Here's a very handy mains cable / power cord upgrade I've had and wanted to share with photographers that use continuous lighting. I find that cables attached to Lupo light fixtures are always too short when using them. I'm always struggling with multiple extension cables and sockets, leading to a chaos of cables. I was searching for a decent solution to connect my Lupo fresnel lights and striplights, during my collaboration with Damien Lovegrove I discovered a perfect fix!
Damien gives buyers the option to upgrade the Lupo DayLeds with powerCon connectors, this is a very handy and secure lockable connector. Besides the typical 10m powerCON to mains connector lead (which replaces the standard fixed Lupo cable), this connector system allows you to extend the cable with 10m sections. So if you need to set up a light that is 20m away from a mains socket in the wall you simply drop in an extra lead.
Another reason why I did the powerCON upgrade is because I will be running these lights on V-Mount batteries on location when I don't have 220v on hand. If I'm using a battery pack attached to the light fixture itself I have no 3m mains cable to take care of. The connector simply unlocks the cable from the fixture, which is very handy.
Pre-made powerCON cables and extensions are available at the lupo.lighting store.
Here's an overview of the total upgrade I did (iPhone pictures)
Upgraded these fixtures with a powerCon male connector:
- 2 Lupo 2000 striplights
- 1 Lupo DayLed 650
- 1 Lupo DayLed 1000
- 1 Lupo Daylight 800
The cable kit now contains:
- 2x 10m powerCON to mains cable
- 2x 5m powerCON to mains cable
- 1x 3m powerCON to mains cable
- 2x 10 powerCON extension cable
I know that people in the theater / music industry are familiar with these connectors but I'm sure some photographers aren't. So if you are struggling with extension cords and sockets ... this may be a perfect solution for you! Just get a qualified Electrician to fit them for you. I hope this post was useful for some of you, if you have any questions or remarks ... feel free to post them in the comments section below.