Buyer's Guide: Lighting

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In this month’s Buyer’s Guide we focus on lighting and the range of products available for video productions. There’s a lighting option for you whether you’re equipping an entire studio and need a diverse set of products, working as a one-man-band and want lightweight, compact portability, or shooting on location and require the flexibility to work in mixed-light conditions.

Kino Flo

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Celeb 400 DMX LED

The Celeb 400 DMX LED is one of the largest LED soft lights available, measuring 45” x 14”. It generates a soft, broad wraparound light (CRI 95) and produces color faithfully. The Celeb features dial-in white light from 2,700° K to 5,500° K, five color temperature presets with programmable settings, and full-range dimming without flicker or color shift. The all-in-one metal alloy fixture includes onboard and DMX dimming and runs universally at 100-240V AC or 24V DC. The Celeb 400 comes complete with molded accessory holders, removable gel frame and honeycomb louver and is available in three styles: center mount, yoke mount and pole-op.

Litepanels

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ASTRA 1x1 Bi-Color LED Panel

Following the Litepanels tradition of a 1 square foot form factor, the ASTRA 1x1 Bi-Color features user-selectable active or passive cooling modes: passive cooling mode provides completely silent operation, while active cooling provides double the light output and uses the ultra-quiet fan module. The fixture’s tunable bi-color output allows users to adjust color from daylight to tungsten as needed. The high-CRI LEDs are formulated to deliver consistently accurate color temperatures and visually pleasing color reproduction. Tightly binned LEDs and fine-tuned optics provide the ASTRA 1x1 with higher intensity, a longer throw, and a wider effective beam spread than the company’s original 1x1 fixture. 

ARRI

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L5 LED Fresnel

The compact and lightweight L5, the newest member of ARRI’s L-Series, is an LED Fresnel with CCT tuneability and color selection. The L5 is approximately 45 percent brighter than a 300W tungsten Fresnel but consumes only 115W. When compared to the L7, the L5 is half the weight and size but retains features from the L7 including tuneability from 2,800° K to 10,000° K, green/magenta correction, hue selection, saturation control, and onboard DMX for communication with third-party control products. New features available on the L5 include a PowerCON power connector and an onboard battery input that permits industry-standard batteries to power the L5 without any sacrifice in terms of features or light output.

The Tiffen Company

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Lowel Prime Location LED

With high output spread over a 50-degree beam angle, this 1x1 LED panel features a rugged housing and an IP rating of 65, meaning that Prime Location LEDs are suitable for use in rain and sand or dust storms. Its AC connections use Powercon AC bridging between fixtures to reduce the need for multiple AC outlets. Prime Location LEDs come with a choice of V-lock or Anton/Bauer Gold Mount battery plates for DC operation. The lights are available in high-CRI daylight, tungsten and bi-color models, and are dimmable without color shift. Their light diffusion front piece greatly reduces LED multi-shadow. 

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