Litepanels announces the new Gemini 1×1 Hard with its brightest output yet

Apr 22, 2021

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Apr 22, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Litepanels has announced their new Gemini 1×1 Hard RGBWW LED panel. Litepanels says it’s “the brightest and most accurate 1×1 light ever”, which is a pretty bold claim, but boasting a bright 3,000 lux at 3 metres (10ft) with a 46° beam angle there might be something to it. It has 0.1-100% flicker-free dimming at any frame rate or shutter angle, wired or wireless DMX and Bluetooth remote control and can be powered by either 100-240VAC or a DC input from 13-33 volts.

Despite the “Hard” moniker in the name, these lights are designed to be blasted through silks to give you a nice soft light on a large area. They also come with a dome diffuser to help spread the light around to a wider area. They’re some pretty beefy lights, as LED panels go, offering 20% more output than a 200W HMI. And even though they pack a lot of punch, they’re relatively lightweight, coming in at only 6kg for quick rigging and easy transportation.

LEDsRGBWW
Colour Temperature2,700-10,000K
Colour AccuracyCRI 98 / TLCI 98
Dimming0-100% (constant current)
Max output5600K: 3,023 lux at 10ft/3m (no diffuser) / 1,003 lux at 10ft/3m (domed diffuser)
3200K 2,456 lux at 10ft/3m (no diffuser) / 913 lux at 10ft/3m (domed diffuser)
Red: 259 lux / Green: 1,099 lux / Blue: 202 lux at 10ft/3m with no diffuser
Lighting ModesRGBWW/CCT/HSI/Gel/FX
Number of gels300
Number of effects11
Remote controlDMX, RDM, Apollo CRMX, WDMX, Bluetooth
Fan controlYes
USB UpdatesYes
MountTVMP
Power options100-240v AC or 13-33v DC (battery plate not included)
Power draw200W (nominal)
Estimated LED life50,000 Hours
Operating temp-20°C to 45°C
Dimensions320 x 320 x 110mm
WeightInc. yoke and power supply – 6kg (manual) / 8.1kg (pole operated)

Not only do they offer a wide 2,500K to 10,000K of bicolour white, these are RGBWW panels, so they also offer the full gamut of RGB control with over 16 million colours available, including 300 predefined gels and 11 customisable special effects, making it just as versatile as it is powerful. If you want to see the full photometrics, you can check those out here for daylight and here for tungsten.

It doesn’t appear to be available for pre-order just yet and there’s no word on a price (See update at the bottom of the post), but the Gemini 1×1 RGBWW Soft Panels go for around $1,700 (although they were $2,100), so I would expect that the new Gemini 1×1 Hard might be somewhere in the upper end of that range.

There also doesn’t appear to be an actual shipping date yet, either, but it will become available in four different AC power options including US plug, UK plug, EU plug and bare ends for wiring straight into your own power distribution system. It will also be available in standard or pole-operated yoke versions, too.

We’ll update this post when we find out more about price and availability, but for now, if you want to find out more, head on over to the Litepanels website.

Update: The standard model Litepanels Gemini 1×1 Hard Panel is available to pre-order now for $2,137 with US, UK or EU plug or with bare cable ends. It’s also available as a dual array kit for $4,275 or a quad array kit for $8,550.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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