Litepanels Gemini – Flicker-Free Soft Light with 360° Colour Control

By Adam Plowden

Litepanels Gemini

The Litepanels Gemini offers true bi-colour LED soft lighting with complete colour control, DMX and Bluetooth – all with complete flicker-free operation.

The Litepanels Gemini lighting fixture comes in a 2×1 configuration, pumping out 325 Watts of soft light through accurate daylight and tungsten LEDs. Ambient colour temperature can be finely adjusted using plus/minus green control for matching existing light sources. The colour temperature will remain constant while dimming, operating flicker-free at any shutter angle or frame rate.

The light operates in a number of ways: CCT mode (colour correlated temperature) allows bi-colour mixing between 2700K and 6000K with a +/- green bias. The HSI mode allows complete colour control through the 360 degree colour wheel, with independent intensity and saturation. Lastly is gel selection, with the lights built in with a number of Lee and Rosco gels, but is completely customizable.

The Gemini light can also be configured in master replica mode, allowing users to control multiple fixtures simultaneously.

When creative lighting is needed, the Gemini can provide any colour via the 360° colour wheel, while still rating in the top 5% on the TLCI (97% daylight and 99% tungsten). Colour temperature and gel presets can be stored in a bank of six, which are quickly accessible from the rear of the fixture where a display also shows the current light settings.

The light can be controlled manually via wired DMX, and wirelessly with the DMX dongle or Bluetooth module. This links with the Litepanels SmartLite app, where you can control and link together up to ten fixtures simultaneously. Colour and brightness settings can be saved as presets for fast adjustment in the studio or on set, and can be quickly controlled via the app too.

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Spekular – New Modular LED Lighting Kit with 94+ CRI

By Graham Sheldon

Spekular is a new 94+ CRI LED lighting system featuring a unique modular design that allows for dozens of different mounting configurations. Having the ability to build a ring light or a 3-light interview setup and everything in between for just $650 certainly sounds useful. Let’s dive in:

Spekular 4-light Kit. Image Credit: Spiffy Gear

The Spekular kit, priced at $650, comes with four daylight LED sections that can be mounted in all sorts of ways. Each section is built with aluminum and ABS plastic for a total per-section weight of 335 grams. Spiffy Gear, the makers of Spekular, promise a 1500+ luminous flux out of each section at a CRI of 94+ and a 96+ TLCI with no flicker. All sections are dimmable (10% to 100%), but right now Spekular is only available in a daylight version with gel holders for other desired color temperatures. The output of each individual section is comparable to a 150W halogen light according to the manufacturer, so place them all together and you’re looking at about 600W in the halogen world.


Lots and lots of different configurations… Image Credit: Spiffy Gear

All sections are powered by an included wall adapter and power each other once linked together, but you can also power the set from D-Tap by purchasing an optional $130 battery adapter. It’s unfortunate that this kit doesn’t come with the battery adapter included, as the portability of these lights is a definite plus.

One of the more interesting available accessories is the Star Adapter, which creates a unique starlike effect in the eyes for fashion portraits and interviews. Not appropriate → continue…

From:: Cinema 5d