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Dedolights — Part 1

Ever hear of Dedolights? I had only heard the name in passing a few times until last October. That’s when I walked into one of my favorite dealers, Abel Cine Tech in Burbank, and saw they were carrying a new line of lights aimed at documentary shooters. “Cool!” I thought. Then I got a whiff of the price, and that’s where my interest in Dedolights ended.



But one night in November, Abel hosted German inventor Dedo Weigert himself, who gave a hands-on demonstration of his lights. I thought it would be a good way to learn about some new gear, and since there’s always free food at these events, I signed up.


2 months later, I’ve bit the bullet on a fantastic 3-light Dedo kit. Love it, love it, love it. So what happened?


Well, Dedo Weigert’s demonstration is what happened. I walked out of Abel realizing that Dedos were like the Macintosh of lights—ie, the upshot of real out-of-the-box thinking and fine attention to detail. That, and Dedo bears an eerie resemblance to Burl Ives. Given fond childhood memories of decorating our Christmas tree while listening to Ives’ holiday album, Dedo’s resemblance probably had a subliminal influence on me as well.



Anyway, there are a lot of great things about Dedolights. For instance, Dedo created a unique lamp housing that uses a 150w halogen bulb but produces almost the same light output as conventional 500w fresnels from Arri…all in a tiny, light-weight and rugged fixture with built-in dimming and a 20-to-1 spot/flood ratio.


That’s just one of the things I love about Dedolgiths, but there are others. I’ll be writing up some specifics in the next week or two. Stay tuned…