NAB 2014: Litepanels Hilio D12/T12 and Inca/Sola 9 Lights

Light with barn doors

Litepanels keeps in step with two of their substantial light lineups, the Hilio and Inca series. Before NAB 2014 the Hilio D12, T12, Inca 9 and Sola 9 got out. Starting with the latter two, their splash on to the lighting scene may not be the biggest piece of news, and they aren't even bigger than previous versions, but folks were looking for a mid size LED Fresnel. The 9-inch lighting fixtures should be at home in broadcast studios, TV production and movie sets with their balance of cost effectiveness. At 189W, the Cool to the Touch Litepanels technology is a welcome characteristic of the lights. Generally the name helps describe what a product does, especially with color temperature as these are differentiated. So to help you out, think for a moment why the Sola 9 is daylight balanced and the Inca 9 is tungsten balanced. If you didn't already figure this one out, ask your neighbor, and if you both can't answer, come to our office (seriously, our lighting workshops are fun).

The beams angle on the Sola 9 and Inca 9 can be adjusted from 54-15-degrees. The output can be dimmed as well, ensuring that this LED Fresnel is one of the most versatile lights possible. The Hilio D12 and Hilio T12 simply stand for daylight and tungsten color temperature balance and are suited to light exteriors, cyc walls and green screens.

Light panel with 12 LED fixtures

Litepanels says there's no color shift as the Hilio D12 and T12 are dimmed, which you'd normally have to account for. At 350W these two use a microprocessor and active cooling system, and should be easily managed on set. Included are Nanopitic lenses which can help shape the light in to straight or circular patterns. And to further control the light, an LCD display and menu on the rear provide an easy interface.

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Press Release

CHATSWORTH, Calif., (NAB Preview/ March 26, 2014 )-- Litepanels®, a Vitec Group
brand and premier provider of LED lighting for the broadcast and production industries, 
will debut the Sola 9 (daylight balanced) and Inca 9 (tungsten balanced) LED Fresnels 
at NAB 2014. Following last year’s breakthrough launch of the Sola 12 and Inca 12, the 
new 9” fixtures fill a market demand for medium-sized LED Fresnels. Litepanels’ industry 
leading collection of LED Fresnels now covers the complete range needed to deliver a 
full LED solution for broadcast studios, episodic television, and feature film production. 
Ideal for studio and remote applications, the Sola 9 and Inca 9 are stronger and brighter 
than a traditional 1K Fresnel while offering a host of cost effective features. These 
energy efficient fixtures draw a mere 189 watts of electricity, and generate only a small 
amount of heat through Litepanels’ patented Cool to the Touch™ LED technology that 
allow for greatly reduced HVAC costs. They also offer years of color accurate service 
without the need for traditional lamp replacements. Additionally, an integrated DMX 
module offers unprecedented control by allowing both remote dimming and focusing. 
This eliminates the need for expensive dimmers and a dedicated, climate controlled 
dimmer room, and makes the use of ladders to adjust focus obsolete. The proprietary 
DMX module works with readily available and affordable RJ45 Ethernet connections via 
any standard DMX512 protocol device. With these energy, facility and labor savings, 
Litepanels’ LED fixtures have been proven to generate a return on investment (ROI), 
typically in 3 years or less.
Producing high quality, visually accurate, full spectrum light, the Sola 9 and Inca 9 
feature Litepanels’ smooth dimming, from 100 percent to zero with no noticeable color 
shift, and are flicker-free at any frame rate or shutter angle. The custom 9" Fresnel lens, 
with a beam angle from 54° to 15°, emits an even, collimated light source that can be 
focused and controlled for maximum flexibility. 
While the high CRI (Color Rendering Index) LEDs in the versatile Sola 9 and Inca 9 are 
optimized for lighting talent, they offer a host of applications. The high output allows 
the Sola 9 to balance natural light in full daylight exterior or interior situations, and it 
can serve as an artificial sunlight source through a window or other opening on a stage 
or location setting. The color temperature of the tungsten balanced LED in the Inca 
9 is designed to match existing incandescent Fresnel fixtures, so that it can be easily 
installed for side-by-side use. With no external ballast and only a short restrike period 
required, the Sola 9 and Inca 9 are as perfect for the rapid pace of episodic television 
and motion picture productions as they are for the broadcast studio.
“With the introduction of the Sola 9 and Inca 9, Litepanels now offers a complete LED 
solution for broadcast and production applications,” commented Chris Marchitelli, Vice 
President of global marketing for Litepanels. “This has been our goal for customers since 
we first set out to reimagine the traditional Fresnel fixture. We understood the inherent 
differences between tungsten bulbs and LED emitters, and knew that it demanded a 
fresh perspective on fixture design. Litepanels’ revolutionary LED Fresnel fixtures were 
designed from the ground up, and we took great care to ensure that familiar form factor 
and function were not lost in the process. Now our complete collection can be used 
to complement existing lighting plots or to create a whole new system, offering color 
consistency, energy conservation, and cost efficiencies across the board.”
The user-friendly Sola 9 and Inca 9 both include 8-way barndoors, a Standard Yoke with 
Junior Pin to enable easy mounting and positioning, and an AC power supply. Optional 
accessories include the 5-piece CTO or CTB Gel Set with Gel Bag and the RJ45 to 5-pin 
XLR Conversion Cable.