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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.