European debut for Gekko Technology switchable softlight20 July 2011
Designed for special effects and chroma-key work in studios or on location, the karesslite 6012 FX is a blue-green version of the karess soft light and the latest addition to Gekko Technology’s extensive range of LED film and television lighting systems.
Switchable between blue (440 nanometre) and green (525 nanometre) outputs, the karesslite 6012 FX incorporates a 6 x 12 emitter format in a 600 x 300 millimetre panel with a front-to-back depth of 165 millimetres and a weight of 7kg including diffuser. It is said to produce a high quality source light with consistent colour throughout the dimming range. One of the advantages of using LEDs as a source for effects work is the narrow band spectral emission, enabling a much better key.
Being LED-based, the karesslite 6012 FX is more efficient than traditional film or video production lights and emits very little heat. Power consumption is 85 watts and, when karesslite 6012 FX is used on location, more than 90 minutes of continuous operation can be achieved from two rear-mountable V-Lock batteries. Power can also be sourced from a 12 to 40 volts DC feed via an XLR 4 connector, or from a mains supply.
On-board dimming, switchable sectors and integrated DMX are also part of the specification. An integral diffusion grating makes the output properly single-source with minimal light loss, while two egg-crate options can be utilised to make the source more directional.
Available accessories include a range of mount options, a yoke, spill kill, remote dimmer and soft transit case.