where to buy dichroic lenses ?

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by TurfPro, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. TurfPro

    TurfPro LawnSite Member
    Messages: 232

    Hey guys,

    I have a customer who wants red/green/blue colored lights for "seasonal" use... a little to "loud" for my taste,,but anyway.........
    I've never used dichroic lenses, but I hear they produce a much more noticable color. My supplier (John Deere Landscapes) has never heard of them. Wheres a good place to buy them? I'm using Vista 2216's.
  2. Chris J

    Chris J LawnSite Silver Member
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  3. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    I get mine from fold
  4. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Kingsland, Texas
    Messages: 2,214

    I usually by from Lee Filters. Talk to Tahl.
  5. TurfPro

    TurfPro LawnSite Member
    Messages: 232

    Thanks all!
    Paul, I tried to call you a couple of times, but you are one busy guy! Same here though,,,,,, ahh well, it's a good thing.
  6. High Performance Lighting

    High Performance Lighting LawnSite Senior Member
    from So Cal
    Messages: 326

    If you must, Vista has them.
  7. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    crap im looking at thier price sheet online. am I seeing this right ? is that a per filter price or a pack of so many ? Im a fraction of the cost now!
  8. Chris J

    Chris J LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,843

    There are serious differences between real dichroic lenses and those made of other materials like plastic. I don't know if what you are seeing is a true cost comparison, but just make sure you are comparing the same product. 2 cents.
  9. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
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    the ones I have are made of glass. Kinda fragile... they are not just like a plastic gel lens. They dont add color they remove everything that isnt the chosen color if I remember corectly. Huge diff... A blue lense doesnt look entirly blue... Almost like an iridium effect on the lens. Its sold to me as a dichronic filter. Correct me if I am wrong PLEASE.
  10. steveparrott

    steveparrott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,276

    Dichroic filters are the best way to go for projecting colored light. They work by use of optical interference, allowing the chosen color wavelengths to pass through the filter while reflecting back all other colors. Standard colored lenses work by absorbing the unwanted colors and allowing the chosen color to pass through (much less precisely).

    The advantages are that the filters last a great deal longer than other types and they don't fade. Dichroic filters are also much more efficient in transmitting the desired light. In other words a blue dichroic will result in a brighter light than a standard colored lens.

    Disadvantages are that they are easily broken and are much more expensive.

    Rosco and Lee are two of the best producers. Avoid the cheap Asian dichroics, they may have poor bonding of the dichroic coating to the glass and will flake off.

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