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Litepanels: Star lite shines

Litepanels’ new Astra 1×1 Bi-Color panel is up to four times as bright as its traditional 1×1 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 1×1 fixture.

As thermal management is key to the long life and colour accuracy of LED fixtures, the Astra 1×1 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.