NAB 2013 Lighting Roundup: New Fixtures from Manfrotto, KinoFlo, Hexolux & More

A lot of manufacturers decided to jump in the lighting game this year, while others continue to improv on their existing fixtures. If this year's NAB is any indication, the future of lighting tech has moved away from Tungsten filament and is now firmly in the hands of LED and Plasma technologies. Read on to get a quick overview on all the new offerings.

Manfrotto Spectra Series LED Lighting:

  • Three new 1x1 panels, including Bi-Color, Spot, and Flood
  • Five new on camera units, 5600k
  • Pricing TBD

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HexoLux LED Fresnels:

  • CRI 98 (highest in the industry)
  • 120W draw for 1,000W output
  • Modular design, combine lights
  • Pricing info coming next week

KinoFlo Celeb 400:

  • Variable Color Soft LED Panel
  • Twice the size of the previous Celeb 200
  • Shipping soon

Mole Quantum Dot LED Fresnels:

  • Quantum Dot technology
  • Dimmable, no flicker
  • 100w Tweenie equivalent of 650w
  • 150w Baby equivalent of 1k
  • 200w Junior equivalent of 2k

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Area 48 Phosphorous LED Soft Lights:

  • CRI 90+
  • Strobe speed setting
  • Phosphorous gas panel acts as diffusion
  • 2x2 available now, ~$2,300

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Hive Lighting Plasma PAR line:

  • 275w draw for output of a 4oow HMI
  • Maxi-PAR, Killer 2-Light and Killer 4-Light
  • 540w draw for output of a 1,200w HMI
  • Killer 4 Light, 9 Amp light equivalent of a 9-light
  • PAR-kit for ~$4,795

Cineo TruColor LS:

  • 200w fixture outputs equivalent 1k soft light
  • 400w fixture outputs equivalent 2k soft light
  • Phosphor color panels
  • Available now

K5600 Daylight and Tungsten balanced HMI Lights:

  • New Joker Bug 200
  • New Alpha 200
  • New lightweight AC ballasts
  • 2-Light kit for ~$3,500, available Mid-late Summer

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Nila HMI High-Output Varsa LED:

  • 75W consumption for 400w output
  • Long throw
  • V-mount / AB power
  • Extremely durable

I'd be remiss if I didn't at least mention the anticipated Zacuto PlaZma Light which debuted last year, and will finally be available late summer 2013. Share your thoughts on these or other lightning technologies below!

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I've used the Nila. Look for that to become standard on almost every owner/op kit in the next year. Phenomenal light.

April 13, 2013 at 3:03PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


At $2600 for a 400w light?

April 22, 2016 at 3:41PM

Justin Kietzman
Partner / Aerial DP of Bonafide Film House

Was on set recently with some Hive lighting shooting on the Phantom Miro. We were actually on ice as well and they were so great. Didn't need a generator and the lights were cool enough that we didn't have to worry about the ice melting whatsoever. And of course, no flicker in sight. Great lights.

April 13, 2013 at 3:56PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Barret Bowman

I love LEDs for certain situations, but I hope these new generation of fresnel LED's dont have the severe fall off problems. Well not a problem, just inherent with the way the light functions..

April 13, 2013 at 9:50PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Mmm, thanks for the blog, bit frustrating not to have more price indications. Personally I'm interested, like most I'd hazard, in what constitutes the best budget friendly meets quality LED options that are emerging.

April 14, 2013 at 6:59AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


when noting output to consumption keep in mind some people are comparing to tungsten and some to HMI.....its very misleading the way it is presented now.

April 14, 2013 at 9:33AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


most of these units start @2k. so not cheap.
the comparisons to either tungsten or HMI is related more to use than output.
the initial market for these are currently carting around Kino kits or K5600 hmis which cost rather more in most cases.
trying the Hives this week. cant wait.

April 14, 2013 at 1:42PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


output is a huge factor....hmi is 4x more efficient so people need to know 100w power draw to 400w output if HMI is the output comparison is very good and better then 100w draw to 1k tungsten

April 14, 2013 at 11:07PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


LED is more focus on the way. Hope more good stuff come out.

April 14, 2013 at 8:59PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Thanks for the lighting roundup. It's the thing I was most interested in at NAB this year, as I'm in the market for "beauty" lights that will make my talent look their best, as opposed to mere illumination. By that I mean more accurate color reproduction with no funky color casts or overly spiky color curves. (Relatively) low heat, low power consumption, high output lights would be ideal but cost will play a major factor.

I'm really interested in the Zacuto Plazma lights but they're a ways off and I need lights sooner than that. The K5600 2 light package seems to be a great deal at $3500 considering you can spend just over $2800 on one current Joker bug 200 HMI light and ballast. They're expensive for two lights in general but cheap for HMI. If I understood him correctly, these are CDM lamps. Unfortunately, these aren't due any sooner than the Zacuto lights.

April 15, 2013 at 6:20AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Seeking information on the Aadyn Tech units that are in use on location any reports about them from NAB? It isa small company but the lights I have seen are made in USA and very user friendly.

April 15, 2013 at 7:59AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Lumens!!! why you no post lumens?? I swear at NAB, every other lighting booth you would have to wait for the sales rep to search their spec sheet just to tell you the output

April 16, 2013 at 5:30AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Lumens, lumens,lumens, they can tell you anything they want on the lumens. If they have reached 100 Lumens per Watt, then it is moot. Lumens efficiencies are almost always taken from lab environments. not replicated in fixtures in real world aplications. Get a portable spectrophotometer. Measure the CRI. measure LUX, FC. these are the actual measurements that are going to help you light up a subject properly.

April 16, 2013 at 9:30AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


April 25, 2016 at 3:30PM

David Gurney

What I am really waiting for is a battery powered V-mount or Gold mount LED unit that can offer a 3 color temperature choice 3200-4000-5500K and can output a 750 watt equivalent or 14K lumens of light. The light must be fanless and be constructed of aluminum extrusion and be less than 8 inches X 8 inches large.
Beam angle of 20 degrees and provision for diffusers.

February 6, 2014 at 2:36PM, Edited September 4, 8:45AM


Time to stop citing CRI, guys.

The measurement system for camera lights is TLCI.

April 25, 2016 at 3:28PM, Edited April 25, 3:28PM

David Gurney