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Lumos LED Lighting

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Lumos appears to have finally found the quality needed for professional LED lighting by offering full-featured lights with some of the highest color rendering indexes at this time—98 on the highest end. So, with Lumos lights, you can be confident in their quality while you benefit from the advantages of LED lighting.

Color Rendering Index (or CRI) is a measurement for determining how good colors will look in your imagery. Classic sources like tungsten, for the most part, all shared a look that was directly related to how they were made and, easily, had a CRI of 100, which is what made them so reliable. LEDs had to get past this hurdle due to the variations in the quality and color of each LED as it is made. Lumos’s rating of 98 is extraordinary, making these lights perfect for detailed work that needs accurate color.

LED lights also offer a few distinct advantages over classic lighting, the most notable of which is that they use a fraction of the energy that tungsten sources use to produce an equivalent amount of light. This dramatically saves on energy costs, and is estimated to be as much as 80-90%, in some cases. This alone makes it worthwhile; the fact that LEDs also have extremely long lifetimes means you won’t have to worry about replacing bulbs at inopportune times. This is another aspect in which Lumos shines. They offer LEDs with 30,000-hour lifetimes and durable construction and circuitry that will keep the lights burning that long, as well.

These lights also run cool, have a ballast-free design, and are environmentally friendly—so they are less dangerous than some powerful tungsten lights, which can become damaged and catastrophically fail. Also, their environmentally friendly nature makes them great alternatives to fluorescent-lighting options.

LEDs are instant-on and flicker free, meaning there is no waiting for them to reach full power and you won’t get odd stroboscopic effects in your video. Additionally, Lumos lights come in a variety of sizes for your convenience, all featuring the same excellent color rendition that makes these panels different from the rest. The exceptionally high Color Rendering Index the lights are able to achieve translates into colors that will be more saturated and accurate than similar panels with lower CRIs. This is true for the entire Lumos lineup.

For serious lighting needs, try the 700 series lights. The top-end 700MK is a bright, 29 x 18” fully featured device, ready to be implemented in a broadcast studio or a professional film studio. The 700s offer a CRI of 98 at 3200K and can be adjusted for daylight balance (5600K) while still retaining a rating of 95—extremely impressive results. Also, with DMX512 compatibility, they will fit right in with your other lights and control station.

DMX512 is the standard for setting up controlled lighting arrays. They are very common, and having the ability to move these lights into a setup you may already have makes mixing and matching easy. If you want to upgrade your lights, you won’t have to also update your controllers and cabling.

The other benefit of these panels is their naturally diffused nature, making the quality of light already soft and useful. The 700MKL and 500MKL versions feature an extra diffuser for times that require an even softer light. This is a benefit for smaller shoots where a small, dense light source would provide very hard light without using a lot of diffusion.

When you compare these lights to tungsten, the 700 series offers an equivalent 1500W output with a draw of just 200W and the 500-series has a 1000W output and a power draw of 120W. So, if you have these running all day, you will likely see a savings in energy costs while maintaining the power to which you are accustomed. Also, the multi-voltage design means it will work almost anywhere in the world with a 100-240 V AC and 50/60Hz power source.

You won’t always need the biggest lights for your setups; a companion light from the 500 series can fill the gap in your lighting arrangement. The 500MK has all of the same features of the 700 series DMX512, quadruple circuit protection, adjustable color temperature, and a digital LCD screen, among other features, but in a smaller 20 x 13” package that is about half the weight of the 700MK.

Smaller 1 x 1' panels of the 300 series offer portability with the same quality as the high-end units, perfect for location shoots or accent lights. They even have the standard DMX512 and 30,000 hour LEDs, but, they have a tungsten-equivalent 400W output and just 50W consumption. The 300MK lights have a place on any set and are a great entry point to LED lighting.

The 100 series are Lumos's small 150W output lights. These are for mobile or compact shoots, or as a small light when just a little power is needed. They don't offer the same control and power as the top-end lights, but can run for 90 minutes on a battery and still maintain a CRI of 92-97. This makes the 100MK an excellent choice for on-camera or portable setups.

Lumos LED lighting technology is at the top tier of this next generation of illumination and is definitely worth a look for upgrading your set or studio lights. So, with a variety and selection such as this, you can guarantee uniformity in your lighting while maintaining the absolute highest quality. Each light even comes in a variable-color, 3200K or 5600K option, all of which can be found here.

 

100 Series

300 Series

500 Series

700 Series

Brightness at 3’

410 lux (5600K)

370 lux (3200K)

1,200 lux (5600K)

1,100 lux (3200K)

2,300 lux (5600K)

2,000 lux (3200K)

4,300 lux (5600K)

3,900 lux (3200K)

Tungsten Equivalent

150W

400W

1,000W

1,500W

CRI

97 at 3200K

92 at 5600K

98 at 3200K

95 at 5600K

98 at 3200K

95 at 5600K

98 at 3200K

95 at 5600K

Panel Dimensions

8.5 x 3.5”

12 x 12”

20 x 13”

29 x 18”

DMX512

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Weight

1 lb

4 lb

17 lb

35 lb

2 Comments

Please would you kindly quote me for three Lumos LU700MKL LED lights with slots for gels plus bags and stands.

Please confirm that they have dimmers. Also batteries and include the price for re-chargable batteries. Plus charger.

The price for gels too please.

Any advice welcome.  I need to film outside as well as indoors. Thanks.

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