SoftPanels was at NAB showing their new approach to LED lighting.
What makes their soft-source LED fixtures different from others on the market is their built-in color meter and intelligent color management technology designed to provide color precision and smart control over the emitted light.
Each fixture undergoes a two-hour color temperature calibration process in the factory to +\- 80°K. By doing this the displayed color temperature matches the actual light output. Many LED lights do not match their color preset buttons, and they are often off by more than 1000°K.
Each fixture also has an integrated digital color meter, with proprietary Autocolor™ matching technology. This process can instantly read the current ambient color conditions, and then exactly color-balance their LED color output to match that of the scene’s ambient conditions for far more color consistency in a variety of studio and location applications and saving time correcting in post-production.
Robe Lighting had a large range of their fixtures at NAB this year for broadcasters who not only need lighting for on-air personalities but for also ambient set and air effects interest.
For fixed fixtures, Robe’s ParFect line in its various flavors are a popular fixture because of their incredibly wide zoom range of 3.8°– 60°. Their PATT range of fixtures have become a must-have for visual interest on sets and tours worldwide.
Moving head fixtures have always been Robe’s forte, and Robe’s DL7S Profile is the first DL range fixture to receive a powerful new 800W version of the LED engine with seven colors for unprecedented smooth, stable and even color mixing and a very high CRI.
The Spiider and Tarrantula fixtures are superbright next generation of LED WashBeam luminaires. Spiider uses 18x 30 Watt and 1x 60 Watt LEDs and combining it with a very efficient 12.5:1 zoom optical system ranging from tight 4° Beam to wide 50° while the Tarrantula is powered by 36x 30W and 1x 60W high powered emitters providing a stunning 20,000 lumen output. The versatile optical system offers an adjustable beam angle, from a tight 4° spot to a super-wide 50° wash, of the highest quality light.
Fluotech released their additions to the Vegalux motorized zoom fresnel line at NAB introducing the 200HP and 200UHP versions with 60 and 80% more light output than the original version. The entire line is available in both tungsten and daylight color temperatures.
Not to be overlooked, the affordable Auralux 100 is a manual version of their LED Fresnel providing good light output for those who are looking for value or do not require motorized zooms.
Also on display were the Cinelight Studio is Fluotech’s entry into the long throw soft LED panels on the market and of note, the new Starmaker weatherproof IP rated, bi-color panel.
The Rotolight Anova PRO 2 is making its North American debut at NABShow 2018. The LED is a pioneering continuous light and High-Speed Sync (HSS) flash that redefines the standard for professional studio and location lighting. The Anova PRO 2 is one of the brightest LED lights ever launched in its class, delivering 10,700 lux at three feet. The light also provides the best power to consumption ratio in the industry, and with a mere 72W consumption, reduces operating costs for TV studios, while providing unrivaled battery performance on location.
The Rotolight AEOS, now features a High-Speed Sync (HSS) Flash and continuous LED light that’s now integrated with the Elinchrom Skyport 2.4Ghz HHS wireless flash receiver. The addition of the wireless flash receiver eliminates the need for a standalone flash receiver and ensures rock-solid reliability and flexibility for controlling multiple off-camera lighting setups. It also enables users to wirelessly control the color temperature and brightness of every light in the setup, saving time on shoot. AEOS provides the ‘shoot what you see’ benefits of continuous light, and the flexibility of HSS flash (1/8000th sec.) with 200% flash output, whenever users need more power or to freeze action. Unlike traditional strobe, AEOS has no recycle time, which ensures users never miss a shot, making it the perfect light choice for today’s modern high-frame-rate-capable cameras. Skyport enables users to wirelessly control up to 10 lights, in four groups at up to 650ft with the new Rotolight HSS transmitter. This feature will also enable mixed light setups, for example with the AEOS as a key-light and the award-winning NEO 2 as a backlight, from a single transmitter.
Lumos continues to expand its LED lighting fixture line with both variable color and fully RGBW color changing capability. The Lumos Glow Panel 200C (1k tungsten Output)and 400C (2.5k tungsten output) is ideal for location, commercial and entertainment. Featuring a full range of white color temperature 2800k to 10,000k, all metal body, hybrid cooling system, flicker-free, stable dimming, standard DMX512/RDM, onboard useful 10 presets on a simple interface.
For those of you that looking for a white light only panel fixture, check out the brand new line of Lumos 200GT (30w), 300GT (50w), 500GT (120w) and 700GT (200w). The “F” series is available if fixed color 3200k or 5600k. The “MK” series is available in two separate adjustable color temperatures including 3200k-5600k or 2800k-6500k. All available with 40, 55, or 85-degree lenses. Ask your local Barbizon office about the battery mount (12-24v) and snap bag accessories. All fixtures feature a 95+ CRI and come with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Last year Mole Richardson debuted is new Mole LED Variable-Color Fresnel with the 6” Vari-Baby LED (250w). This year Mole Richardson expanded the line by adding the 8” Vari-Jr LED (350w), 10” Vari-Studio Junior (480w), the 14” Vari-Senior (900w) all the way up to the 20” to replace your 10k tungsten.
With a color temperature range of 2700k to 5600k, this Variable-Color series of fixtures features an onboard RGB color mixing display with the optics you come to expect from a Mole Richardson lighting fixtures. All fixtures come with Lumen Radio and Bluetooth wireless control capability. The standby draw is <.2 Amps Max. 30V DC making a 30v DC, Block Battery the perfect accessory for location shooting.
The Variable-Color series is also available in panels, soft lights, and space lights.
The MoleLED Variable-Color features:
Over 35,000 hours lamp life from on-board LED module
Universal A/C input voltage from 90-250v
True, Linear 100-0% local and remote dimming via DMX 512A
Silent dimming with little to no color shift
Universal Power Con AC input
All made in the USA
Coming soon is the 10” 5k tungsten replacement and the 17” 10k replacement.
Be on the lookout for the Mole Bluetooth app also coming soon.
Cinestar is the newest addition to the Airstar family. It has been designed with versatility in mind. Cinestar is fully dimmable, with easy to use bicolor temperature controls. It features a low-profile body and is completely portable, making it the perfect lighting choice for studio, stage, and set applications.
Cinestar allows for fast set up (just 15 minutes), and even though it’s 5′ wide when inflated it is easily transportable because it compacts down into a small case and weighs around 26 pounds.
While other Airstar units like the Crystal have been used for area, event and sometimes on sets the Cinestar is the first content creation dedicated lighting balloon that uses Airstars flicker-free “Dynamic White” LED technology with a bi-color LED array with 2700K to 6500K with a high CRI of 96 that uses 850 watts.
Westcott’s widely popular Flex product has led to a new full-color version the incorporates RGBW chips and will also include the new Cine DMX Dimmer. These will have all the previous features including water resistance and are pliable and can be placed almost anywhere. This new product will be launching later this year (end Q3).
Kino Flo’s FreeStyle 41 LED unleashes your creative side by using a quick-release system to remove the LED panel from the plastic housing. The smaller form factor and lightweight LED panel combined with four corner bumpers add further rigging versatility. The LED panel also includes an additional mating plate so it can still be mounted on a stand. Also on display was the new line of full color LED tube replacements. These will work in conjunction with the new FreeStyle power supply.
Though Frezzi didn’t new releases at NAB this year, there are two recently released fixtures that generate a lot of interest
The Frezzi SunLight is a daylight balanced replacement for the 575w HMI that only draws 220w at full power. Without optical filters, the focusing beam goes from a 20-degree spot to a full wide flood. It will also dim from 0 – 100% without any color shift. It will run on AC power or camera batteries for 45 minutes. The SunLight only weighs 6.5 lbs. and is available in kit form.
The Frezzi ProLight is a camera-top LED light in daylight CCT that has a very low power draw of 8w.
It includes barndoors, CTO filter and a diffusion filter mounted on the front. It is all aluminum and is fully weatherproof. It has a fully articulating arm that attaches to the camera. The ProLight can be powered by your camera battery or a hot-shoe. As with the SunLight, The ProLight is fully dimmable with no color shift.
If that’s not enough, it even has a USB port to charge your phone or other devices!!
Dedolight brought their range of studio and field LED fixtures to NAB this year. Their focusing fixtures include the stand or camera mounted Turbo series in tungsten, daylight or bicolor, the DLED2, and the DLED4. If you need LED panel lights, they have the Felloni panel and the DLEDRama in different sizes and configurations. The larger fixtures are DMX controlled and are at home in the studio or in the field. Most of their fixtures are available in multi-head kits with all the accessories you could possibly need.
Creating a buzz at the show was Litegear’s LiteBox, the perfect accessory for your new LiteTile+ Plus.This modular system is designed so that you can mount your LiteTile to a lightweight rigid frame and then have the option of diffusing the LEDs at 1 inch (2.5 cm) or 6 inches (15 cm) away. LiteBox comes with the same three, familiar diffusers as LiteMat — so you can always integrate them together — and opaque fabric sides to eliminate spill light when used in the 6-inch deep version.For rigging, LiteBox is surrounded by 1/4”-20 PEM® nuts and comes with an optional 5/8” baby pin adapter or grip head mounts.
Litegear also brought several pieces of gear to NAB this year that won’t be released until this summer, but brought a lot of interest to their booth.
The LiteMat Plus 8 is the largest and newest iteration of the popular LiteMat line. It’s a 4’ x 4’ bi-color LED light source that only draws 400 watts. It can be powered by battery or AC and is controllable via DMX. It has front mount accessories available, like the Snapgrid, and it can be hung or velcroed to a wall, or mounted on a stand using its center ball mount.
They are also making an LED retrofit for the KinoFlo Image 80, 85, 87, and Flathead fluorescent fixtures. Using the existing frame and yoke, the light engine installs over the existing reflector using 4 screws. Also included is a new power supply/controller where you can choose tungsten, daylight, visual effects green or visual effects blue. Perfect as a large soft source or chromakey light.
The LiteMat Spectrum brings camera compliant RGBW to the game to the LiteMat line. Color balancing available from 2000k to 11,000K. It has full spectrum color available, and color can be desaturated using the white light that you have color balanced to. The controller allows you to select the type of camera you are shooting with to ensure compliance. It also is controllable with onboard wireless DMX.
New control and fixture options were on hand for NAB 2018 in the ETC booth.
For fixtures, ETC’s ColorSource Pearl is the newest array for our ColorSource® line of fixtures. Available for the Linear, PAR, and Spot, Pearl is a variable, white-light option that can be tuned to output white light anywhere between 2700K and 6500K. The Pearl array includes the same great feature set and high-quality construction as its full-color siblings including an impressively bright output, a simple user interface, and a price point that is tough to beat.
Designed for installations that depend heavily on white light such as studios, houses of worship, and architectural installations, this array features flicker-free operation and an impressively smooth dimming curve.
ColorSource Pearl includes the recently-announced LED fixture warranty. With a five-year warranty on the fixture and an unmatched ten-year warranty on the LED array, these fixtures are definitely built to last.
Also shown for the first time from the Irideon® line of architectural fixtures, the WLZ or, Wash Light Zoom fixture, is no exception. This feature-rich design is ideal for museums, lobbies, and retail environments.
Similar to the other fixtures in the Irideon family, the WLZ is available in a wide variety of color temperatures ranging from 3000 K to 5000 K, and several mounting variations; DataTrack, portable with c-clamp, canopy, and special request baby pin. This fixture is ideal for low ceiling applications or in spaces with drop ceilings where a small, powerful, yet agile lighting option is needed.
The most innovative feature of the WLZ is the built-in rotating zoom adjustment at the rear of the fixture housing. This enables beam angle adjustment within an impressive range of 9-78 degrees. The zoom position markers on the fixture make fixture-to-fixture referencing quick and easy.
The Irideon WLZ now also comes with ETC’s updated fixture warranty of five years for the fixture and 10 years for the LEDs. Shipping of the Irideon WLZ will begin in May.
ETC’s new acquisition High End also was on display in the booth and can be seen in the accompanying High End Post in this report.
Suited for studios, the new Element 2™ console adapts the award-winning Eos family control platform for venues with modest rigs and maximum hands-on fader control needs.
Affordable and easy to use, Element 2 brings the fundamentals of lighting control to the forefront while allowing access to a wealth of advanced control features below the surface. Simply record cues and fade times into Element’s cue list for basic playback, or use effects, palettes, cue parts, discrete timing and follow times to create intricate lighting looks and transitions.
Need a setup that can be run by students or volunteers? Customizable Magic Sheets let you create a simple topographical or abstract interface to quickly control your rig from a touchscreen monitor.
With 40 faders and available in 1024 or 6144 outputs – this desk is incredibly flexible.
This year Brightline has announced that they are adding Lumen Radio wireless DMX to all of their SeriesONE LED fixtures. They are also developing a wireless interface box to control the original SeriesONE fluorescent fixtures. Integrating this wireless control will enable the SeriesONE line to easily be controlled from any LumenRadio transmitter or controller, allowing for quick setups and less cable.
Featured this year was the CreamSource Micro. The Creamsource Micro is less than half the size of the Creamsource Mini+, at just 8.66” x 8.7” x 3.94” (W x H x D), and weighing in at approximately 5.5 lbs. It features a rugged and waterproof design, with an IP65 rating which means it can be used in all weather. Light output is the same excellent quality as the rest of the Creamsource range, with color temperature adjustable from 2700 to 6500K and a CRI/TLCI of greater than 90. Drawing only 80W, it rivals the light output and punch typical of some 200W HMI Luminaires. Unlike most bi-color fixtures, the Micro maintains constant power output across the whole CCT range, so users always get the unit’s full potential, and there is no reason to have to choose between a bi-color or daylight system. Another key innovation of the Micro is its wide 10-32V operating voltage, allowing users to power the fixture from a single 90WH battery, or directly from a car. Shown here surviving the toughest conditions.
Litepanels launched a new 2’ x 1’ softlight this year called Gemini. The Litepanels Gemini 2×1 LED soft panel provides a beautiful and wide source of soft, color accurate, full spectrum Daylight and Tungsten lighting. Gemini allows users quick and easy precision adjustment of light with three fully featured lighting modes; CCT Mode for true daylight and tungsten with +/- green fine-tuning, HSI Mode for total control over hue, saturation and intensity to create any color in the 360 color wheel at any intensity from 0-100% and Gel Mode to easily replicate the industry’s most popular gel sets with a daylight or tungsten source. The Gemini is truly versatile with its intuitive onboard controls and remote control options via standard DMX 512 protocol, wireless DMX or Bluetooth and can adapt to any lighting situation today’s Cinematographers and lighting professionals will find themselves in. The manual control knobs are sensitive to the speed of rotation and can either be finely tuned or when ramped up can adjust very quickly. Together with its lightweight design with built-in power supply, and full intensity mobile power operation, via 3pin XLR, the Gemini offers rapid rigging with fewer cables making it the perfect location light.
The Arri Booth was a buzz this year following the success of the Sky Panel products. At the core of the Sky Panel’s success is the Firmware, which offers a variety of features that can be used by professional’s every sector of the entertainment market. New for this year Firmware version 4.0 extends the capabilities.
SkyPanel Firmware updates are all about adding versatility and control – harnessing the awesome power of the SkyPanel and putting that potential into the hands of the gaffer, lighting designer, or programmer. SkyPanel Firmware 4 takes this ability to new heights. Packed with ten new features, SkyPanel Firmware 4 expands the capabilities of the SkyPanel like never before and offers refined levels of control.
Every SkyPanel is made up of one or more light engines. The S60 has two light engines while the S360 has twelve light engines. SkyPanel Firmware 4 allows the user to control individual light engines via new DMX modes. Each light engine acts as its own mini SkyPanel with parameters like CCT & RGBW, HSI, or x,y Coordinates. This precise level of control enables new programming possibilities with the SkyPanel.
Arri has also added new effects and enhanced the existing effects.
The new Q-LED Rainbow Linear LED Lamp featuring RGBX was on full display at LDI. This new item from Quasar can run from our 2000° Candlelight to 6000° Daylight Kelvin and can be controlled in a variety of ways, including an onboard control panel, wireless Lumen Radio CRMX or DMX I/O. They can also be daisy-chained together and run in a lead-follow mode.
The color options run from a powerful white crossfade to full an RGB mode featuring a full 360° palette for vibrant fully saturated color or mixed with X-fade white light for soft beautiful pastels. Includes color presets for Blue, Cyan, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, Magenta, Purple.
Each lamp is self-ballasted and can run on AC power. The RGB-X Rainbow Lamps use 100-265VAC (World Power) via a True1 connector. There is also a battery option, allowing them to run on off a 10-26 VDC via locking barrel connector.
The RGBX come is a two-foot 25 watt, four foot 50 watt, or eight-foot 100-watt form factor.
VELVET LIGHT is a high-power LED lighting technology developer and manufacturer of professional high output LED fixtures specially designed for the broadcasting industry. With manufacturing in Barcelona, Spain since 2008, they offer the Velvet Light line.
New to the Velvet line of waterproof fixtures is the EVO 2 Color. EVO full-color spectrum is an exclusive technology developed by VELVET Light for the film industry. The combination of 5 LEDs, (red, green, blue, warm white, cool white) extends the color possibilities over traditional RGBW technology, producing more natural white light and richer colors. Color filters can also be applied over any color temperatures with more output. The ultra-white inner reflector focuses the light from each LED onto the front diffuser resulting in a super soft uniform natural light at any color or white light setting.
EVO’s ergonomic design makes it easy to work with. The two large, soft padded side handles make it easy to grab, even with gloves on. It has a robust 100% aluminum body and offers a weatherproof IP54 rating. The STUDIO versions offer an IP51 dustproof rating.
The EVO offers several control opportunities:
The onboard control with color display and shock resistant buttons is easy to navigate.
DMX with RDM – both wired via 5 pin XLR and wireless (Lumen Radio)
LAN ethernet through the RJ45 connector
Control is also available through the Color Master APP, allowing quick and easy wireless control from your smartphone.
The EVO 2 Color is currently in Beta and is expected to be available by September 2018.
This year high output LED manufacturer AadynTech will be releasing a panel version of their popular JAB and PUNCH fixtures. The Quad JAB and PUNCH will be available in both daylight as well as variable white versions. The variable version will have an adjustable color temperature range of 2950°K to 5750°K.
The Quad JAB draws 20 amps and displays 120,000 lumens with its big brother the Quad Punch pulling 30amps at an impressive 285,000 lumens. Both fixtures will have a CRI rating of 95+ with on board as well as wired control options. AadynTech expects both fixtures to be ready to ship by early summer of this year.
Chimera Lighting in partnership with LiteGear is excited to launch its newest product; the Panel Lantern, Powered by LiteGear. The LiteGear LED engine will feature 95+ CRI and TLCI ratings and the ability to achieve color temperatures anywhere from 2600 to 6000 degrees Kelvin. The panel lantern will be available in a kit which will include the LED head unit, a 24×24” collapsible Chimera Panel Frame, Lantern Fabric, dimmer, 12ft. head power cable and power supply. The entire kit fits conveniently in a ballistic bag and tips the scale at a TSA friendly 6lbs. The panel can be mounted any number of ways using a specially designed Matthews/Chimera Grip Head or panel clamp kits for use on a lighting stand or boom.
It’s versatility and compact size make it perfect for both studio and on location shoots. Chimera fully expects to be able to ship Panels around June of this year.
Chimera also makes durable, rugged, diffusers and softbanks designed and sized for most all the lighting fixtures on the market today.
Cineo has added yet another powerful creative tool to the lighting professional’s arsenal – the Standard 410. This fixture won the TV Technology “Best in Show,” adding to their already award-winning white-light quality with their innovative saturated color technology. The Standard 410 delivers up to 25,000 lumens of beautiful, easily controllable, full-gamut light. The Standard 410 boasts a substantial 2’ x 1’ diffused illuminating surface, weighing less than 29 lbs., with a maximum power of 410 watts. Creating beautiful light within an extended color gamut is only part of the story. Cineo has developed an intuitive control strategy that allows predictable, repeatable results, either using the graphical control panel or remotely with wired or built-in wireless CRMX control. The strategy is simple: four controls or four DMX channels control the entire fixture in a single mode of operation:
Dim – Cineo’s Photo-Accurate Dimming™ maps the 0-100% dimming curve to actual camera stops for precise output control using the MASTER control locally or on the first DMX channel.
CCT – For color-accurate white light, choose the CCT as you would with any Cineo fixture using the CCT rotary control or the second DMX channel.
Saturation – controls the amount of saturated color to be added to the white light, from full white to fully saturated color, managed on the third DMX channel.
Hue – To optionally add saturated color, the HUE control adjusts the hue, the color of which is displayed on the control panel, or managed on the fourth DMX channel. With the Standard 410, the same color shading can be achieved regardless of the CCT used for photography. For example, +2 Green added to 3200K CCT will look the same as +2 Green at 5600K to the correctly white-balanced camera.
Fiilex introduces another addition to their product line: The New Fiilex Q8 Travel. It is the first in the series to come with a customized 8-inch Fresnel lens designed specifically for the proprietary 300W DiCon Dense Matrix LED.
This innovative product offers one of the longest Fresnel zoom range in the industry: 12° – 60°. What is notable is not just the range of the zoom, but also the quality of the light throughout the zoom range. The Fiilex Q8 Travel can flood any wide space with an even spread of light, or focus into a spot with a well-defined edge and uniform beam profile near the center. There is no hot spot at all!
The Fiilex Q8 Travel addresses three major lighting needs of every film/video production. First, it produces high-quality light with the ability to smoothly blend with ambient lighting or precisely match lights from other fixtures. Second, it has a solid construction. The robust housing ensures the fixture can withstand harsh transportation conditions and rough handling during rigging. The third is the easy-to-use interface. The LCD display and manual control knobs are sleek, intuitive, and responsive. They allow for accurate adjustments and will help filmmakers establish faster and more efficient workflows on set.
The Fiilex Q8 Travel is DC powered. It works with included AC/DC adapter or can connect too many qualified 48VDC batteries. With all the features mentioned above and a weight of only 16 pounds, The Fiilex Q8 Travel is a good LED lighting fixture for on-location use.
Rosco had some new things to unveil at NAB this year.
First, there was the Rosco Silk 205 and 305 LED soft light provides uncompromising light output for film and broadcast professionals. Designed to meet the requirements of the most discerning filmmaker, the Silk 205 LED light fixture has been specifically developed for film and video applications that demand extremely color-accurate, high-quality light.
Utilizing proprietary, state-of-the-art, tungsten & daylight balanced LEDs, Silk 205 and 305 LED fixtures to produce a high volume of broad-spectrum white light. With TLCI, CRI and R9 metrics in the high 90’s, the fixture is capable of producing a high volume of light output at color temperatures ranging from 2800K – 6500K.
Next there was the Best Of Show Award from DigitalVideomag. the MIX from Rosco and their new acquisition DMG Lumière.
MIX features 6-LED color mixing: Red + Lime + Green + Blue + Amber + White. This enables it to generate a wider gamut of colors than RGBW or RGBA fixtures. In addition, the Red and Lime emitters in the array are manufactured exclusively for MIX – meaning that it can create colors, tones, and hues that are only available from a MIX light. Every Rosco gel color in the MIX library has been authenticated by Rosco’s color experts as a match on tungsten and daylight sources – by eye, by meter, and by camera. In addition, the MIX control software also allows you to set the base color temperature of the light before adding color.
The MIX has no menus. Simply choose between three different modes (Gel, White and Color Mode) then choose the color temperature, color or Rosco gel color you desire from there.
Rosco DMG also showed their new myMIX App. It will allow filmmakers to easily control their MIX LED fixtures from their mobile device – and so much more! Whether you’re mixing your own colors from scratch, or modifying a Rosco gel color you’ve chosen – you can mix the color you need using the myMIX App. From there, you can save those colors into your own personal library of colors in the cloud to call up whenever you need them in the future. The myMIX App allows you to capture a color and then send it to your MIX LED lights. If the color isn’t quite right – no worries. Just like any other MIX color, you can adjust the hue, intensity, and saturation of your captured color until it’s exactly what you need – then save it to your library.
Introducing MIX from Rosco and DMG Lumière. MIX features 6-LED color mixing: Red + Lime + Green + Blue + Amber + White. This enables it to generate a wider gamut of colors than RGBW or RGBA fixtures. In addition, the Red and Lime emitters in the array are manufactured exclusively for MIX – meaning that it can create colors, tones, and hues that are only available from a MIX light. Every Rosco gel color in the MIX library has been authenticated by Rosco’s color experts as a match on tungsten and daylight sources – by eye, by meter, and by camera. In addition, the MIX control software also allows you to set the base color temperature of the light before adding color.
Amazing color control and preset setting will also be coming soon via the new myMIX App.
Ikan was showing their new Oryon 14” and 18” Bi-Color 3200K-5600K Ring Light w/ 15mm Rail Adaptor, Light Stand, and batteries. This new multi-mount ring light is available in 14” and 18” and has just the right amount of illumination to give any subject that sparkle in their eyes. The large diameter opening allows for any size camera to be used with the light. The soft diffused LED’s give the ring light a bright but wrapping light that makes your subjects glow. The control knobs on the back of the allow you to quickly switch from brightness to color with a simple push of the button. The custom 15mm camera mount system allows the professional to adjust the camera to any height. The heavy-duty compact stand folds up tightly and makes it easy to carry. The lights come in Bi-Color (3200K-5600K adjustable) with a 96 CRI and a 97 TLCI. Also with two Sony L batteries and Dual charger included this light give you up to 4 hours of uninterrupted light.
DeSisti showed their new SoftLED 2 XL which has replaced the remote phosphor technology used in the SoftLEDs with Fixed White chips. These new chips are adding 50% more light output than their predecessors while retaining CRIs greater than 96 and TLCIs of 97.5. I was told that Lighting Designers had requested DeSisti to add a longer fixture with a larger surface area. It’s nice to know they listened and acting on those suggestions. The SoftLED 2 XL uses the same power as the SoftLED 4 but is 20% brighter.
On another note, the Piccoletto joins the DeSisti line of Variable White Fresnels (2700K – 6500K). This is their 300W tungsten equivalent.
At this year’s NAB, Coemar debuted their new 6-color LEDko FS6 LED light engine and it is a winner. The new LED chip on board includes Red, Green, Blue, White (5600K), and now Lime & Phosphor Corrected Amber. Their goal was to create an all-in-one fixture that could address both Studio and Theatrical markets with the capability of producing intensely saturated colors without sacrificing the output punch of the whites. The purpose behind adding the Lime and PC Amber is to help “beef up” the Red, Green and Yellow parts of the color spectrum as well as adding the ability to produce a high CRI (above 94) throughout the range of whites. Depending on the mode you select, the new LEDko FS6 can be used as a variable white (2700K – 6500K) or an all-in-one, color changing fixture. All LEDkos can be controlled via DMX, RDM or locally at the head.
Also new to the Coemar product line are an LED Spot and Fresnel moving heads. The LEDko TM F6 uses the same 6-color LED light engine as in the LEDko FS6 in addition to all the characteristics you would expect in an intelligent profile fixture: Zoom (13-38 degrees), Internal Framing Shutters, Iris, Frost Filter, and Pan/ Tilt. For the Fresnel crowd, the LEDko TM Fresnel is available in either Tunable Tungsten (2700K – 4100K) or Tunable Daylight (4100K – 6500K), both of which include RGBW LED chips, Green/Magenta manipulation, Proportional Zoom (13-65 degrees), an Internal Barndoor Framing System, and Pan/Tilt. These will be available for sale shortly.
BB&S Lighting of Denmark showcased it’s Force 7 this year at NAB. The new single source LED technology provides a CRI of 97 with an output that is equivalent to 750 watts. They are also accomplishing this while only drawing 180 watts from an externally mounted 48-volt power supply. The dimming is very smooth from 100%-0% with no hot spots or double shadows while using gobos or effects. The demo that was set up at NAB confirmed the manufacturer’s claims! The edge to edge light is very clean. The fan is also extremely quiet which makes it a great option for studio use.
The Force 7 is compatible with all ETC Source 4 barrels and lenses and is available in custom colors and comes with a Powercon True-1 AC Power Cable.
Photon Beard is committed to keeping things simple and the Highlight LED does just that. They have taken their best remote phosphor technology and unique optical approach to providing a punchy full spectrum LED luminaire that has an excellent Color temperature and output rating that is guaranteed for 5 years. Adding a cyc hood to these fixtures makes them an excellent choice for lighting your green screen.
The fixtures can be operated locally or through DMX and this year they have added a USB port to the rear of the fixture, so firmware updates are simple as well. The fixtures can dim from 100%-5% while maintaining a constant color temp. Cooling is passive so there is no issue with fan noise.
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.
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.
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.
The new Q-LED Rainbow Linear LED Lamp featuring RGBX was on full display at LDI. This new item from Quasar can run from our 2000° Candlelight to 6000° Daylight Kelvin and can be controlled in a variety of ways, including an on-board control panel, wireless Lumen Radio CRMX or DMX I/O. They can also be daisy-chained together and run in a lead-follow mode.
The color options run from a powerful white crossfade to full an RGB mode featuring a full 360° palette for vibrant fully saturated color or mixed with X-fade white light for soft beautiful pastels. Includes color presets for Blue, Cyan, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, Magenta, Purple.
Each lamp is self-ballasted and can run on AC power. The RGB-X Rainbow Lamps use 100-265VAC (World Power) via a True1 connector. There is also a battery option, allowing them to run on off a 10-26 VDC via locking barrel connector.
The RGBX come is a two foot 25 watt, four foot 50 watt, or eight foot 100-watt form factor.
Osram’s latest addition to their broad HMI family, the HMI Studio, offers a new option to users who work in tungsten color temperatures. The HMI Studio line is a standard HMI lamp with a patented doped UV glass envelope that incorporates a tungsten shift and UV stop, which blocks 99% of UVB and UVC rays.
Because the color is incorporated directly into the lamp, it eliminates the need for color correction accessories, saving time and money, offering a plug and play option for converting daylight fixtures to tungsten. This 90+ CRI lamp will last just as long as the daylight version and is considerably brighter than standard tungsten fixture of similar wattage.
Osram’s workhorse led flood is a solid option when a work light is required. The FLx 90 draws only 90 watts but has the output of a 500-watt halogen lamp, drawing 82% less energy than a standard incandescent fixture of the same light output.
With a 93-degree beam spread and a powerful punch, this is an ideal work light for backstage and front of house. With an IP 65 rating, you can also use it outdoors at the same facility. The FLx 90 also can be dimmed to 15%, adding even more versatility to your toolbox.
Bright? Check. Color mixing? Check. 7-40° Zoom? Check. Winner of the Best Hard Edge LED Spot Award? Check. The Axcor 900 is the first Clay Paky spotlight to use a LED light source, instead of a traditional discharge lamp. Thanks to its considerable light output, the Clay Paky Axcor Profile 900 goes straight in at the top of its category and features the best in modern technology in every parameter: the characteristics of the white and colored light it produces, its ability to form perfectly sharp projections, and the precision micro-mechanics of its exclusive beam shaping system.
And to back up the Axcor 900, the K-Eye HCR provides more than enough support. The K-EYE HCRis a LED wash light which provides total control over the quality of all forms of white or colored light. The new HCR technology used in the K-EYE is an exclusive electronic platform developed by Clay Paky in conjunction with Osram to meet the needs of lighting designers all over the world who were not fully satisfied with the performance of LED devices in comparison with traditional lamps, in particular because of their incomplete color range, poor color rendering index and lack of consistency. All these limitations have been overcome in the K-EYE HCR, and it is finally possible to produce every color, every nuance and every shade with satisfactory quality. The heart of the K-EYE HCR wash light is a LED light source consisting of a module with six colors: besides the three “classic” basic red, green and blue colors, Clay Paky has added amber, cyan and lime. This exclusive Clay Paky device provides a very wide color range with excellent color spectrum coverage.
Enttec has created a bunch of new options to assist with networking and LED tap/pixel mapping control. First up, is their new Hyperion HP1 intelligent gigabit switch. Designed to be a simple plug and play rack mountable network switch that can be easily integrated into almost any system. With 6x front etherCON connectors and 2x rear connectors, the ability to easily configure, and ability to prioritize professional lighting protocols this switch has it all.
Next up, is their new Pixel Port unit. Designed to be a more portable an all in one unit that you can build into your set pieces so that you can get control/power to your pixel controllable LED tape. Each unit has a powerCON in & thru, etherCon in & thru, and 4 pin DMX output.
Finally, we thought this was neat, if you ever wanted LED tape on a black background, Enttec can hook you up as all their tape comes on both black & white ribbons now. The black ribbon blends in a lot better if you wanted to make it disappear on a dark surface!
Have you wished for an even larger Arri Skypanel with even more punch than what was already available? Well, then you are in luck! Arri displayed at LDI their new S 360-C unit. With a light panel roughly 50” x 34“ it is a behemoth of a fixture that requires two people to move it. The unit has been very well received in the film industry with lots of grips already preordering the unit!
Also displayed was their new Skylink system which provides wireless control to all their Skypanel products. Simply, plug in a Skylink receiver into your existing Skypanel, set up a transmitter at your DMX source, and off you go! These units are using LumenRadio to transmit DMX, so signal is very stable. Kits are available in 3 & 10 pack configurations, although you can always add more at any time!
Gantom added a new seven-color, 7W DMX spotlight to their existing fixture line. The Gantom 7 has a native 15-degree beam angle and includes micro-lenses with a magnetic accessory holder. With options for stand-alone control as well as DMX control; and a non-linear dimming curve, the Gantom 7 features lime, amber, and UV beyond the common RGBW to achieve colors unavailable in standard LED fixtures. It also has an IP65 rating for outdoor use and can be cabled via Gantom’s Go Cable system with power and data on separate connectors; or the Pro Cable system where power and data are integrated into a single cable.
Gantom also has a new Storm Series line of compact IP rated fixtures suitable for permanent outdoor installation. The line of spot and wash fixtures are available in black, white and silver.
New to the Philips Entertainment stand this year were some additions to the Vari*Lite line that included the VL 1100 LED delivers high-quality light and consistent color reproduction, making it a true alternative to the traditional tungsten source in a moving head fixture.
The 127 LED array and engine delivers a CRI of over 91 and has a 25% greater output than a traditional tungsten fixture.
An improved lower-end diffusion allows for gentle edge diffusion
The fixture has a tungsten red shift emulation during dimming, allowing it to work and feel just like a standard VL 1000 series fixture
Hybrid liquid / forced air cooling system
It has a 4 blade framing system
CMY color mixing
Continuously variable zoom of 19 – 36 degree and superzoom angle to 70 degrees
The VL 1100 LEDHP is an alternative to a traditional arc source in a moving light head. The unique LED engine delivers high CRI output and a consistent color temperature. The innovative hybrid cooling system creates a strong balance between light output and noise.
Color reproduction consistent with the traditional VL1100 Arc source fixture
Hybrid liquid / forced air cooling system
Superzoom angle to 70 degrees
Continuous variable zoom range from 19 – 36 degrees.
Last year, the VL6000 Beam, was a concept in the demo room. This year, the market-leading mid-air effects fixture took pride of place in the booth, receiving an immense reception. A large 14” front aperture – using a new exclusive Philips ellipsoid reflector array system – produces a retro style searchlight effect, with a high output tight collimated shaft of light at 6.5°, which exceeds 55,000 lumens.
The VL6000 Beam ultimately went on to win PLSN’s “Best New Beam Fixture 2017” award.
When you look for a strobe, you look for power and the JDC1 from GLP delivers power in excess through a versatile and highly creative design, the likes of which has never been seen before. The JDC1 contains a traditional single tube element created with LED’s that produce an incredibly clear, bright white output. This is then combined with a surrounding full face of RGB power, utilizing a large array of complimentary LED sources. The possibilities are endless as these two elements have independent control and can be used as separate pieces or combined for stunning effects. Along with working as a powerful strobe light, both the tube and the full face sections can be run continuously for high output blinder and wash light effects, which never reduce output or have thermal cutouts. To give even more functionality, the RGB face can be divided into 12 separate ‘pixel’ sections, and additionally, the bright white tube also can be divided into 12 sections and then the whole array can be fully pixel mapped through any standard controller.
The JDC1 also features dynamic movement with a 16 bit, 185° tilt range, allowing you to place effects exactly where and when you want them to be – and get the most possible power and impact.
This year the Varsa has been engineered to be IP65 rated while maintaining all the same great features and color of the standard Varsa. It comes in a sleek new enclosure that is sure to meet the rigorous requirements that come with being used in wet outdoor locations.
Environmental Lights were also showing their products for the first time at LDI this year. They featured its extensive assortment of LED tape and DMX driver technology. Their new 5-in-1 LED tape contains RGB diodes with tunable white also featuring both 2,500 white AND a 6,500 white diode with adjustable frequency drivers making it ideal for television applications where flicker control is critical for broadcast quality productions. This new 5-in-1 LED tape produce is expected to start shipping in December.
SGM Introduces the new G-Spot Turbo featuring a new LED Cube that is 30% brighter than the standard G-Spot that we already love for its intense additive color saturation and IP65 rating. The new LED cube replaces the tradition green LED with lime allowing for wormer pastels and increased color quality of 85+CRI while maintaining the 2,000 to 10,000 color temperature control. The new LED engine allows the for far greater warm white light output (20,500 lumens) making the unit comparable to the Martin MAC Viper.
SGM has taken the Q-7 and P-7 RGBW LED wash light fixture design to a new level with the release of the Q-10 (60,000 lumens) and P-10 (40,000 lumens) models. This face-melting amount of color saturation puts the light levels in a class by themselves. The dimming engine has also been improved with seamless fades to black and maintained color accuracy throughout the dimming range.
Altman debuted its new RGBW Utility Par called the AP-150 (working title). This is the first importuned produce for Altman listing at $995 makes is a great value. Its color palate matches the Spectra Series (Luxeon Rebel LED), weighs only 11lbs, expected to be brighter than 3700 lumens, completely fanless and includes a great zoom range. The 150w, IP20 unit will include 16-bit resolution and support RDM protocol. The new fixture is expected to start shipping in January and will include the standard Altman 3 year warranty.
The Altman Gallery LED zooms are now available with gobo rotators accessory capable of receiving E-size glass or metal gobos.
The Altman Gallery LED portable fixture version is now available with a remote driver box options featuring a 3-pin mini XLR connector and cable up to 1 meter long. There is now an asymmetrical wall wash adapter for the Altman Gallery LED wash units.
This was also a special year as Altman named Barbizon its 2017 Dealer of the Year. Below are the Barbizon attendees at the show along with Altman’s Nick Champion and Miles Dudgeon presenting the award to National Sales Manager Thomas Augusta and Systems Director Brian Dunn.
Ushio America, Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of light source solutions including lamps, LEDs, lasers, drivers, systems, and services. Ushio’s presentation for LDI 2017 consisted of a broad spectrum of their lighting solutions including their newly acquired Zylight and Aladdin brands.
The largest products on display consisted of their Ushio followspots including their new 230w LED Sai-300 producing a high quality, powerful 5600k daylight white beam. The Sai-300 inherits the same design characteristics of balance, ergonomics, and superior functionality as their xenon powered line of Xebex follow spots. Step-less dimming, 100% iris closure, and flash effect enhance operator usability.
A sampling of solutions from Zylight were on hand showcasing their innovative LED broadcast fixtures including a number of Soft Lights and Fresnels like the F8-B; the only fixture that combines a proprietary Tru365TM LED module with the flexibility and control of a focusable glass fresnel lens.
Canto USA was started with a specific goal of supplying the lighting community with good quality, nice looking, affordable products. LDI 2017 was a clear indication of this continued commitment. Their RETRO product line transforms existing inefficient incandescent fixtures into energy efficient LED fixtures. Patent-pending technology allows the fixture to smoothly dim from 0-100% utilizing existing dimming technology. Retrofit kits are available with a variety of options for both recessed and pendant style fixtures. Installation is as easy as changing a light bulb and their LED technology creates even fields and delivers consistent color.
Canto’s drive towards energy efficient LED solutions carries over into their powerful LED followspot line with both the ASTRA and ALBA series. These 200w LED modules are capable of producing a high CRI with well defined, a flat-field projection that is ideally suited for different size venues depending on which model FollowSpot you choose. Learn more about their followspot line by visiting