Rethinking the Fresnel for the 21st Century with the Litepanels SOLA 6


LED technology has taken over artificial commercial lighting in nearly all applications, from flashlights to car headlights and it no different in the professional film and photography industries either. Litepanels, one of the leading industry suppliers of lighting solutions for theatre, film and TV production, have introduced their revolutionary LED-based Sola 6 series that brings high performance free standing, eco-friendly, daylight balanced Fresnel lighting into the 21st century.

LED power efficiency at its best

By utilising the high efficiency of LEDs, the Litepanels Sola 6 delivers the equivalent of 650 watts in tungsten lighting while drawing only 75 watts in electrical power. That’s just 11% of the power consumption needed to pump out the same luminous intensity as a conventional tungsten Fresnel. Not only that but you get a neutral daylight balanced colour temperature that requires no gel filters across its entire power range.

And due to its extremely low power consumption and high energy efficiency, the award winning Sola 6 Fresnel is cool to the touch, meaning less ambient heat and lower air-conditioning requirements but more importantly, the risk of burn injuries is eliminated. Moreover, because there is none of the ballast, heat sinks or circuitry protection required in conventional Fresnels, the Sola 6 is just 1/3 the weight of conventional tungsten and HMI lights.

Control without compromise

The Sola 6 Fresnel provides both traditional rotary knobs for motorised mechanical focus and a touchscreen LCD display at the back for controlling key lighting parameters such as dimming, electronically controlled focus, light status and colour temperature. Control can also be done through a DMX interface. In addition to delivering 100% flicker free illumination, the unit can be dimmed from 0% to 100% without any visible colour shift. The Sola 6 also provides continuously variable Flood and Spot lighting with beam control from 10% to a 70% spread. Consuming 95% less energy, the Sola 6 enjoys 50,000 hours of LED life. Just try getting that sort of longevity from a traditional bulb!

Packed with all you need

The Litepanels Sola 6 comes packaged with the Fresnel unit itself which weighs a light 2.7 kg (6 lbs) and measures just 152mm x 178mm x 229mm (6” x 7” x 9”) with a Fresnel lens diameter of 15 cm (6”). There is a pole-assisted mounting yoke included that allows mounting on standard light stands. You also get a locking IEC AC power cord, which can be used with consumer power sources anywhere in the world. Other standard accessories include 8-leaf barn doors, a 5-piece gel filter set, an RJ45 to 5-pin XLR conversion cable, and a carry bag.

If you are looking to take the next step in energy efficient lightweight studio lighting, look no further than the new eco-friendly Sola 6 LED Fresnel Series from Litepanels.

Author: Bronwen Vance

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