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The way forward for lighting control T he majority of directors of photography (DPs) work by the motto that if anything looks lit then it has been done badly. Whether on the set or in the studio, lighting directors strive to create images that look as natural as possible. The key to achieving that beautifully lit picture is to have lighting fixtures that offer the ultimate control. Lighting is an art and is often a question of taste. No two lighting directors tend to light the set or subject in the same way so it is crucial to have an element of control. There are a million permutations of how to do lighting, none of which are the right or the wrong ways. If ten artists were given the same subject to paint, the result would be ten very different images with varying interpretations. Lighting is no different. It is an art form often referred to as ‘painting with light’ and everyone in the business has their own individual preferences. Lighting tastes and styles vary from person to person, genre to genre, and geographically too. However, there is no one size fits all lighting style and DPs and anyone working in the lighting arena need a full box of tools. When lighting directors are deciding what products to use, they are driven by the need to create attractive images, so LED fixtures need to produce a light that is flattering yet practical with a number of control options. The more control, the more creative a lighting director can be. Elements of control in an individual lighting fixture are important, these can include features such as 100%-0 dimming, colour temperature variability and the ability to control intensity and focus with DMX. However, what is possibly more useful than the ideal single lighting fixture is to have a large palette of lighting fixtures to give lighting technicians the chance to experiment and try to achieve a look that satisfies their specific taste and style. In the last decade the range of lighting options has been revolutionised. The traditional lighting techniques and creative capabilities that were once limited to using tungsten, fluorescent and HMI bulbs, have been transformed since the introduction of high quality LED lighting fixtures. Our company, Litepanels, was the first to introduce professional LED lights to the world of broadcasting and motion pictures. Today we design and manufacture the broadest range of lighting fixtures that use LED as a platform rather than the more traditional bulbs. LEDs have actually been around since the early 1900s so it is by no means a new Fast forward to today’s modern LED fixtures and leading manufacturers like Litepanels are able to produce LED fixtures that have a much greater stability in colour temperature and a higher output, increasing the performance to a level that meets the demands of lighting technicians. One of the reasons the first Litepanels’ LED fixtures were so well received by the industry was the quality of light in terms of colour temperature. For the first time lighting directors could choose LEDs with no shift, no greens and no magentas. The basic expectations had been surpassed and the path for the successful future of LED lighting fixtures had been cemented. The major benefits, which have been well documented in the industry, are the energy and cost saving capabilities of LED as a technology platform for lighting. Power consumption can be up to 95% less than traditional tungsten fixtures and because these LED fixtures generate almost no heat, air conditioning costs are dramatically reduced. The primary advantages of LED lighting include primera2013_tv-bay_UK by Pat Grosswendt, Co-Founder, Litepanels technology. Historically though, the early products on the market had a relatively weak output and were highly unstable in terms of colour temperature, and were not considered to be of broadcast quality because they lacked the quality and consistency of light. 80 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE TV-BAY074FEB13.indd 80 11/02/2013 16:55