Kino Flo Builds Wall (of light)


Last Updated: April 11, 2017 7:47 pm GMT
(Hollywood, CA--April 11, 2017) Shortly after its founding year, Kino Flo introduced the Wall-O-Lite, the motion picture industry's leading BFL (big fluorescent light) for two decades. Now, 30 years later, Kino Flo Lighting Systems celebrates its anniversary with the new Celeb LED 850, a wall of light for the 21st century.

Versatile enough to hand-hold for walking shots, rig from a Matthew's offset arm, or center mount on a light stand for 360 degrees of rotation, Celeb 850's work in close to the talent with a beauty light intimacy made for the big screen. The wide 4x2 aspect ratio fixture wraps a subject in a spectrum from fulsome reds of warm tungsten quality soft light, through a range of mid tones to full sky blue daylight.

The Sky Is Not the Limit
Celeb 850 fixtures, like all Celeb LED's, supply more than the standard bi-color phasing. The big, hi-lumen soft sources display a full range of white light from 2500K to 9900K correlated color temperature, plus full Green/Magenta correction, Cinema Gel Color presets, Hue/Saturation selection, and dial-in RGB. Onboard solid state electronics give lighting professionals the freedom to operate fixtures remotely via wireless DMX light control boards and Apps, up to 200 yards (185m) away, or through standard DMX connections.

"Kino Flo's 30 years of producing soft light for professional film and HD production has not changed as we've added new lines of LED's like the Celeb 850 to our legacy fixtures," said Frieder Hochheim, president and founder of Kino Flo Lighting Systems. "We see a mission to produce even larger and larger soft lights to fill the artistic and technical vacuum for visual narrative photography.

"The new Celeb 850 continues in our 30-year history of focus on soft, stable, color correct lights, the equivalent we feel to a full line of top shelf professional quality paint brushes and paints for artists working in other mediums, " he said.

No Fins. No Fans.
After five years of continuous operation on feature film and television episodic production sets, and in TV news broadcast studios, every Celeb batch has remained true to its color rendering and lumen specifications. The passive-cooled fixtures do not overheat the LED's, so--no heat-sink fins or whirling fans.

Celeb technology achieves bright, soft glamour lighting with continuous dimming to point two percent (.2%) on a linear or square curve, without flicker at high camera speeds or at varied shutter angles. There is no light level change when shifting from 2500K to 9900K, and color doesn't shift when light levels rise or fall.

Intuitive Design
The onboard controller's interface makes it easy to bridge the gap between what a user knows and doesn't know about operating the Celeb 850. Kino Flo's unique push-button and scrolling system makes it intuitive for users to navigate the menu of choices, including Dimming, Kelvin, Green/Magenta, Hue/Saturation, and RGB vales, plus LumenRadio wireless DMX linking, DMX addressing, 8-bit and 16-bit dimming, Menu screen rotation, and a other important selections.

As new features are added to the firmware, customers can download software upgrades from a link at Kino Flo's website:

The Celeb family of softlights range in shape and size from the compact Celeb 250 to the 4ft wide Celeb 450 to the quad frame 450Q LED's. Kino Flo's unique center mount option is available on the Celeb 850, as well as yoke and pole operation versions, and includes a 90° focusing louver, and rigging/stacking corner pieces. Some accessories include removable barn doors, a 60° focusing louver, and soft-box and soft-grid light control tools.

The new Celeb 850 joins the growing family of Kino Flo lighting products, including new this year at NAB in Las Vegas: The Freestyle LED 31 and Freestyle LED 21 full color portable systems for location and studio work, with a recently expanded chromatic palette and improved light output.

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