An interview from the 2017 Cine Gear Expo at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles with Peter Plesner of BB&S Lighting. BB&S is a leading LED lighting manufacturer and product development company in the entertainment lighting industry. The Copenhagen based company specifies, develops, produces and markets high-end LED lighting for video, television broadcast studios, motion picture, live performance, harnessing technical and design skills to deliver innovative, high quality and cost-effective products BBS is the pioneering developer of the remote phosphor Area 48 LED light. In this interview Peter talks with us about a wide range of new products, like the new Pipeline 1' 4-Bank and the Pipeline 2’ 2-Bank Remote phosphor LED.
BB&S introduced the Pipeline 2’ 2-Bank remote phosphor LED light. This small footprint fixture is powerful and controllable, so it’s a good fit for broadcast studios, remote production, and cine work alike.
Despite its small form-factor, the Pipeline 2’ 2-Bank provides high light output, low power draw, and extremely accurate color 98 TLCI accuracy. Available in 3200°K, 4300°K and 5600°K versions, each infinitely smooth-dimmable with no color shift or flicker.
Compactly designed, the 2’ 2-Bank fixture weighs 3 pounds and measures 24”L x 4” high x 1.5” deep. In the field it travels lightly as a single unit and fits in a small case. In studio it can be mounted flush against a wall or ceiling, or hung with a variety of optional hardware accessories. It is a real problem-solver in small studio spaces.
Unlike standard LED fixtures BB&S instead employs remote phosphor technology, which separates the LEDs from the color generating phosphor coating, enabling more vivid color generation, 98 TLCI, and avoids color degradation over the long term. Within each Bank are two, 1-inch cylindrical Pipes each with a solid aluminum back channel that makes them extremely rugged.
The 2’ 2-Bank draws just 40W at the 100% end of its dimming range, outputting a maximum of 4000 lumens. This allows up to a dozen 2-Banks to be plugged into the same 15W wall outlet. For field production, commonly available professional 14.4V camera battery packs can also be utilized, with the optional driver dimmer pack, eliminating the need for AC outlets.
Part of the Pipeline Raw family, the 2’ 2-Bank are driver/dimmer agnostic, ready to be set up as the user prefers. A short cable with a 3-pin XLR connector on the fixture allows a single controller or BB&S’ 48V 4-way Controller with DMX, to control up to four of the 2-Banks. This 48V solution provides smooth dimming all the way to zero (even in the last 5%). Users can supply their own LED driver/dimmers with optional DMX packages. Optional 8’, 16’ and 24’ extension cables can be used with no power loss.
The Force V+ LED engine is designed to be used with the same standard ellipsoidal projection lens attachments that the more power-hungry tungsten ellipsoidal lights use. This allows you to switch to from tungsten to LED without buying new projection lenses and other light-shaping equipment.
Switching to LED brings a host of benefits that users have become used to expecting. Cool running thanks to the heat sink and thermo-activated fan not only results in extend lamp and gel filter life, but LEDs require less air-conditioning in the studio, ensuring a quick return on investment and the comfort of the talent. Also, the low power draw of LED lights allows you to daisy chain control and power of up to ten units via the light fixture's built-in 5-Pin DMX512 and powerCON inputs and outputs.
The 4-Way Controller from BBS Lighting features both manual and DMX modes, allowing you to run your setup of up to four 1, 2, 3, or 4' remote phosphor LED Raw Pipes via its on-board control panel or from your console. The controller switches to DMX mode automatically as soon as it detects an incoming DMX signal.
For more information please visit: www.BBSLighting.com