In the last year we’ve acquired a pretty huge arsenal of LED lights. I was not quick to buy into this technology, as my early foray into LED was not awesome - skin tones were horrible, and the output was only a fraction of what it is today. A few years later though, I find these lights very critical to have around. The color has gotten a lot more accurate, the output has also come up a ton, and there are some very versatile offerings now. It's also helped that all of the LED's that we've purchased, we can run off of battery power. I just finished a VR feature, in which I don't know what I would have done without battery operated units hidden just about everywhere - there was just no other option.
New LED Soft Lights Available for Rent at Flüg
The new ultra bright LED soft light from Arri has similar light output as a 2K soft light while using a fraction of the power. The beautiful thing about all of the Arri LED's we have is their color tune - ability. The other day I was shooting in a lobby of a building, and the glass was just a little green, my meter was calling for magenta. The HMI's looked a little pink to the eye in comparison to all of the "natural" light coming through the tempered glass. It is really convenient to have a green and magenta control with these units as well as vivid party colors, and saturation control, I find that I can blend this light in just about any situation and make it look natural. The color control is unparalleled. We have soft boxes for them, and they can also be used to replace a 6K space light.
We now are stocking the The LiteMat 1 (9.5” x 19”), and the Litemat 4 (21” x 40”) Hybrid. The “4” is, four times the size, and therefore four times brighter than the Lightmat 1 Hybrid. They are both very light weight and thin. On a film I was recently working on I actually taped them to a wall behind some curtains in a basement with no windows. I also threw a bunch of them up in a drop ceiling putting light where a solid panel was, and then putting some 250 over it. I especially love these things because they come in bags that fit very well on the truck, and the units are incredibly flexible. We send the LiteMats out with a bunch of useful accessories such as a soft box with an egg crate, as well as various diffusions that you can put over the front. The fixture can be used anytime soft and controllable light is required. It can easily fit into the tightest locations due to its thin profile and lightweight fixture. A full Velcro border and metal grommets allows for a wide variety of mounting and hanging options other than the traditional center Kino-Flo mount. Litemat 1 & 4 Hybrid can change color temperatures from 3200k to 6000k and with included Litedimmer, you can achieve granular control of Kelvin temperature along with master brightness. It is also very easy to power these units off of battery, and we have those options as well as the LiteMats themselves for rent at FLUG.
The Cineo has the output that is very similar to a tungsten 4K soft light while drawing only 450 watts. Cineo has championed remote phosphor technology which ensures color accuracy from 1%-100%. You change the temperature of the light by changing the phosphor panels which load in from the top of the unit. There are four color different panes - 2700, 3200, 4300, and 5600. There is a dimmer on the control box itself, or the unit can be controlled by DMX either in one channel mode for global adjustments or three channel mode which allows you to control the two sides of the light separately. So, if you have a 3200 phosphor panel in one side, and a 5600 panel in the other, you can do color mixing.
In my personal experience - I have used these in a variety of situations such as in a soft box, or as a book light - but I really love using these units to light blue and green screen, they make a phosphor panel which makes these units amazing for that type of work. I’ve also been impressed with the color out of them. I also appreciate the fact that they’re made in the USA….
The SL1 is very similar in size to a Kino Flo 4x4 fixture, but it’s very thin. The units we stock are the SL1 “Switch” - which are color shiftable between 3000 Kelvin and 5600K, as well as dimmable from 1-100%. The control unit can also be controlled by DMX. We also have all of the accessories for it which are very cool, our kit includes a soft box, snap grid, and a dome that slides in changing the shape of the front of the fixture.
I like the SL1 because of all of the accessories that come with it in the package, it really makes it a versatile light.
KINO FLO CELEB 201 & 401
Kino Flo has been a huge part of our business for years, and with their LED’s being the quality that they are, I’m sure that Kino Flo will continue to be important at Scheimpflug. They are great fixtures for a simple interview setup. The size of the 201 is 24x14 and it’s 5” thick, so it’s similar to a 2’x4 bank Kino, and the 401 is similar to a 4’x4 bank kino. The unit is dimmable, DMX controllable, as well as color adjustable from 2700K to 6500K. An egg crate comes in the case as well.
LITEPANEL ASTRA 1X1
The Astra has probably been the most prevailant of the LED offerings at Scheimpflug. We have a ton of them and people love them. They are 1x1, they run off of an Anton Bauer battery or wall power, and they swing from tungsten to daylight.
Lite Panel Astra Tech Specs
The Arri L10c is basically a 2K fresnel with complete color control. It has a 10 inch fresnel that is focus-able between 15 - 50 degrees, and it draws about 400 watts, so - it too can run off of a battery if necessary. I haven't gotten to use this fixture yet, but in setting it up downstairs, I did like the light that came out of it - it's very smooth, and there's a lot of control to it. I can see myself using this a lot in the future. Also at FLUG are the Arri L5 and L7, which are both smaller versions of the L10 - with the same color tune-ability.
MOLE BABY DAYLIGHT
I've used this fixture a lot in the last couple of years, what I like about it is that it's a daylight balanced fresnel which draws very little energy. We can run this fixture off of a battery as well, and it's dimmable from 1-100%.
At 75 watts, this unit will run off of a Anton Battery for over an hour - replacing a 400 watt HMI or a 650 Tungsten light. It's daylight balanced, and dimmable from 1-100. The unit uses lenses which control the beam angle.
LITE RIBBON KIT
This kit never gets left at the shop when I'm out there working, it's bailed me out of so many otherwise horrible situations that I've grown permanently attached. When working on a feature or a long running project where I'm moving from setup to setup quickly - I find myself grabbing ribbons and taping them everywhere. In some cases it takes the final image from being great to being almost magical. They are color adjustable between tungsten and daylight, and they can run for a long time off of battery. We have many different shapes and sizes.
WESCOTT ICE LIGHT
This is basically a daylight balanced light saber. My 7 year old LOVES this thing. It's dimmable, and can jam into tight areas.
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