A Look at ReLamp – An LED Replacement for Halogen Lights

At NAB 2017 we took a look at the Visionsmith ReLamp system. An ingenious idea: use your old light fixtures, and upgrade them with LED replacement bulbs!

Courtesy Erik Naso – Showing ReLamp LED replacement for ARRI 650

ReLamp LED Replacement Lights

ReLamp allows you to replace old halogen lights, such as ARRI fresnels, and upgrade them with an LED component – a great idea for those who have would like to give a new lease of life to their old fixtures. These revamped versions that Visionsmith showed off at this year’s NAB now feature 90V – 250V compatibility and offers LED replacement units for a wider variety of housings.

Relamp LED Replacement in Arri Fresnel Light

While many cinematographers have complained that LEDs don’t render perfect colour, I believe the game has changed significantly. Visionsmith claims their LEDs have a CRI of 98, and apparently there are no colour shifts during dimming.

The benefits of using LED include being eight times more efficient, meaning you can save a whole lot on your electricity bill. Additionally, there’s no heat to worry about: a halogen grid is like a grid of industrial space-heaters, compensated by heavy-duty air conditioning. If you’re running lights for 12 hours a day, the numbers add up fast.

The new VisionSmith ReLamp will be available in various versions. Here are some of the prices:

  • ARRI 650W LED replacement: $495
  • ARRI 1k LED replacement: $695
  • ARRI 2K LED replacement: $995

For more information please have a look at Visionsmith’s website.

What do you think of ReLamp? Has the time come to move over to LED? Please let us know in the comments below.

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 Dan Brockett
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I am still on the fence about these. Many of us still have lot of well built, useful and pro level Arri and Mole fresnels laying around, collecting dust but the value equation of the Relamp is borderline in my mind. They are tempting because the fresnel lenses in our Arri and Mole lights are pretty much the best on the market, much better than any of the LED fresnels being introduced that often have plastic fresnel lenses and flimsy barn doors. But the Relamps are not bi-color and tests have shown the output to be considerably less than the same instrument with the tungsten bulb in place since you have to remove the internal reflector to insert the Relamp. If these were $300.00 ea. they would be a no brainer but for $500.00 to $1,000.00, there are a lot of pretty nice alternatives. I’m not sold yet Relamp. Lower the price or increase the output and make them bi-color and I think they would fly off the shelves. Who knows, perhaps they are flying off of the shelves? But I don’t personally know anyone who has these.

Marc Menet
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Looks like the price may have dropped. Love this idea, but the initial price point didn’t make sense.

Scott Leslie
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I was really interest in these ReLights and I was able to play with these at NAB. When I checked out the ReLight for the Arri 300 one thing I notice was that the ReLight unit is thicker than the standard bulb. The issue with this is that the focusing nob could not go back as far as it does with a standard bulb. Thus you can’t flood your light out to full flood. This was a deal breaker for me.

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