Who are greenkit?
Greenkit was founded in 2010 by Pat McEnallay who has been working in film lighting his whole career. The company was initially set up to source energy efficient lights that would allow filmmakers to make great films sustainably.
Since then there have been lots of great new energy efficient lights developed all over the world that offer high quality, cost effective and low energy options for DPs, Gaffers and Producers who want to work sustainably without compromising their professional standards.
We are focused on the future of film lighting which we believe depends on working with filmmakers to find out what tools they need to do their best lighting. Our greenkit comprises a handpicked selection of lights and accessories that we believe represent the best of our industry.
We also want to give you the best service of any rental house you work with, so if you don’t see what you need here or you think we can improve something, please let us know.
I’m a new customer, how can I set up an account with you?
That is no problem just email us and we will send you a new client form with terms and conditions. Once you have opened an account everything will be simple.
On your first hire we will ask you to leave a driving license or passport as security.
What’s your policy on hiring to student filmmakers?
We all have to start somewhere and we’d love to help you get started on your career in film. We believe that we have a responsibility to support the next generation of filmmakers by renting you the best equipment we can offer for a price you can afford.
Just get in touch we’ll do you the best deal we can.
Can I test equipment at Green Kit, some of your lights are new to me?
Of course. We have a testing area in the building we share with Feral Equipment. They has a great range of cameras and grip equipment that complement our lights.
Can you deliver equipment and how much do you charge?
Sure, once you’ve set up a customer account we can get equipment delivered and collected. The costs depend on how much kit you need and when you need it. Don’t worry, we’ll agree a quote for this with you in advance.
How do you decide what equipment Greenkit carry?
We’ve been in film lighting for a while so we know you can’t compromise on quality. So we go to all the major shows and keep in contact with suppliers all over the world to find new products and to make sure they’re the very best in their class. We’re passionate about sustainable film-making so we choose the most environmentally friendly options – low energy, low emisisons, recycleable etc.
And then we ask you, our customers, to test the kit and give us feedback about how it performs on the job. We want to know what you love about our kit, and what you don’t so that we can make sure we carry the equipment you really need.
We’re proud to say that we’re starting to build a reputation for being the place to go for ‘environmentally friendly innovative kit’. We’re proud to say we’re often the first company to invest in new equipment, so join our mailing list and we’ll let you know when we do.
Where is Greenkit based?
From April 1st 2017 we’re at Unit 16, Cygnus Business Centre, Willesden, London, NW10 2XA
Here’s how to find us:
- Driving We’re within 10 minutes drive of the North Circular Road. Take the exit for Neasden, head straight over the roundabout signposted Willesden and follow the road down the hill and round the corner. Turn right at the lights at the junction with Willesden High Road, and right again at the mini roundabout 100 metres later onto Pound lane. Dalmeyer Road is the third road on the right, immediately after you pass B&M Superstore on your right. If you pass the magistrates court you have just missed the turning! Cygnus Business Estate is the third entrance on the right off Dalmeyer, it’s the second slightly scruffier estate! Unit 16 is the last unit on the right, opposite Astral Plumbing Supplies.
- By Tube we’re within a 10 minute walk of Dollis Hill tube station on the Jubilee Line.
- By Bus Several buses run past the end of Dalmeyer Road
What’s so great about energy efficient lighting?
We believe that energy efficient is the future of film lighting because these lights have loads of advantages namely:
- Portable – many can be run of batteries, or plugged into a domestic power supply
- Cool operating – LED lights produce much less heat, making them more comfortable to work with and safer to rig and derig
- Longlasting – LED bulbs have a life many times that of incandescents, and they never shatter on set!
- Flexible – the latest generation of energy efficient lights offer a great range of options in terms of dimming, precise colour temperature and are easy to rig in a tight space
- Punchy – most LED fixtures don’t yet match the punch of the brightest traditional fixtures, but they’re catching up fast and lights like the Trucolor represent a real alternative
- Reliable – we’re picky about our lights, and not every new energy efficient light makes the cut, we only carry lights that deliver the performance you need, every time you switch them on
What is your policy on Insurance?
We must have proof of insurance on any equipment being hired from us. We can recommend insurance companies if you don’t currently have one.
You’ve given me a great deal, what can I do to support Greenkit?
Please treat the equipment as if it were your own. Let us know how the shoot went, we want to know the good and the bad bits so we can improve the service we offer.
We’re keen to help you promote your films, so send us details and we’ll spread the word with our industry contacts and through our social media channels. We’d love to add our logo to the screen credits and we’ll come and cheer at the screening if you send us tickets!
And if you’ve hired a great light from us and had a good experience – tell your fellow filmmakers! We all live on the same planet and it needs all the help we can give it.
What’s the difference between bicolor and ‘tungsten or daylight’ fixtures?
Lights like the Kino Flo Celeb 200 and 400 or the Zylight where you can adjust the colour temperature on the fixture itself using a dial, we classify as bicolour. Some of these lights give you the option to select a colour temperature on the spectrum between tungsten and daylight.
We’re calling lights like the Trucolor and the Minburst LED panels where you swap panels in front of the fixture; or the Kino Flo banks where you swap out bulbs; to change colour temperature tungsten/daylight.
Of course some lights like the DLED 4.0 are available with a choice of daylight or bicolour heads.
It just depends which option you prefer and which suits your set up better.
Why do you still hire traditional film lights?
Although green film lighting technology has come a long way, there’s not yet an energy efficient light for every job. Until very recently there were no high quality LED fresnels on the market, now there’s both the Zylight, and the Dedo LED. We’re confident that soon there will be an energy efficient option that matches the performance of all your traditional favourites.
Until then we’ll continue to carry a small selection of traditional film lights, for you to hire alongside the greener alternatives.