Most of us know Videssence as the innovator in fluorescent lighting for broadcast television applications. Over the decades they have shown that they have what it takes to defend their marketplace which is now crowded with manufacturers that offer similar fluorescent based products.
Enter LED lighting…. LED lighting products abound at NAB this year. The trend towards LED started close to 10 years ago. It was often relegated to accent, set and location lighting for television. It’s usefulness for lighting talent was always hampered by lack of output. LED lighting fixtures just weren’t able to produce the lumens/footcandles needed for key, fill and back lighting. Until now. Videssence has entered the fray with the introduction of it’s new “ExceLED Series” line of LED lighting fixtures. ExceLED’s most notable quality is, you guessed it, light output. There are three fixtures in the series, 25 watt, 50 watt and 100 watt. These fixtures have similar light output to 650 watt, 1,000 watt and 2,000 watt quartz fresnels respectively. With that kind of output, you now have a viable alternative to quartz/tungsten halogen sources at ~1/20th of the power consumption and heat. They will do wonders for your electric bill.
Other notable features include models for Non-Dim, On Board Dim, DMX Dim and Phase Dim. They are 3,200K or with optional 5,600K color temperature. Additional control can be achieved with use of gel frame and barn doors that are offered as accessories.
My guess is that these new ExceLED Series fixtures, made by Videssence, will have a significant impact on the use of LED for television studio lighting. As in the past, Videssence continues to be an innovator in the field of TV broadcast lighting.