Litepanels® Expands LED Fresnel line and On-camera Fixtures at NAB 2012
Daylight LED Fresnel Fixtures
The Sola 4™ daylight Fresnel fixture is the smallest DMX controllable LED Fresnel on the market. The new focusable fixture features a 4-inch (10cm) Fresnel lens and uses a small fraction of the power consumed by conventional fixtures. It employs Litepanels’ proprietary LEDs to produce the company’s hallmark soft light quality daylight colour balance. The Sola 4 is based on the same breakthrough Fresnel technology as Litepanels’ award-winning Sola 6, but in a smaller, more lightweight form factor. It provides the controllability and light-shaping, single shadow properties inherent in a Fresnel light, with a range of focusing from 70 to 10 degrees. Like all Litepanels fixtures, Sola 4 can be dimmed from 100% to zero with no noticeable shift in colour temperature. Both focus and dimming can be controlled manually with dials on the fixture, or remotely via DMX 512.
Litepanels’ breakthrough Sola 6™ Fresnel fixture has been upgraded over the past year and like the Sola 4, now sports an external power supply, and the same capability of being powered by DC via a standard XLR connection.
Tungsten-balance LED Fresnel Fixtures worldwide premiere
A new line of Litepanels’ tungsten-balance Fresnel fixtures, the Inca Series™, will make its worldwide premiere at NAB. The Inca 6™ and Inca 4™ mirror the capabilities of their daylight counterparts in the Sola Series of Fresnels, but will output tungsten-balance light that can be integrated with light from legacy tungsten fixtures. This now allows studios with existing tungsten fixtures to begin realising the cost-saving benefits of LED lighting today without changing out their whole lighting installation.
Like the Sola series, new Inca Fresnel fixtures feature a lightweight form factor, 1/3rd that of traditional Fresnels. They provide the controllability and light-shaping, single shadow properties inherent in a Fresnel light, focusing from 70 to 10 degrees. Like all Litepanels fixtures, the Inca 4 and Inca 6 can be dimmed from 100% to zero with no noticeable shift in colour temperature. Both focus and dimming can be controlled manually with dials on the fixture, or via remote DMX.
On-camera LED Fixtures
Litepanels will also unveil new on-camera LED lighting fixtures, the Croma™ (variable colour-temperature) and Luma™ (daylight). The Croma can illuminate in any colour temperature from daylight to tungsten via an on-fixture control knob, making it a versatile solution for run-and-gun news shooters, event videographers and still photographers who move rapidly from one light environment to the next. The Luma provides powerful daylight illumination that is perfect for fill light when shooting outdoors or in similar colour temperature conditions. Both the Croma and Luma are sleekly designed fixtures that can be dimmed from 100% to 0 via an on-fixture knob, with no noticeable shift in colour balance. They draw just 9W of current, with comparable light output to that of a 40W (HMI) to 90W (tungsten) fixture. This miserly use of power provides long life from AA batteries, or both fixtures can also be powered off an AC adapter.
High Intensity LED Fixtures
Also making its NAB debut will be Litepanels’ Hilio high-intensity LED lighting fixture. The daylight-balanced Hilio is a small-footprint LED fixture capable of emitting daylight illumination over a 20’ to 25’ (6.1 - 7.6 M) distance, without requiring an external ballast. Early users of the Hilio compare the new Litepanels fixture favourably to the venerable HMI fixtures used by the television and motion picture industry, but without the HMI disadvantages such as heat generation, power hunger, short bulb life and required off down-time before restrike. The new high-intensity Hilio draws just 115W (while providing comparable illumination equivalent to a 575W HMI), and offers bulb life of 50,000 hours while operating from 100-240VAC 50/60 Hz, or 24VDC battery.