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.