Mole Richardson and OSRAM officially launched MoleLED™, the first true film-friendly LED solution, at LDI. The fixture comprises a fixture designed by Mole Richardson with advanced remote phosphor LED technology from OSRAM.
“Never before has a LED been available to the entertainment industry that is truly film-friendly,” says Mike Parker, chief executive officer for Mole Richardson. “Unlike existing LED fixtures, the MoleLED blends these multiple sources into one, soft, single light source. This single source approach renders the light more attractive to the talent and more familiar to the technicians.”
Touting 3200°K and 5600°K film-friendly color, the 50W fixture can replace standard light source fixtures and is an alternative for fluorescent solutions up to 110W, or tungsten solutions up to 300W. As a result of the LED technology, the fixture has an over 25,000 hour rated-life and will operate on everything from a 12V car battery, 14.4V Anton Bauer, or IDX V-mount battery, to a 24V camera battery or any DC sources up to 50V. It has local and remote DMX dimming and can dim down to 10% without any shift in color temperature.
Built rugged, with low-profile and mobile features, the fixture is suitable for all set-lighting needs. With multiple rigging points and mounting options, Mole Richardson offers a wide range of standard accessories for the unit, such as barn doors, louvers, and gel frames.
Powered by modules from the OSRAM KREIOS® LED family, the fixture consists of 12 OSRAM KREIOS® LED metal core circuit boards, each with 20 high-output blue LEDs topped with a remote phosphor dome, for a total of 240 individual sources. The phosphor domes are an OSRAM proprietary design, which are blue light activated to produce light in two exact color temperatures, tungsten and daylight.
This is the first introduction of the OSRAM KREIOS T and KREIOS D “remote phosphor technology” for soft lighting. Remote phosphor technology offers a single semiconductor system leading to consistent temperature behavior and allows the module to achieve a greater than 90 CRI. Spectral characteristics are simple to adjust with remote phosphors. Additionally, the technology ensures light and color output stability over time. KREIOS offers color-changing capabilities with high luminous efficacy.
“Remote phosphor technology allows the MoleLED fixture to provide tungsten and daylight white light that parallels both the spectral sensitivity curves of film and the visible spectrum, or what the eye sees,” saysLeslie Trudeau, OSRAM SYLVANIA NAFTA business unit manager for entertainment. “This is one of the many benefits over LED mixing.”
With the help of Kodak, Panavision, Technicolor, and Shelly Johnson ASC, multiple film tests were shot with the MoleLED in order to verify the color viewed on set would translate to the color viewed in film dailies. This attention to detail and strict testing has proven the MoleLED will mix seamlessly with any existing tungsten halogen light source, natural daylight, or any daylight balanced light source.