FreeStyle T41/T21 LED Tubes
Kino Flo® Lighting Systems’ True Match® FreeStyle LED tubes are specially designed for operation in FreeStyle T41 & T21 fixtures for film production or stage design lighting. The FreeStyle LED tubes display Kino Flo’s True Match white light and RGBWW color management system found in Kino Flo’s LED lighting fixtures. The tubes are 4ft (1.2m) & 2ft (0.6m). On camera, FreeStyle LED tubes photograph with the same softness, the same subtle color reproduction as Kino Flo’s award-winning T12 high-output lamps. In addition to high color rendering, cinematographers will see the difference the 310° LED tube makes when operated in a fixture or out of the fixture as a remote “sabre” of light. Paired with the FreeStyle fixture and light intensifying reflector, the tube projects soft light forward at a 100° beam angle at about the same light levels you’d get from a 1000W tungsten softlight.
The FreeStyle T41/T21 LED System (SYS-FT41U/SYS-FT21U) consists of: FreeStyle T41/T21 LED Fixture plus 1 x FS-48 LED Tube or
1 x FS-24 LED Tube, Mounting Plate, FreeStyle 120X LED DMX Controller, and Extension Cable.
It was designed in this manner to allow the greatest flexibility in lighting solutions for challenging situations.
FreeStyle T41/T21 LED DMX System Includes
- Color Rendering TLCI >96, CRI >96, TM-30-18 Rf=95, Rg=103
- Kelvin presets
- Dial-in color temperature control between 2500K-9900K
- Green/Magenta Control
- Hue angle and Saturation adjustments
- Kino Flo presets and Gels
- RGB control
- CIE xy
- FX Control
- Camera Profiles LUTs
- Color Space
- Works with Apps with predetermined RGB presets or color wheels
- Can use preset buttons to store custom Kelvin settings
- Light levels do not change when selecting Kelvin settings
- No color shift while dimming
- Universal input 100VAC-240VAC or 24VDC
- Energy efficient, draws 0.83A, 120VAC and 4.2A, 24VDC
- Flicker-free, quiet operation
- Full range onboard and DMX dimming
- DMX wireless link (Lumen Radio®)
- DMX Auto Terminate
- Remote fixture with built-in barndoors
- Fixture includes removable 90° Honeycomb Louver
- KinoGrip Center Mount
- Lightweight, slim profile
- Mounts to stand, light enough to be hand-held FreeStyle Tubes
The FreeStyle T41/T21 Fixture houses the tubes and is comprised of built-in barndoors, a Louver and Reflector. The Louver and Reflector are held in place with Velcro fasteners.
FreeStyle T41/T21 Fixture can be used in different configurations:
1) Complete fixture with all components combined.
2) Can use Louver to give direction to the light or remove louver to give broad coverage over an area.
Kino Flo tubes can operate inside the fixture or independently with only the extension cable.
The FreeStyle Reflector has a a unique design to accomodate the aluminum channel on the back of the FreeStyle tube. It provides even light distribution and maximizes light output. In addition, it acts as a heatsink and allows the FreeStyle Tubes to run cooler.
FreeStyle LED Tube Only Systems
FreeStyle LED Tube only systems are available without the fixture housings in
2-Tube Systems in 4ft and 2ft:
SYS-FTS4002 – FreeStyle 4ft LED DMX System (2-Tube), Univ
SYS-FTS2002 – FreeStyle 2ft LED DMX System (2-Tube), Univ
The systems include the LED controller
(LED-120X), 2 x Single extension cables (X08-F125), 2 x 4ft or 2ft LED tubes
(FS-48, FS-24) and 2 x Baby Pin Mounts (MTP-F101).
The FreeStyle 120 LED DMX Controller
The firmware is loaded onto the FreeStyle LED controller and can operate the Freestyle T41 & T21 fixtures remotely with a 25ft extension cable. The Freestyle controller (LED-120X) has two output connectors and can operate up to two 4ft/2ft single fixtures or two 4ft/2ft tubes with extension cables. It includes standard DMX in/out ports for cable as well as wireless DMX connectivity (Lumen Radio®). The controller features universal AC voltage input 100-240vac (0.83 Amps at 120vac) as well as a 3-Pin XLR for 24vdc operation (4.2A).The FreeStyle 120 LED DMX controller firmware is updatable from a PC using the Mini B USB data port.For the latest True Match Firmware update available click here.
For the latest DMX Personalities, click here.
Control Panel – White Mode
A) On /Off: On = Green light displayed. Off = Red light displayed. The display and all menu settings can be operated while the power button is in the Off position, as long as power is applied to the controller. The On /Off button only controls the light source.
B) Menu: Provides access to menu options such as General settings, Reset, DMX and DMX Wireless settings, Camera LUTs & Color Space. Shortcut: While on control screen, press and hold for 3 seconds to switch through menus (White, Gels & Hue, RGB, CIE xy, FX).
C) Preset Buttons: Factory defaults left to right are: 2700K, 3200K, 5000K and 6500K. G/M default value is 000. User can also use these preset buttons to store custom Kelvin and G/M settings.
D) Display: Provides access to Dim, Kelvin, G/M, and DMX channel. Factory reset will show: Dim = 10%, Kelvin = 2700K, G/M = 000,
DMX = 001.
E) Lock: Press the Lock button to disable all buttons and Control knob. Press for 3 seconds to restore displayed presets to
default factory settings.
F) Mode: Press to navigate from Dim to Kelvin and G/M settings. When in sub-menus, pressing Mode always returns you to main display.
When DMX is applied, use Mode to access DMX channel on main display. Shortcut: Long press will bring you back one step.
G) Data Port: Mini B USB for firmware updates.
H) Control Knob: Manually adjusts Dim, Kelvin, G/M levels and DMX address. Press the Control knob to toggle between
Fine and Coarse increments or when selecting options within menus.
DMX Note: Each LED Fixture has an “AUTO TERMINATE” feature. The last fixture that does not have an XLR cable attached to the
DMX “Out” port will automatically terminate.
The White menu features Dimming, tunable Kelvin range from 2700K tungsten to 6500K daylight and Green/Magenta control channels.
The Green/Magenta control can be scaled from 0 to 100, where 25 = ¼ correction, 50 = ½ correction and 100 = full correction.
In the Gels/Hue menu, the Kelvin range is extended to 2500K Kelvin to 9900K daylight and a fourth channel is called Gel. The Gel channel includes Kino Flo presets such as blue & green screen, sodium vapor, mercury vapor as well as over 100 well-known lighting gels. The gel function can be applied to any Kelvin temperature and by pushing the control knob in/out, the gel will be applied or removed. A fifth channel called Hue Angle (Hue) and sixth channel Saturation (Sat) are also included in the gel menu. These two channels behave similar to a traditional color wheel, where white light is in the center and Hue Angle determines the color along a 360-degree range and Saturation determines how much color is applied. With the Hue Angle and Saturation it is possible to create over 2 million color combinations!
The RGB color menu gives individual control of red, green and blue LED’s. The RGB mode is a great way to work with apps with predetermined RGB presets or color wheels. RGB menu is also a great feature to dial in specific gel RGB values or when controlling colors from a DMX desk.
The FX (Effects) menu introduced on June 1, 2018 provides access to popular effects such as Candle, Fire, TV, Police, Lightning, Paparazzi, Pulse and Scroll. When on the desired effect, there are several pre-sets as well as control parameters that can be altered. For example, in the Lightning effect there is a “Storm” and “Frankenstein” preset, but it is possible to change Rate to provide additional variation.
True Match® Firmware 4.0 (Camera) update in September 2019 includes groundbreaking features: CIE xy, Camera Profiles LUTs and Color Space selection.
The CIE xy determines the color displayed by its X and Y space coordinates. For example, with a handheld color meter like the Sekonic
C-800, users can obtain a CIE xy reading from any light source and input the CIE xy coordinates into the Kino Flo LED fixture to match colors closely.
Camera Profiles LUTs available for the following cinema cameras and more to follow: Panavsion DXL, Sony Venice, Arri Alexa, Panasonic Varicam. Kino Flo’s True Match® firmware balances their LED lights to the cameras rather than the other way around. The Kino Flo designed tungsten and daylight LED emitters harmonize with the camera sensors even as the color temperature settings are adjusted.
The Color Space defines the RGB color space (white point and RGB primary colors) as a means of matching color points between manufacturing. Defining the color space takes the guesswork out of post-production workflow and color grading. Included in the firmware are: rec 709/sRGB, P3 D65, and rec 2020.
True Match® Firmware 5.0 (RDM) update in May 2021 includes RDM protocol, Crossfade, Expanded 16bit Options and Simplified Profiles.
Remote Device Management (RDM) is a protocol enhancement to USITT DMX512 that allows bi-directional communication between a lighting or system controller and attached RDM compliant devices over a standard DMX line. This protocol will allow configuration, status monitoring, and management of these devices in such a way that does not disturb the normal operation of standard DMX512 devices that do not recognize the RDM protocol.
Expanded 16bit Options – Standard 8bit personalities use one DMX slot per parameter. This allows for 256 (0 to 255) values per parameter. 16bit personalities use two DMX slots for parameters needing finer control. Using two DMX slots gives 65536 (0 to 65535) values per parameter.
The Crossfade feature allows users to select two different color points and crossfade between the two.
New Simplified Profiles allow minimum use of channels making it simpler to program
One of the design features that makes the fixture so popular is the twist-on removable Center Mount. When it’s on, the fixture mounts easily to a light stand; when it’s off, the fixture is flat and can be hand-held, or hidden in a space too small to place a stand-mounting fixture. When the mount is removed, the grommet holes along the edge of the fixture are designed to allow the fixture to be screwed to a wall or ceiling through its eyelets.
The standard mount comes with a KinoGrip Mount w/ 3/8″ Pin (MTP-KG41) that clips into a grip head. The ball and socket mount allows the fixture to be oriented in a broad range of angles.
There is also a Baby Receiver version and Baby Receiver Short (16mm) (see below) available as accessories. The yellow wire loops are there to provide attachment points for a safety chain.
Mounting options include MTP-BG41 Mount with Baby receiver (16mm); MTP-BG41S Mount with Baby Receiver Short (16mm).
Note: The lollipops on all of these mounts are interchangeable.
MTP-L Kino 41 Lollipop w/ 3/8” Pin
MTP-LBC Kino 41 Lollipop w/ Baby Receiver Curve (16mm)
MTP-LBS Kino 41 Lollipop w/ Baby Receiver Short (16mm)
Turn the knob to loosen or tighten the mount.
Mounting LED Tubes
FreeStyle LED Tubes can operate inside the fixture or independently with only the extension cable. The LED Tubes have an aluminum rail that can be used as an access point for mounting accessories:
MTP-F100 FreeStyle Tube Mount – Anchor
MTP-F101 FreeStyle Tube Mount – Baby Pin
MTP-F102 FreeStyle Tube Mount – Wall Plate
MTP-F103 FreeStyle Tube Mount – Hanging Kit 4pk (Wire not included)
MTP-F103W FreeStyle Tube Mount – Hanging Wire, 50ft
MTP-F105 FreeStyle Tube Mount – Combiner
MTP-F200 FreeStyle Tube Mount – Ball Mount w/ Anchor, Baby Receiver (16mm)
MTP-F201 FreeStyle Tube Mount – Floor Stand w/ Baby Pin (16mm)
Insert into T-slot. Insert wire all the way down. Pull up wire until it latches. Press down pin to release wire.
The FreeStyle Tube Mount Combiner (MTP-F105) can mount two LED tubes. Insert into T-slot and tighten thumbscrew.
Several Combiners can be combined for custom rigging applications.
The FreeStyle Tube Ball Mount MTP-F200 includes a baby receiver and works together with the FreeStyle Tube Floor Stand
MTP-F201 which includes a baby pin.
The FreeStyle Tube Ball Mount MTP-F200 can also be used in conjunction with a baby pipe clamp.
A Ballast Baby Mount (MTP-BAL1) is available as an accessory.
The MTP-BAL1 can be used with a Mafer clamp to mount the Controller onto a stand, for example.
The FreeStyle 120 LED DMX Controller can also be operated on 24VDC (input range 18-36VDC) through a 3-Pin xlr. The pin polarity is:
Pin # 1 – Ground
Pin # 2 – +18-36VDC
Pin # 3 – Not used
The KF21 battery can power 28.8V (20-34VDC) applications. Run time for the FreeStyle T41/T21 is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes at full brightness. When fixtures are dimmed, the battery will last longer.
Charge time is only 1.5 hours versus Lithium batteries that take approximately 4 hours to fully charge. Unlike lithium batteries,
the Kino Flo/BlockBattery is also travel friendly with no travel restrictions Battery Travel Documentation.
The Kino Flo/BlockBattery system includes a Mafer Mount, BAT-MM1, with 28.8V output with 3-Pin xlr, 3ft. The battery slides onto the mount and mounts onto a Mafer clamp.
The FreeStyle 120 LED DMX operates on three DMX channels (in White mode) using DMX512 (six DMX channels in Color mode).
The first channel operates dimming; the 2nd channel operates Kelvin color temperature control; the 3rd channel operates the Hue.
In Gels/Hue Color mode: 4th channel operates the Gel; 5th channel operates the Hue angle and the 6th channel operates the Saturation.
In RGB Color mode, 4th channel operates Red; 5th channel operates Green and the 6th channel operates Blue.
In CIE xy mode, first channel operates dimming; 2nd channel operates x; the 3rd channel operates y.
FX (Effects) mode, see DMX Personalities.
As of May 2021 True Match® Firmware 5.0 includes RDM Protocol, Expanded 16bit Options, Crossfade and Simplified Profiles.
For DMX Personalities, Click here.
The FreeStyle 120 LED DMX Controller includes a built-in Lumen Radio receiver and can be operated wirelessly with a Lumen Radio transmitter (sold separately). Wireless is an option to using DMX cables.
For more information on Lumen Radio Receiver/Transmitter, see www.LumenRadio.com.
The FreeStyle Extension Cable
Up to 50 feet (2 x 25ft) of extension cable can be used between the fixture and the Controller.
Honeycomb Louver – The spread of the light is controlled by means of a thin wall honeycomb louver. The advantage of these louver is the minimal loss of light.
The FreeStyle LED fixtures include a 90° louver (LVR-FT4190-P, LVR-FT2190-P).
It is lightweight and are held to the fixture with Velcro fasteners.
The fixture shipping cases are recommended for location transport in small vehicles or local production trucks. (KAS-FT54L, KAS-FT54S, KAS-FT23)
FreeStyle LED Advantages
The FreeStyle T41/T21 LED DMX operates on universal AC power or battery power and needs only 0.83A at 120VAC or 4.2A at 24VDC. The FreeStyle LED’s cost savings from low energy and long LED life continues Kino Flo’s reputation as an environmentally friendly lighting company.
LED’s are well known as being energy efficient, lasting for thousands of hours. While Kino Flo’s FreeStyle LED also has a long LED life, the FreeStyle LED’s unique design will maintain its color-correct color temperature.
As with all Kino Flo products, the FreeStyle LED has been specially formulated to match the spectral distribution curves of today’s HD film and video equipment. The FreeStyle LED has high color rendering. Even while dimming, the fixture is flicker-free and without color shift.
For Kino Flo, heat management is a critical design element of fixture design. The physical heat or buildup heat within the LED fixture will directly influence the color temperature, lumen performance and life of an LED.
The FreeStyle LED’s unique design operates coolly, consumes very low energy (0.83A, 120VAC) and is properly ventilated to maintain a stable color temperature.
A well maintained temperature extends the lumen maintenance, color temperature and life of an LED.
Cost savings cover a broad range of concerns:
- Lower energy costs
- Less heat so lower air conditioning expenses
With the push for reducing fossil fuel consumption, TV studios are looking at cooler more efficient lighting systems to reduce the costs and save energy. Part of this process involves generating energy values to determine savings. One of the most important values is Btu/kWh.
Any light generates a percentage of usable light and the rest in heat. For example, a standard incandescent light bulb converts only 11 percent of its electrical input into visible light, while the rest is dissipated directly as heat. There are energy costs involved in cooling the studio environment. The measure of Btu/kWh is a means of calculating the thermal loads related to operating lighting.
Use the following information to calculate Btu/kWh Watts to Btu:
1 kWh = 3413 Btu/Hr
1 Watt = 3.413 Btu/Hr
3.413 Btu per Watt-hour