Kino Flo Lighting Systems’ renowned Image 40 fixture series served for decades as the leading soft source for cinema, television and video production studios. Its success serves as the foundation for the new Image L40 LED fixture, a narrow profile, shallow depth panel exquisitely suited to lighting small to medium-size greenscreen stages, as well as talent lighting on television news and video broadcast sets. Kino Flo’s Image L40 LED has already made its mark as a value priced studio light that packs a 1K equivalent output and comes complete with Kino Flo’s True Match® 4.0 firmware to control superior high color rendering white light and a full hue and saturation gamut.
The versatile Image L40 has proven ideal for grid installations with variable beam pitch control to ensure an even flow of illumination from the top of a set wall (as high as 20 feet/7 meters) all the way out to stage forward. The beam spread from downfacing fixtures can produce a wide soft base in studio spaces too small for traditional spacelight designs. The Image L40 comes with manual and remote DMX wireless control of the mired shift, color selection, dimming and visual effects features unique to Kino Flo lighting products. Its photometric and control specifications are available for free download to pre-visual studio design programs and lighting console profiles.
Kino Flo’s Image L40 LED's includes 5 menu options. The White menu features include Dimming, Kelvin and Green/Magenta control channels. Dimming range is from .02 to 100 percent without introducing any flicker and can be adjusted in coarse or fine mode by pressing the control knob in/out. The Kelvin range is tunable from 2700K tungsten to 6500K daylight. The Green/Magenta control can be scaled from 0 to 100, where 25 = ¼ correction, 50 = ½ correction and 100 = full correction.
In the Gels/Hue menu, the Kelvin range is extended to 2500K Kelvin to 9900K daylight and a fourth channel is called Gel. The Gel channel includes Kino Flo presets such as blue & green screen, sodium vapor, mercury vapor as well as over 100 well-known lighting gels. The gel function can be applied to any Kelvin temperature and by pushing the control knob in/out, the gel will be applied or removed. A fifth channel called Hue Angle (Hue) and sixth channel Saturation (Sat) are also included in the gel menu. These two channels behave similar to a traditional color wheel, where white light is in the center and Hue Angle determines the color along a 360-degree range and Saturation determines how much color is applied. With the Hue Angle and Saturation it is possible to create over 2 million color combinations!
The RGB color menu gives individual control of red, green and blue LED’s. The RGB mode is a great way to work with apps with predetermined RGB presets or color wheels. RGB menu is also a great feature to dial in specific gel RGB values or when controlling colors from a DMX desk.
The FX (Effects) menu introduced on June 1, 2018 provides access to popular effects such as Candle, Fire, TV, Police, Lightning, Paparazzi, Pulse and Scroll. When on the desired effect, there are several pre-sets as well as control parameters that can be altered. For example, in the Lightning effect there is a “Storm” and “Frankenstein” preset, but it is possible to change Rate to provide additional variation.
True Match® 4.0 Firmware update in September 2019 includes groundbreaking features: CIE xy, Camera Profiles LUTs and Color Space selection.
The CIE xy determines the color displayed by its X and Y space coordinates. For example, with a handheld color meter like the Sekonic C-800, users can obtain a CIE xy reading from any light source and input the CIE xy coordinates into the Kino Flo LED fixture to match colors closely.
Camera Profiles LUTs available for the following cinema cameras and more to follow: Panavsion DXL, Sony Venice, Arri Alexa, Panasonic Varicam. Kino Flo’s True Match® 4.0 firmware balances their LED lights to the cameras rather than the other way around. The Kino Flo designed tungsten and daylight LED emitters harmonize with the camera sensors even as the color temperature settings are adjusted.
The Color Space defines the RGB color space (white point and RGB primary colors) as a means of matching color points between manufacturing. Defining the color space takes the guesswork out of post-production workflow and color grading. Included in the 4.0 firmware are: rec 709/sRGB, P3 D65, rec 2020, and ESTA E1.54.
If you are interested in upgrading your Image 40/45/47 fixtures to LED’s, Kino Flo has made Upgrade kits available to convert fluorescent Image fixtures to LED fixtures with the latest True Match® LED technology that comes standard with the company’s Celeb, FreeStyle and Diva-Lite LED lights.