May 31, 2019

Insane Deal on Litepanels Astra 6X Bi-Color With Battery Brackets

You can save over $750 on the Astra 6X Bi-Color LED, including either a free V-mount or Gold-mount, now for a limited time.

If you've been thinking about adding LitePanels to your lighting kit, now is the time to buy. Adorama is running a fire sale on the Astra 6X Bi-Color LED for a limited time. Both kits, which include either V-mount or Gold-mount brackets at no additional charge, now cost $899 with free shipping. These durable lights are still the standard for highly mobile lighting kits and you'll see them on location worldwide.

The Astra 6X is a traditional Litepanel 1x1 and is designed with select premium quality, high CRI, surface mount LEDs and paired with custom optics. The Astra 6X has an impressive output that rates among the highest of similarly sized LED panels. It is 50% brighter than the first generation Astra and 6 times brighter than the original 1x1. The result is a longer throw and illumination that covers a wider area, allowing the panel to better compete with strong exterior light sources or illuminate a larger area effectively with just a single fixture.

 

Astra 6X kit with V-mount

Litepanels Astra 6X with Bracket Features

  • Premium selected LEDs paired with custom optics
  • Flexible, modular concept
  • Optional communications module allows the brightness, color temperature, and cooling mode to be controlled via DMX or Bluetooth
  • Optional yoke mounted Gold Mount or V-Mount battery plates
  • Field replaceable fan module and external power supply
  • Modern fixture design
  • Easily identifiable and ergonomic manual controls for dimming, color, and power status
  • Aluminum I-beam core construction to provide maximum durability and superior thermal management
  • Integrated smooth dimming from 100% to 0 with no color shift
  • Flicker-free at any frame rate or shutter angle
  • Aluminum accessory mounting points and lens/filter rails
  • End cap exhaust vents angle downward to direct air flow away from the fixture and help prevent foreign material from entering
  • Durable, industry standard 3-pin XLR locking power connector
  • Yoke mounted power supply and optional battery plates with dual integrated cable guides
  • Removable TVMP connector for flexible mounting options
  • Two alternate 1/4-20 mounting points
  • Intelligent thermal management system passive or active cooling

What's in the box:

  • Litepanels Astra 6X Bi-Color Next Generation LED Light Panel
  • Manual Yoke
  • Power Supply
  • US Power Cord
  • EU Power Cord
  • Removable TVMP Connector
  • Litepanels 2 Year Warranty (1 Year + 1 Year with Registration)
  • Litepanels V-Mount or Gold Mount Battery Bracket (depending upon the kit you purchase- one mount per kit)

You can find the specially priced Astra 6X V-mount kit here and the Gold-mount kit here.

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6 Comments

Beware, there have been a lot of issues with this light: Flickering, power button failures, led strips going out, and complete light failure.
I’ve personally used Astras in the past with great success, and no issues.
On one occasion I was in Greece shooting an interview and a gust of wind caught the light. The light fell from 6 feet, face first onto a sharp boulder. I thought for sure it was dead. After picking it up I was surprised that it still worked, with no damage.
So I’m really not sure what the deal is with these.

May 31, 2019 at 10:44PM

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Brian
Senior Producer / Graphic Design Artist
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Thanks for the input. I haven’t owned this model, but have used them without issue. It’s a little surprising, Vitec is a good company.

June 1, 2019 at 12:23AM, Edited June 1, 11:26AM

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Craig Mieritz
Color, Light and Camera Geek

I own six Astra's(4x 4x's & 2x 6x's) and yes, there is a well known issue with the power boards in them. They can't handle the surge when powering the lights up and eventually fail. I've had four repaired(power board replaced), so far. Three under warranty and I have a fifth that is about to go back for the same reason. Five out of six... The 6x's didn't even make it eight months before they started to act-up.

It's pretty hard to find a gaffer or anyone that owns any of them that hasn't had this problem with them.

They produce great quality light and are pretty ubiquitous in the industry, but there is a huge issue that Vitec needs to admit to and fix. Someone even mentioned that there was talk over on another well-know board about some wanting start a class action suit. Yeah, it's that bad.

But if you have any, a gaffer passed along this tip that an LP/Vitec tech told him:
Turn the dimmer all the way to zero, turn the light on, wait for the power light to stop flashing and turn solid green(may take several seconds), then slowly turn the dimmer up to the required brightness level. And before turning them off, dim them to zero, again.

June 1, 2019 at 12:59AM

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C B
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They are great lights when they actually work. I’ve owned six 4x’s, and everyone one of them has crapped out at some point in the last year - same issues you mentioned above. I agree about turning them on only when the dimmer is all the way down, that seems to be the trick. All that being said though, this is a great deal on there lights.

June 2, 2019 at 10:44AM, Edited June 2, 10:45AM

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Mark Austin Heim
Producer
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With the discount they are now only 3-4 times as expensive as comparable lights.

June 6, 2019 at 12:52PM

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Not quite insane enough.

June 7, 2019 at 1:54PM

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Chris Santucci
Cinematographer
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