Product Spotlight: Litepanels ASTRA 1×1 EP and 1×1 E Series
The ground-breaking ASTRA 1X1 Series line-up includes the ASTRA 1×1 EP series, the ASTRA 1×1 E series, plus two additional models in the ASTRA 1×1 series, which debuted last year.
“The response the filmmaking community had to the launch of the ASTRA 1×1 Bi-Color panel last year exceeded our expectations,” said Alan Ipakchian, Product Marketing Manager for Litepanels. “The time, effort, research and development of the ASTRA has produced a panel that once again revolutionizes the use of LED fixtures for the creation of professional content. We’ve created expansions to the line that offer a variety of intensity levels and price points, making the ASTRA available to everyone. Whatever your requirement, Litepanels has the perfect fixture to fit your needs and budget. And with the modular approach we’ve taken, your gear, accessories and lighting style can grow with you.”
All of the ASTRA panels are designed with select premium quality surface mount LEDs that are paired with custom designed TIR (total internal reflection) optics. Both the new 1×1 EP and 1×1 E series offer a Bi-Color fixture, allowing users to adjust color from daylight to tungsten as needed. An internal microprocessor monitors the temperature and delivers smooth dimming from 100 percent to zero with no noticeable color shift, as well as ensuring a completely flicker-free performance at any frame rate or shutter angle.
The ASTRA series employ a modern, modular design. The manual controls are ergonomically designed to allow for ease of use in the field, ensuring easy identification and manipulation of dimming controls, color controls, and power status. The panels are all produced with aluminum I-beam core construction to provide maximum durability and superior thermal management, and also feature strong, integrated aluminum accessory mounting points and lens/filter rails. All ASTRA fixtures offer an extensive list of features, including a curved yoke design with a wide tilt range, dual integrated cable guides, and a combination yoke mounted power supply with a 3-pin XLR locking power connector and optional Gold Mount® or V-Mount battery plates. The yoke also features a removable TVMP connector and additional ¼-20 mounting points.
“At Litepanels, we’re always striving to deliver to filmmakers,” noted Ipakchian. “With the introduction of the new ASTRAs, Litepanels is now bringing the most advanced LED technology to content creators in all segments of the industry. Once people get their hands on these fixtures – which are sturdy, high-output fixtures packaged in a lightweight, flexible form factor – they’re not going to want to light without them.”
The ASTRA 1×1, ASTRA 1×1 EP and ASTRA 1×1 E series have taken the place of Litepanels’ original 1×1 panels, introduced almost a decade ago, and are available worldwide.