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thrilltainment
06-18-2010, 12:38 PM
Hi guys, we came up with these LED spotlights this year to hopefully make lighting your haunt/project up a lot easier --- we'd like to know what everyone thinks about these spotlights and if they could offer some suggestions to make our products even better.

Here's a current list of features:
- 3 models: short range spotlight, wash light, hi-power spotlight
- dual-polarity 12V (doesn't matter which wire is + and which is -, lights up either way)
- plug and play (swap between colors and models without cutting your wires)
- water resistant (can be used outdoors)
- 7 colors: red, green, blue, amber, white, warm white, and ultraviolet
- 25,000 hour life rating
- drop proof
- adjustable mounts
- vibration damper (light won't change direction due to vibration from wall)

Precision X: close range spot
http://www.e5design.com/darklight/wp-content/gallery/precision-x/thumbs/thumbs_px-blue-2.jpg

Precision Y: wash light
http://www.e5design.com/darklight/wp-content/gallery/precision-y/thumbs/thumbs_py-red-1.jpg

Precision Z: high power spot
http://www.e5design.com/darklight/wp-content/gallery/precision-z/thumbs/thumbs_pz-yellow-1.jpg



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8Z6ysmiANs

thrilltainment
06-18-2010, 12:41 PM
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newhorror2010
06-18-2010, 01:13 PM
Does each individual power pack have the ability to light more than one LED? I'm considering buying 2 or 3 lights. Of course it does! I see that now watching the video. I guess the question I need to ask then is how many of those connector things do I get per order or is that considered an accessory piece?

PAT MATTHEWS/HOUSE OF WAX
06-18-2010, 03:05 PM
One thing I have seen thats missing from led lighting thats easy to add is a pot switch to adjust brightness . Ive done a few and even though it makes it more bulky the switch adds the open to make it dimmer or brighter and can be added to any led light. Any thoughts to anyone adding a variable switch???

thrilltainment
06-18-2010, 06:53 PM
Does each individual power pack have the ability to light more than one LED? I'm considering buying 2 or 3 lights. Of course it does! I see that now watching the video. I guess the question I need to ask then is how many of those connector things do I get per order or is that considered an accessory piece?

one powerpak can power up to 120 or so of the X, or 75 of the Y, or about 7 of the Zs. each light comes with it's own darklight cable, which has two bare wires at the end. you can us your own methods of connecting the lights from there or use our accessory snap on connectors.

damon wilde
06-18-2010, 06:55 PM
http://issuu.com/damonwilde/docs/2010scareproductscatalog

scareproducts has a great led system too. See pgs 26-27 they have a dimmer switch. I use their mini spotlights and they are awesome. Very easy to use.

thrilltainment
06-18-2010, 06:56 PM
One thing I have seen thats missing from led lighting thats easy to add is a pot switch to adjust brightness . Ive done a few and even though it makes it more bulky the switch adds the open to make it dimmer or brighter and can be added to any led light. Any thoughts to anyone adding a variable switch???

we are developing LED dimmers roughly the size of a quarter (which should be able to handle multiple lights). currently, our precision X and Y lights are compatible with PWM dimmers found from other companies.

thrilltainment
06-18-2010, 07:02 PM
http://issuu.com/damonwilde/docs/2010scareproductscatalog

scareproducts has a great led system too. See pgs 26-27 they have a dimmer switch. I use their mini spotlights and they are awesome. Very easy to use.

the improvement we've made over these products are the following:
-dual polarity (trouble free wiring)
-swappable colors/models w/o cutting wires
-water resistance
-rugged enclosure
-vibration damped adjustment

we also feature a TestPak, which allows you to test where you want to place your light (what color, and what position) before you hardwire it, this is a HUGE time saver. you don't have to drag a wire with you.
http://www.darklight.e5design.com/images/testpak(3).jpg

newhorror2010
06-19-2010, 08:48 AM
one powerpak can power up to 120 or so of the X, or 75 of the Y, or about 7 of the Zs. each light comes with it's own darklight cable, which has two bare wires at the end. you can us your own methods of connecting the lights from there or use our accessory snap on connectors.

Thank you, I'm gonna order now.

thrilltainment
06-19-2010, 09:33 AM
Some of you PM'd about ultraviolet, so here are a couple more reference photos all taken under the same exposure and ISO settings:

http://www.e5design.com/darklight/wp-content/gallery/cache/98__320x240_standard.jpg
prop under standard fluorescent lighting, camera 5ft away from prop

http://www.e5design.com/darklight/wp-content/gallery/precision-z/thumbs/thumbs_pz-uv-1.jpg
Precision Z UV at pointed 1ft away from object

http://www.e5design.com/darklight/wp-content/gallery/precision-z/thumbs/thumbs_pz-uv-2.jpg
Precision Z UV at pointed 2ft away from object

http://www.e5design.com/darklight/wp-content/gallery/precision-z/thumbs/thumbs_pz-uv-5.jpg
Precision Z UV at pointed 5ft away from object

More reference photos can be found here: http://www.e5design.com/darklight

thrilltainment
06-20-2010, 02:01 AM
http://www.e5design.com/darklight/wp-content/gallery/product-photos/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0217.jpg
Green Wash (Precision Y)

http://www.e5design.com/darklight/wp-content/gallery/product-photos/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0219.jpg
White Wash (Precision Y)

http://www.e5design.com/darklight/wp-content/gallery/product-photos/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0221.jpg
Blue Hi-Power Spot (Precision Z)

http://www.e5design.com/darklight/wp-content/gallery/product-photos/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_0228.jpg
Ultraviolet Hi-Power Spot (Precision Z)

thrilltainment
09-01-2010, 12:35 PM
we've put our own products into action. Darklight was created spring 2010 and here it is being used for the first time in our own haunted house in Shanghai, China:
http://www.wanshengjie.com/wp-content/gallery/2010/chainsaw.jpg
http://www.wanshengjie.com/wp-content/gallery/2010/death_from_above.jpg
http://www.wanshengjie.com/wp-content/gallery/2010/bathroom.jpg
if you can't see the lights... that's the point. the lights are unobtrusive yet gives out great colors =)

BruiseMuse
09-01-2010, 09:23 PM
Does your UV LED work with invisible UV paint (Specifically these paints http://www.blacklightworld.com/Invisible%20Paints.htm)? We've done numerous projects involving invisible UV paint and haven't found any LEDs that will light it (while normal fluorescent bulbs light it just fine)

gadget-evilusions
09-01-2010, 09:37 PM
It dosen't Katie. I have 1 uv in each size from them. Sorry.

FrightProps
09-01-2010, 09:38 PM
Ours have a pot inside that allow for brightness adjustment per light fixture:

Dimming Micro LED spotlights (http://www.frightprops.com/lighting/miniature-and-micro-led-spotlights/dimming-micro-led-spotlights.html)

More LED lights (http://www.frightprops.com/lighting/miniature-and-micro-led-spotlights.html)

thrilltainment
09-01-2010, 09:56 PM
Some features you'll find in our lights that other vendors don't have:
1. water resistance for indoor/outdoor use
2. dual polarity (lights will turn on regardless of + or - 12V)
3. easily swappable between lights/colors w/o cutting wires

thrilltainment
03-03-2011, 01:10 PM
One thing I have seen thats missing from led lighting thats easy to add is a pot switch to adjust brightness . Ive done a few and even though it makes it more bulky the switch adds the open to make it dimmer or brighter and can be added to any led light. Any thoughts to anyone adding a variable switch???

I'm happy to say that we have a new controller called the DarkBox DMX (http://www.darklightsystem.com/products/DarkBox-DMX:-DMX512-Receiver-and-LED-Driver.html) that allows full control of dimming of all the LEDs. It also allows DMX control of 6 LED channels --- this box can handle up to 120 lights =)

Nightgore
03-03-2011, 01:20 PM
We LOVE Darklight LED's...we ordered a ton last year and we're getting more this year. Here's some pictures from SCREAMPARK where we used the LED's from Darklight!

Can't wait to see the new stuff! -Tyler

Twin Locusts
03-03-2011, 01:52 PM
those are excellent scenic shots Tyler.

thrilltainment
03-03-2011, 02:28 PM
We LOVE Darklight LED's...we ordered a ton last year and we're getting more this year. Here's some pictures from SCREAMPARK where we used the LED's from Darklight!

Can't wait to see the new stuff! -Tyler

I can't express in words how happy I am to see our products in action --- these are truly great photos. Creating a product is kind of like raising a kid and watching him/her grow --- you put so much time and energy into it, you correct and revise it, and when it's ready for society, you send it off and hope that it becomes something useful. anyways, enough of the sappy stuff, come by our booth and say hi =)

NightmareAftershockLLC
03-03-2011, 05:09 PM
Not only are those excellent lights, but your photographer knows what he or she is doing. Those are excellent exposures. So glad someone can use the lighting like yourself and someone can capture the beauty of it like the photographer.

Nightgore
03-03-2011, 08:39 PM
Thanks for the compliments guys...but this is about lighting! hahaha... Like I said, we LOVE Darklights LED's and we'll be stopping by their booth for sure! -Tyler

PS: Those pics are straight out of the camera...the only "editing" they went through was putting in the logo. Thanks BTW, I was the photographer. ;)

NightmareAftershockLLC
03-04-2011, 12:22 AM
Lol, I am the same way with my photographs when it comes to lighting. Exposure is the only trick to success on a DSLR. =) Great Shots.

shawng
03-04-2011, 09:28 AM
Tyler and Thrill,

Ive got some darklight samples on order.

Specifically, do you find that the majority of the time you need to use the Precision Y or Precision Z if you want to get a good amount of light on a surface when the light is mounted 8 to 10' away? Do these lights work well from 8 or 10' from the surface?

thrilltainment
03-04-2011, 11:15 AM
Tyler and Thrill,

Ive got some darklight samples on order.

Specifically, do you find that the majority of the time you need to use the Precision Y or Precision Z if you want to get a good amount of light on a surface when the light is mounted 8 to 10' away? Do these lights work well from 8 or 10' from the surface?

I find that for haunted house applications (where it's pitch black w/o the LEDs), Y's will give you a nice glow w/o saturating your scene with color at 8-10', you may even use 2 of them to get a stronger color. The Precision Z will REALLY make something pop out because it is VERY bright. It's like having a colored flash light --- you can use it to divert people's attention to a single object in the room. I used Z's sparingly in my own haunt (we have relatively small rooms), usually on facades or outdoors, where there are other light sources that may otherwise drown out smaller lights. One thing to note about Precision Z is the UV version, this one works well indoors for fluorescent / glow paint.

For this year, we have a few other options for wash lighting... the Precision Z used to be only a focused 15 degree spotlight, this year we'll have a wash lens available (it'll be like a more powerful Y), and we also have a "line" lens... which will project a beam that's shaped like a line instead of a circle (perfect or signs, pillars, or other tall or wide props), these are all options for painting your scene differently. If you'll be stopping by Transworld, I'd be happy to show you all the options we have. We also have a much bigger darkroom at the show this year, so you'll get a better idea of how each light works.

I know photos may look different from real life but here are some reference photos for our lights at different distances on a solid white wall: http://www.darklightsystem.com/pages/Reference-Images.html You'll see the different spreads for each of the models and how much it saturates the camera.

Maybe Tyler can add more to this from his experience...

shawng
03-04-2011, 11:47 AM
Thanks for the input. I certainly hope Tyler can chime in and add something.

What I REALLY appreciate is that although your products are a bit more expensive than the competitors, you have done the demonstration work for each product to show the output at different distances a way. So you know what to expect before you get them. I got my first samples from mini spotlight last week and i thought it was a joke. Tiny little barrels with single LED's, what is this going to light up from 6' away? I like the idea of high powered LED wash lighting we need more of these type of products.

shawng
03-04-2011, 11:52 AM
Thrill,

I see on your description for PZ light that it has a "concentrated or diffused beam" option, 15 deg or 120 deg. How do you select this? Does it come with a diffuser? Or is it a different part number? The website doesnt make it obvious enough.

thrilltainment
03-04-2011, 12:08 PM
Thrill,

I see on your description for PZ light that it has a "concentrated or diffused beam" option, 15 deg or 120 deg. How do you select this? Does it come with a diffuser? Or is it a different part number? The website doesnt make it obvious enough.

Thanks for pointing that out Shawn, the other lens options are different part numbers that will also be released for this coming season, we're working to get all the products up to date on the website this week and I had forgetting about this detail. I will add the option in the next few hours =)

thrilltainment
03-04-2011, 01:10 PM
Thrill,

I see on your description for PZ light that it has a "concentrated or diffused beam" option, 15 deg or 120 deg. How do you select this? Does it come with a diffuser? Or is it a different part number? The website doesnt make it obvious enough.

Shawn, I fixed that part of the website... in the future, you'll be able to select the different lens option on the page for Precision Z. Once I have those in stock, I'll update the page with more reference photos. Cheers.

- Quan