Thursday, July 16, 2009

Orascoptic Discovery LED Evaluation Complete

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For years I've used the Orascoptic Zeon LumenArc system which is an auxiliary lighting system composed of the LumenArc light box and a fiber optic cord that led from the box to a light situated on my Orascoptic 4.8 TTL surgical telescopes.

However, for the last month I've been seeing patients using the device pictured above, the Orascoptic Zeon Discovery LED. Here are my impressions:

  • Brightness: Amazing. 7000 foot candles at high power. This is 2000 foot candles brighter than the LumenArc bulb system.
  • Ease of use: 3 brightness settings with buttons that can be found easily by feel and an orange curing filter means my light doesn't set my composites and I always have just the right amount of light.
  • Convenience: Not being tethered is a huge factor. Also the cord is light and easily tolerated; much more so than the fiber optic cable I was using previously.
  • Battery pack: I bit heavy at 8.5 oz but well worth it since it provides all day power for the system. I wear cargo pant scrubs and the battery pack is easy to place into one of the leg pockets. The pack comes with an included clip so that it can also be worn on the waist.
  • Battery life: It's as bright at the end of the day as at the beginning. The battery will power the light (even at its brightest setting) for up to 7 hours.
  • Recharging: Battery pack recharges in 3 hours or less and the unit can be used while the battery pack is attached to an outlet in a worst case scenario. At the end of the day I remove the LED cord to my glasses and plug the pack into its charger.
Overall: A home run product and highly recommended. If you came and took it away from me, I'd need another one tomorrow!

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