Litepanels Gemini 2×1 Hard RGBWW LED Panel

Litepanels has unveiled its new Gemini 2×1 Hard RGBWW LED Panel. Essentially, it has all the same features as the original Gemini 2×1 Gemini but with much more output.

Litepanels created a Hard version of the Gemini 1×1, so it is no real surprise that they have decided to do the same thing with its larger brother the Gemini 2×1. Just like the Gemini 1×1 Hard released a year ago, the double-size Gemini 2×1 Hard is claimed to produce a highly accurate full-spectrum white light as well as RGB output and a range of creative cinematic effects

Quite a few high output RGBWW lights have come to market over the last few years so it is going to be interesting to see how the Gemini 2×1 HARD compares to those fixtures.

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The Gemini 2×1 HARD will ship with an ultralight diffuser and a domed diffuser. This certainly increases its versatility as you can use the fixture as a hard light or a soft light.

The Litepanels Gemini 2×1 was announced way back in September 2017 and it proved to be a popular alternative to an ARRI SkyPanel. I reviewed this light in early 2018 and you can see that review here. Even after almost 5 years, the Gemini 2×1 is still a very capable light.

With 1×1 and 2×1 panels, we have seen the evolution go from daylight battery-powered portability to Bi-Color, to in-built diffusion, to RGBWW, to high output.

Key features

  • 23,000 lux at 10ft/3m (Daylight) with a 20° beam angle
  • Ultra-light and domed diffusers included for softer light in an instant
  • Extended white color temperature range from 2,700-10,000K
  • Claimed color accuracy, TLCI 97 /CRI 95
  • Full RGBWW color gamut mixing
  • Hue, Saturation and Intensity control
  • Full plus/minus green color correction
  • 0.1 – 100% automatic flicker-free dimming at any frame rate or shutter angle
  • Wired or wireless DMX & Bluetooth remote control options
  • Multi-voltage 100-240VAC; DC Input 26-33VDC
  • 25.3 lbs (11.5kg) including yoke and power supply

Hard Days Night

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The Litepanels Gemini 2×1 Hard RGBWW LED Panel is claimed to be brighter than any other 2×1 panel, delivering up to 23,000 lux @10ft/3m of output from a lightweight, compact fixture. Yes, that is a lot of output, but what you clearly need to know is that is coming from a pretty tight beam angle of 20°.

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Litepanels also claims that the Gemini 2×1 Hard produces an output that is seven times brighter than the Gemini 1×1 Hard, creating a large volume of punchy light that can be easily softened with a range of diffusers.

So how is Litepanels getting so much output from the Gemini 2×1 Hard? Well, I am glad you asked. Each individual LED is lensed so essentially they can maximize as much light as possible and direct it into a 20 degree beam angle.

How does this compare to some other 2×1 RGBWW lights that we have previously reviewed? Well, the only real head-to-head comparison you can make based on beam angle would be to compare it against the Creamsource Vortex8.

Output at 5600K (1m)
Creamsource Vortex873,200 lx
Litepanels Gemini 2×1207,000 lx*


207,000 lx is a whopping amount of light and this makes the Litepanels Gemini 2×1 Hard the brightest RGBWW fixture of its type on the market.

Size & Weight

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The Litepanels Gemini 2×1 Hard It weighs 25.3 lbs (11.5kg), including yoke and integrated power supply

How does this weight compare to some other high-end 2×1 RGBW lights?

Litepanels Gemini 2×1 Hard11.5 kg (25.3 lb)*
Creamsource Vortex815.6 kg (34.39 lb)*
ARRI S60-C Skypanel17 kg (37.47 lb)
Rotolight Titan X214.3 kg (31.52 lb)**
Litepanels Gemini 2×110.1 kg (22.26 lb)
Luxli Taiko8.96 kg (19.75 lb)
Velvet EVO 2 7.57 kg (16.7 lb)**
Nanlux Dyno 650C15.8 kg (34.8 lb)
Aputure Nova P600c13.74kg (30.29lb)

*Weight includes power supply and yolk frame.

** With standard yoke

As you can see the weight of the Gemini 2×1 Hard is pretty reasonable when you compare it against its closest competition, the Creamsource Vortex8, Rotolight Titan X2, and the ARRI S60-C SkyPanel.

Power Draw

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The Gemini 2×1 Hard draws 500W, which is 175W more than the original Gemini 2×1. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. If you want more output then the light needs to draw more power.

Unlike the original Gemini 2×1, you can’t run this fixture from 14V batteries. You will need to use 26V batteries or a 26-33V DC source to run this light remotely.

500W does make it a lot more power-hungry than some other high-end 2×1 RGBW fixtures:

Litepanels Gemini 2×1 Hard500W
Creamsource Vortex8650W
ARRI S60-C Skypanel450W
Rotolight Titan X2420W
Litepanels Gemini 2×1325W
Luxli Taiko250W
Velvet EVO 2200W
Nanlux Dyno 650C650W
Aputure Nova P600c720W

Beam Angle

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The Litepanels Gemini 2×1 Hard has a very narrow beam angle of just 20°, however, you can use the included diffusion panels to change that to 100°.

Below you can see what the standard beam angle is of other competing lights:

Beam Angle
Litepanels Gemini 2×1 Dard20 degrees
Creamsource Vortex820 degrees
Rotolight Titan X268 degrees to 150 degrees
ARRI SkyPanel S60-C115 degrees
Litepanels Gemini 2×193 degrees
Razyr MC MAX 400120 degrees
Lupo Superpanel 60 Full Color115 degrees
Luxli Taiko 2×1 RGBAW76 degrees
Velvet EVO 2115 degrees
Nanlux Dyno 650C160 degrees
Aputure Nova P600c120 degrees

As you can see, the Litepanels Gemini 2×1 Hard, just likeCreamsource Vortex8 has a much narrower beam angle than any of the other 2×1 style RGBWW lights that are on the market, but just like a lot of fixtures you can change that with various lighting modifiers.

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20-degrees does sound a little wrong for a 2×1, but by having a narrow beam angle with so much output, you can throw a powerful beam of light a long way. Yes, you can’t adjust it as easily as a Fresnel, but you need to clearly remember that this 20-degree beam spread is coming from a much larger source than a Fresnel.

Color Accuracy

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Claimed photometric results for the Litepanels Gemini 2×1 Hard

The Litepanels Gemini 2×1 Hard has good photometric data from the information that was supplied, but I will wait until I do my own testing to comment on color accuracy.

Other Features

In addition to its onboard controls, the Gemini 2×1 Hard offers a range of wired and wireless control options for easy integration, including integrated DMX, CRMX, and RDM. Like other Gemini fixtures, Gemini 2×1 Hard is claimed to deliver consistently accurate, flicker-free performance at any frame rate, shutter angle, or intensity with ultra-smooth dimming from 100 percent to .1 percent.

Price & Availability

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The Gemini 2×1 Hard is available to buy now priced from $6,300 USD. This makes it one of the most expensive 2×1 RGBWW panels on the market.

Below you can see how the price compares to the competition.

Litepanels Gemini 2×1 Hard$5,985 USD
Creamsource Vortex8$5,499 USD
Rotolight Titan X2$4,999 USD
ARRI SkyPanel S60-C$6,820 USD
Litepanels Gemini 2×1$4,184.75 USD
Lupo Superpanel Soft Full Color 60$2,548 USD
Rayzr MC MAX 400$1,799 USD
Luxli Taiko 2×1 RGBAW$1,699 USD
LEDGO LG-G260$2,565 USD
Kino Flo Celeb 450Q DMX$4,815.25 USD
Kino Flo FreeStyle 21$1,678.75 USD
Kino Flo Diva-lite 20 DMX$2,188.75 USD
Velvet EVO 2$3,877.40 USD
Nanlux Dyno 650C$3,770 USD
Aputure Nova P600c$3,290 USD

At $5985 USD it is $835 USD cheaper than an ARRI S60-C Skypanel, but $486 USD more expensive than a Creamsource Vortex8, $986 USD more than the Rotolight Titan X2, and $2107.60 USD more than the Velvet EVO 2.


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