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Litepanels - SUNYThe students of the Communications Studies program at Plattsburgh State University of New York in Plattsburgh, NY recently unpacked new high-end lighting destined for their upgraded production studio. The state-of-the-art lighting included the same Litepanels® LED fixtures that are used in professional broadcast and television studios worldwide.  The lighting, which included the Sola 6™ focusable Fresnels and 1×1™ panel lights, were donated to the university by Litepanels.

“On behalf of the Department of Communication Studies and Plattsburg State Television (PSTV), I am excited to receive this gift from an alumnus,” says Dr. Shakuntala Rao, Chairperson of the Communications Studies Program at SUNY Plattsburgh. “The lighting will be installed in Studio A of the Albert R. Montararo Television Studios. This studio is used extensively by our students to produce a variety of shows for PSTV. Good lighting is the foundation of good television. It enhances appeal, creates interest and commands audience attention. At the same time, it is not easy to achieve. And that is why we are excited to receive this cutting-edge high-end studio lighting which will give our students the opportunity to create effective and persuasive programming.”

“The Litepanels donation came at a perfect time for us,” says Jonathan Chew, Studios Manager for SUNY Plattsburgh, as he and several of his students unpacked Litepanels packages. “With these lights we are able to reduce our carbon footprint. We will be able to replace 1000W quartz lighting with Litepanels 106W Sola 6 Fresnels and swapping out our monster 2000W quartz softboxes with several of the 45W 1×1 panel lights. We’re guaranteed to see a HUGE savings in power usage, and get higher-quality, more pleasant-to-the-eye lighting in the process.”

The donation from Litepanels to upgrade the Albert Montanaro Jr. Television Studio is especially sweet for Chew. When he was a student at PSU in the 80’s, he was one of Montanaro’s students. “He helped shape my life and I find it fitting that we are to use this donation of very high-end lighting for ‘his space’,” says Chew. “It’s a fitting tribute.”

Litepanels’ Chris Marchitelli, Vice President of Global Marketing and a SUNY alumnus, worked with Chew to develop a lighting plot for this small studio, which features the school’s news/interview set. “At the moment, we are in the planning stages of this set,” says Chew. “However, I’m sure that the lights Chris carefully chose for us will fulfill all our needs on this important set where our students learn about the industry, and how to light and shoot effectively and quickly.”

SUNY’s Communications Department has close to 400 students, nine full-time faculty members, and one television studio manager. The main focus is to give professional training to students entering the broadcasting, radio, and increasingly important, web-based multi-media companies. The addition of the Litepanels LED lighting will help students learn news and entertainment production. The studio broadcasts four hours a day, seven days a week during the semesters, to surrounding communities via Channel 17 on the local Charter Cable. It is also used to record and broadcast news shows, sports and game shows.

“I am happy that Litepanels was able to donate lighting fixtures to Plattsburgh State University’s studio redesign,” says Marchitelli. “PSTV has great history of educating students on the latest technology and honoring the skills that turn technology into great television. Tomorrow’s media industry leaders will now have a venue to experience the latest LED lighting technology firsthand.”

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Litepanels - Elements ClubOn January 24, 2013 a new entry into the extremely popular Romance genre premiered – a multi- platform production called “The Elements Club.” Producer/writer Kys Realm and cinematographer Emily Perez carefully planned the production of “Lord of Lingering Shadows,” the first of 11 episodes, knowing that it would set an entirely new look and feel for the historical romance. “Our camera choice for the series was the Canon 5D with Canon 16-35mm lens,” says Realm. “But our saving grace was a variety of Litepanels® LED lights. We simply could not have shot this first episode without them.”

Acknowledging that Realm’s series was breaking new ground in the area of historical romance, Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles opened up access to their historical furnished rooms. The museum’s eight historic structures were constructed during the Victorian Era. “In essence, we stepped onto a set filled with antiques,” Realm explains. “With privilege comes responsibility. We had to use lighting setups that would not tax the old building’s electrical system or ones that were hot, as the heat from traditional lighting could cause damage to the antiques.”

“The Elements Club” took advantage of the Sola 4™ and Sola 6™ focusable Fresnels, 1×1 Bi-Color™, 1×1 Mono™ Spot and a MiniPlus™ Flood. “Litepanels offered us this suite of choices that allowed Emily to selectively highlight or flood various scenes,” says Realm. “She fell in love with the MiniPlus Flood. That light was used in almost every scene and the still shots as well. By the end of the shoot she had nicknamed it ‘Baby.’”

“This is the second time I’ve used LED lighting,” says Director of Photography and fashion photographer Emily Perez. For her first experience with another LED brand, the units did not cast the proper range, so she had reservations this time. But the introduction to Litepanels changed her mind. “Working within the limitations of the museum restrictions, a small team and a very tight shooting schedule, Litepanels allowed me to quickly and effectively create subtle and dynamic lighting.”

“The Heritage Square staff had never seen LED lights in use,” says Realm. “They were used to traditional lighting that sucked up tremendous amounts of electricity, which could cause the electrical system in the older structures to fail. When I showed the staff what Litepanels could do, it was easy to use the electricity on-site for the shoot.”

Another challenge for the team was that they found themselves shooting in the middle of a heat wave. “These old homes have no air conditioning,” says Realm. “Thank goodness the Litepanels are heat-free. If we hadn’t had them, our cast who wore many layers in their roles as Victorian gentlemen and ladies, would have fainted from the heat. Litepanels was the perfect lighting for this unique project.”

“The Elements Club,” set in Victorian London between 1892 and 1897, follows the various members as they each unlock the power of love and fortune. This original historical romance that Realm ( calls a “transmedia project”, airs online, and features related e-books and a casual video game. The first episode can be seen at

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Zylight, an LED Lighting manufacturer from the USA, will be showcasing their brand new F8 LED Fresnel at the IBC Show in Amsterdam in booth # 11.D78. The F8 LED Fresnel was shown at the NAB 2012 show and won two awards for innovation and is scheduled to begin shipping to customers in September 2012.

The F8 LED Fresnel from Zylight is the next generation of Fresnel lights. All of the hallmarks of a traditional Fresnel light are present; Single shadow beam shaping through barn doors, continuous focusing and a smooth light field. The Zylight F8  adds wireless and DMX control, water-resistant IP54 rating,and very rugged construction for field reliability. Available in both 3200K or 5600K color temperature versions, the Zylight F8 is extremely compact, durable and the most versatile Fresnel light ever built.

Field or Studio Friendly
The Zylight F8 can be powered by both a worldwide AC power adapter or a standard 14.4V camera battery for complete portability. Its thin design and shape allow it to pack into small cases and be taken anywhere. The water-resistant IP54 rating ensures the F8 will be comfortable in falling rain or snow, and blowing dirt and dust. Whether shooting a stand-up in a hurricane or snow storm, the F8 will deliver bright light with ease. Try that with your traditional LED Fresnel.

In the studio, all functionality of the Zylight F8 can be controlled via DMX or remotely via the built-in ZyLink ™ wireless link. Local control such as dimming, focus and wireless operation are provided on the rear of the F8. At 15” x 12” x 4” it will take up considerable less space in your grid than its traditional counterpart. The yoke mount allows for easy panning and tilting for quick focusing. The F8′s silent operation means it can run in a studio setting without disruption of audio recording or talent distraction.

Ultra Bright Output
The F8′s advanced ultra bright LED module ensures excellent skin tones and rich, accurate color rendition. Continual focusing and an adjustable beam spread between 16-70 degrees allows for even coverage when shooting with wide-angle lenses or HD 16×9 format. Beam specifications are available for download on our support page. The F8 uses a high quality glass 8″ Fresnel lens and has an equivalent output of a traditional 650 watt instrument. Barn Doors, soft box and other accessories will be available soon.


  •   Thin & Lightweight Design
  •   Water Resistant IP54 Rating
  •   Continual Focus- Variable Spot-Flood
  •   Completely Silent Operation
  •   Single Shadow Beam Shaping
  •   Fully Dimmable 100 – 0%
  •   3200K or 5600K Versions
  •   DMX or Wireless Operation
  •   Battery or Worldwide AC Power
  •   Yoke Mount for Pan & Tilt
  •   Sturdy, Durable Aluminum Construction
  •   Made Production Tough in the USA


  • Packs Small and Light
  • No Heat. No Noise.
  • Low Power Draw
  • No Spare Bulbs to Buy or Carry
  • Low Maintenance Cost & Downtime
  • Very Portable. Use it Anywhere!
  • Water Resistant
  • Extremely Versatile Light

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PBS Hawaii was recently given the remarkable opportunity to bring together Hawaiian royalty, the history of their culture through music, and a unique look at the only royal palace in the United States.  The Iolani Palace staff worked closely with PBS Hawaii’s crew to preserve the historic location, where camera crews are rarely permitted to film. “Thanks to Litepanels LEDs, the least of our problems was lighting,” says PBS Senior Production Technician Glenn Yamamoto.

“Of course, the major concern was protecting the delicate artifacts inside Iolani Palace,” he says. “LED lights were the only acceptable type of lighting the curator would approve inside the palace. Power was another major concern, knowing there were only two electrical circuits available for lighting. Litepanels draw very little power and can also be powered with batteries, so we were happy with our options.”

For this musical special, Yamamoto chose to use three HD broadcast cameras, a jib, a dolly, and from Litepanels, four 1x1s, one Sola 6™ Fresnel and three MicroPros™.

Shot similarly to PBS’s Austin City Limits, the Iolani Palace special, titled Na Mele: Na Lani Eha, features performances of songs written by royal siblings King Kalakaua, Queen Liliuokalani, Princess Likelike and Prince Leleiohoku, collectively known as Na Lani Eha (The Royal Four).

“Each musical performance was recorded live,” Yamamoto explains. “We shot in three rooms of the Iolani Palace with a total of five different setups. The lighting challenge for each setup was to highlight the musical talent but still showcase each unique location. The most challenging setup was in the throne room, which I consider the center piece of  the Iolani Palace. This involved a five-piece musical band with a hula dancer. We were able to accomplish all of this using only our four Litepanels 1x1s, a single Sola 6 and three MicroPros.”

“The Litepanels were simply the right lighting solution for the show’s unique needs,” adds PBS Hawaii multimedia writer Liberty Peralta. “They don’t run hot and are low-power, using 95% less than a standard studio light. So there was less fire hazard and lower energy needs. The intensity of each fixture is highly adjustable and emits a ‘friendlier’ light that is safer to use on historical artifacts, especially compared to halogen or tungsten light.”

Na Mele: Na Lani Eha from Iolani Palace Presented by Hawaiian Airlines, a unique look into the music and royal history of Hawaii, premiered June 11th, Kamehameha Day, as a live pledge program on PBS Hawaii. The production will also be shown on Hawaiian Airlines as part of its in-flight programming, Hawaiian Skies, throughout August and September 2012.

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At the 2012 NAB Show, booth C6025, Litepanels will exhibit the new Sola 4™ daylight balanced LED Fresnel light.

The new Sola 4 joins Litepanels’ larger Sola 6™ and on-camera Sola ENG LED Fresnel fixtures. The lightweight Sola 4 (3.60 lbs / 1.63kg) is the smallest DMX controllable LED daylight Fresnel fixture, and is perfect for backlight and accent lighting, in studio or on location.

The Sola Series’ breakthrough LED Fresnel fixture design provides the controllability and light-shaping, single shadow properties inherent in a Fresnel light yet they weigh barely 1/3rd that of traditional Fresnels.

Featuring a 4” Fresnel lens, the Sola 4 is focusable from 13° to 72°, and provides dimming from 100% to 0 with no noticeable shift in color temperature. Focus and dimming can be controlled via DMX 512 protocol, or by on-fixture knobs.

What’s more, Litepanels Sola Series is incredibly energy efficient. The Sola 4 draws 39W, yet provides illumination equivalent to a 300W HMI Fresnel. Because Litepanels LED fixtures run cool to the touch, there is an additional savings in the power it takes to cool a studio. With a 50,000-hour life for the fixture’s LEDs, that savings will continue a decade or more into the future.

“By expanding our Sola Series of daylight Fresnels, lighting designers can now utilize the Fresnel lighting tools they have become used to, yet enjoy the benefits of LED technology,” said Chris Marchitelli, Litepanels VP of Global Marketing. “The greatly reduced energy consumption of Litepanels LED fixtures provides an ROI of less than 3 years, which makes them an obvious choice for any studio.”

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Litepanels®, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, will debut a variety of new LED lighting products at the NAB Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas on April 16-19, 2012 in booth C6025.

The professional lighting pioneer is making big news with LED Fresnel fixtures by introducing a new member of its daylight balance Sola Series of Fresnels, along with the entirely new Inca Series of tungsten balanced Fresnels.

Daylight LED Fresnel Fixtures
The Sola 4™ daylight Fresnel fixture is the smallest DMX controllable LED Fresnel on the market. The new focusable fixture features a 4-inch (10cm) Fresnel lens and uses a small fraction of the power consumed by conventional fixtures. It employs Litepanels’ proprietary LEDs to produce the company’s hallmark soft light quality daylight color balance. The Sola 4 is based on the same breakthrough Fresnel technology as Litepanels’ award-winning Sola 6, but in a smaller, more lightweight form factor. It provides the controllability and light-shaping, single shadow properties inherent in a Fresnel light, with a range of focusing from 70 to 10 degrees. Like all Litepanels fixtures, Sola 4 can be dimmed from 100% to zero with no noticeable shift in color temperature. Both focus and dimming can be controlled manually with dials on the fixture, or remotely via DMX 512.

Litepanels’ breakthrough Sola 6™ Fresnel fixture has been upgraded over the past year and like the Sola 4, now sports an external power supply, and the same capability of being powered by DC via a standard XLR connection.

Tungsten-balance LED Fresnel Fixtures worldwide premiere
A new line of Litepanels tungsten-balance Fresnel fixtures, the Inca Series™, will make its worldwide premiere at NAB. The Inca 6™ and Inca 4™ mirror the capabilities of their daylight counterparts in the Sola Series of Fresnels, but will output tungsten-balance light that can be integrated with light from legacy tungsten fixtures. This now allows studios with existing tungsten fixtures to begin realizing the cost-saving benefits of LED lighting today without changing out their whole lighting installation.

Like the Sola series, new Inca Fresnel fixtures feature a lightweight form factor, 1/3rd that of traditional Fresnels. They provide the controllability and light-shaping, single shadow properties inherent in a Fresnel light, focusing from 70 to 10 degrees. Like all Litepanels fixtures, the Inca 4 and Inca 6 can be dimmed from 100% to zero with no noticeable shift in color temperature. Both focus and dimming can be controlled manually with dials on the fixture, or via remote DMX.

On-camera LED Fixtures
Litepanels will also unveil new on-camera LED lighting fixtures, the Croma™ (variable color-temperature) and Luma™ (daylight). The Croma can illuminate in any color temperature from daylight to tungsten via an on-fixture control knob, making it a versatile solution for run-and-gun news shooters, event videographers, and still photographers who move rapidly from one light environment to the next. The Luma provides powerful daylight illumination that is perfect for fill light when shooting outdoors or in similar color temperature conditions. Both the Croma and Luma are sleekly designed fixtures that can be dimmed from 100% to 0 via an on-fixture knob, with no noticeable shift in color balance. They draw just 9W of current, with comparable light output to that of a 40W (HMI) to 90W (tungsten) fixture. This miserly use of power provides long life from AA batteries, or both fixtures can also be powered off an AC adapter.

High Intensity LED Fixtures
Also making its NAB debut will be Litepanels’ Hilio high-intensity LED lighting fixture. The daylight-balanced Hilio is a small-footprint LED fixture capable of emitting daylight illumination over a 20’ to 25’ (6.1 – 7.6 M) distance, without requiring an external ballast. Early users of the Hilio compare the new Litepanels fixture favorably to the venerable HMI fixtures used by the television and motion picture industry, but without the HMI disadvantages such as heat generation, power hunger, short bulb life and required off down-time before restrike. The new high-intensity Hilio draws just 115W (while providing comparable illumination equivalent to a 575W HMI), and offers bulb life of 50,000 hours while operating from 100-240VAC 50/60 Hz, or 24VDC battery.

Live Event Area
The Vitec Group will host some of the most renowned figures in the broadcast and filmmaking industry in its dedicated Live Event Area at this year’s NAB 2012 on 16-19 April. The complete event itinerary can be found at

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