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Lowel ViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC)

B&H # LOPLQ Mfr # P2-10
You Pay: $117.95
Product Highlights
  • Focus Flood Halogen Light
  • Optional 100 to 250W Lamps
  • DC Capable
  • 6:1 Focusing Range
  • Prismatic Glass
  • On-Board Power Switch

With its high intensity #2 Reflector & Prismatic Glass, the tiny focusable Lowel ViP Pro-Light is more efficient than a mini-Fresnel of equal wattage, yet it gives an exquisite even light, with Fresnel-like shadow quality. It can be used as a low-level key or accent light, fill light (with diffusion), or backlight.

In addition to a wide variety of customizing accessories, its versatility can be increased by switching its 12' AC cable for an optional DC adapter cable and swapping its bulb for use as a camera-top fixture. Other bulbs, and plug adapters are available. When fitted with an FVL 200 watt bulb (available separately), the Pro-Light will emit a beam of 23 footcandles @ full flood, 143 footcandles @ full spot, from a distance of 10 ft (3 m). With a GCC 100W lamp @ 12V DC: 12 fc in flood and 58 fc in spot.

Focus Flood
  • Change the setting from "spot" to "flood" position, or anywhere in between by turning knob on side of unit
  • Has a focus range of 6:1 with optional lamp.
  • Easy Access
    The front end comes off for easy access for no-tool lamp change.
    Multi-Use Source
    Substituting the prismatic glass for the optional clear glass turns light into a non-focusing, high intensity spotlight, for long throw situations.
    AC/DC
    Choose your bulb for 120VAC or 12 or 30VDC.
    Rating 250 Watts maximum
    Socket (Lampholder) G5.3 bi-pin
    Lens (Condenser) Prismatic Glass
    Reflector (Mirror) High intensity #2 reflector
    Mounting Fits on any standard 5/8" stand or stud
    Yoke Not Applicable
    Cable 4' captive, and 12' extension cable, 120VAC Grounded Edison Plug
    Focusing Side knob, 6:1 with FVL lamp
    Weight 2 lbs (907g)
    Dimensions 4.6 x 5 x 3.7" (11.7 x 12.7 x 9.4 cm)
    Lowel ViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC)
  • Integral Prismatic Glass
  • 120V AC Detachable Power Cable
  • Two Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • Note:Bulb not included

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    LowelViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC)
     
    4.5

    (based on 90 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (54)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (31)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (55)
    • Good power output (49)
    • Lightweight (38)
    • Good color value (32)
    • Long-lasting (28)

    Cons

    • Runs hot (29)
    • Flimsy (7)
    • Weak (3)

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (58)
    • General purpose (44)
    • Low light (31)
    • Outdoor events / games (24)
    • Night time (22)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (45), Semi-pro photographer (22), Photo enthusiast (7), Casual photographer (4), Professional (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (55)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Love this little guy!

    I recently purchased this Lowel Pro-Light for a photography assignment (still life shot). I also purchased the matching 4 leaf barndoors.

    With the barndoors fitted on this little guy,...Read complete review

    I recently purchased this Lowel Pro-Light for a photography assignment (still life shot). I also purchased the matching 4 leaf barndoors.

    With the barndoors fitted on this little guy, I have to say it is the cutest light I have seen :) It looks like a mini version of the Hollywood style fresnels. I know, that doesn't say much about its benefits.

    With a 125watt bulb (purchased locally) it was more than powerful enough for my needs. I believe this unit can handle up to 250 watts, but I would seriously worry about the heat that wattage would produce (see below). The ability to focus the light with the knob is also great.

    As far as build quality, I really have no concerns. I don't plan on using this light in outdoor/damp environments (nor should you if you are using the AC version of this light).

    *HEAT: I will warn you though.. the housing of the light does get hot, and I did almost burn myself a few times when trying to adjust the light angle with the light powered on. How else are you supposed to visualize where the light throw is if the light is not on?

    Lowel should have incorporated a handle into the housing which extends over the power switch on the rear of the unit. This way a user could grab the handle to reposition the light if necessary, rather than worry about where on the housing to grab the light.

    I rate this light 4 stars because of the heat/burn risk mentioned above. If this light incorporated a handle, I would have given it 5 stars!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good and Bad

    I've used a plethora of different lights on productions. Pro-lights are cheap, and small, and quite focusable. However, I'm abusive towards my lights, and while ARRIs and LTMs take the beatings with...Read complete review

    I've used a plethora of different lights on productions. Pro-lights are cheap, and small, and quite focusable. However, I'm abusive towards my lights, and while ARRIs and LTMs take the beatings with pride and grace, Lowell fails to follow suit. The barn door contraption (not included with this kit but necessary to control light) that comes with the kit is made of bendy cheap metal that has to be precisely mounted in a channel around the edge of the light. Not good. Also not good is the rust-resistance. Working in a moist location (we do sometimes escape the confines of a cushy conference room on occasion), I had my light kit open for a few hours, causing condensation on the surface of my 4 (3 in working condition) Pro-lights. A few hours later they were rusty. Eww. My Peppers escaped unscathed. The ONLY reason this light is being given even two stars is because it's cheap, and small. Those two traits do not make it worth the aggravation, in my opinion.

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    4.0

    little lights pack a punch

    By austin p.

    from staten island, ny

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Runs Hot

    Best Uses

    • Indoors
    • Special Events

    Comments about Lowel ViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC):

    i use these for weddings to light up a reception and they work relatively well, theyre small, portable, easy to set up and move around if needed.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Great light for the price

    By Trevor F

    from Orlando, FL

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Good Color Value
    • Lightweight
    • Long-Lasting
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Runs Hot

    Best Uses

    • Indoors
    • Low Light
    • Night Time
    • Portraits

    Comments about Lowel ViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC):

    I owned one of these for years and lost it. I had to buy another. That should tell you how much I like it. It's less money than an Arri 150 and more light output.

    Make sure you get the barn doors, though. You'll really need them to help control your light.

    You might also want to get a dimmer to help reduce the output of the light.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great little light for an art studio

    By Artista

    from California

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Lowel ViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC):

      Just the right size and power light for lighting an art model in a small space. B&H order desk helped me get all the right parts to make the perfect compact light for my needs.

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      1.0

      Save your money and avoid this plague

      By Sweaters

      from Oklahoma City

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Flimsy
        • Runs Hot
        • Weak

        Best Uses

          Comments about Lowel ViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC):

          What does one look for in a light? Reliability? Value? Ease of use? Whatever it is you're not going to find it in this light. Flimsy and frustrating, this miniature nightmare not only is difficult to use but also it's flimsy. Bulbs slid in and out of place, burned at an unbelievably hot temperature and broke into pieces inside this luminary death trap. If your friend buys this light then go ahead and do that person a favor. Destroy the bulb in the fires of Mount Doom and never speak of this light again.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Reliable light

          By Bill at Digital Trends

          from Portland, Oregon

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Good Color Value
          • Lightweight
          • Long-Lasting
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Runs Hot

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Portraits
          • Special Events

          Comments about Lowel ViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC):

          We use this light in a busy studio setting each and every day. Never a problem and I use up to 5 at a time. Great little light with a lot of versatility. Bulbs seems to last a long time. Runs hot but what incandescent doesn't? Handle with care.

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          • No

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          5.0

          studio ready

          By ungava

          from newfoundland

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Hot Hot
          • Too Focused

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Interview Lighting

          Comments about Lowel ViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC):

          I will use them for interviews. I will diffuse teh light. Straight on they ahs harsh adn too bright. Through a sheet, it will be great. I bought two. They run hot for sure and so they are not idael for travel and bumping about.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          4.0

          Nice quality of light

          By Jmaughan

          from LA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Color Value
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Runs Hot

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Low Light
          • Night Time
          • Special Events

          Comments about Lowel ViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC):

          Got this light to do interviews and I think I'm going to buy another. The quality of light is very nice. I got the barn doors as well and they saved me on a job recently where I was in a tight location to interview and I was able to use them to feather the light as my key. Otherwise, my 250w bulb would have been way to bright. The only downsides to this light are the fact that it's a hot light (and I mean hot), and therefore always a little more dangerous. And, it would really be nice to have a dimming switch, which is sold separately. For the price though, it's a great compact little light!

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            5.0

            Favorite part of my kit

            By DP Noah

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Good Color Value
            • Lightweight
            • Long-Lasting

            Cons

            • Runs Hot

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Low Light
            • Night Time
            • Outdoors
            • Portraits
            • Special Events

            Comments about Lowel ViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC):

            I am a cinematographer, and I almost always need something really small and controlled the finish the lighting of a scene and this light does that job beautifully.

            While you can't rely on it alone, its incredibly versatile especially as a high light/special. I highly recommend you get the barn doors, and snoot with it.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great Cheap light

            By Stephen D

            from Orange, CA

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Flimsy
            • Runs Hot

            Best Uses

            • Indoors

            Comments about Lowel ViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC):

            For the price this is a great light. Very versatile and small and packs a punch with a 250W bulb. It does get very hot though and needs time to cool down after being on for long periods of time. The tilt screw can be a little finicky at times and needs extra tightening but other than that its a good design.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Good light

            By Joe

            from Charlotte NC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Good Color Value
            • Lightweight
            • Long-Lasting
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Runs Hot

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Low Light
            • Night Time
            • Outdoors
            • Portraits
            • Special Events

            Comments about Lowel ViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC):

            Perfect for video

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            • No

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            4.0

            Compact and effective

            By John L

            from Dallas, TX

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Good Color Value
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Runs Hot

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Low Light
            • Special Events

            Comments about Lowel ViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC):

            Use this for wedding films. It's a great compact and effective light and works great with the Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V) dimmer. I've used the omni and Dedolight and found this light to be sufficient. I was especially looking for a compact solution.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Surprisingly effective little light

            By Onyxcinema

            from Los angeles

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Color Value
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Night Time

              Comments about Lowel ViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC):

              Lowell lights never really impressed me that much in the past but I decided to get a couple of these bad boys to get a good startup kit that's easy to travel with. I was surprised at the quality of output from these lights. Definitely along the lines of fresnel light quality. The build is pretty solid, though a far cry from an actual fresnel. But for the cost and light weight nature, this can't be beat.

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              3.0

              When it works, it's great

              By Erik

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Flimsy
              • Runs Hot

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Night Time

              Comments about Lowel ViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC):

              I have two of these guys and the light quality is great. Gives a nice punch or diffused fill and can tuck them anywhere for those little splashes or pools of light. Love the light quality and versatility.

              BUT, they are FRAGILE! It takes very little to damage the bulb, I've taken them carefully-padded and packed right out of the case and had to swap bulbs (which is easy, thankfully). Any little bump in moving them or ding and I hold my breath. By contrast, my mimi-Mole lights could be dropped down the stairs and the bulb still might make it. Great light quality, but be very careful in handling them when traveling! I also echo other reviewers in wishing the on/off switch was in-line with the cable rather than on the unit itself.

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              5.0

              Great Little Light

              By Doug

              from New Orleans, LA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Low Light

                Comments about Lowel ViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC):

                Great for back light or lighting back ground elements.

                I blow a lot of bulbs with this fixture.

                Buy extra bulbs!

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                5.0

                REALLY GOOD LIGHT

                By FSE

                from Long Island, NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durable
                • Good Color Value
                • Lightweight
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors

                  Comments about Lowel ViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC):

                  The best thing about this light is that it makes for a great backlight (hair light) and light enough to transport. Works very well.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great light.

                  By John

                  from Harrisburg, Pa

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Lowel ViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC):

                        Works great as a hair light.

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                        5.0

                        Great Cheap Little Light

                        By Rob

                        from Washington, DC

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors

                          Comments about Lowel ViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC):

                          There is a saying that you get what you pay for, I've found this true for almost all film equipment. However, I think that the one exception to this rule may be small tungsten lights. These lights are great little guys that can provide solid light for the money. They are metal, unlike some cheap alternatives so they wont melt. I had mine running continuously for a few hours (5-6) and they held up fine. Make sure to order some 250 watt bulbs. My lights did not come with any. They do feel a little flimsy and might not last super long but for the price you cant ask for too much.

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                          5.0

                          Perfect for small spots and stop motion

                          By Gitlevich R

                          from New York, NY

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                          • Runs Hot

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Spot Light
                          • Stop motion

                          Comments about Lowel ViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC):

                          I picked up this light because I needed a powerful small spot light for a stop motion gig I'm on. Great purchase! Its powerful, versatile, light, portable, easy to set up and easy to pack away. The lamp does tend to get very hot, and it burnt through a few of my gels, but its a life saver for any stop motion production! I love this light!

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                          5.0

                          beautiful light

                          By film pro

                          from Charlotte, NC

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                          • Runs Hot

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Low Light
                          • Special Events

                          Comments about Lowel ViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC):

                          Small and powerful enough for any situation. It is a great light for on location and won't take up much space at all.

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                          5.0

                          I will buy a second one of these

                          By pcrichmond

                          from Bishop, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Long-Lasting
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                          • Runs Hot

                          Best Uses

                          • Low Light
                          • Night Time
                          • Outdoors

                          Comments about Lowel ViP Pro-Light (120VAC/12VDC):

                          Very well built and light weight enough for field/location work.
                          I use this light for light painting in the field and love the overall power for such a light weight unit.

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                          • No

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