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CL-MF0150 Cool Lights CDM 150 Fresnel

PRICE: $499.00 $449.00



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The Cool Lights CL-MF0150 CDM (Ceramic Discharge Metalhalide) Fresnel is the perfect, portable, energy efficient, hard light compliment to our Softlight fluorescent series. Based on HQI/HCI 150w single ended, G12 type metal halide compatible quartz or ceramic long life bulbs (typically 6000 hours for the ceramic version and 2000 hours for the quartz type) CDM bulb. CDM is a cold start technology which requires waiting for about 5 minutes after extinguishing the fixture/bulb before relighting. This is the main difference between CDM technology and HMI. Otherwise, this has all the same characteristics of an HMI fresnel. Included ballast is whisper silent and flicker free. We often call CDM the "fluorescent of hard lights", because of its "cool light" output and same 4 to 1 power efficiency as fluorescent. Works well for all types of media production from still photography to video or film.

Great when you need that small and portable key or fill light for your setup. The physical size of the fresnel is the same as a typical compact tungsten 650w fresnel. Also, it's handy for projecting those cucaloris ("cookie") patterns on the wall behind a subject; or when you're using a gel to add some color to a setup, this unit provides all the light you need to make a powerful color streak or wash when using the barndoors and focusing knob in various combinations. Your subject will appreciate the fact that the light emanating from this unit is cool in temperature without the infrared component of a normal tungsten fixture. The fixture gets hot, but not as hot as a tungsten 650w fresnel--and since the light output is cool (temperature-wise) we still feel comfortable calling this a "Cool Light."

Also, see our new CL-SRB0650 fresnel softbox for a convenient way to diffuse your CDM 150!

Download the CL-MF0150 product operation manual here.

See the CL-MF0150 in action in a short video in the Cool Lights Video Magazine here.

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NOTE: Please choose the color temperature of your bulb in the above drop down box.


General Specifications:

Construction: Powder coated aluminum castings and anodized aluminum extrusions.
Weight: 9.5 lbs.
Lens: 110mm diameter high quality borosilicate fresnel type lens.
Lumens per watt: 86 (vs. 20 LPW for tungsten fresnels).
Light output: hard (super well defined shadows and edges) and 13,000 lumens, thus it is the equivalent of a 650w tungsten fresnel (but only draws 150w).
Focusing: Focusing drive adjustable from a knob on the back of the unit.

Included accessories: whisper silent universal 150w CDM electronic ballast (100v to 240vAC 50/60hz), carabiner on nylon strap for attaching ballast to light stand, 9 foot ballast-to-head cable with high quality 3 pin ballast military bayonet connector, 15 foot IEC type power cord, barndoors, yoke, baby stand adapter and choice of high CRI (85 to 90) metal halide bulb in either 3000K (ceramic metal halide / HCI type) or 5400K (quartz metal halide / HQI type). Everything you need (except for light stand) to get started right away.


Back of the unit showing focusing knob and convenient positioning handle.

Insertion of the bulb is as easy as opening the top lid of the fresnel and inserting the CDM bulb into the G12 socket. Care should be taken when handling the bulb to not touch it with bare hands. Use a cloth or soft tissue when handling or inserting it. Finger oils and smudges will weaken the quartz of a CDM or Tungsten bulb and shorten its life.

Our CDM 150w ballast (pictured left) is super compact, whisper silent and flicker free! About as small and lightweight as could be possible for any universal voltage input ballast. The IEC adapter type plug allows easy adaptation of different power cords for different countries (we only carry the American standard 3 prong at this time). The "bayonet" style military ballast to head connector is strong and simply attaches or detaches with 1/3 turn twist lock.

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