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

B&H # IMD1000 MFR # D-1000
Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V)

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Product Highlights

  • For Quartz Halogen or Incandescent Lamps
  • Lightweight Construction
  • Sliding Hand or Footswitch Rheostat
  • US 3-Prong Wall Plug and Input

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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
Fuse Rating 15A (250V)
Plug 3-Prong US plug and input
Cord 6.4" (1.93 m)
Color Black
Impact D1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V)
  • 3 x 15A/250V Fuse (1 installed/2 spares)
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    ImpactD1000 1,000W AC Dimmer Control (110-120V)
     
    4.6

    (based on 52 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (32)
    • Lightweight (30)
    • Attaches securely (13)
    • Good power output (11)
    • Long-lasting (11)

    Cons

    • Flimsy (4)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (27)
    • Indoors (24)
    • Low light (16)
    • Night time (11)
    • Portraits (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (36), Semi-pro photographer (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (40)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    You can't beat it for the money.

    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/...Read complete review

    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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    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

    Works great!

    By Revolution Content

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Not much to say other than it does the job well! Love it!

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      4.0

      Indespensible Lighting Tool!

      By Pelican Media

      from Tempe, AZ

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Flimsy

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Low Light

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

      I'm giving this 4 stars because I believe the construction is a bit weak. I bought one of these last year and after one shoot it stopped working. Almost a year later I decide to take it apart and try to fix it. Turns out the fuse was just knocked loose the whole time. I popped it back in and it worked again - now I own two more. That being said, I use these with my ARRI 150 and 300 lights and they work great. A must have for interviews and general scene lighting. Really gives me a lot of flexibility.

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      5.0

      A must have

      By Zonexero

      from Tampa, fl

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

      A must have to compliment the Lowell Rifa lights, easy to use.

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      5.0

      A Great Addition to Your Gear

      By Ms Annie

      from Colorado Springs, CO

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors

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

        We do a lot of filming here at our church, so we need all types of gear. This dimmer control allowed us the ability to control some side lights and is a great piece of equipment for the cost.

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        5.0

        Love This Dimmer!!

        By Hai with Elise Films

        from Escondido, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Low Light
          • Night Time
          • Special Events

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

          I was so close to shelling out close to $ to get dedolights. Instead, I bought two of these for my lowel pro light kit that i bought for $ and it works great. I use it to light up the dance floor at wedding receptions for my wedding films. Works great and saves me a lot of money.

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          4.0

          Works great

          By Alan

          from Olympia, WA

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

          The quality is good, but my bulb would hum at lower settings, though I'm sure that's a bulb/light problem . I use a 600 Watt HYS bulb.

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          5.0

          Should have bought this a long time ago

          By Brian Hudson

          from Sacramento, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors

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

            For years I've simply moved my Rifa light closer and farther away to control intensity. Of course that meant I was always chasing light spread. I bought this after seeing another videographer use it in a production and I was sold.

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            5.0

            Solid Dimmer for indoor use.

            By Stubby

            from Sodom and Gommorah (aka: LA)

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Indoor Sue Only
            • Indoor Use Only

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Low Light
            • Night Time

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

            I'm actually using this dimmer outside. It's dimming a string of outdoor, 8W, Italian lights. It was either this unit or building a box with a household dimmer. For the money, this was the way to go. My only concern is moisture but because I live in Los Angeles (read: drought), I'm not too worried plus I can easily bring it inside if I'm at all worried.

            I stuck a piece of velcro on the back of the unit and married it up with the cover of the outdoor outlet. That way it's not laying on the ground.

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            5.0

            Perfect

            By Bren

            from Los Angeles, CA

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

            Great dimmers capable of 1000 watts. I really recommend them.

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            5.0

            It turns lights on, fast or slow

            By D

            from Philly

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Long-Lasting

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Low Light
              • Outdoors

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

              Lights dim on, lights dim down. It's beautiful. My only complaint is that you can't completely switch off a light by the dimmer switch. Oh well.

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              4.0

              Simple dimmer, almost perfect.

              By Sergei K

              from Brooklyn NY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                Works as advertized, pretty small, looks sturdy. Big advantage over cheaper off-brand version BH carries - this one has a standard three-prong outlet. I did pick up very faint buzzing once when used with a 300W positioned couple feet away from the camera. Keeping a finger on the back of the XLR going out of the MK66 shotgun eliminated the buzz.. Sound was clean when the light/dimmer were 6 feet away. Hope this is the dimmer, not the shotgun getting ready for retirement.

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                5.0

                A high quality product

                By SteveE

                from Cedar Rapids, IA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to adjust

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    I use this dimmer to reduce the light from a 150 watt projector bulb which is in a fixture that lights up a tryptic on the wall. When a movie is playing on my home theater, this allows me to adjust the light so people can see to move around without walking into something. It is silent. The slider control is very smooth. The AC power cord is quite long. All in all this product is definitely worth the price.

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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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                      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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                        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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                            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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                              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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