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Sola NightSea

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$550
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$550

Discover the hidden world of underwater fluorescence with the Sola NightSea. Blue LEDs cause proteins and minerals to fluoresce brightly; view through a yellow filter to see the psychedelic and brilliantly saturated colors and patterns.

Featuring:
• 3000mW flood and 1700mW spot output certified to the FL-1 Standard
• Colored battery and mode indicator lights make it easy to manage battery life to maximize use.
• Attached Phosphor Cover converts blue light to white for navigation and general use.
• Includes nightsea mask filter and standard ballistic cordura hand mount (not pictured).
• Other mounts available, including Pistol Grip, T-Handle, and Kirby Morgan helmet mount.

Included:
• Hand Strap, Nightsea Mask Filter, Phosphor Cover, 2 Amp Charger & Zippered Bag

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Specifications / Features

Specifications:

  • Lumens:

    60° / 12°°

    • High – 3000mW / 1700mW
    • Med – 1500mW / 850mW
    • Low – 750mW / 425mW
  • Run Time:

    • High – 70 mins
    • Med – 140 mins
    • Low – 280 mins
  • Charge Time:

    2.5 hrs

  • System Weight:

    254 Gr.

  • Size:

    4" x 2.1" x 2.1"

Features:

  • FACTORY SEALED

    Factory sealed system offers flood free performance with FL-1 Certification.

  • IMPACT RESISTANCE

    FL-1 Certification rating for impact resistance based on ANSI-NEMA testing.

  • RECHARGEABLE

    Li-ion rechargeable via direct external port is convenient and hassle-free.

  • SMART FEATURES

    Advanced electronics design for optimizing the user experience.

  • SPOT BEAM

    Narrow beam pattern for increased beam reach and focus.

  • VERSATILE

    Modular design supports a variety of mounting options.

Reviews & Recommendations

Reviews and Recommendations

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Just bought the Sola NightSea and it works great!


Kevin Mikawa

Light & Motion Introduces New…

Deeper Blue


While you’re definitely going to be bowled over by the exciting new developments at Light & Motion, don’t overlook their reliable…

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While you’re definitely going to be bowled over by the exciting new developments at Light & Motion, don’t overlook their reliable standards from the 8000 Pro with its OLED screen and water-aided cooling compartment or their SOLA Nightsea, which utilizes powerful blue diodes to excite biofluorescence during night dives. A new innovation on their excellent standards, the new Fast Charge feature (indicated by a white, rather than a black body) offers even quicker charging on SOLA lights, with recharge speeds averaging an hour and forty-five minutes for a full charge on the SOLA VideoPro8000, 3000F, 2500F, and 2100 S/F, with an 80% charge ready in fifty minutes. That should encourage you to get — and keep — your feet wet!


Read more here: https://www.deeperblue.com/light-motions-sola-lights-rapid-response-evolving-needs/

Light & Motion Introduces New Underwater Dive Lights

Made in Monterey

Enduro Magazine


L&M is not a large company, and is made up of around 50 full-time employees, all working under one roof. This gives L&M the ability to be…

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L&M is not a large company, and is made up of around 50 full-time
employees, all working under one roof. This gives L&M the ability to
be flexible in an ever-changing market. “We can update products and
innovate much quicker than our competitors,” explains Jacob. “We can
update to a more efficient LED, reprogram our lights or redesign a
mold to improve assembly workflow. Most businesses would have to
wait out an entire season before they could make changes like that”.

It’s advantages like these that keep L&M competitive in the market.
The feel-good factor of buying local can only get you so far in a market
where consumers are becoming increasingly comfortable buying Asian
made products, whether it’s a $100 light or a $6,000 mountain bike.
Like every other brand, L&M has had to innovate to stay ahead of the
curve.

Credit: Will Barret - Enduro Magazine

*Pick up a magazine at your local bike shop to read the full article.

Made in Monterey

GEAR TESTS: Sola Nightsea

The Digital Shootout


By CHARLES MAZEL, PHD Founder/President NIGHTSEA The Sola NIGHTSEA is a game-changer of a light for underwater fluorescence work.…

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By CHARLES MAZEL, PHD
Founder/President NIGHTSEA


The Sola NIGHTSEA is a game-changer of a light for underwater fluorescence work. NIGHTSEA and Light & Motion collaborated to create this specialized version of their popular Sola 1200 video light. Rather than adding an external filter to a white light, which just throws away a lot of energy, the Sola NIGHTSEA is built from the ground up for fluorescence with the right color blue LEDs supplemented by NIGHTSEA's proprietary interference filter to trim the output for best performance. By using blue LEDs all of the energy goes where it is needed to stimulate bright fluorescence in a variety of marine organisms.

The Sola NIGHTSEA has both spot and flood beams. I like to use the spot mode for searching at a distance – that tight beam really carries – and switch to flood beam for a wide-area search at close range, and as a focus and video light. With three intensity levels in each mode you can easily adjust for conditions.

One of the coolest things is that the Sola NIGHTSEA magically transforms from a blue light into a white light for keeping yourself oriented in the dark, reading your gauges, and figuring out just what it is that is fluorescing (that's not always obvious!). The snap-on cap is made from 'remote phosphor' material that absorbs blue and converts it to the broad range of wavelengths necessary to make white.

The Sola NIGHTSEA was really popular with the Shootout participants. Everyone came back from their dives really enthused about the new spectral world that they had just visited. And they came back with great pictures. The Sola made it easy to find subjects and they then used it as a focus light for their still shots using strobes outfitted with NIGHTSEA excitation filters, or as the primary light for fluorescence video. The Shootout divers are already skilled photographers and the Light & Motion and NIGHTSEA equipment gave them the tools they needed to bring back great fluorescence images.

I spent a lot of time in the water myself taking both stills and video using a single Sola NIGHTSEA in conjunction with a Canon G10 camera in a compact housing. For stills, I was getting good exposures at ISO 400 – 800, 1/30 – 1/20 sec, f3.5 – 5.6, using a small tripod for stability. Now that the performance of digital cameras at high ISO's has vastly improved the Sola NIGHTSEA can be used in place of a strobe for still photography in many cases. I was in the water for up to 2 hours at a time and by using the lower intensity settings whenever I didn't need full power the batteries lasted for the full dive.

The Sola NIGHTSEA is the light I've always wanted for underwater fluorescence work and I had a lot of fun diving it. I have made some one-off high power prototypes for my own use in the past, but by building on their established Sola lighting technology Light & Motion has created a versatile light that will make underwater fluorescence more accessible and enjoyable for all. I predict we'll be seeing a lot more fluorescence work in the future, especially from the new enthusiasts from the Digital Shootout.

GEAR TESTS: Sola Nightsea

What you may consider a dull…

DIVER Magazine


Night diving has to be one the most unique and awe inspiring things a human can experience. The cliche “It’s another world down there”…

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Night diving has to be one the most unique and awe inspiring things a human can experience. The cliche “It’s another world down there” is so for good reason. But what if there was a subsea world invisible to the human eye?

Light & Motion has continued to innovate underwater lighting over the past few years. Their product line has featured some fantastic, ergonomic lighting set ups for recreational, tech and video/photo divers. But their Sola Nightsea may well be their most interesting product to date.

The Nightsea is similar to others in the Sola series; small, lightweight and bright as hell. What makes this unit particularly special is that it emits a blue light. This special blue light acts as a fluorescent ‘excitor’, with many organisms absorbing and re-emitting the light as a visible glow. In a nutshell, the Sola Nightsea makes certain marine life species glow in a way that looks like they’re from a Tron movie. Pretty cool huh?!

Some organisms produce a protein that fluoresces when exposed to blue wavelengths of light. Depending on the specific protein the organism produces, the wavelength reaction can be seen as different glowing colours; red, green, orange, yellow and blue.

When diving with the Sola Nightsea you need two parts to your set up. Firstly the Nightsea itself, supplied on a comfy hand strap, but with an optional pistol grip or ball mount for video and photography. Secondly you need a Nightsea Mask Filter. This is a special piece of translucent yellow plastic that slides over the top of your existing dive mask. By filtering out unwanted light it allows you to see the organisms fluoresce, and transport you to a world you’ve not yet seen. A large square filter is also available for your camera and video devices, allowing you to capture some unique and stunning images or video as seen above .

An easy way to think of it, if a little crude, is that of a black light, the kind you’ll find in a cheesy 90′s nightclub, or an episode of CSI. Those black lights would make anyone wearing a white shirt glow as if they were radioactive. A similar effect can happen on your night dive using the Nightsea. The fun is learning what species fluoresce and what doesn’t, some will surprise you!

Most fish seem to be non-fluorescent, whilst anemones go crazy and glow like little they’re having a little illegal dance party. Ocoto’s and the occasional crab can also be worthy of some attention as can small critters easily ignored in daylight.

Your dive site will play a huge part of you enjoyment of this light, what you may consider a dull site during the daytime, may explode with fluorescent life after sun down. Here in Vancouver, British Columbia, there isn’t a lot of marine life that fluoresces, go further north for a few hours and Port Hardy will offer a different story that makes Avatar looks monochromatic. Pack the small light in your flight bag and your next vacation to the tropics will be one to truly remember.

The light, as with the other Sola models, has wet contacts, making charging super easy. No O-rings to watch out for, no housings to get flooded. Simply plug into the charger once you’re out of the water and you’ll be reaching full charge in little over two hours.

Runtime is good given the high power output of the Nightsea, 110 – 440 minutes depending on which of the three power settings you choose.

The real deal clincher here though is the inclusion of a phosphor filter, a clever little snap on filter that converts the bright blue light to standard white light you can use throughout your dive.

The Nightsea is a cool piece of gear. It’s a luxury item for sure, but one that can really help divers explore the underwater realm in a way they have never experienced before. It will have you looking at species you may never have noticed, it will get you diving at 2 in the morning and it will give your underwater videos and photos a unique perspective that will surely grab peoples attention. At the very least it will have you recreating scenes from CSI, just don’t use it inside a hotel room.

What you may consider a dull dive site during the daytime, may explode with fluorescent life after sun down using the Sola Nightsea.

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Sola NightSea

$550
  • Lumens:
  • [60° / 12°°]
  • High – 3000mW / 1700mW
  • Med – 1500mW / 850mW
  • Low – 750mW / 425mW
  • Run Time:
  • High – 70 mins
  • Med – 140 mins
  • Low – 280 mins
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