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CineGear 2014: New Litepanels Astra 1×1 bi-color LED lights – the future of location lighting?

Guest post by Nate Weber:

CineGear – Litepanels New Astra 1×1 from Nate Weber on Vimeo.

The original Litepanels 1×1 panel is the mainstay of many news camera operator’s lighting kits. You see them all over the world being used to light interviews and stand ups. Now Litepanels have introduced a brand new Astra 1×1 that is up to four times brighter than the original and has high CRI (color rendering index).

Litepanels Astra 1x1 front view

Litepanels Astra 1×1 front view

Astra 1x1 Litepanel rear view

Litepanels Astra 1×1 rear view

One main difference to the original is that the power supply and battery mount no longer mount directly to the rear of the unit – instead they are on a yoke bar underneath the panel. This makes the panel taller than before and it will be interesting to see the the reaction of shooters and gaffers.

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We don’t having pricing at this time B+H is listing the Astra 1×1 at $1350 US, you can find out more on the Litepanels website.

Here are the specs from Litepanels:

• Output is up to 4X brighter than traditional LED panels
- High performance LEDs with custom paired optics
- Higher intensity = Longer throw = Wider effective beam spread
• Superior color reproduction
- High color rendition (CRI)
- Adjustable (daylight to tungsten), accurate color temperatures
• Efficient thermal management with user selectable dual cooling mode 
- Completely silent passive cooling mode 
- Ultra-quiet active cooling mode with double light output
• Ultra-smooth dimming from 100% to 0
- No noticeable color shift throughout the entire range
- Flicker-free at any frame rate or shutter angle
• Flexible, modular concept
- Optional communications module allows the brightness, color temperature, and cooling mode to be controlled via DMX512 protocol (Additional module options under development)
- Optional yoke mounted Gold Mount® or V-Mount battery plates
- Field replaceable fan module and external power supply
• Modern fixture design
- Easily identifiable and ergonomic manual controls for dimming, color, and power status
- Aluminum I-beam core construction to provide maximum durability and superior thermal management
- Aluminum accessory mounting points and lens/filter rails
- End cap exhaust vents angle downward to direct air flow away from the fixture and help prevent foreign material from entering
- Durable, industry standard 3-pin XLR locking power connector
• Custom curved yoke design
- Wide, unobstructed tilt range
- Yoke mounted power supply and optional battery plates with dual integrated cable guides
- Removable TVMP connector for flexible mounting options
- Two alternate ¼-20 mounting points

Technical Specications
• Color Temperature: Tungsten – Daylight
• Size: 17.7 x 16.3 x 5.3” / 45 x 41.3 x 13.4cm
• Weight: 7 lbs. / 3.2kg
• Maximum Power Draw: 110W
• Power Supply: 24V DC via AC Adapter Includes Fixture, Yoke w/TVMP, Power Supply, Power Cord
• Power Requirements 13-24V DC / 100-240VAC
• DMX via RJ45 (Optional Communications Module)

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Posted on June 9th, 2014 by Nate Weber | Category: Uncategorized |

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