Hive Lighting introduced two new fixtures in their C-Series line which launched last year with the Wasp 100-C. New for 2018 are the Hornet 200-C and the Bee 50-C. These units are variable-white/ full-color mixing utilizing a 5-color array in the Bee and the Wasp and a 7-color array in the Hornet. Specifications indicate up to 98 CRI and 97 TLCI with a CCT range of 1,650-8,000K. All of the units share a common form factor based around a 100mm cylinder shape. The length varies according to model, but the standardized diameter and connection points mean that accessories bought for one model are fully compatible with the others. These accessories include barn doors, a fresnel lens system, a 5” PAR kit, the 9.5” Super Spot Kit, and the Profile Kit which marries an ETC Source Four Mini lens tube to the light. There are also multiple options for softboxes and kits as well as holographic spread lenses and PAR64 glass lenses for beam modification. The 100mm size permits use of existing Profoto accessories and adapters to further expand the capabilities of the fixtures.
Units can be run from an AC>DC power supply capable of accepting 100-240V input or from 24-36V batteries. Power consumption for the Bee 50-C, Wasp 100-C, and Hornet 200-C are 40W, 75W, and 150W. There are onboard controls as well as wired and wireless DMX (LumenRadio) plus a Bluetooth connection for control from Hive’s free iPhone app (Android coming “soon”). The onboard controls include several effects settings for effects such are a red<>blue sequence to mimic police car lights.
Chauvet’s latest showstopper remains the Ovation series, now in available in variable white—the Ovation E-930VW (ellipsoidal) and Ovation F-915VW (Fresnel). This proprietary LED engine works differently than one might expect. Chauvet uses a 6-color system to create exceptional color consistency in a flat and even field from 2800K to 8000K, as opposed to the more traditional method of mixing warm white and cool white LED’s. The independent color control also creates the ability to add a dash of color when desired. With the ability to change color temperature at 100K increments without losing intensity, it is all about consistency. Other functions include onboard manual control or DMX control, +/- green adjustment, 16-bit dimming, near silent operation, and adjustable Pulse Width Modulation to avoid on-camera flicker. As an added bonus, the Fresnel also features a motorized zoom. Overall, these fixtures provide simplicity and power at once, an ideal solution for studios and theaters alike. Most importantly, they are now shipping!
Dracast has revealed an attractive and round soft light under it’s Aparo brand dubbed the “Luna.” Based on the existing Silk Ray, these fixtures will come in larger sizes with a very narrow profile (at just over ½ an inch). Edge-mount LED’s point inward while a distribution panel creates a soft, 180 degree beam spread. According to Dracast, this technology mimics ambient light by eliminating hot spots and hard shadows. Available in either bicolor or daylight, this fixture will be ideal for portrait photography due to the exceptional softness and wrap it creates around the subject.
Zylight has recently introduced the Aladdin Fabric-Lite—a malleable and variable fabric system (2900K to 6200K) with a CRI/TLCI rating of 97. While similar to the Bi-Flex, it provides greater flexibility and even fold-ability in a larger size of 3’x3’. Users can use the panels individually or combine them for an expansive surface area. In addition, the Fabric-Lite allows for versatile mounting options through the built-in grommets and Velcro. Ideal for overhead studio applications, this lightweight fixture is rated IP 20 so it would require protection if used outdoors. The Fabric-Lite is operable with both AC and DC as well as wired or wireless DMX. It is available in two power options and three dimmer options to meet a variety of needs.
Anton Bauer continues to address new issues facing the broadcast and film industry when it comes to batteries. The helps users adapt to the IATA regulations which mandate that Lithium-ion batteries may only carry a charge of 30 percent or less of their rated capacity when transported as cargo. In just three hours, the LPD can discharge four 90 WH batteries from full. It also does not require external power to operate, making it ideal for both convenience and protection. This solution is lightweight and robust for easy travel, as well as fan-cooled and thermally protected for safe unattended use. While Anton Bauer introduced this product last year, it remains extremely popular for traveling broadcasters and rental houses alike.
Nila is now shipping their Varsa 2 fixture which is an IP65 rated, daylight LED fixture. The Varsa 2 draws 75W and can be powered from 100-240V AC or 10-18V DC sources. 5,600K single-color LEDs with a CRI of 90 and a TLCI of 86 are used in the Varsa 2. A range of holographic film, spread lenses are offered to provide beam shaping. With the 10-degree lens at 10ft the fixture delivers 500fc according to the manufacturer’s data sheets. Control is via easy to understand onboard buttons or wired DMX with RJ45 connectors.
The fixture is constructed of aluminum and provided with a yoke and junior pin/ baby receiver. The assembly weighs 11 pounds and the head is 8.25” long, 8.75” wide, and 13” high (including the yoke). A built-in Chimera mount is part of the design as well. Control and power connectors are provided with covers to maintain the IP rating when not in use. Finally, the unit is passively cooled (fanless) for silent operation.
AC Lighting showed the new Chroma-Q Studio Force II range of fixtures. These fixtures represent an evolution of the Chroma-Q Studio Force fixtures by incorporation the homogenized optics from the Chroma-Q Color Force II series of fixtures with a new LED package. The fixtures utilize Chroma-Q’s proprietary ColorSure system to ensure fixtures within the same product range provide consistent output regardless of when they are manufactured. This process involves a complex range of processes for selecting (binning) individual LED emitters; calibrating LED light engines in-house to a uniform standard and sophisticated firmware and software ensures exceptional fixture to fixture consistency.
Available in 1, 4, and 6-foot lengths the fixtures provide variable white light output from 2,800-6500K with +2/-2 green adjustment and a CRI of up to 94. Output is 6,500; 2400; and 3600 lumens respectively. The red, green, blue, and white emitters which make up the LED array can also be controlled individually to provide colored light for scene setting or effects. All of the lengths have a native beam angle of 22 degrees which can be modified to 43 degrees with the optional border lens and to an 80 degree by 35-degree asymmetrical beam with the optional cyc optic.
The fixtures offer onboard control via a rear-mounted touch screen as well as remote control via DMX/ RDM and wireless control using optional LumenRadio. When controlled via DMX, a control channel enables switching between the variable white and color modes without needing to access the fixture. The fixtures can also be sub-divided to allow different sections of the overall fixture to be controlled separately and the design of the housing and mounting is such that fixtures can be lined up end to end with no gap for a continuous appearance. The compact form factor (less than 7.5” x 9” square in height and depth) will make these fixtures are a good choice for spaces with low trims and their comparatively narrow beam angle will allow for a relatively longer throw than other variable white/ color mixing fixtures.
Out of their new gear, the most relevant to the lighting world would be the new Soft Padded Carrying Case for Litepanles Gemini (LPB-GEMINI). The bag is custom fit for the Gemini fixture and built as a padded semi-rigid frame. The case is made of waterproofed 1000 denier Cordura Nylon. The interior is soft Veltex and it also has a front accessory pocket. The main strap is made of suede leather. It also has pockets in the seams of the straps so you can carry along a c-stand or tripod.
The Miller Compass X 16 CB Plus is the newest fluid head tripod available by Miller. 5 heads total in the range. They range from a weight capacity of 0-16kg. It comes with side loading camera plates to make it easy to mount and dismount loaded rigs. There are also spare ¼ inch and 3/8 inch screws hidden in the head. 16 positions of counterbalance available on these units. It uses a fluid drag system as well. Precise floating pan-tilt caliper locks ensure bounce free on-off performance. Designed to last and built rugged for extreme conditions. They also have nice features like an illuminated bubble level as well as rosette’s that have replaceable teeth once they wear out.
New from Kinotehnik is the Practilite 802. It’s an IP54 Dust and Waterproof Bi-Color LED light with precision secondary optics to achieve unprecedented light output and power efficiency in a portable unit. This light has plenty of punch for its size. It’s about 50% more powerful than most popular 1×1 LED panels. The specs have it at 1860 fc at 30- degree beam (370 fc at 90-degree beam, fully diffused) while consuming a maximum of 90W. It features a silent cooling system as well. It’s designed to be compact and rugged while providing a solid and powerful lighting solution. Its power by DC or battery and can also be controlled by DMX. It also connects with smart devices via Bluetooth for quick set-up and easy adjustment when hard to reach.