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Lupo 2K vs Arri 2K

Lupo DayLED 2000 Fresnel vs. the Arri 2K Fresnel.

I was interested in testing the light output difference between my old standby Arri 2K fresnel and the new Lupo DayLED 2000 Fresnel.  Although they are different color balances - the Arri is tungsten balanced and the Lupo is daylight balanced, I wanted to see if the Lupo was really putting out a 2K amount of light.

What I discovered is the lights are very close to the same output.  The Arri is a little brighter but by less than half a stop.  The quality of light was very similar between the two lights.  The benefits of LEDs over a tungsten hot light are numerous.  First the Lupo DayLED 2000 only got slightly hot.  Nowhere near enough to burn you or put out any substantial heat.  However the Arri 2K gets cookin' hot and will burn the crap out of you.  It's also like a heater and will warm up the room and possibly overheat your actors/talent.  Secondly, the Arri 2K takes a considerable amount of power.  It will plug into a standard edison plug but you need to have it on it's own 20 amp circuit or you'll pop a breaker.  The Lupo 2k power consumption is very low and it can also run on a 28V battery.  Lastly, the Lupo is completely dimmable and like most LEDs, the color does not shift when dimmed.  The Arri isn't dimmable and if you hook it up to a dimmer the color will shift warmer when dimmed.  Both lights have almost identical spot and flood coverage.

As far as build quality, the Arri is built like a tank and has the weight to back it up.  There is a reason why I'm still using this light 20 years later - it's built to last!  The Lupo is a hard plastic that seems to be very durable.  On their site they say, "the lamp housing is made from carbon fibre reinforced polymer and is built to last a lifetime".  I'm not sure how they'll stand up to the 20 year test but they do seem to be pretty solid.  The barn doors are metal.  The Arri 2k is about 8 lbs heavier than the Lupo DayLED 2000.

A final item of note is that there is no place to puts scrims in the Lupo 2K.  At first I thought this was a big deal but then I realized that the whole purpose of scrims are to decrease the output of the light which can be much more efficiently done through the dimmer.

Here is a short video I shot and edited for Deconstructive Media featuring my amazing niece Jill Stafford. This was a really fun shoot where we lit with only 3 Lupo LED lights:

1) Lupo DayLED 2000 fresnel - which was my primary backlight/kicker
2) Lupo DayLED 1000 fresnel - which was used as a backlight in the larger shots and squeezed down key in some shots.
3) Lupo Superpanel - I dimmed this down to about 20% and used it just for the background.

Shooting with quality fresnel lights is a joy.  You can shape the light and mold the light like you can't with a soft light or LED panel or Kino Flo.  They're a must have tool in your lighting toolbox.  Now that you can get them as an LED with low power, low heat and low cost (compared to an HMI), it is really a game changer.

I am not at all affiliated with Lupolux but I am a fan boy.  Lupo lights are now available in the US through Brightline at brightline.myshopify.com

About Scott Leslie

Scott Leslie is a respected award winning TV Producer with 20 years experience and owner of Eugene Scott Productions, Inc. Since graduating from UCSD in 1993, Scott has been immersed in the film and video industry. In his early years he worked on several films a an assistant cameraman, b-camera operator and eventually a director of photography. In 1996 he opened Eugene Scott Productions, which mainly focuses on direct response commercials but is also involved in music DVDs and documentaries, a children's show, and health show programming. Scott directed over 50 episodes of Responsible Health, a weekly health talk show, and Eugene Scott Productions was responsible for all the post production. He has also produced and directed a children's fun and education DVD, Kibbles Rockin' Clubhouse. Scott also directed and produced Sign of the Dragon, an award winning kid's action adventure/magic short film. Scott has garnished several Telly Awards as a Producer/Director and as an editor for clients such as Jenny Craig, Vistage Connect and others.

4 Responses to "Lupo 2K vs Arri 2K"

  • Kent Mast
    May 5, 2017 - 2:09 pm Reply

    Hello Scott!

    I am looking more into this light, thank you so much for your review. I am having trouble finding exactly what I need to power. I want to be able to go into any home/building for interviews and just plug into any wall outlet. What do I need to buy to be able to do that? Does this light come with what I need? Thank you so much in advance!

    • Scott Leslie
      May 7, 2017 - 7:18 pm Reply

      The cool thing about LED lighting fixtures is there low power draw. You could plug serval of the Lupo DayLED 2000s into a single home circuit! This is NOT true with the Arri 2K. For that light you need one dedicated 20 amp circuit. Anything less and you’ll pop the circuit breaker. The DayLED 2000 can also be ran off of batteries. It does require a larger battery than normal = a 28V battery instead of a 14V battery, but if your 14V batteries have a D-tap out then you can use two 14V batteries with a D-tap Y cable to power the light.

      The Lupo DayLED 2000 does come with a standard Edison plug. So if you’re planning to plug into the wall then you’re set.

      I hope this helps.

  • Kent Mast
    May 8, 2017 - 12:16 pm Reply

    Perfect, thank you so much, Scott! 🙂

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