Litepanels Sola 4: In the Vanguard of LED Fresnel Lighting


When Litepanels introduced the original 1x1 years ago, it was in the vanguard of the LED revolution in lighting. On-camera models followed, as did the Inca and Sola Fresnel lines. Not content to ride on its laurels, Litepanels reaffirms its commitment to an ongoing evolution of quality and innovation with the introduction a 3rd-generation Sola 4 that builds on the solid foundation of the gen-2. Improvements include better thermal management through advanced hardware and software, and a new 5600K LED source, based on the phosphor mix research that brought us the Sola 12. These changes directly affect advanced color rendering and extend the life of the fixture.

The 2nd-generation Sola 4 was already a success, so little has changed in the physical appearance and core features of the new Sola 4. At 13-72 degrees, the 4" Fresnel has an impressively wide range of spot-to-flood adjustment and an output comparable to a 125W HMI Fresnel, while drawing only 39W of power. It's also barely warm to the touch. Elimination of potential heat damage, low power consumption and reduced HVAC costs in the studio not only yield personal comfort and safety, but an accelerated return on investment, as well.

Control is at the heart of the Sola 4 design. Dimming from 100-0% can be done locally or remotely from a console with DMX. The Sola 4 runs on 120-240VAC mains power for worldwide use, but can also run on optional 14-28VDC battery sources. The lack of an external ballast trims down the fixture's form factor and allows it to weigh 3.6 lb. Four-way barndoors are included for even greater control of the Sola 4's beam spread. If the 2nd-generation Sola 4 caught your eye, now is the time to take a look at the new 3rd-generation Sola 4, lighting the way.

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The pricing of these lights is insane. Apparently, the manufacturer seeks to recoup his development investment in the first dozen units shipped...

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