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The Image L80 LED story begins in 1995 when visual effects cinematographer Mark Weingartner, working on a 200ft/60M greenscreen stage for Under Siege II, Dark Territory, asked Kino Flo Lighting Systems to design an energy efficient, high output panel array capable of hitting the maximum lux points without sacrificing soft, supergreen color density essential for travelling matte photography. The Kino Flo Image Series was born! The light changed the way Hollywood has made movies ever since. Years of advanced chemistry and software design research have served as the foundation for a new generation of Kino Flo Lighting’s Image L80 LED fixtures, endowed with superior high color rendering white light and boasting a full hue and saturation gamut, including the company’s own supergreen and superblue visual effects colors.
The versatile Image L80’s come with yoke mount options for studio grid installations and variable beam pitch control to ensure an even flow of illumination from the top of a cyc wall (as high as 60 feet/20 meters) all the way out to stage forward. The downfacing panels are as bright as tungsten spacelights, and the True Match® firmware ensures more dynamic light control than other LED spacelights. Kino Flo Lighting’s Image L80 photometrics and control specifications are available online for download into pre-visual studio design programs and professional lighting console profiles.
Kino Flo’s Image L80 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 80/85/87 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.
Image L80 LED DMX Control Panel
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, 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
• Universal input 100VAC-240VAC
• Manual & DMX Dimming w/ Auto Terminate
• DMX wireless (Lumen Radio)
• Green/Magenta control
• Flicker-free, quiet operation
Gels/Hue Color Mode
In addition to White mode features, Gels/Hue Color mode includes access to:
• 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:
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.
Image L80 LED Highlights
- 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
- Energy efficient, draws 4A, 120VAC
- Flicker-free, quiet operation
- Full range onboard and DMX dimming
- DMX wireless link (Lumen Radio®)
- DMX Auto Terminate
- Metal Alloy fixture includes removable Gel Frame, Louver and cardholders
- Slim profile
- Mounts to stand or can hang easily from a grid
- Traditional Yoke Mount with two position setting, Pole-Op
To eliminate multiple shadows, the Silver Louver should only be used in combination with white diffusion.
Image L80 LED DMX Kit
Image L80 LED DMX Yoke Mount Kit, Univ
1 Image L80 LED DMX Yoke
1 Jr. Pin
1 Ship Case
58 x 9.5 x 36.5”
(147.5 x 24 x 93cm)
75.5 lb (34.5kg)
Fixture Power The Image L80 LED is powered AC and includes an IEC connection. A locking power cord is included with the fixture.
The fixture has a built-in power supply with universal input from 100-240VAC.
The Image L80 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 Color mode: 4th channel operates the Gel; 5th channel operates the Hue angle and the 6th channel operates the Saturation. In RGB Color 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 Image L80 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.
Image L80 LED DMX Advantages
The Image L80 LED DMX operates on universal AC power and needs only 4A (120VAC) to produce more lumens than a 1k tungsten softlight. The Images cost savings from low energy and long lamp life continues Kino Flo’s reputation as an environmentally friendly lighting company.
Long LED Life
Rated lifetime is up to 50,000 hours. With its long LED life, the Image LED's unique design maintains its color-correct color temperature.
True Match® Color-Correct
As with all Kino Flo products, the Image L80 LED has been specially formulated to match the spectral distribution curves of today’s HD film and video equipment. The Image L80 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 the LED.
The Image L80's unique design operates coolly, consumes very low energy (4A, 120VAC) and is properly ventilated to maintain a stable color temperature.
A well maintained temperature extends the lumen maintenance, color temperature and life of the LED.
Cost savings attributed to the Image L80 LED cover a broad range of concerns:
- Low energy costs
- Less heat so low 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