR LED INFOGRAPHIC!  IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS THAT WEREN'T ANSWERED HERE, FEEL FREE TO GIVE US A CALL AT (408) 229-9222 OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.DRACAST.COM ALSO, FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA!