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Elation has introduced the Artiste DaVinci, a full-featured yet compact theatrical-grade LED moving head spot light.

The first fixture in Elation’s new Artiste series, the DaVinci produces a bright and efficient beam. An output of over 13,000 lumens is comparable to 700 watt discharge lamp fixtures, yet it does not require lamp replacements.

Powerful enough to light a stage or set from the highest trim height, the new light has a 300-watt LED engine (>7,500K) and advanced optics in a small package.

Full CMY color mixing gives a broad palette of color choice and is supplemented by seven dichroic colors from a color wheel, including CTB.

The light offers a range of graphical effects via two gobo wheels. One gobo wheel houses six rotating gobos while the other houses nine static replaceable gobos.

A full 360-degree bi-directional animation effect wheel allows for the creation of dramatic animated effects such as undulating waves, rising flames, driving rain, drifting clouds and foliage. For adjustment of beam size as well as beam sharpness, the motorized zoom expands the beam from a tight seven degrees to a wide 48 degrees.

The DaVinci also houses a high-speed electronic shutter and strobe as well as variable dimming curve effects and 16-bit multi-phase motors mean that pan and tilt rotation is both fast and smooth. It includes a hibernation mode, which saves power when the fixture is not in use. LED refresh rate frequency and Gamma brightness are also adjustable.

The light can be controlled via DMX, RDM, sACN or Art-NET protocols and Elation's internal E-FLY wireless DMX transceiver. It operates flicker free for use in TV and other broadcast applications and an auto-sensing power supply covers worldwide voltages and frequencies.

At the 2017 NAB show, BB&S Lighting introduced fit-anywhere, four and eight-inch long LED pipes to join the company’s Pipeline family of professional lighting.

BB&S said each light — one inch in diameter — is available in 3200, 4300 or 5600 degree Kelvin color temperatures and emits a high 98 TLCI remote phosphor illumination spread over 180 degrees.

Among Pipeline’s advantages are low power draw — three watts for the four-inch and seven watts for the eight-inch model.

The lights have a high output — 333 lumens for the four-inch and 666 lumens for the eight-inch model — and wide dispersion. Both lights are heatless and use no fans. They are available in two versions. One is 10-20 volts to run on batteries and 48 volts that dims down to zero.

The cylindrical fixtures can be mounted on ceilings, on a C-stand or in a doorway. Any small, hard to light space is a good candidate. The lights can be hidden in nooks and crannies in background pieces and dialled in to the right dimming level.

They feature dedicated dimmer/drivers to control the output and feed power and are power versatile via 12V automobile battery, 14.4V battery via d-tap or AC adapter.

Also at NAB, BB&S introduced the Pipeline two-foot 2-Bank remote phosphor LED light. This small footprint fixture is controllable and provides high light output, low power draw and extremely accurate color 98 TLCI accuracy. Available in 3200-degree, 4300-degree and 5600-degree Kelvin versions, each infinitely smooth-dimmable with no color shift or flicker.

Fiilex announced the P360 Pro and P360 Pro Plus portable LED lights for broadcasters at the 2017 NAB Show.

Fiilex said the most noticeable change for Fiilex's P360 Pro and P360 Pro Plus is the OLED display. It shows the precise CCT, hue (for Pro Plus), intensity and DMX readouts to match or recall settings.

In addition to the screen, ergonomic improvements were made, including a new accessory lock, a longer yoke and a deeper spigot.

At the core, a new generation of dense matrix LED achieves 2800K to 6500K tuning range, >95 CRI/TLCI and 10 percent brighter light output. A more efficient board is designed to hold the OLED screen and mount two multi-functional knobs. To complement the hardware, new firmware delivers smoother color tuning, reaches lower dimming limit to zero percent and provides hue adjustments (for Pro Plus).

"Fiilex first introduced the original P360 at NAB 2013. The great light quality, the color tunability and the compact size of the P360 instantly made it the gold standard in portable lighting for on-location filming by professional broadcasters," said Brian Chiang, vice president of marketing. "We are raising this standard again with the P360 Pro Plus and its hue control, which we designed based on user feedback."

The new lights are priced at $845 and $995 respectively and will be available on or before June 1, 2017.

FoxFury Lighting Solutions has introduced the Rugo, a rugged go anywhere LED light for video and still photo use.

FoxFury, based in Oceanside, CA, said the powerful, compact LED light is powered by a rechargeable Quick Swap power pack and can mount to action cams, DSLRs, drones, tripods and other devices. Its Tri-Lens allows the user to adjust the light beam, which dramatically improves image quality in low and no light conditions.

The Rugo was designed to be a rugged go anywhere light and opens up new opportunities for portability. Its user-friendly design features a snap-on power pack to extend shoot times.

"The Rugo goes anywhere your camera can go,” said Antonio Cugini, director of marketing for FoxFury. “Its versatility and power enable it to help get shots previously thought impossible with a compact light source."

At 700 lumens (max), the Rugo is bright enough to light subjects at up to 100-feet away. It features three interchangeable lens settings that allows the user to quickly shift between area, flood and spot lighting. Battery life is one hour.

It includes a cold-shoe mount, ¼-inch-20 mount, standard mount, thumbscrews (2), and mount knobs (2) for use with multiple products including action cameras and drones. A USB cable with wall adaptor is also included.

At the 2017 NAB Show, Ikan announce the Stryder Bi-Color 200 watt LED light as part of the Stryder line of LED lights.

Ikan said the SB200 is a five-inch Fresnel fixture that can change from a wide beam angle to a tight beam with the click of a latch. The extremely quiet active cooling system keeps it working through any shoot.

The Stryder features a lightweight nylon-resin body and a rugged outer shell that makes it resilient from the rigors of any shoot. It is adjustable from 2700 to 6500 Kelvin and weighs 11 pounds.

This field light can be used in or out of a studio. The gold mount or V-mount battery allows for use in any environment. The large yellow knob control on the back makes it easy to operate menus and adjust colors.

The Stryder SB200 Bi-Color LED comes with four-way barn doors included. Price is $1299

K-Tek has introduced two versions of the Stingray ERX Holder to house the Zaxcom ERX audio and time code receiver.

Designed to offer extra protection, K-Tek said the new holders have a secure slip-on design. They feature dimples for no-slip handling. A custom cutout allows ample access to the ERX menu and controls.

An oversized top lip safeguards against accidental bumping while allowing clear access to the ERX knob and switch. Both KSERX2 and KSERX3 are compatible with all versions of Zaxcom’s ERX.

Ideal to mount on a camera, the KSERX2 features a removable ¼-20-inch threaded insert that accepts standard hardware like adjustable arms or various other mounting systems. An integrated Velcro backing allows for flat mounting directly onto surfaces like the back of the camera monitor.

The KSERX3 comes with a non-removable belt clip that can rotate in different directions. This unit can position the ERX on a belt, harness or the Molle straps on various Stingray products.

Both KSERX2 and KSERX3 are available at $40 each.

Light & Motion and Elinchrom have collaborated to introduce the Stella Pro 5000 RF and Stella Pro 8000 RF, new portable daylight balanced lights with wireless control.

Light & Motion and Elinchrom said they have formed a “synergetic relationship” that resulted in the new lights that free users to mount the weatherproof 5600K lights anywhere with no need for DMX controllers or external wireless RF modules.

Light & Motion said it has incorporated the Elinchrom “Skyport Protocol,” a radio control system, into these two new Stella Pro RF units.

The Stella Pro 5000 RF and Stella Pro 8000 RF (with integrated Skyport Transceiver) are controlled by the EL Remote Control for Stella, a wireless, 2.4 GHz remote control designed for working with continuous lights compatible with Elinchrom's Skyport radio protocol.

The RF Control for Stella provides users with 20 channels, four separate groups, and the ability to turn the unit on and control its power from zero to 100 percent.

Litepanels has announced significant upgrades to its professional LED lighting range, boosting the light output of its fixtures while reducing power consumption.

Litepanels introduce the next-generation Astra 3X and 6X LED panels, and daylight-balanced Sola 4+ and Sola 6+ Fresnel lights. In addition to delivering higher-quality color rendering, the new lights can be powered by professional camera batteries.

“With their improved output, these lights can be used in a variety of applications with the added benefit of being able to go fully mobile with battery power,” said Pat Grosswendt, co-founder of Litepanels and professional gaffer. “Users can take these upgraded lighting solutions into remote locations without being tethered to a wall outlet."

The Astra 3X and 6X panels are now available in either daylight or tunable bi-color models. Offering up to 50 percent more intensity across all models while drawing less power allows for longer battery run time. The new Astra 6X is six times brighter than the original 1x1 model while the Astra 3X is three times brighter.

All the lights feature high CRI and TLCI that yields exceptional color reproduction. The bi-color models allow for transitional color tuning from daylight to tungsten to accommodate any lighting situation.

With smooth dimming from 100 percent to zero percent and no color shift throughout the entire range, color and intensity can be quickly adjusted either manually or remotely via the available optional Bluetooth and DMX communications modules.

The Astra 6X and 3X Bi-color will be available to ship in June, 2017, while the Astra 6X and 3X Daylight will be available to ship in September. The Sola 4+ and 6+ lights will be available to ship by July.

Luxli showed at NAB its Viola five-inch Multi-Color On-Camera LED Light, a fixture that can be controlled by iOS devices.

Luxli said the light is controllable by the free Luxli Conductor app for iOS devices. It features a dimmable output that can be adjusted from either 3000 to 10,000K or zero to 360-degrees RGB.

The light incorporates two endlessly rotating knobs. One knob controls the flicker-free dimming adjustment from 100 to zero percent brightness, while the other knob controls the color output of the unit.

Bluetooth is always active on the fixture, and the app allows users to individually control or link together up to six lights. With the app, videographers can adjust the output of the light to match a specific point of the video. Users can also preview the color and brightness for a video on a mobile device.

The fixture powers from seven to 15 volts DC via a 2.1mm power port on the side or by an included NP-F550-type battery. Mounting is via the built-in ¼-inch-20 threaded mounting hole.

The Viola can be used as a standalone light. An integrated info screen enables confirmation of color temperature, color output, battery and Bluetooth strength.

The flexibility of LED lighting sources and the creativity of the companies producing lights for video and photographic purposes has ushered in a era of sophisticated lighting solutions that can do things that older continuous lightings sources were incapable of doing.

At NAB, we took a look at the new Rotolight Aeos ultra-portable LED, a compact version of the company’s larger, intelligent, connected lighting sources. Smart onboard technology and the ability to handhold this unit make the Aeos a perfect light to take along in a suitcase, and the ability to connect the light over DMX to other Rotolight products means that it can be used as part of a larger studio or theater setup.

Smaller than the Anova, the Aeos (named after one of the four flying horses that pulled the chariot of Greek god Helios) has 608 LED light sources, and produces more light than the Anova II, and the Aeos comes with integrated handles that allows it to be handheld by an assistant.

The unit produces 3070 lumens of lightm with a 96 CRI across the 3150K – 6300 tunable range.

Unlike most LED light solutions, the Aeos can be used as a strobe, with the ability to flash for photographic uses with High Speed Sync with no recycle time. Since it can be connected to other units, a whole array of Aeos can flash in sync. To prevent possible damage to the LED units when working at high speed, the unit will auto-sense overlapping trigger signals and truncate the flash speed.

For video production, the units can also simulate the lighting flicker and color of things like lightning, old televisions, campfires and more, with a number of units working together for FX. (String some of the Aeos units to each window in a set and set it to lighting and it will flash in sync across each window, for example.)

The Rotolight Aeos will be shipping soon, for a price under $1,000. Bundles with multiple lights and stands will also be available.