During NAB 2019, LiteGear presented their new flexible LED light fixtures – LiteMat Spectrum. The panels come in five different sizes and feature 6 different LED units – warm white, cold white, RGB and amber. This gives them wide “white” temperature scale of 2000K to 11,000K plus any color from the RGB spectrum. We talked with Paul Royalty from LiteGear about the new lights.
LiteMat Spectrum builds up on the previous LiteMat panels and adds a full-color spectrum. It is a lightweight flexible LED light fixture, which remains compatible with all head-mounted accessories such as PolySkirts, Diffusers, and SnapGrids.
LiteMat Spectrum can mix its white-light output with color accents. All the colors can be added with 100 shades of saturation. On top of 2 white LED chips, LiteMat Spectrum features red, green, blue, and amber LEDs. Especially thanks to the amber chip, the white spectrum of the new LiteMat is extended from 2000K to 11,000K. This is similar to how other modern RGBWW fixtures like the Rayzr MC series (which we reported about here and here) operate.
LiteMat Spectrum offers adjustable color correction of green or magenta hue with +/- 8 points of tint correction. Being opposing colors, green is applied to a light when an unwanted magenta cast is present and vice versa. Desaturation of colors with LiteMat is being done with white LEDs instead of mixing other colors. That results in more accurate color.
LiteMat Spectrum can also improve post-production workflows. According to LiteGear, it is the first lighting system to be certified color-space compliant. There are both REC-709 and REC-2020 color spaces included. Its patent-pending color processing engine also provides wide color gamut desaturation.
This new LED fixture from LiteGear comes in 5 different sizes:
- LiteMat Spectrum 1 has a total of 1,296 LEDs (216 for each color), light output is 2,548 lumens. Dimensions are 0.9” (23mm) X 11.5” (292mm) X 21” (533mm) and the weight is 2.6 lbs (1.2kg).
- LiteMat Spectrum 2 has a total of 2,592 LEDs (432 for each color), light output is 5,096 lumens. Dimensions are 0.9” (23mm) X 21” (533mm) X 21” (533mm) and the weight is 3.9 lbs (1.8kg).
- LiteMat Spectrum 2L has a total of 2,592 LEDs (432 for each color), light output is 5,096 lumens. Dimensions are 0.9” (23mm) X 11.5” (292mm) X 40” (1016mm) and the weight is 3.9 lbs (1.8kg).
- LiteMat Spectrum 3 has a total of 3,888 LEDs (648 for each color), light output is 7,644 lumens. Dimensions are 0.9” (23mm) X 21” (533mm) X 30.5” (775mm) and the weight is 4.9 lbs (2.2kg).
- LiteMat Spectrum 4 has a total of 5,184 LEDs (864 for each color), light output is 10,192 lumens. Dimensions are 0.9” (23mm) X 21” (533mm) X 40” (1016mm) and the weight is 6.3 lbs (2.9kg).
LiteMat Spectrum panels feature so called large-format pixels. These pixels are basically areas where the color can be displayed independently within one LED panel. This can be useful for creating various lighting effects. The pixels are 240mm x 480mm in size while remaining simple to operate with 5 DMX addresses per Spectrum pixel. The number in each LiteMat product name implies the number of pixels – for instance Litemat Spectrum 4 has 4 pixels able to display different color.
For power and control, the fixtures come with the new LiteDimmer Spectrum DC200. It is a 200W ballast designed to operate LiteMat Spectrum light fixture with up to 4 large-format pixels each. The ballast features PDX dimming method which eliminates brightness variations with long cable lengths. LiteMat Spectrum allows for up to 200 feet of cable between the head unit and PDX power unit without noticeable output loss. It can be powered by any extrenal DC voltage between 8V and 36V. It has an intergated OLED display for visual feedback and included K-mount for mounting the ballast.
Pricing and Availability
All sizes of the new LiteMat Spectrum are available now for preorder. Shipping is scheduled to begin in the early 2020. The panels will come in kit with PolySkirt, diffuser set (quarter, half, and full “grid”), Parasquare Louver, LiteMount, KitBag, ballast, and power supply.
When it comes to pricing, Spectrum 1 kit costs $2,800 US, Spectrum 2 kit $3,300 US, Spectrum 2L kit $3,400 US, Spectrum 3 kit $4,000 US, and the biggest Spectrum 4 kit will retail for 4,500 US.
What do you think about he new LiteMat Spectrum LED fixtures? Do you have experience with previous LiteGear products? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.