The LitePanels 1x1 has arguably been the industry standard for LED lighting in many news and documentary productions. At the recent CineGear show, LitePanels demoed their latest product, an update to the award winning 1x1. The new "Astra" light claims to have an output 4x greater than the original 1x1. Nate Weber from Newsshooter.com shares the first look in this video.
With a redesigned housing, the Astra places the power adapter and battery plate apart from the actual light itself. As someone who has used the original system, I can see the benefit to keeping that weight and bulk off of the primary unit. For a closer look at the Astra, here are the specs from the LitePanels website.
Color Temperature: Tungsten - Daylight
Size: 17.7 x 16.3 x 5.3” / 45 x 41.3 x 13.4cm
Weight: 7 lbs. / 3.2kg
Maximum Power Draw: 110W
Power Supply: 24V DC via AC Adapter Includes Fixture, Yoke w/TVMP, Power Supply, Power Cord
Power Requirements 13-24V DC / 100-240VAC
DMX via RJ45 (Optional Communications Module)
They boast a "high CRI" in the product description, but I don't see an exact number anywhere. Once these become available, users tests should hopefully reveal if there is any nasty green tint or other shifting in use.
These are the photometrics as listed by LitePanels, not too shabby at all compared to the original 1x1.
Right now the list price is $1,350. I know there are a lot of options on the market now for LEDs, and these are certainly of the more expensive variety. Hopefully continued development and refinement of the 1x1 will mean lower costs on older models and on other brands of 1x1 LEDs, making them more affordable for everyone.
B&H has the Astra available for pre-order.