Litepanels: Star lite shines

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Litepanels’ new Astra 1x1 Bi-Color panel is up to four times as bright as its traditional 1x1 Bi-Color fixture and offers a high CRI. The daylight to tungsten tuneable colour light is the first in a new range.

Chris Marchitelli, Litepanels’s VP of marketing, called the Astra probably “the most versatile LED panel ever built. It’s both sturdy and lightweight, flexible and strong, and provides a higher output and better colour than has ever been seen before.”

The Astra panels use select premium quality surface-mount LEDs paired with custom-designed TIR (total internal reflection) optics, to offer higher intensity, a longer throw, and a wider effective beam spread than the original 1x1 fixture.

As thermal management is key to the long life and colour accuracy of LED fixtures, the Astra 1x1 offers both passive cooling (for silent operation) and active cooling (using an ultra-quiet fan module, for double light output). A microprocessor monitors the temperature, minimises fan speed, delivers smooth dimming from 100% to zero with no noticeable colour shift, and ensures flicker-free performance at any frame rate or shutter angle. An optional communications module allows brightness, colour temperature and cooling mode to be controlled via DMX512.

The Astra series employs a modular design, including a field-replaceable fan module and the optional RJ45 DMX module with an LCD menu and function display. Additional wired and wireless communication modules are in development.

The panels use aluminium I-beam core construction for maximum durability and improved thermal management, and have integrated aluminium accessory mounting points. It has a curved yoke design with a wide tilt range, and a combination yoke mounted power supply with a 3-pin XLR locking power connector and optional Gold Mount/V-Mount battery plates.