9 Film Lights Showing up on Sets in 20226 min read

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There is no shortage of lighting fixtures on film sets. Everywhere you turn, there are lights.

It’s hard to walk on a set and not see a bunch of HMIs hanging out, or SkyPanel S60s everywhere, but with LED technology taking off, we’re seeing a lot of new lighting fixtures entering the scene.

Here are 9 new-ish fixtures we’ve started to see on film sets in Atlanta and LA.

Litegear LiteMat Spectrum

LiteMat Spectrum is the most camera compliant LED light fixture available. It can accurately reproduce any shade of white that the camera considers correct. That can be anywhere between 2,000K and 11,000K with +/- 8 points of tint correction.

LiteMat Spectrum can also augment its white light with color accents. Saturated color can be delicately added with 100 shades of depth. LiteMat Spectrum can also improve post-production workflows. It is the first lighting system to be certified color space compliant. That means taking the guesswork out of color mixing for digital cinema. Its unique and patent-pending color processing engine also provides wide color gamut desaturation.

Creamsource Vortex8

The Vortex8 is a versatile 2×1 RGBW system with CCT ranging from 2200K to 15000K that can be used as a hard punch light to bounce or push through diffusion, or as a creamy soft light with the Creamsource Dome or DoPchoice Snapbag. Effects and colour Gels are built into the latest CreamOS architecture in addition to a range of new features wrapped into an intuitive user interface.

Unpredictable weather and messy effects machines are no longer a worry for the lighting department where the Vortex is in place. The Vortex8 is IP65 water resistant and sealed for the ultimate security and efficiency. Rain, snow and dust wont hold the Vortex back.

this one is being used by Raffi Sanches, one of the biggest LA gaffers. He’s usually a trendsetter

KinoFlo Freestyle 21/41/Mini

Kino Flo’s award-winning FreeStyle 41 unleashes your creative side with a quick-release feature to remove the LED panel from the fixture, cutting the weight nearly in half (from 16 lbs/7.3kg to 9.6 lbs/4.4kg) and creating a smaller form factor for better rigging flexibility. The LED panel’s corner bumpers can be used to hang from rope or wire. The panel also takes a Twist-On mount for working on light stands. The Freestyle 41 comes complete with the full color, programmable FreeStyle controller, Head Cable (25ft), Complete Fixture with removable LED panel, and a twist-on KinoGrip Center Mount. Honeycomb 90° or 60° louvers, mounted with Velcro, give direction to the light, and when removed the panel displays a broad soft beam across the set.

Astera Helios

Helios Tube is an RGB – Amber – Mint LED lighting Tube that has all the features of the popular Titan Tube while offering a smaller format. It allows mounting in areas where a Titan Tube wouldn’t fit and also increases portability. This LED lighting Tube has 8 pixels, half the brightness of the Titan tube and just over half its length. Colors and brightness are perfectly matched to those of the Titan Tube`s.

Brick is new, but I’ve seen a couple gaffers already drooling over it

Astera Titans

Titan is the ultimate LED tube for filmmakers, TV studios and any creative person. It emits powerful, tunable white with ultra-high color rendering as well as colored light which can be applied to individual pixels or the whole tube. The tube offers unlimited range of usage; indoor or outdoor, AC-powered or on battery, on the go with the AsteraApp, with wired or wireless DMX.

Astera AX3

The AX3 is a battery operated, easy to use IP65 RGBW puck aimed at stage lighting and corporate events. It can be used as uplight as well as hanging or standing spotlight and inside translucent objects, truss, etc. It is extremely compact and yet offers a high brightness paired with long battery runtime and range.

Astera PixelBrick

Say hello to the next-generation multi-purpose light. In addition to being a battery-powered uplight and PAR with 5 different beam options, multiple PixelBricks can be connected to form clusters and shapes. With about 10cm edge length and 1kg weight, it is small and lightweight while still featuring a powerful output of high-quality light. The PixelBrick can be used for many stage, film and TV applications.

ProPlex 2×10 Opto-Splitter

DMX512 optically isolated splitter/repeater

High-performance, tour-grade signal management solutions!

  • Two DMX512 inputs, each with DMX Thru, individually switchable to up to 10 isolated outputs.
  • Full RDM functionality. RDM defeat switch on each input!
  • Shock-mounted circuitry. Designed for extreme conditions and temperatures.
  • ProPlex “Blue Box” enclosures – RackMount and PortableMount Mini.
  • Neutrik™ connectors: Locking PowerCON mains and XLR.
  • Designed and built for working professionals in entertainment production.

ETC Series 3 Leko

Over a decade of research comes together for the market that has inspired ETC for over 45 years. The Source Four LED Series 3 brings the brightest light to the stage with the Lustr X8 array for the most nuanced colors and the Daylight HDR array for tunable white light.

We’ve added wireless DMX/RDM by integrating City Theatrical’s Multiverse® protocol, and easy NFC configuration using your mobile device and ETC’s Set Light app.

Get the brightness you need from every distance, the color you’ve been craving, and the control you deserve for the most efficient workflow. Like all ETC fixtures, Series 3 is backed by an unmatched industry warranty.

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