A Light for Any Temperature: Meet the New Mole Richardson LEDs

Mole Richardson's new LED Fresnels are production-ready.

Last year at NAB, Mole Richardson unveiled their Variable Color LED fresnels to the world. Well, this year they are production-ready in 1K, 2K, and 5K single-source LEDs. The lights have a temperature range of 2700K-6500K with a plus-minus green function. A touchscreen or selector nob makes the unit easy to use and navigate directly from the source. Additionally, Mole Richardson has designed a mobile app so you can control the LED via Bluetooth and have LumenRadio built into the unit for DMX control. And, as if that wasn't enough, the company also introduced its 10K Variable Color LED, so look out next year for a production-ready version of that.

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I tried out a couple of the 200W (1000W?) versions of these lights. The real problem for my purposes was that they don't truly act like a "single source" fresnel. The barn doors don't create a hard cut, shadows are diffuse, and the flood to spot ratio and light distribution does not at all act like a tungsten fresnel. Part of the problem is that Mole put a diffusion panel in front of the fresnel lens in order to break up the primary white and +/- green diodes.

The Mole LED fresnels do allow much better control of the throw and flagging of the light than an LED panel, but it is not a bulb type fresnel replacement. I don't know if any multicolor LED fresnel actually is a good replacement.

April 10, 2018 at 11:38AM, Edited April 10, 11:38AM

Casey Preston