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A guide to dental loupes lights - all brands compared
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Aug 17, 2022

A guide to dental loupes lights - all brands compared

Purchasing a new LED headlight can be tricky, so we've put together an informative blog post to help you make the right decision.

Content:

  1. Advantages and disadvantages of using dental loupes lights
  2. Things to look for when buying lights
  3. The top brands compared

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages

  • Provides shadow-free light directly in the field of view of the user, making it easier to see objects in the oral cavity
  • Reduces the dependence on the overhead dental light, which often casts shadows and requires frequent adjustment
  • An orange filter can be added so that the loupes light can be used without premature composite curing


Disadvantages

  • Adds weight to the loupes, in some cases resulting in discomfort (particularly around the bridge of the nose)
  • The battery must be re-charged (unlike the overhead light)
  • Can be expensive

Things to Look For

The weight of the light, beam colour and intensity, and the battery system are all important factors when choosing the right system.

Light Weight

This is perhaps the most important factor. The light will add weight to the bridge of your nose, which, over the course of a day, can become very uncomfortable. This may limit the use of your light to only specific procedures, or cause you to resort back to the overhead dental light - a far inferior form of illumination.

Beam Colour

It is important that the beam colour is as close to natural daylight as possible, to allow you to assess the 'true colour' of teeth. This colour is described in Kelvins, and the ideal loupes light colour is around 5500 degrees Kelvin, which is a bright white light. To assess this, shine the light at a wall and see what colour light it is producing.

LEDs are the most common light source in a loupes light, although some older systems rely on fibre optic illumination.

Beam Intensity

The intensity at which the beam is set is primarily dependent on personal preference. Most opthamologists agree that an intensity around 25-30,000 lux (a measure of light intensity) is ideal - and any more than will result in 'wash out' of the surgical field.

It is highly beneficial therefore if the intensity of the light can be changed by the user.

Battery System

Battery systems vary in their battery life, recharge time, and on/off control. A long battery life is clearly desirable, and it will allow you to use the light all day, without worrying about charging it or having to swap batteries. A short recharge time (eg 2 hours) will allow you to recharge the light over lunchtime.

More advanced batteries offer handsfree control to turn the light on/off. This is advantageous from an infection control perspective, and also for ease of use.

Brands Compared

The following brands are shown in order based on the Dental Town (Townie) product awards 2015 - where dental professionals have voted on the best dental headlights.

Source: www.dentaltown.com - Best Dental Headlights 2015

Feather Light - Ultra Light Optics

Advantages:

  • Only 3 grams weight
  • 16 hour battery life
  • Touch sensor control
  • Rated best loupes light 2016-2012 by Dental Advisor and 2015 Townie award
  • Affordable

Disadvantages:

  • Touch sensor battery costs extra

Cost: £375

​Website: www.ultralightoptics.co.uk

LumaDent Headlight - LumaDent

Advantages:

  • 5 grams weight
  • Capable of up to 60000 lux intensity
  • 10-24 hour battery
  • Affordable and well priced accessories
  • 2nd place in 2015 and 2014 Townie awards

Disadvantages:

  • No touch sensor

Cost: £380

​Website: www.lumadent.com

LED DayLite - Designs for Vision

Advantages:

  • 5800K light colour
  • 9-16 hour battery
  • Uniform light spot
  • Mid range price

Disadvantages:​

  • 16 grams weight
  • No touch sensor

Cost: $800 (£572)

​Website: www.designsforvision.com

Zeon Endeavour - Orascoptic

Advantages:

  • 10 grams weight
  • Capacitive touch sensor
  • Townie award winner 2010

Disadvantages:

  • Expensive
  • 5-10 hour battery life

Cost: $980 (£701)

​Website: www.orascoptic.com

Micro LED - Surgitel

Advantages:

  • 10 grams weight
  • Neutral light colour

Disadvantages:

  • Expensive
  • 8 hour battery

Cost: $995 (£712)

​Website: www.surgitel.com

MicroLine - PeriOptix

Advantages:

  • 7 grams weight
  • 6000K light colour
  • Quick charge - 90 mins for 90% charge
  • Mid range price

Disadvantages:

  • 8 hour battery
  • No touch sensor
  • Some issues over customer service reported

Cost: $720 (£515)

​Website: www.perioptix.com

Eclipse - Surgitel

Advantages:

  • Touch sensor on the light unit
  • 6000K light colour

Disadvantages:

  • Heavy at 17 grams
  • Expensive
  • 7 hour battery

Cost: $1000 (£715)

​Website: www.surgitel.com


Author

Quinton Pullinger
The Loupes Company
quinton@theloupescompany.com

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