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An interview from the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas with Alan Ipakchian of Litepanels. Litepanels is the market leader in LED lighting systems for the television, broadcast, video and film industries. Their ground-breaking, award-winning lighting products are developed with a clear focus on performance, reliability and efficiency to deliver the very best results for all of their customers. Litepanels is part of Vitec Videocom, a group of companies specializing in products for broadcasters, cinematographers, videographers and still photographers across the globe. In this interview Alan talks with us about their Next-Generation LEDs for Film, Photography, and Broadcast that boost output while reducing power consumption and costs.

Building on the quality and popularity of the innovative Astra 1x1 panel, the next-generation Litepanels Astra 3X and 6X LED panels now feature a significant increase in output and yet a decrease in power consumption. In addition, the daylight-balanced Sola 4+ and Sola 6+ Fresnel lights incorporate new highly rated LEDs that produce greater output than their predecessors.

The Astra 3X and 6X panels are now available in either daylight or tunable bi-color models. Offering up to 50 percent more intensity across all models while drawing less power allows for longer battery run time. The new Astra 6X is six times brighter than the original 1x1 model while the Astra 3X is three times brighter.

Like all Astra panels, both of these new lighting series feature high CRI and TLCI that yields exceptional color reproduction. The bi-color models allow for transitional color tuning from daylight to tungsten to accommodate any lighting situation. Also, with smooth dimming from 100 percent to 0 percent and no color shift throughout the entire range, color and intensity can be quickly adjusted either manually or remotely via the available optional Bluetooth and DMX communications modules.

Compared with their predecessors, the daylight-balanced Sola 4+ LED Fresnel offers a greater than 120 percent increase in output while the new Sola 6+ has an incredible 50 percent increase. Producing full-spectrum, directional illumination, the new Sola 4+ and Sola 6+ offer the controllability and light-shaping properties inherent in Fresnel lights, but at a small fraction of the power draw of conventional Fresnel lighting. The custom Fresnel lenses emit an even, collimated light source that can be focused and controlled for maximum flexibility. The Sola range of LEDs provides cool daylight illumination with the unique ability to control both focus and intensity via standard DMX 512 protocol and without the heat generation of a traditional Fresnel.

In addition, these Sola LED Fresnels save on production time by allowing for a quick setup with DC operation via professional camera batteries such as Anton/Bauer Gold Mount and V-Mount 14.4 V batteries. For a faster break down, the lights’ cool-to-the-touch operation means that users won’t have to wait for them to cool off, unlike traditional Fresnel lighting. Additionally, the color temperature of the Solas is designed to match existing daylight-balanced Fresnel fixtures, so they can be easily installed for side-by-side use either in the studio or on location.

For more information please visit: www.Litepanels.com

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