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Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V)

B&H # IMD1000 Mfr # D-1000
You Pay: $42.95
Product Highlights
  • For Quartz Halogen or Incandescent Lamps
  • Lightweight Construction
  • Sliding Hand or Footswitch Rheostat
  • US 3-Prong Wall Plug and Input

This Impact D-1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control gives you stepless 0-100% power control over your quartz halogen or incandescent light source up to 1,000W. Unlike other models, the dimmer is equipped with a 3-prong US grounded plug with heavy-gauge 6'4" cord, as well as a 3-prong input for the light to be dimmed. The lightweight plastic D-1000 features a simple sliding rheostat control that can be operated by hand or foot.

Note! Not for use with fluorescent fixtures

For tungsten lights up to 1,000W
Adjusts steplessly from zero wattage to full power
Extends the life of incandescent lamps
3-Prong Grounded power connectors
Maximum Wattage 1,000W, 15A
Dimming 0-100%
Material Plastic
Plug 3-Prong US plug and input
Cord 6.4" (1.93 m)
Color Black
Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V)
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    ImpactD1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V)
     
    4.5

    (based on 40 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (25)
    • Lightweight (22)
    • Good power output (10)
    • Long-lasting (10)
    • Good color value (9)

    Cons

    • Flimsy (3)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (22)
    • Indoors (17)
    • Low light (10)
    • Portraits (9)
    • Night time (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (29), Semi-pro photographer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (33)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good overall

    Good for the money. Though it dims all the way from full output to no light output, the current is not entirely shut off when turned all the way down. Therefore the filament...Read complete review

    Good for the money. Though it dims all the way from full output to no light output, the current is not entirely shut off when turned all the way down. Therefore the filament of the lamp still makes a buzzing noise, and long periods in this mode may wear on the lamp life. Would be much better if, after dimming all the way, the slider went even further to switch off power completely. I built another one out of a 1K in-wall dimmer & other parts--it switches all the way off, but I paid about as much or more for parts, and had to spend a couple hours making it. I haven't seen any better ready-made 1K dimmer that is this affordable. Would give five stars if not for the singing filament when dimmed down fully.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good -- but with some exceptions

    Works fine with my Arri 150. Works fine with my Arri 300. HOWEVER, even though the unit says it's rated to 1000w, when I put it on my Arri 750 open face,...Read complete review

    Works fine with my Arri 150. Works fine with my Arri 300. HOWEVER, even though the unit says it's rated to 1000w, when I put it on my Arri 750 open face, it REALLY makes the light itself hum/vibrate when the dimmer is from mid to low positions. Loud enough that it would be distracting on a video shoot and would get in audio if the light wasn't really far away. Maybe this is a function of the wattage? Type of bulb I had in the Arri? (pretty standard 750w). Dunno. But Unless it behaves differently with other higher wattage lights, I'd say this has very limited use for higher wattage lights.

    Note too that if you put this on a 300w light and dim it to match a 150w light … you will drop the color temperature of the 300 WAY below that of the 150. Point is, as you decrease the light, the color temp drops steeply. So don't count on this making your 300w do double duty as at 150 without some serious gel correction in addition to the regular tungsten. Not a game killer, just beware that it drops the temp (goes orange) the lower you slide it.

    Two stars off for the loud hum/buzz on a 750w fixture. Hey, it's *audio* too when shooting video.

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    5.0

    Nice functions

    By Ragamuffin

    from NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Color Value
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V):

      I like this dimmer switch, works well with my u-lite system. Helps save bulb life when not as much wattage is needed.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great for backlight or a practical.

      By ronksmith

      from Raleigh, NC

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Long-Lasting

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Special Events

        Comments about Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V):

        I use this for dimming backlights and practicles (a lamp, etc) in a shot. Sturdy, grounded. Good too to have in your bag 'o goodies.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Almost a necessity

        By Trevor F.

        from Orlando, FL

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Good Color Value
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V):

            I used this dimmer to control the light output on two different 250W light fixtures. I don't know how I lived for so long without one of these. In fact, I'm going to buy another.

            If you are a video professional, you know that audio and lighting are the most important things to making a good video.

            Sure, you can make your own, but why waste the time and make something that won't look as nice?

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            • No

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            5.0

            FINALLY!

            By Jim Ros, Cinematographer

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Good Color Value
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Location
              • On Location
              • Videography

              Comments about Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V):

              I was so tired of moving the stand, adding scrims, removing scrims, more diffuser, less diffuser, change the bulb, does this look better? I got this to use with an Arri 650 Fresnel. I set up the light and use the dimmer to set the light perfect on the client depending upon all those variables- ambient lighting, skin tone, clothing, etc. SO MUCH EASIER! It makes no noise, at least I haven't heard anything. I just got it and I've only used it on one shoot so far and am looking forward to many more. Wish they made a 2K version for use with my Mole Juniors.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Doesn't disappoint

              By MJM/LUMIWest Media Creations

              from Vancouver, B.C.

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Night Time
                • Portraits

                Comments about Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V):

                The Impact 1000 watt dimmer is among the cheapest on the market, is a pretty good deal and seems to deliver. It's a small handheld unit with a slide switch that dims from zero to one hundred percent. It's designed for tungsten only. Happily it comes with a standard three prong Edison plug thusly it can accomodate common fixtures like Altmans, Arris, Moles, etc. Depending on the fixture and globe, you may get some harmonic vibration or filament whine. Not unexpected. For those unaware keep in mind all dimmers reduce color temperature so if you use dimmers frequently you'll want some gels handy. I tested on the more common bulbs, the BTL and BTN and double ended quartz-halogen with no noise or flicker issues. It seems a little lightweight, then again it's only a quarter of the price of its competitors. There is no on-off switch so you will need an inline switch on your fixture, or barring that, add a power bar to act as one. It works great with all my fixtures so far! I need more of these....

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                5.0

                You can't beat it for the money.

                By DC

                from Los Angeles

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Lightweight
                • Long-Lasting
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Low Light

                  Comments about Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V):

                  I am a Local 728 lighting technician in Hollywood. I work with every light and dimmer set up out there. I have read many of the other reviews about people complaining about humming/ noise / filament vibration from this product. This is nothing unique to this particular product! This type of dimmer is known in the film industry (regardless of brand) as a "hand squeezer". In fact we make them ourselves out of parts from an electrical contractor supplier / [*] parts. All of these type of "hand squeezers" hum when dimmed down. YOU HAVE TO USE 1K or 2K VARIAC IF YOU NEED IT TO BE TOTALLY SILENT. They are a lot more expensive, bigger and heavier too! The good news is that this Impact 1000W Dimmer is cheaper to buy complete from B&H than building one yourself from [*]parts. Just understand its limitations and it will work great for any incandescent fixture 1000W or less.

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                  4.0

                  It works

                  By JJ

                  from NJ

                  Comments about Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V):

                  It does what it is supposed to do. No surprised or disappointments.

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                  4.0

                  Seems Very nice

                  By Mr Photo

                  from Roseland, Nj

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors

                      Comments about Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V):

                      Fairly small and compact. but mine has some piece of something, (Plastic) bouncing around inside, i just hope it is not something that will lead to a bigger issue later, other than that it seems like it will come in very handy for shoots where I need a dimmer...

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Value!

                      By Tung Vu

                      from Durham, NC

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors

                        Comments about Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V):

                        This dimmer works as it should. Excellent value!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Solid product

                        By Stephen D

                        from Orange, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Long-Lasting

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors
                          • Portraits
                          • Special Events

                          Comments about Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V):

                          This is a well built simple product that works as advertised. It saves me lots of time getting the light correctly exposed instead of me having to layer gels or move the light back. It also extends the reach of the built in plug so I don't need a stinger with most setups.

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                          5.0

                          awesome dimmer

                          By NEMA Photography

                          from San Diego, CA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Long-Lasting

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Low Light
                            • Night Time
                            • Outdoors
                            • Special Events
                            • Wedding Receptions

                            Comments about Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V):

                            we use this dimmer with the lowel vip pro lights. the Impact dimmer is a great complement to these lights and are great to use for indoor receptions and events

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great Dimmer

                            By Tess the Film Maker

                            from Brooklyn NY

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Long-Lasting
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                            • Flimsy

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V):

                              This product is easy to use, handles the wattage wonderfully and isn't bulky.

                              Great with my Arri kit and my chimeras. Great for travel.

                              It is a little flimsy but not really enough to take away any of its merits

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Good for the money.

                              By Jose Dias

                              from Rio de Janeiro - Brasil

                              About Me Pro Photographer

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                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Good Color Value
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors
                                • Low Light
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V):

                                Good for the money. Simple and cheap
                                Works fine with my Impact Qualite 300.
                                I use the product for video lighting.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Love it!

                                By DSS

                                from Seattle, WA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • No onoff switch

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use

                                Comments about Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V):

                                Great dimmer that handles up to a 1K. Smooth fades. Only con is there is not an on/off switch. Would be nice to set level and leave it in place. Then turn off when not needed

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Good Value

                                By Casey S. (Gaffer)

                                from Bellingham Wa

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Flimsy

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V):

                                  Feels a touch "consumery" ie. thin plastic, but hey. It works great. If you want a cheap 1K dimmer, this is hard to beat. You can't build your own for too much less than this. Give it a go!

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                                  4.0

                                  nice price

                                  By romeoactor

                                  from glenmont, NY

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Securely
                                  • Durable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Indoors
                                    • Low Light
                                    • Night Time

                                    Comments about Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V):

                                    haven't used it yet, but it seems solid and well built

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    No issues yet

                                    By Early Film

                                    from Santa Rosa, CA

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable

                                    Cons

                                    • Runs Hot

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use

                                    Comments about Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V):

                                    I use the product for videography lighting.

                                    The switch is fluid and precise which is nice when looking for the right level of light. It would be great if it had a High/medium/low level written on it, but its easy enough to find the amount of light you want.

                                    There isn't anything wrong with the product, or anything that prevents me from getting what I want from it.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • Yes

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                                    5.0

                                    Does the job for less

                                    By Astra65

                                    from Santa Clarita, CA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Long-Lasting
                                    • Reasonably priced

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors

                                      Comments about Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V):

                                      This is a 1K dimmer that is very affordable, lightweight and works flawlessly. Most other models out there are bulky and expensive. This one is just as good for a much better price!

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Helpful

                                      By Spirit Juice Studios

                                      from Chicago, IL

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Pros

                                      • Useful

                                      Cons

                                      • Color Shift

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use
                                      • Indoors
                                      • Low Light

                                      Comments about Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V):

                                      I work in a small studio space, and this dimmer makes it easy to control light levels without moving the instruments constantly. Watch out though, because dimming bulbs does generally cause color shifts in your light.

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                                      3.0

                                      Good -- but with some exceptions

                                      By NoCoErik

                                      from Northern Colorado

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                        • Loud

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V):

                                          Works fine with my Arri 150. Works fine with my Arri 300. HOWEVER, even though the unit says it's rated to 1000w, when I put it on my Arri 750 open face, it REALLY makes the light itself hum/vibrate when the dimmer is from mid to low positions. Loud enough that it would be distracting on a video shoot and would get in audio if the light wasn't really far away. Maybe this is a function of the wattage? Type of bulb I had in the Arri? (pretty standard 750w). Dunno. But Unless it behaves differently with other higher wattage lights, I'd say this has very limited use for higher wattage lights.

                                          Note too that if you put this on a 300w light and dim it to match a 150w light … you will drop the color temperature of the 300 WAY below that of the 150. Point is, as you decrease the light, the color temp drops steeply. So don't count on this making your 300w do double duty as at 150 without some serious gel correction in addition to the regular tungsten. Not a game killer, just beware that it drops the temp (goes orange) the lower you slide it.

                                          Two stars off for the loud hum/buzz on a 750w fixture. Hey, it's *audio* too when shooting video.

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