Do you know how sometimes, when you get a new piece of equipment, it’s so Shifta La Paradigma that you can’t even THINK about working without it? You get a little anxious about the possibility of it failing and having to go back to the old way of doing things. What do you do?
You get yourself a backup, right? hoping that your original will keep going until FedEx arrives with your precious cardboard salvation. But then you realize that the backup is so Next Generation, your OLD one ends up becoming the backup. And that’s where I am with my Lumadent headlight. I have the old, the new, and opinions about them both, which are the real reasons you’re here. So let’s get to those, shall we?
Opinion #1: It’s Bright, Baby.
Not only is the Lumadent headlight well-focused and a good color, its shadowless light means that more photons are hitting your retinas, therefore the mouth that you’re looking at may be ACTUALLY MORE GROUNDED in reality. If you can’t see something, it’s not there.
Since I haven’t used any other lights except the Lumadent consider this a broad endorsement for headlights over any other sort of overhead illumination. Just about all of them have some sort of knob that will allow you to adjust the intensity, and I find that I rarely turn the Lumadent’s control any more or less than to the halfway position. I’ve learned how to control my head so that the light doesn’t shine in my patient’s eyes (unless I’m gesticulating wildly, then they might see a few blinding streaks) and the super bright just isn’t necessary most of the time. Also included is a flip-up composite filter to keep your accidental light curing to a minimum. I’ve heard some concerns about LEDs damaging user’s eyes over time which is one reason I tend to keep the power down, but don’t seem to have any problems with eyestrain in the two years I’ve been using one. The new model seems to be just as bright and as clear as the older one, so no change in this most important feature.
Opinion #2: Cords are better. And worse.
But mostly better. I’ll explain. The cord replacement is much easier now that the light detaches completely from it. They’ve also switched to a longer initial cord which means that I don’t have to keep a too-long extension hanging around or knotted up in a tie wrap. You’ll notice that the plug-in at the battery has changed to a right-angle which should keep the tension off the cord. I was KILLING my extensions contacts and the light would flicker and just short out and be a huge pain.
What I’m less than thrilled with is the way that the right-angle attaches to the light itself. If you end up with a short in the new cord now, all you do is detach it right there, loupside, leave the light on the loupe, and plug in a new cord. But the cord sticks up at a weird angle and I’m forced to use yet another tiny tie-wrap to keep those wires from getting tangled in my hair and attached close to the frames. The other thing I do like is that the lens is easier to access and clean now that it’s not recessed. It’s the one on the left in this image.
Opinion #3: This battery pack is serious.
My original battery pack served me well and would stay charged for a whole day, but its slick case in a sassy leather pouch clip probably caused the short outs due to occasional detachment problems. Not the clip, just the battery itself would skittle across the floor when I had a “way to go, Grace” moment.
Now that I have two batteries I forget to charge the new silver one, but I have yet to have it clunk out on me and switching back to the black one for backup. Once you go silver….
So this pack is so serious, it’s like Chuck Norris, it has it’s OWN clip built in. A very tough clip. One so tough that if you wear those cute scrubs with the flared legs and the knit waistline you can forget trying to spread the clip enough to get it to attach to your pants. But I adapted by figuring out how to wear it on a waist-level pocket. Now my biggest issue is leaning close to patients and inadvertently turning the light off at the black side switch. I really think it was better on the top when it was red and adjacent to the intensity knob.
Opinion #4: There’s no excuse for not using a headlight.
I’m just going to think I’m better than you if you don’t have one. That’s my throwdown. If you use the excuse that headlights cost too much? Compare the Lumadent with its “better” competitors, it’s so much less expensive, you can buy one for you AND your assistant. And for your higher power loupes, for that matter. What about the problem with wires and bulk? The Lumadent is so lightweight that once you adjust your behavior a little (all I did was to begin wearing a strap on my loupes instead of taking them on and off so that they hang around my neck when I’m not using them) they will become a much easier part of you than having to reach up and adjust a mounted light somewhere over your right shoulder, in space. And patients stop anticipating the bright light and never squint anymore when it’s time to open their mouths. PATIENT ACCEPTANCE IS AMAZING, and in my opinion, the BEST reason why you should get a Lumadent.
This is my parting shot for you, a side view of the Lumadent attached to a pair of Through-The-Lens shielded SandyGrendel loupes with the custom mount that came with the light. See how it sticks up a little too high, and there are two tie-wraps, and a cord management doohickey making this all such a mess?
No? I don’t see it either, actually.
For earlier insights about Lumadent and the company, click here to go to the DentalBuzz original review.
Marielaina Perrone DDS says
Great Job. Great review. Thanks for all the pros and cons.
Hope it helped you make a decision to get a light, not that I’m biased or anything!
Stephen Johnson DDS says
I seem to be burning out the Lumadent headlamps at an alarming rate–every two months. The last one only lasted 2 weeks. Battery packs seem fine. Cords seem fine. Anyone have any insight as to what may be causing this?
Alois Regalado says
I have the same problem. I bought my system in August 2013 and so far I’ ve returned it three times because my light keeps burning out. The first time lasted about a month, the second time lasted a second because as soon as I turned it on, it just flickered and never lit up again. The third lasted 4 months. So now I’m waiting for the next replacement. The answer I got from the company are not very sound to me. First they said that I may have a walkie talkie next to me while I’m using the system which is interfering with the unit. Everyone at my office raised their eyebrows at this reason. I don’t know any dental office that uses a walkie talkie but we don’t use it in our office. Other reason they gave me was I’m probably using another battery from another light system. I just told them I think I’m smart enough not to do that and just told them to come up with a better reason. I thought that was really desperate of them. I was really very patient with them until they gave me this reason. So in short they don’t have a reasonable answer as to the cause of the problem. What’s definite is I will not purchase their system again and I highly DO NOT recommend it.
Risha Patel says
Most of us bought a lumadent light and its rather good, I got mine included with my loupes, but others bought it from here. If you’re a student its really cheap.
Get the safety specs as well, useful when doing pros, and you do not need the magnification.
I brought a Lumadent light unit a few years back, an amazing light with incredible illumination. I brought mine as a student off http://www.ukloupes.co.uk and they did me a really good deal! I would definitely recommend getting one!
Singhi Siani says
I could not live without my loupes and light after using them both for the last year. My 4th year dental friend told me about a student in their university who has become the UK rep for LumaDent, most people in Queen Mary Uni now have a LumaDent light. If you go on http://www.bryant-dental.com they are really cheap if you’re a student, and get a group together and they will do you an even better deal. I bought Optiloupe loupes to start with but the light gave up and they said it was not covered by the warranty. I’m looking for a better set of loupes, has anyone heard anything about LumaDents range of loupes? Good or Bad?
I have a set of the TTL (through the lens) loupes from Lumadent, and while I haven’t officially posted a review yet, I can highly recommend them so far.So Yes, GOOD!
Haring Patel says
Plus one for LumaDent!
Priyam Patel says
Hi Singhi Siani,
Thank you for recommending us.
I can confirm we offer 10% off for students and 5% off for hospital staff or foundation dentists.
We have a 45 day free returns period, and we’ll even print and send you the returns label if you don’t love the light.
James Tetlow says
I use my loupes together with a light from ultralight optics. It’s fairly similar to the lumadent one in quality and price, and the customer support has been very good. I got mine at http://www.ultralightoptics.co.uk as they do good deals if you’re a student (something like £50 off the price).
shannonrae valdez says
NO this light is NOT blue light compliant and will damage your retinas!!
Priyam Patel says
We are the official UK Supplier for LumaDent.
Please get in touch with us at https://bryant.dental/bryant-store/lumadent-light if you have any questions.
We guarantee the lowest prices and have extra discounts for Students / FDs / Hospital Staff.
We are a group of dentists and surgeons that run a loupes company – we have a range of lights including LumaDent, and other affordable alternatives.
The website is http://www.theloupescompany.com.
Our prices cannot be beaten – as dentists ourselves we want to deliver the best possible products for our fellow clinicians but at the lowest possible prices
All the best