Lots of light despite little space: Litepanels lighting fixtures at France Télévision
1x1 LEDs: most versatile and energy-efficient
DoP (Director of Photography) Didier Gorbaty of “Des Racines & Des Ailes” and other programs, works as technical consultant for France Télévision in Bordeaux and is enthusiastic: “We decided on the Litepanels 1x1 LED lighting fixtures, as the studio is very small. We faced the challenge that there is very little space between the studio decor and the journalists. Being extremely flat, the fixtures are well suited to our studio. The speakers’ faces are perfectly illuminated and yet the decor is only faintly lit up.” Another reason why he decided on the Litepanels lights is the color temperature. “There are a lot of plasma displays with a color temperature of 5600°K. Therefore, it is an added advantage to have Litepanels lights working at the same temperature. As TV news is produced in the studio, it is important that the faces be lit softly in a clear light, without any noticeable effects. The 1x1 fixtures are perfectly suited to this purpose.“
The flat Litepanels 1x1 lighting fixtures are versatile and can be combined with different frames into 2x2 or 4x4 configurations. The LED lights barely produce any heat, enabling the studio to save on air conditioning. As the lights require very little power and therefore save on energy, they are particularly efficient, and thus environmental-friendly. The 1x1 lighting fixtures are available in 3200°K and 5600°K and have a dimmer enabling instant dimming from 100 percent to 0 with minimal shift in color, remaining completely flicker-free.
Litepanels’ pioneering, energy efficient LED (light emitting diode) lighting fixtures are popular and valued tools throughout the television, motion picture, and audio-visual industries, thanks to their low power draw, heat-free usage, and soft, directional illumination. Litepanels are renowned for their HD-friendly key and fill lighting, and innovative features such as full range dimming with only minimal effect on color temperature.
The ever-growing range of Litepanels products includes: compact MicroPro and MiniPlus on-camera lights, slimline, flat-profile 1x1 fixtures in standard, Bi-Color, or Bi-Focus, Super-Spot, and Low-Profile versions, and LED Ringlites. Litepanels installations are an essential component of the White House and Pentagon Briefing Rooms, the CNN Election Van, KTLA News Helicopter, and television news crews and motion picture studios worldwide. In addition to dozens of industry awards, the company has recently been honored with a Prime Time Engineering Emmy by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Litepanels is a Vitec Group brand.
A Snapshot of The Vitec Group
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2009 revenue of £315 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organised in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services.
Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events.
Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG.
Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fibre optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews.