Kino Flo Lighting Systems

Image L40 for Blue & Green Screen

Kino Flo Lighting Systems’ renowned Image 40 fixture series served for decades as the leading soft source for cinema, television and video production studios. Its success serves as the foundation for the new Image L40 LED fixture, a narrow profile, shallow depth panel exquisitely suited to lighting small to medium-size greenscreen stages, as well as talent lighting on television news and video broadcast sets. Kino Flo’s Image L40 LED has already made its mark as a value priced studio light that packs a 1K equivalent output and comes complete with Kino Flo’s True Match® firmware to control superior high color rendering white light and a full hue and saturation gamut.

The versatile Image L40 has proven ideal for grid installations with variable beam pitch control to ensure an even flow of illumination from the top of a set wall (as high as 20 feet/7 meters) all the way out to stage forward. The beam spread from downfacing fixtures can produce a wide soft base in studio spaces too small for traditional spacelight designs. The Image L40 comes with manual and remote DMX wireless control of the mired shift, color selection, dimming and visual effects features unique to Kino Flo lighting products. Its photometric and control specifications are available for free download to pre-visual studio design programs and lighting console profiles.

Image L40 LED DMX Fixture

Image L40 LED DMX Fixture

Gel Frame

Silver Louver *

CardHolder (x4)

*    To eliminate multiple shadows, the Silver Louver should only be used in combination with white diffusion.

  • 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
  • Energy efficient, draws 2A, 120VAC
  • Flicker-free, quiet operation
  • Full range onboard and DMX dimming
  • DMX wireless link (Lumen Radio®)
  • DMX Auto Terminate
  • Metal Alloy fixture includes removable Gel Frame, Louver and cardholders
  • Slim profile
  • Mounts to stand or can hang easily from a grid
  • Traditional Yoke Mount with two position setting, Pole-Op

If you are interested in upgrading your Image 40/45/47 fixtures to LED’s, Kino Flo has made Upgrade kits available to convert fluorescent Image fixtures to LED fixtures with the latest True Match® LED technology that comes standard with the company’s Celeb, FreeStyle and Diva-Lite LED lights.


L40U   Image L40 LED DMX Upgrade Assembly, Univ

L40T   Image L40 LED Upgrade Drill Template

Image L40 LED DMX Control Panel

The 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

Image L40 LED DMX Fixture Styles

Yoke Mount

Pole-Op

The Image L40 LED DMX fixture styles available include: Yoke Mount and Pole-Op.  The slim design is only 6.5” in depth and is comprised of a rugged metal alloyed fixture with built-in electronics.  The fixtures include a gel frame, louver and 4 cardholders.

The Yoke Mount

MTP-I40

MTP-I80

The Junior Pin Assembly for yoke (MTP-I80), can be used on the Image L40 LED Yoke Mount to mate to a junior receiver (28mm).
The Baby Receiver Assembly for Yoke (MTP-I40) can also be used in conjuction with baby pin (16mm). Both assemblies are sold separately.

The Pole-Op

Image w/ Pole-Op

Pole-Op

Jr. Pin (Included)

The Pole-Op Yoke allows the Image L40 to be hung from a pipe grid and adjusted from the ground using a long pole.
The fixture includes a yoke with an attached junior pin.

The blue cup alters the Pan (left or right) and the white cup alters the Tilt (up or down).

Power

The Image L40 LED is powered AC and includes an IEC connection. A locking power cord is included with the fixture.

The fixture has a built-in power supply with universal input from 100-240VAC.

DMX Operation

The Image L40 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.

Wireless Operation

The Image L40 LED DMX 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.

Light Control

Gel Frame

The gel frame is secured to the fixture by
4 spring-loaded pins. Align the pins with the oval receptacle holes on the edge of the fixture.

Applying Gel to Frame

The Gel Frame comes with Gel Clips. Cut the gel or diffusion to size and use the Clips to fasten the gel to the Frame.

Louver

Place the long edge of the Louver into the lower channel containing a set of leaf springs. Press down on the Louver and
slip the upper edge of the Louver into the upper channel of the fixture.

Note: To eliminate multiple shadows, the Silver Louver should only be used in combination with white diffusion.

Barndoors

Barndoors are sold as accessories in sets of four (BRD-I40). The Barndoors are designed so that they can be individually mounted.

Cardholders

Four cardholders are included with the Image L40 LED. If a larger cutter is needed to control the light, foam core can be used and simply clipped to the cardholders.

 

Cases

The metal valence ship case is recommended for transport by sea or air. 

The Yoke ship case (KAS-I40-1) holds one Image L40 Yoke mount fixture and one additional louver.

Image L40 LED DMX Advantages

The Image L40 LED DMX operates on universal AC power and needs only 2A (120VAC) to produce more lumens than a 1k tungsten softlight.  The Images cost savings from low energy and long lamp life continues Kino Flo’s reputation as an environmentally friendly lighting company.

Rated lifetime is up to 50,000 hours.  With its long LED life, the Image LED’s unique design maintains its color-correct color temperature.

As with all Kino Flo products, the Image L40 LED has been specially formulated to match the spectral distribution curves of today’s HD film and video equipment.  The Image L40 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 the LED. 

The Image L40’s unique design operates coolly, consumes very low energy (2A, 120VAC) and is properly ventilated to maintain a stable color temperature.

A well maintained temperature extends the lumen maintenance, color temperature and life of the 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