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October 2009
EVLED Panels Light up Video Online
Elation Professional has introduced a line of lightweight, transparent, IP65-rated LED video panels for use both indoors and out. 
Dark Sun Goes Bright with Cine-Lux  Online
Dark Sun Studios offers the Cine-Lux 2xV and 1xV variable-color-temperature LED soft-light panels. 
Rotolight Debuts Shotgun-Mounted RL48 Online
Rotolight has introduced the RL48 shotgun-mounted LED camcorder light. Featuring 48 daylight-balanced 5600°K Ultra-Bright LEDs, the easy-to-use RL48 is a versatile fixture ideally suited to exterior video production and location film shoots.
PR Lighting Incorporates Osram LEDs Online
Osram Opto Semiconductors offers a broad portfolio of LED products for high-power stage lighting, a market that is increasingly seeking more beneficial alternatives to traditional halogen or high-intensity discharge lighting. Osram’s Ostar SMT, Diamond Dragon and Gold Dragon Plus LED solutions provide energy-efficient, high-brightness and long-life lighting.
Sachtler Dims 8LED Online
Sachtler, a Vitec Group brand, has introduced the Reporter 8LEDim. This on-camera light can be dimmed continuously from 100 to 30 percent, providing just the right amount of light for any shooting situation. 
Softbox 2Go Rolls Out Online
Rololight, developer and manufacturer of innovative rollable lighting systems, has added the Rololight Softbox 2Go. 
Arri Offers Daylight True Blue Fixtures Online
Arri Lighting has unveiled the sequel to its award-winning True Blue Tungsten fixtures: the new line of True Blue Daylight lamp heads. 
Arri Delivers New Class of HMI Online
Based on the design principles of the Arrimax, Arri Lighting has introduced the M18, which works with a new power class of lamp: the 1800-watt SE HMI. 
Litepanels Shines with Bi-Focus Fixture Online
Litepanels, a Vitec Group company, has introduced the 1x1 Bi-Focus, an LED fixture capable of variable spot-and-flood focusing. 
Litepanels Micro Goes Pro Online
Doubling the output of the company’s Micro on-camera light, Litepanels — a Vitec Group company — has introduced the MicroPro. 
Litepanels SuperSpot Throws Long Online
Building on the company’s 1x1 Spot fixture, which focuses a 5600°K beam to 30 degrees, Litepanels — a Vitec Group company — has introduced the 1x1 SuperSpot, which focuses the output to a 15-degree beam and provides a longer throw of illumination. 
Camera Corps Announces Ringlight for Q-Ball Online
Camera Corps has introduced a self-illuminating version of its Q-Ball all-weather robotic camera head. Designed primarily for commentator-camera applications, the new Q-Lite option is a multi-element LED ring luminaire that generates a powerful, non-glare soft light to illuminate a presenter. 
Arri Unveils LED Trio
Arri has announced a trio of advanced LED-based lighting products: the Pax Panel, the Background Lighting Module and the LED Caster Series.
LEDStorm Shines Across Range
LEDStorm offers a range of LED-based lighting solutions, including the LS-711 on-camera light ring, the PL-11 Panel Light and the FlexiLED system. 
Matthews Extends Max Line
Matthews Studio Equipment has introduced the Maxine lighting stand. The Maxine follows the successful Max and Mini-Max stands, all of which are designed to get the fixture “up and out,” away from the main support column. 
Metal Halide Lamps Join Showbiz Line
GE Consumer & Industrial has added to its Showbiz line of globes with ultraviolet-control, single-ended, hot-restrike metal-halide lamps. 
Zylight Announces Intelligent IS3
Zylight LLC has announced a new series of full-size Intelligent Studio fixtures. The first light in the series, the IS3, boasts four-times-brighter output than other LED fixtures in its class.
LEDz Releases Brute 30
LEDz has announced the Brute 30 LED fixture, a 90-watt, 5500°K fixture boasting an output equivalent to a 400-watt HMI.
Gekko Intros Kedo, Kelvin Tile
Gekko Technology has introduced two LED-based luminaires, the Kedo focusable spot lamp and the Kelvin Tile.
Litepanels Makes Splash with SeaSun
Litepanels has teamed with HydroFlex to develop the Litepanels SeaSun underwater-housing series, bringing the advantages of Litepanels’ LED technology — including the fixtures’ small form factors, panchromatic light output, low power draw and low heat generation — to productions shooting beneath the waves.
MicroBeam LED from FloLight
FloLight, the lighting division of Prompter People, Inc., has introduced the MicroBeam 128 and MicroBeam 256 dimmable 5400°K LED lights, which deliver the equivalent power of a 100- or 200-watt hot lamp, respectively. 
Ikan Illuminates iLED 150
Replacing the iLED 100, Ikan has introduced the iLED 150, a lightweight, versatile and affordable lighting accessory. 
16x9 Takes Bebob Lux-LEDs into Field
16x9 Inc. has introduced the Lux-LED40 and Lux-LED60 by Bebob Engineering. The versatile, portable LED lights have been created specifically for work in the field. 

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EVLED Panels Light up Video

Elation Professional has introduced a line of lightweight, transparent, IP65-rated LED video panels for use both indoors and out. Designed for creating vibrant video screens, curtains and backdrops, the panels are available in three versions: EVLED 1024SMD (medium-resolution SMD Tri-Color with 20mm pixel pitch), EVLED 1024 (medium-resolution RGB Discrete with 18.75mm pixel pitch) and EVLED 256 (low-resolution RGB Discrete with 37.5mm pixel pitch).

The EVLED panels feature an integrated rigging/hanging system, allowing users to easily assemble any size LED video screen; up to 16 pieces can be linked on one AC circuit, and as many as 1,000 pieces can be run from one Ethernet video output using Elation’s ELED VSC driver (sold separately), which can run two outputs to two screens simultaneously.

“One of the biggest trends today in lighting and production is the convergence of lights with video, so we designed the EVLED panels to serve as the perfect ‘pixel screen,’” says Eric Loader, director of sales for Elation Professional. “These transparent LED panels are extremely bright, yet they’re also very compact, lightweight and easy to set up, which makes them great for touring and rentals. They can be used anytime, anywhere, since they’re daylight-viewable and rated at IP65, meaning they’ve been tested to withstand dust and rain for outdoor applications. Plus, they’re priced very affordably.”

The EVLED 1024 and 256 each measure 2’x2’x3” and the 1024SMD measures 2’1”x2’1”x3”, meaning the panels pack easily and take up very little space on the truck. The EVLED panels include on-board electronics and a built-in multi-voltage power supply (90-240 volts). Their long-life LEDs are rated at 100,000 hours, and they come with a two-year factory warranty. Additionally, should a pixel ever get damaged, the user can simply remove and replace the strip, without the expense of buying a new panel.

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www.elationlighting.com
Dark Sun Goes Bright with Cine-Lux

Dark Sun Studios offers the Cine-Lux 2xV and 1xV variable-color-temperature LED soft-light panels. The durable, versatile and affordable lighting solutions boast proprietary technology allowing full remote-control color-temperature mixing and dimming from 3200°K to 5600°K. 

The frame and yoke of the Cine-Lux panels are built using heavy-duty aluminum, making the fixtures lightweight yet strong and robust. The LED bulbs are housed inside the protective frame, spreading their light across the multi-mirrored panel; this system evenly spreads soft light over the entire surface of the panel and out onto the subject, without creating hot spots from multiple points. The Cine-Lux panels’ modular framing allows for unlimited configurations and makes assembling banks of lights easy and economical, and the panels’ 5/8” baby pin “Cine-Grip” system supports more attachments, such as filters, flags, scrims and reflectors.
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www.cineluxlighting.com
Rotolight Debuts Shotgun-Mounted RL48

Rotolight has introduced the RL48 shotgun-mounted LED camcorder light. Featuring 48 daylight-balanced 5600°K Ultra-Bright LEDs, the easy-to-use RL48 is a versatile fixture ideally suited to exterior video production and location film shoots.

The RL48’s unique ring design incorporates a universal 38mm microphone mount, which allows it to be fitted onto virtually any standard shotgun microphone. 48 high-output LEDs provide the equivalent of a 50-watt tungsten fixture, delivering a widely dispersed light with soft, diffused shadows and resulting in evenly balanced illumination on the subject. Accidental direct illumination of the retina on close subjects is eliminated thanks to Rotolight’s side-mounted, asymmetric position.

Weighing only 4 ounces, Rotolight hardly affects the balance of the camcorder, making it ideal for use with a Steadicam rig. Attaching the RL48 to the shotgun mic also frees up the camera’s accessory shoe, and three standard internal AA alkaline or rechargeable batteries power the fixture, typically providing over 3 hours of non-stop operation. The color temperature remains highly stable throughout the operational battery life, eliminating the need to constantly re-adjust the camera’s color balance.

Rod Gammons, Rotolight’s managing director, notes, “The RL48 can be deployed in 5 seconds, and this can mean the difference between capturing the perfect shot or missing the action. Some camcorder lighting systems provide harsh light with highly defined shadows; Rotolight’s quality LEDs deliver a pleasant, diffused light that is particularly suited to portraiture, resulting in perfect skin tones without the sickly bluish cast found when using inexpensive consumer LEDs. For such a versatile and useful lighting tool, Rotolight is an incredible value at just $119.”

The company has also released a tungsten-balanced version of the shotgun-mounted on-camera light, the RL4832. Based on the design of the RL48, the RL4832 features a matte black finish and a color temperature of 3200°K, making it suitable for indoor filming under studio lighting conditions. Supporting both the RL48 and the RL4832, the company has released an accessory kit, enabling the fixtures to be attached to the camera’s accessory shoe or any standard studio lighting stand.

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www.rotolight.com
PR Lighting Incorporates Osram LEDs

Osram Opto Semiconductors offers a broad portfolio of LED products for high-power stage lighting, a market that is increasingly seeking more beneficial alternatives to traditional halogen or high-intensity discharge lighting. Osram’s Ostar SMT, Diamond Dragon and Gold Dragon Plus LED solutions provide energy-efficient, high-brightness and long-life lighting.

The Ostar SMT unites outstanding power efficiency and RGB color mixing capabilities in a compact, surface-mountable package. The Diamond Dragon is Osram’s brightest single-chip LED, delivering a wide range of colors, and the Golden Dragon Plus, with its integrated silicon lens, increases light extraction to maximize system efficiency.

LED luminaires are increasingly used as a light source for theatrical and entertainment lighting due to their precise color control, integrated dimming features, and no-infrared (heat) emission, which keeps the performers and scenery cool. Osram LEDs deliver multiple lighting colors (red, orange-red, green, blue and white), enabling variable color temperature and wide color gamuts for repeatable and consistent color control without the use of dichroics or gels.

PR Lighting Ltd. recently announced that it has chosen Osram Diamond Dragon LEDs for its XLED 590 intelligent light. “We chose the Diamond Dragon RGB LEDs for our intelligent wash light because we wanted to offer a high-brightness, long-life solution that meets the needs of the high-power stage lighting market,” says Steve Tulk, chief engineer of PR Lighting. “This XLED 590 with Osram’s LED is the brightest intelligent wash light in the market. Its light output is even better than a 1,200-watt conventional wash light.”

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www.osram-os.com
Sachtler Dims 8LED

Sachtler, a Vitec Group brand, has introduced the Reporter 8LEDim. This on-camera light can be dimmed continuously from 100 to 30 percent, providing just the right amount of light for any shooting situation. The robust light is equipped with innovative LED technology, offering an extremely long bulb life while providing significantly higher efficiency than comparable halogen or HMI lights. 

The Reporter 8LEDim features an input voltage ranging from 6-24 volts, which allows it to be powered off the same battery or power supply the camera uses. At just 8 watts of power consumption, the light can provide 250 lumens of light. The light is available as a daylight or a tungsten version; the daylight and tungsten LED modules can be interchanged to provide either 5600°K or 3200°K illumination. Additionally, the single LED module design eliminates the multiple shadows that can result from use of multiple LED module lights.

The light features a removable 45-degree rotatable four-leaf barndoor, and a PowerBase connection that makes it easy to change the fixture’s optic sets. The fixture also comes standard with a reflector for softening its light, and a double-jointed bracket for optimal positioning. Additional accessories include a mini croco-clamp and an extension arm.

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www.sachtler.com
Softbox 2Go Rolls Out

Rololight, developer and manufacturer of innovative rollable lighting systems, has added the Rololight Softbox 2Go. 

Weighing only 5 pounds, the Softbox 2Go features a unique pull cable that allows for quick setup and differentiates the fixture from its big brother, the Softbox Pro. The Softbox 2Go also rolls up for easy transport, and the rolling design further enables multi-angle positioning of the 6500°K fluorescent tubes. Additionally, the fixture is available in 12”, 15” and 25” widths, and multiple Softboxes can be daisy-chained together.

The complete Rololight Softbox 2Go kit, which includes lights, a carrying bag and a Spigot mounting system, is available now for $499.95.

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www.rololight.com
Arri Offers Daylight True Blue Fixtures

Arri Lighting has unveiled the sequel to its award-winning True Blue Tungsten fixtures: the new line of True Blue Daylight lamp heads. 

As the next generation of daylight illumination, this series includes four products: the D5, the D12, the D25 and the D40; the HMI Fresnel units comprise 575-watt, 1,200-watt, 2,500-watt and 4,000-watt HMI lamps, respectively. These fixtures have lower weight than their predecessors without sacrificing robustness or high light output.

The True Blue Daylight series boasts the same mechanical and optical improvements as the Tungsten line, including an improved disc-brake locking mechanism for heavy, front-loaded accessories; a sliding stirrup for adjusting the center of gravity; Arri’s cross-cooling system, enabling the lamp head to be focused at a 90-degree downward angle; True Blue barndoors, designed for strength, rigidity and flexibility; and IP23, TÜV GS and cNRTL certificates.

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www.arri.com
Arri Delivers New Class of HMI

Based on the design principles of the Arrimax, Arri Lighting has introduced the M18, which works with a new power class of lamp: the 1800-watt SE HMI. This lamp boasts 750 hours of average life and a Luminous Efficacy of 92 Lumens per Watt. The Color Rendering Index is greater than 90 at 6000°K.

Now the brightest HMI a user can plug into a 20-amp, 120-volt AC electrical outlet on a single circuit, the M18 is a lens-less, open-face lighting fixture combining the desired light distribution from the optics of a Par and a Fresnel fixture. The unique Arrimax reflector design creates diverging rays to produce a crisp shadow. With a beam angle of 20 to 60 degrees and a wide usable-field angle, the M18 is designed to be both intense and efficient.

When narrower beam angles are desired, Arri offers the Arrisun 18; the AS18 uses common Arri spread lenses and a Par reflector in combination with spot, medium and flood focus settings. Conversion kits are available to adapt the M18 to the AS18 and vice versa.

The M18 and AS18 are designed to be highly versatile while meeting better lighting efficiencies in a new performance class. Intense and efficient, these lights showcase convenient, cost-effective qualities in addition to the known characteristics and high standards of Arri HMIs.

These new units also support a 1200-watt lamp, and the distinctive power class of the M18 and AS18 has necessitated the design of a new electronic ballast. Arri’s EB 1200/1800 incorporates the latest advancements in efficiency to supply proper power for these lamps.

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www.arri.com
Litepanels Shines with Bi-Focus Fixture

Litepanels, a Vitec Group company, has introduced the 1x1 Bi-Focus, an LED fixture capable of variable spot-and-flood focusing. And alternative to Fresnel lights, the ultra-thin and portable 1x1 Bi-Focus offers a cool-to-the-touch, low-energy-draw solution and provides the flexibility to instantly vary the width of the light beam.

The 1’-by-1’ square Bi-Focus fixture features two independent sets of daylight-balanced (5600°K) LED bulbs; one set of LEDs comprises the flood bulbs and the other set comprises the spot bulbs. By cross-fading between the two sets, the user can achieve variable flood or spot output, and because the unit utilizes twice the number of bulbs of a standard 1x1, the Bi-Focus projects the same total light output whether the operator selects spot, flood or any combination in between.

Like all Litepanels 1x1 units, the Bi-Focus offers infinite dimming from 100 percent to zero with minimal change in color temperature. Brightness can also be controlled by a built-in dimmer dial on the back of the fixture or by the DMX controller, and the spot and flood setting can also be achieved via DMX or by turning the manual control dial on the back of the unit. The Bi-Focus runs on battery or AC power.

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www.litepanels.com
Litepanels Micro Goes Pro

Doubling the output of the company’s Micro on-camera light, Litepanels — a Vitec Group company — has introduced the MicroPro. The new fixture also provides a broader source, which better wraps the subject and provides a friendlier quality of light for HD shoots.

Measuring 5.5” wide, 3.75” high and 1.5” deep, and weighing just 10.5 ounces, the compact MicroPro is ideally suited for mounting on an ENG, DV or dSLR camera. The fixture produces 1.5 hours of continuous output from six standard or rechargeable AA batteries, or over five hours using lithium-ion AA cells. Power can also be supplied through a convenient 5-12-volt input jack located on the back of the unit.

Daylight balanced (5600°K), the MicroPro features an integrated filter holder, enabling users to attach diffusers and color modifiers; filters not being used can be stored on the back of the fixture. The unit comes complete with three filters: Daylight-to-Tungsten conversion, ¼ CTO and White Diffusion.

The versatile MicroPro includes a ball-head camera adapter as well as a threaded receiver, providing the ability to mount the fixture directly on a light stand or camera arm. The suggested list price for the Micro Pro is $525.

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www.litepanels.com
Litepanels SuperSpot Throws Long

Building on the company’s 1x1 Spot fixture, which focuses a 5600°K beam to 30 degrees, Litepanels — a Vitec Group company — has introduced the 1x1 SuperSpot, which focuses the output to a 15-degree beam and provides a longer throw of illumination. 

The 5600°K SuperSpot offers an integrated control knob on the back, enabling instant dimming from 0-100 percent with minimal color shift; the unit is equipped with remote-dimming capability. Like all Litepanels fixtures, the 1x1 SuperSpot remains cool to the touch and uses a fraction of the power of traditional lighting fixtures.

Weighing only 3 pounds and measuring 12” wide, 12” high and 1.75” deep, the fixture easily adapts to a variety of lighting situations. The unit’s yoke allows for mounting via standard TVMP receptacle, and the fixture’s housing enables multi-panel configurations, making it easy to customize to a job’s specific requirements.

The 1x1 SuperSpot can be powered from a variety of 12-30-volt sources, including an optional battery, car battery or AC adapter. The optional on-board 1.75-hour lithium-ion battery pack provides untethered mobility. For additional lighting control, Litepanels offers interchangeable slide-in color/diffusion gel filters.

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www.litepanels.com
Camera Corps Announces Ringlight for Q-Ball

Camera Corps has introduced a self-illuminating version of its Q-Ball all-weather robotic camera head. Designed primarily for commentator-camera applications, the new Q-Lite option is a multi-element LED ring luminaire that generates a powerful, non-glare soft light to illuminate a presenter. 

Camera Corps’ Q-Ball is a full dual-mode robotic color camera with high-precision pan and tilt, 10:1 zoom optics and infra-red night-vision capability, all housed in a robust 115mm-diameter sphere machined from solid aluminum. Pan and tilt can be operated at any speed from 4 seconds to 20 minutes per revolution through an unlimited number of turns. Integral high-precision, low-noise motors allow the camera to be repositioned smoothly during live shooting rather than merely between shots.

Designed to allow rapid exterior or interior rigging or de-rigging, the Q-Ball weighs approximately 2.9 pounds including its mounting shaft, and it can be operated at any angle. The integral camera incorporates a 1/3” 2 megapixel 16:9 CMOS sensor delivering 1080i/720p HD or 625/525 SD, both at 50 or 59.94 Hz and in 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio. Signal-to-noise ratio is >50 dB. Focus can be controlled manually or automatically.

The Q-Ball is fully compatible with Camera Corps’ range of pan/tilt and CCU controllers. Its interface delivers up to four channels of audio embedded into the SDI feed. It operates from a 9- to 18-volt DC power supply. The machined-aluminum casing is available pre-painted to match any required color scheme, including jungle camouflage.

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www.cameracorps.co.uk
Arri Unveils LED Trio

Arri has announced a trio of advanced LED-based lighting products: the Pax Panel, the Background Lighting Module and the LED Caster Series. These lights have already been successfully used in studio and location applications in European markets.

The Pax Panel boasts an advanced light control system utilizing eight Leo lighting modules, the LED light engine and intelligent algorithms to ensure consistent illumination of both color stability and light output. A wireless controller option provides remote control for adjusting color temperatures, HIS settings and the selection of color gels based on 5600°K or 3200°K sources.

The BLM provides an exciting solution for cyclorama, screen and rear-illuminated panels. These LED units are available in both RGB and Warm/Cool White modules, allowing for various configurations and providing vibrant background color combinations.

The LED Caster Series uses a tunable white source with a special optical design to provide single shadow rendering and adjustments over a range of correlated color temperatures. Since the Caster series offers a CRI of 90, colors appear more vivid and lifelike on digital and film media than single-color white or RGB LED configurations. LoCaster, the location model, is an ideal companion for mobile applications and interview situations, whereas the BroadCaster is designed to offer more control remotely.

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www.arri.com
LEDStorm Shines Across Range

LEDStorm offers a range of LED-based lighting solutions, including the LS-711 on-camera light ring, the PL-11 Panel Light and the FlexiLED system. 

Incorporating bulbs with a 130-degree angle, the LS-711 is primarily used as a beauty fill light, and it allows cinematographers to shoot with even their widest lenses. The fixture is also ideal for shooting handheld without ever feeling “sourcey,” and with its ability to utilize different parabolic lens attachments, the LS-711’s beam angle can range from 130 degrees all the way down to 5 degrees; at the spot end, the LS-711 increases its intensity by 5 stops and offers a throw of 50'.

The PL-11 also incorporates bulbs with a 130-degree angle and utilizes a system of parabolic lens attachments, allowing the PL-11 to be four different fixtures in one: a wide fill source, a hard spot source, a softer spot source and a medium source. With the hard spot lens, the PL-11 creates a 50' throw.

LEDStorm’s newest addition to its line is the FlexiLED system, which possesses all the same operating features as the LS-711 and PL-11 packaged in paper-thin fixtures that can be taped or pinned just about anywhere; the fixtures can also flex around nearly any object. The FlexiLED kit comes with four different sizes of fixture: 6"x6", 3"x3", 2"x6" and 2"x4". The ballast can operate three fixtures at once and allows independent control of each. The ballast can be run off an automobile cigarette lighter, and the kit includes an AC power brick and adapters for a variety of different DC options.

LEDStorm fixtures incorporate an array of bulbs and a multi-point calibration technique to offer a color-temperature range between 6800°K and 2800°K, in ten-degree increments. All LEDStorm fixtures are backed by a lifetime guarantee and are manufactured in a green-friendly, lead-free facility in Massachusetts.

contact info:  
www.ledstorm.com
Matthews Extends Max Line

Matthews Studio Equipment has introduced the Maxine lighting stand. The Maxine follows the successful Max and Mini-Max stands, all of which are designed to get the fixture “up and out,” away from the main support column. 

Maxine is manufactured out of lightweight aluminum and can support a 10-pound fixture at 7' high with a 6'-long horizontal reach. The stand can go as high as 13' and drop to 16" below horizontal, making it an ideal tool for a small, mobile production crew.
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www.msegrip.com
Metal Halide Lamps Join Showbiz Line

GE Consumer & Industrial has added to its Showbiz line of globes with ultraviolet-control, single-ended, hot-restrike metal-halide lamps. Compared with GE’s standard CSR hot-restrike lamps, the new lamps cut total UV emissions by over 85 percent and reduce UVB and UVC by over 95 percent. 

Designed for use in Par or Fresnel fixtures, the new line of Showbiz CSR UV-C lamps features wattages of 575, 800, 1,200, 2,500, 4,000 and 6,000, with future development already in place for 12,000. Each lamp provides light output matching non-UV-C lamps in the respective wattages. Color temperature of the Showbiz CSR UV-C lamps is 5800°K. Rated life for each lamp in the new line runs between 300 and 750 hours, depending on the wattage. All of the lamps in the new line provide a color-rendering index over 90, and precise chemical dosing in all Showbiz CSR UV-C lamps produces stable lamp color temperatures over the life of the products, ensuring consistent performance in all types of fixtures. 
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www.ge.com
Zylight Announces Intelligent IS3

Zylight LLC has announced a new series of full-size Intelligent Studio fixtures. The first light in the series, the IS3, boasts four-times-brighter output than other LED fixtures in its class.

The IS3 combines Zylight’s color-mixing technology and high-quality construction to meet the demands of location and studio professionals who require an extremely bright and wide soft source, while offering all of the innovative features for which Zylight is renowned: fully dimmable with no color shift, adjustable color temperature and color correction, unlimited color control, integrated ZyLink wireless control, and rugged construction for years of reliable service.

All functionality of the IS3 can be controlled via DMX through industry-standard XLR connectors, or wirelessly via ZyLink. A USB port is included for field upgradeability, and the built-in carrying handle and shock absorption ensures rock-solid portability. The fixture measures 18"x11"x2", and can be powered by either AC or rechargeable battery.

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www.zylight.com
LEDz Releases Brute 30

LEDz has announced the Brute 30 LED fixture, a 90-watt, 5500°K fixture boasting an output equivalent to a 400-watt HMI. The Brute 30 features two on-board dimmers for maximum control, and the unit produces a wide horizontal beam spread perfect for larger productions and events. 

The Brute 30 measures 16" wide by 13" high by 4.5" deep and weighs 14 pounds, with an input of 11-240 volts AC (1.0-0.5 Amps) and an output of 12 volts DC (10 Amps).

 The entire LEDz product range is available through Hollywood Rentals.

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www.hollywoodrentals.com
www.led-z.com
Gekko Intros Kedo, Kelvin Tile

Gekko Technology has introduced two LED-based luminaires, the Kedo focusable spot lamp and the Kelvin Tile.

Developed in collaboration with some of the world’s leading lighting designers, the single-source Kedo is capable of generating millions of individual colors as well as a range of high-accuracy broad-spectrum whites. It is the first fixture to use Gekko’s Kleer-Color light engine, which is a single multi-chip LED array. Highly consistent color quality from lamp to lamp is achieved using a combination of precise calibration and closed-loop feedback. Output is optimized at 3200°K and 5600°K, and there is no color shift through the dimming range. Output and color temperature can be controlled either from the intuitive interface on the rear of the lamp or via DMX.

David Amphlett, Gekko’s founder and managing director, enthuses, “Kedo is nothing short of revolutionary: a focusable LED spotlight equivalent in output to a standard 1K Fresnel. It gives lighting directors and cameramen unprecedented freedom to control color temperature and illumination level without the inconvenience and loss of optical efficiency associated with more traditional methods. It can be switched quickly and easily to produce 2900°, 3200°, 4300°, 5600° and 6500° Kelvin as well as matching a wide range of color gels. As an LED-based fixture, Kedo has a lumen output warranted for 20,000 hours. The Kedo’s low power consumption keeps heat generation to a minimum and, as it passively cools, operation is silent.”

Gekko Technology recently purchased the Kelvin Tile product line from Element Labs, and the company introduced the rebranded fixtures during IBC in September. The LED-based lighting system employs a combination of red, green, blue, cyan, amber and white LED elements in a 16x15 matrix to generate high-quality, full-spectrum white light specifically for film and video production; the color temperature remains consistent throughout the full range of intensity variation.

Measuring approximately 12"x12"x4" and weighing roughly 9 pounds, each Kelvin Tile delivers up to 419 Lux at 5500°K or 273 Lux at 3000°K (both measured at a 1-meter distance) with a power consumption of only 85 watts. Beam angle is 108 degrees at 50-percent intensity. The Kelvin Tile can also be supplied with an omni mount, single or double yoke mount, removable barndoors, and Kelvin Paintbox control software.

“We were extremely impressed with the Kelvin Tile, both as a product and as a concept, and felt Element Labs and Gekko shared color quality as a core value,” says Amphlett. “The Kelvin Tile is a compact soft light giving directors or cameramen total control over color temperature from 2200° to 6500° Kelvin, with resets at 3000° and 5500°K. It is a soft-light companion to the focusable Gekko Kedo … designed for general soft-light applications, including concealment of wrinkles and shadows.”

Additionally, Gekko Technology has expanded into new headquarters, providing the company with nearly three times the floor area of its former premises.

contact info:

Gekko Technology Ltd
Units 3-4, Cotton Drive
Dalehouse Lane, Kenilworth, CV8 2UE

+44 (0)8448 005 326 

 
www.gekkotechnology.com
Litepanels Makes Splash with SeaSun

Litepanels has teamed with HydroFlex to develop the Litepanels SeaSun underwater-housing series, bringing the advantages of Litepanels’ LED technology — including the fixtures’ small form factors, panchromatic light output, low power draw and low heat generation — to productions shooting beneath the waves. Litepanels SeaSun fixture housings are constructed of aluminum and Plexiglas, and are rated watertight to a depth of 100'.

As a production crew descends beneath the surface, the water filters out many colors of light from the sun. Litepanels’ panchromatic LEDs, which emit a continuous spectrum of light color, are ideal for supplementing ambient light below the surface because of their even color spectrum. Additionally, the small overall volume of Litepanels fixtures makes it easier for the units to be weighted to remain slightly negatively buoyant underwater, in turn making it easier for divers to swim with the lights, and the units are also easy to lift back aboard the support vessel after the dive is completed.

The low power draw of Litepanels fixtures allows the units to be carried untethered while still providing long shooting times from small battery packs fitted within the SeaSun housing. Furthermore, unlike many traditional underwater lights, which need to be extinguished before surfacing in order to prevent heat damage to their housings, the low heat generation of Litepanels’ SeaSun fixtures allows the units to be taken out of the water while still illuminated.

SeaSun underwater housings are available for both Litepanels 1x1 and MicroPro fixture designs. SeaSun 1x1s are available for Litepanels’ Standard (5600°K or 3200°K in flood or spot), Bi-Color (variable between 5600°K and 3200°K) and Bi-Focus (5600°K with variable focus) models. The smaller SeaSun MicroPro operates off six AA batteries and can provide continuous light for up to five hours when utilizing Energizer e2 lithium-ion batteries.

Additionally, for its proprietary lighting systems, Litepanels was awarded a Technology & Engineering Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The Emmy statue — the first in the Academy’s 61-year history to be awarded for television lighting technology — was presented on Aug. 22 at the Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles.

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MicroBeam LED from FloLight

FloLight, the lighting division of Prompter People, Inc., has introduced the MicroBeam 128 and MicroBeam 256 dimmable 5400°K LED lights, which deliver the equivalent power of a 100- or 200-watt hot lamp, respectively. 

Mark Ditmanson, president of Prompter People, says, “The ability to deliver this much light for almost eight hours, combined with MSRPs of just $379 [for the MicroBeam 128] and $559 [for the MicroBeam 256] will appeal not just to those who crave longevity, but also to videographers and photographers on a very constrained budget.”

Each fixture can be either camera mounted or stand mounted, and both come with a full set of five filters, including conversion to 3200°K. Additionally, users have the choice of Canon, JVC, Panasonic or Sony battery-mounting plates.

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www.prompterpeople.com
Ikan Illuminates iLED 150

Replacing the iLED 100, Ikan has introduced the iLED 150, a lightweight, versatile and affordable lighting accessory. Featuring a ¼-20 threaded mount, the luminaire can be mounted to most cameras’ shoe adaptors or to most types of camera-accessory brackets. The included gels easily slip into the attached gel frame, allowing users to quickly change color temperatures and further customize the light’s output.

The iLED uses 144 LED lights to create a powerful, even and energy-efficient lighting solution, and the iLED 150 boasts brighter diodes with more accurate color temperature (6300°K) than its predecessor, the iLED 100. Additionally, the fixture features a built-in dimmer knob, and it includes support for the popular “L” series battery packs. Other features include a gradual power-up of the LEDs, making the fixture less harsh on the subject’s eyes, and ventilation slots for cooler lighting.

The iLED 150 measures 6"x 3.25"x1.375" and weighs only .85 pounds with a battery (.45 pounds without). The fixture operates from 12-24 volts and boasts a low power consumption of less than 10 watts with a brightness of 60 Lux.

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www.ikancorp.com
16x9 Takes Bebob Lux-LEDs into Field

16x9 Inc. has introduced the Lux-LED40 and Lux-LED60 by Bebob Engineering. The versatile, portable LED lights have been created specifically for work in the field. 

The Lux-LED40 has been designed primarily as a hand light, although the system is outfitted with a standard yoke mount for attaching to a stand when a shooting scenario calls for hands-free lighting. The Lux-LED60, on the other hand, has been designed to function as a location light, mounted on a stand; it comes equipped with a handle for optional use as a handheld unit. (A kit containing three lighting stands in a convenient carrying case may be ordered separately.)

Through the employment of high-efficiency LED technology, Bebob’s Lux-LED fixtures are capable of generating greater brightness at a lower power consumption when compared to standard tungsten fixtures. The sophisticated arrangement of the units’ high-output LEDs allows for seamless variable focus of the illumination angle. Output is fully dimmable, and an innovative, incorporated cooling system keeps the LEDs cool to the touch.

Both lighting units are available for Anton Bauer, V-Mount or PAG battery mounts. Powered by a 12-volt lithium-ion battery pack, the LED40 provides more than 2 hours of continuous illumination, while the LED60 offers more than 1.5 hours.

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www.16x9inc.com