July 03, 2010

Little space - Lots of light

France Télévision has equipped its Bordeaux studio with eleven Litepanels 1x1 flood lighting fixtures fitted by the supplier, K5600 Lighting.

"We decided on the Litepanels 1x1 LED lighting fixtures as the studio is very small. We faced the challenge that there is very little space between the studio decor and the journalists. Being extremely flat, the fixtures are well suited to our studio. The speakers’ faces are perfectly illuminated and yet the decor is only faintly lit up," explained Didier Gorbaty, DoP and technical consultant for France Télévision in Bordeaux.

Colour temperature was also an important factor in the choice. "There are a lot of plasma displays with a colour temperature of 5600K. Therefore, it is an added advantage to have Litepanels lights working at the same temperature. As TV news is produced in the studio, it is important that the faces be lit softly in a clear light, without any noticeable effects. The 1x1 fixtures are perfectly suited to this purpose." 

The 1x1 fixtures can be combined with different frames into 2x2 or 4x4 configurations, produce little heat (saving on air conditioning), and use little power.
They are available in 3200K and 5600K, can dim from 100% to 0% with minimal colour shift, and are flicker-free.

By David Fox

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