Blog / Resources / Lighting VMI’s Latest LED lights to join our fleet Lighting LED Lighting Technology has been progressing at a rapid pace, with each generation improving brightness, performance and colour accuracy than before, to the point where modern fixtures are scarcely comparable with the early 1×1 litepanels and there are fixtures and solutions available today which are suitable for all applications. Where once serious DPs were wary of using LEDs, the latest lights now provide a credible alternative to conventional tungsten, fluorescent and HMI lighting technology without compromise and making TV programmes more sustainably is in everybody’s interest but the extensive range of lights now available is challenging for all of us. Graham Reed, Lighting Director, succinctly describes the advantages of this new technology as this: HMIs are about 4 times more efficient then tungsten lamps. An HMI 575w gives about the same light output as a 2kw tungsten. Tungsten bulbs are only about 20% efficient.Colour correcting a tungsten light, with full CTB, will reduce the light output by about 1½ stops.Using LED light fixtures which are much more efficient than either HMI’s or tungsten light sources and they are much easier to use and generate far less wasteful energy.For example, an Arri 1.2 HMI will produce approximately 3000 lux at 6 m whereas a Nanlux 1.2 will produce approximately 4000 lux and little heat, plus you can use it in the rain! But in the real world situation it is all about light control. Nanlux1.2 is dimmable from 0 to 100% so much easier than using N.D!Coming to the VMI lighting workshops will give you a real hands-on experience of using the latest lighting fixtures.Graham Reed, Lighting Director and presenter of VMI Lighting Workshops Here are our latest modern low-energy lighting fixtures which you may be interested in, most of which will be available to see at our lighting workshops. Nanlux Evoke 1200 An extraordinarily punchy LED COP spotlight with an output comparative with an ARRI M18 HMI, whilst only drawing 1.2KW (50% less power). A massive Fresnel lens, makes for a very bright source too and when used in conjunction with the huge 4’ parabolic light dome, it generates unprecedented levels of crisp, bright illumination. Nanlux DYNO 650C Soft Light Extremely punchy 2×1 soft LED light panel (650W power draw) which incorporates gel simulation and DMX control. Powerful and soft with an ultra-wide beam angle with intensifier lens accessory provided. In our opinion, the Dyno Series 650C is, quite simply, one of the brightest LED soft-lights available. Nanlux/Nanlite MixPanel 150 RGB LED Light Panel Kit Extremely punchy but compact RGB LED light panel which is larger than a regular 1′ x 1′ panel. This is a fully tuneable colour RGB source which, like the other lamps in the Nanlux/Nanlight series, incorporates gel simulation and DMX control. Powerful and soft with an ultra-wide beam angle and is also uniquely able to provide a hard light by pressing a button Nanlux/Nanlite Forza 150 Bi-Colour 3-Head Light Kit Comprehensive, lightweight, bi-colour portable LED lighting kit in one case, providing 3 x punchy 150W spots with softbox, fresnel accessories and even Gobo options, all bundled into one package. This is a comprehensive battery-operable three point lighting kit, supplied in one box, comparable with the Dedo DLED 7 package. Aladdin ALL-IN 2 2X1 BI KIT (100w Bi-Colour) A very portable and versatile 2×1 LED light panel (140W) which has a lot of accessories to be used in a wide manner of applications. Aladdin ALL-IN 1 1×1 BI KIT (50w Bi-Colour) A very portable and versatile 1×1 LED light panel (70W) which has a lot of accessories to be used in a wide manner of applications. Nanlux/Nanlite Pavotube 2 x 10″ portable LED RGB Lighting Tubes 2 x versatile RGB LED lighting tubes which are just 10″ long and feature built-in batteries for very easy operation. Magnetic mounts are built into the fixtures for easy mounting and spigot mounts, clamps and other accessories are provided to make these lights a useful addition to any shoot.. Aputure Light Storm LS300D II with fresnel lens A professional and robust LED fixture (5500K daylight only) which combines high light output with outstanding light quality based is a rugged and durable construction and is supplied complete with Light Storm LS300D with fresnel lens. The version II lamp is 20% brighter than the Mk I and the control box is fanless. It consumes up to 300W of power while outputting 4451 fc of light with a standard reflector at a distance of 1.6′ and is powerable from mains or high-performance 12V V-Lock batteries Aputure Light Storm LS600D Pro Daylight LED A professional and robust LED fixture (5600K daylight only). Larger and higher power version of the Light Storm LS300D. Increased power output, a weather-resistant construction, a wide variety of power options, and professional level lighting controls, including Sidus Link, Art-net, and Wireless DMX. 14.4V, 26V, and 28.8V operation. Some really useful Lighting Accessories Mega Boom Arm If you want to float a large light above your subject, then the Mega Boom arm with a 3.6m span is what you need! Combi-Boom Arm A smaller, really convenient option is the Combi Boom Arm, which is a C-stand and boom arm in one, though being smaller, it only features an 8kg payload. Mini Boom Arm A conventional option is the Mini Boom Arm, which features a2.2m span and between 3.7kg and 30kg payload, depending on the span used. A conventional option is the Mini Boom Arm, which features a2.2m span and between 3.7kg and 30kg payload, depending on the span used. Skylite Rapid 4×4 Trace and Bounce Board Kit For environmentally sensitive shooters, consider an alternative to using 4×4 polyboards. The modern environmentally friendly replacement to the ubiquitous black/white poly board. A rigid 4’x4′ (1.1m x 1.1m) frame with 4 covers to offer trace and bounce board with other covers included as well. 4×4 version and 8×8 and 2×1 versions available Related articles Lighting – a short walk through the minefield of location lighting for Film & TV Lighting This is a short article examining the most popular lighting fixtures and technologies.