Litepanels launches new Astra Soft Bi-Color LED Panel
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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:39
Astra Soft Bi-Colour LED panel

Litepanels, a Vitec Group brand and innovator in LED lighting solutions for the film, photographic and broadcast industries, has introduced the Astra Soft Bi-Color LED panel. With a new diffused lens, the one square foot Astra Soft Bi-Color provides a soft light alternative to the original Astra 1x1 Bi-Color LED panel and mimics the effect of a softbox in a compact, portable design.

The Astra Soft Bi-Color has an output that reportedly rates among the highest of soft LED panels. This higher intensity illuminates a wider area, allowing the panel to compete with strong exterior light sources or illuminate a large area effectively with just a single fixture. These light output levels, combined with continuously variable colour temperature settings mean there is no need to install expensive fixed colour temperature plates.

Following the functionality of the Astra 1x1 Bi-Color, the pioneering Astra Soft Bi-Color panel features a high CRI that yields exceptional colour reproduction and precise colour temperature. The Astra Soft Bi-Color can conveniently adjust between daylight and tungsten to accommodate any lighting situation and supports smooth transitional dimming with no noticeable colour shift and a flicker-free performance at any frame rate or shutter angle. Like all Astra panels, the design of the Astra Soft Bi-Color boasts custom-designed optics with superior quality surface mount LEDs, offering a light output that is four times higher light output than the original 1x1 fixtures and can therefore effectively brighten a larger surface area. Additionally, the internal microprocessor of the Astra Soft Bi-Color includes dual cooling modes – active and passive – which manages the temperature of the panel and assures long panel life.

"Since their introduction, the response to the Astra family has been outstanding. We created the Astra Soft Bi-Color for our customers who were looking to soften the Astra Bi-Color without having to purchase and set up a soft box for each shoot," said Alan Ipakchian, product marketing manager for Litepanels.

The Astra Soft Bi-Color uses the same technology as the rest of the Astra family so all the accessories can be used interchangeably. The new Astra Soft Bi-Color panel is also compatible with the new communications modules that allow the user to control the lights via 512DMX standard protocol with the DMX communications modules, or wirelessly with the Bluetooth Communications Modules with your Apple device through the Litepanels SmartLite app. The app also lets users control multiple lights at once, with distinct controls for intensity, colour temperature, fan, and more.

The Astra Soft Bi-Color LED panel begins shipping Feb 2016.

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