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Kino Flo debuted the Diva-Lite 30 & 20 LED DMX at NAB 2016 which received Best of Show awards for video production lighting. The awards are three of the industry’s most prestigious technology honors presented at the NAB 2016 show from Videomaker magazine, Digital Video magazine and Video Edge online magazine.
Kino Flo's Diva-Lite LED comes in a Center Mount with a 90° honeycomb louver and includes standard DMX and wireless DMX (Lumen Radio®), 24VDC input, and universal voltage input 100-240VAC (1.25 Amps at 120VAC). SnapBag Softbox and SnapGrid accessories are also available.
The White menu features Dimming, tunable Kelvin range from 2700K tungsten to 6500K daylight and Green/Magenta control channels. 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.
Diva-Lite LED Controller
The Diva-Lite firmware is updatable from a PC using the Mini B data port.
For the latest True Match Firmware update available click here.
For the latest DMX Mapping, click here
Control Panel - White Mode
A) On /Off: On = Green light displayed. Off = Red light displayed. The display and all menu settings can be operated while the power button is in the Off position, as long as power is applied to the controller. The On /Off button only controls the light source.
B) Menu: Provides access to menu options such as General settings, Reset, DMX and DMX Wireless settings, Camera LUTs & Color Space.
Shortcut: While on control screen, press and hold for 3 seconds to switch through menus (White, Gels & Hue, RGB, CIE xy, FX).
C) Preset Buttons: Factory defaults left to right are: 2700K, 3200K, 5000K and 6500K. G/M default value is 000.
User can also use these preset buttons to store custom Kelvin and G/M settings.
D) Display: Provides access to Dim, Kelvin, G/M, and DMX channel. Factory reset will show: Dim = 10%, Kelvin = 2700K, G/M = 000,
DMX = 001.
E) Lock: Press the Lock button to disable all buttons and Control knob. Press for 3 seconds to restore displayed presets to default factory settings.
F) Mode: Press to navigate from Dim to Kelvin and G/M settings. When in sub-menus, pressing Mode always returns you to main display.
When DMX is applied, use Mode to access DMX channel on main display. Shortcut: Long press will bring you back one step.
G) Data Port: Mini B USB for firmware updates.
H) Control Knob: Manually adjusts Dim, Kelvin, G/M levels and DMX address. Press the Control knob to toggle between Fine and Coarse increments or when selecting options within menus.
DMX Note: Each LED Fixture has an “AUTO TERMINATE” feature. The last fixture that does not have an XLR cable attached to the DMX “Out” port will automatically terminate.
LED Controller - White Mode
• Kelvin presets & custom settings, 2700K-6500K
• Manual & DMX Dimming w/ Auto Terminate
• DMX wireless (Lumen Radio)
• Green/Magenta control
• Flicker-free, quiet operation
• Universal input 100VAC-240VAC or 24VDC
Gels/Hue Color Mode
In addition to White mode features, Gels/Hue Color mode includes
• Extended Kelvin color range 2500K-9900K
• Kino Flo presets and Gels
• Dial in any color through Hue Angle and Saturation control
RGB Color Mode
Additional RGB Color mode includes:
• Individual Red, Green, Blue (RGB) control
• Works with Apps with predetermined RGB presets or color wheels
FX (Effects) Mode
FX Mode introduced June 1, 2018 includes the following effects:
See True Match® Firmware manual for more details
Introduced September 2019 with True Match® Firmware 4.0. Can obtain
xy coordinates with handheld meter from any light source and input into
Kino Flo LEDs to match.
Camera Profiles LUTs
Introduced September 2019 with True Match® Firmware 4.0.
Camera LUTs available for:
• Panavsion DXL
• Sony Venice
• Arri Alexa
• Panasonic Varicam
More to follow.
Introduced September 2019 with True Match® Firmware 4.0.
Color Space provides a means of matching color points between manufacturers.
Color Space options are:
• rec 709/sRGB
• P3 D65
• rec 2020
• ESTA E1.54
See True Match® Firmware for more details.
Diva-Lite LED Fixture
• Built-in Barndoors
• Removable Honeycomb Louver
• KinoGrip Center Mount
Diva-Lite LED Features
- Color Rendering TLCI >96, CRI >96, TM-30-18 Rf=95, Rg=103
- Kelvin presets
- Dial-in color temperature control between 2500K-9900K
- Green/Magenta Control
- Hue angle and Saturation adjustments
- Kino Flo presets and Gels
- RGB control
- CIE xy
- FX Control
- Camera Profiles (LUTs)
- Color Space
- Works with Apps with predetermined RGB presets or color wheels
- Can use preset buttons to store custom Kelvin settings
- Light levels do not change when selecting Kelvin settings
- No color shift while dimming
- Universal input 100VAC-240VAC or 24VDC
- Energy efficient, draws 1.25A, 120VAC and 6.25A, 24VDC
- Flicker-free, quiet operation
- Full range onboard and DMX dimming
- DMX wireless link (Lumen Radio)
- DMX Auto Terminate
- Fixture includes removable 90° Honeycomb Louver
- Honeycomb louver also available in 60° as accessory
- Built-in Barndoors
- KinoGrip Center Mount
- Mounts to stand, light enough to be hand-held
Diva-Lite 20 LED DMX Kit,
Univ w/ Travel Case
Diva-Lite 20 LED DMX Kit,
Univ (2-Unit) w/ Flight Case
1 Diva-Lite 20 LED Fixture
1 Travel Case
28.5 x 8.5 x 19.5”
(72 x 22 x 49.5cm)
26 lb (12kg)
Diva-Lite 20/30 LED Fixture
The Diva-Lite LED fixture includes built-in DMX electronics with wireless capability, removable 90° Honeycomb Louver and KinoGrip center mount with baby receiver lollipop. It was designed in this manner to allow the greatest flexibility in lighting solutions for challenging situations.
The KinoGrip Center Mount has a ball and socket design with a lock down knob. To orient the fixture, loosen the knob, position the fixture, then lock down the knob.
At the other end of the Center Mount is a baby receiver (16mm) that can go directly onto a light stand.
The Diva-Lite LED DMX is powered AC and includes an IEC connection.
It includes universal input from 100-240VAC.
The Diva-Lite LED DMX can also be operated on 24VDC (input range 18-36VDC) through a 3-Pin xlr. The pin polarity is:
Pin # 1 – Ground
Pin # 2 – +18-36VDC
Pin # 3 – Not used
The Diva-Lite LED DMX operates on three DMX channels (in White mode) using DMX512 (six DMX channels in Color mode).
The first channel operates dimming; the 2nd channel operates Kelvin color temperature control; the 3rd channel operates the Hue.
In Gels/Hue mode: 4th channel operates the Gel; 5th channel operates the Hue angle and the 6th channel operates the Saturation.
In RGB mode, 4th channel operates Red; 5th channel operates Green and the 6th channel operates Blue.
In CIE xy mode, first channel operates dimming; 2nd channel operates x; the 3rd channel operates y.
For FX (Effects) mode, see True Match® Firmware 4.0 DMX mapping.
The Diva-Lite LED DMX includes a built-in Lumen Radio receiver and can be operated wirelessly with a Lumen Radio transmitter
(sold separately). Wireless is an option to using DMX cables. For more information on Lumen Radio Receiver/Transmitter, see www.LumenRadio.com.
Diva-Lite LED Advantages
The Diva-Lite LED DMX operates on universal AC power or battery power and needs only 1.25A at 120VAC or 6.25A at 24VDC (Diva-Lite 30 LED). The Diva-Lite LED’s cost savings from low energy and long LED life continues Kino Flo’s reputation as an environmentally friendly lighting company.
Long LED Life
LED’s are well known as being energy efficient, lasting for thousands of hours. While Kino Flo’s Diva-Lite LED also has a long LED life, the Diva-Lite LED’s unique design will maintain its color-correct color temperature.
True Match® Color-Correct
As with all Kino Flo products, the Diva-Lite LED has been specially formulated to match the spectral distribution curves of today’s HD film and video equipment. The Diva-Lite LED has high color rendering. Even while dimming, the fixture is flicker-free and without color shift.
Heat Management Design
For Kino Flo, heat management is a critical design element of fixture design. The physical heat or buildup heat within the LED fixture will directly influence the color temperature, lumen performance and life of an LED.
The Diva-Lite LED’s unique design operates coolly, consumes very low energy (1.25A, 120VAC) and is properly ventilated to maintain a stable color temperature.
A well maintained temperature extends the lumen maintenance, color temperature and life of an LED.
Cost savings cover a broad range of concerns:
- Lower energy costs
- Less heat so lower air conditioning expenses
Energy Savings Calculations
With the push for reducing fossil fuel consumption, TV studios are looking at cooler more efficient lighting systems to reduce the costs and save energy. Part of this process involves generating energy values to determine savings. One of the most important values is Btu/kWh.
British Thermal Units per Kilowatt Hour
Any light generates a percentage of usable light and the rest in heat. For example, a standard incandescent light bulb converts only 11 percent of its electrical input into visible light, while the rest is dissipated directly as heat. There are energy costs involved in cooling the studio environment. The measure of Btu/kWh is a means of calculating the thermal loads related to operating lighting.
Use the following information to calculate Btu/kWh Watts to Btu:
1 kWh = 3413 Btu/Hr
1 Watt = 3.413 Btu/Hr
3.413 Btu per Watt-hour