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Kino Flo’s new FreeStyle 31 & 21 LED unleashes your creative side
By using a newly designed quick-release system to remove the LED panel from the plastic housing.
The smaller form factor and lightweight LED panel combined with four corner bumpers add further rigging versatility. The LED panel also includes an additional mating plate so it can still be mounted on a stand.
Kino Flo’s new FreeStyle 31 & 21 LED’s include three menu options, one white and two color menus. Those who prefer to work with white light can use the "white menu" that gives the user access to Dimming, Kelvin and Green/Magenta control channels. Kelvin range is from 2700K tungsten to 6500K daylight.
- Kelvin presets
- Dial-in color temperature control between 2700K-6500K
- Extended color palette from 2500K-9900K
- Green/Magenta Control
- Hue angle and Saturation adjustments
- RGB control
- 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
In the color menu, the Kelvin range travels from 2500K tungsten to 9900K daylight, and Kino Flo has set up a fourth channel called Gel. The Gel channel includes Kino Flo presets such as blue & green screen, sodium vapor, mercury vapor and over
100 well-known lighting gels. In addition, there is also a fifth channel called Hue Angle and sixth channel, Saturation. These two channels behave similar to a traditional color wheel, where you have white light in the center, and the Hue angle determines the color along a 360-degree range, and Saturation determines how much color is applied. The second color menu provides individual red, green, blue (RGB) control. The RGB menu is a great way to work with apps with predetermined RGB presets or color wheels.
Kino Flo's new FreeStyle LED’s also come with standard DMX and wireless DMX (Lumen Radio®), 24VDC input, and universal voltage input 100-240VAC (1.3 Amps at 120U). We also recently added new SnapBag Softbox and SnapGrid accessories.
LED Controller - White Mode
- Kelvin presets & custom settings, 2700K-6500K
- Universal input 100VAC-240VAC or 24VDC
- Manual & DMX Dimming w/ Auto Terminate
- DMX wireless (Lumen Radio)
- Green/Magenta control
- Flicker-free, dead quiet operation
Gels/Hue Color Mode
In addition to White mode features, Gels/Hue Color mode includes access to:
- Extended Kelvin color range 2500K-9900K
- Kino Flo presets and Gels
- Dial in any color through Hue Angle and Saturation control
RGB Color Mode
Additional RGB Color mode includes:
- Individual Red, Green, Blue (RGB) control
- Works with Apps with predetermined RGB presets or color wheels
- Color-correct with high color rendering index (CRI 95)
- Universal input 100VAC-240VAC or 24VDC
- Energy efficient, draws 1.3A, 120VAC and 7.0A, 24VDC (FreeStyle 31)
- Flicker-free, dead quiet operation
- Full range onboard and DMX dimming
- DMX wireless link (Lumen Radio®)
- DMX Auto Terminate
- Remote fixture with built-in barndoors
- Removable LED panel with center mount and molded corner mounts
- Fixture includes removable 90° Honeycomb Louver
- Honeycomb louver also available in 60° as accessory
- Removable Center Mount
- KinoGrip Center Mount
- Lightweight, slim profile
- Mounts to stand, light enough to be hand-held
- Controller mounts onto fixture or operates remotely with extension cable
FreeStyle LED System
The FreeStyle LED System consists of four components: FreeStyle LED Fixture (fig. 1), Mounting Plate (fig. 2), Select 150 LED DMX Controller (fig.3), and Extension Cable (fig.4). It was designed in this manner to allow the greatest flexibility in lighting solutions for challenging situations.
The FreeStyle LED Fixture includes built-in barndoors and is comprised of a removable LED panel and Louver. The Louver is held in place with Velcro fasteners. The LED panel can be removed from the fixture housing by pressing the locking pin and turning the thumbscrew. The fixture has a twist-on mating plate to accept a twist-on mount. The LED panel also has a twist-on mating plate to accept a removable twist-on mount and has molded corners for additional rigging options. The remote Controller can also be attached to the back of the fixture with Velcro or operate remotely with an extension cable.
One of the design features of the FreeStyle LED Fixture 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 onto a wall or ceiling through its eyelets.
The FreeStyle removable LED panel also has its own mating plate to accept the twist-on mount plate. The LED panel can be hand-held with the KinoGrip mount and also has molded corners as rigging points for rope hanging, for example.
The standard mount comes with a KinoGrip Mount w/ Baby Receiver (MTP-BG41) that mounts onto a baby stand. The ball and socket mount allows the fixture to be oriented in a broad range of angles. With the KinoGrip, the lightweight fixture or removable LED panel can be hand-held.
There is also a short version and mount w/ 3/8" pin (see below) available as accessories. The yellow wire loops are there to provide attachment points for a safety chain.
The Select 150 LED DMX Controller
The Select 150 LED DMX Controller includes includes state of the art features; dial-in variable color temperature control; full-range dimming; programmable presets; three menu options, one white and two color menus. The “white menu” gives the user access to Dimming, Kelvin, and Green/Magenta control channels. Kelvin range is from 2700K to 5500K.
In the first color menu, the Kelvin range travels from 2500K tungsten to 9900K daylight, and Kino Flo has set up a fourth channel called Gel. The Gel channel includes Kino Flo presets such as blue & green screen, sodium vapor, mercury vapor and over 100 well-known lighting gels. In addition, there is also a fifth channel called Hue Angle and sixth channel, Saturation. These two channels behave similar to a traditional color wheel, where you have white light in the center, the Hue angle determines the color along a 360-degree range, and Saturation determines how much color is applied. The second color menu provides individual red, green, blue (RGB) control. This menu is a great way to work with Apps with predetermined RGB presets or color wheels.
It operates flicker-free and does not shift color temperature when dimmed. Light levels are consistent throughout the Kelvin range. The controller can be used remotely with a 25ft extension cable or can easily be attached to the back of the FreeStyle LED fixture with Velcro.
With built-in DMX and Lumen Radio® receivers, the Select LED’s can be controlled by DMX or DMX wireless with DMX auto terminate. The energy efficient Select LED 150 DMX Controller runs on universal input voltage from 100-240VAC at only 1.3A (120VAC) (FreeStyle 31) or can also operate 24VDC using only 7A.
FreeStyle LED DMX 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. Tip: While on control screen, press and hold for 3 seconds to switch through menus (White, Gels & Hue, RGB).
C) Kelvin & G/M (Green/Magenta) 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 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. Tip: Long press will bring you back one step.
G) Data Port: Mini B USB for software updates.
H) Dimmer Knob: Manually adjusts Dim, Kelvin, G/M levels and DMX address. Press the knob to toggle between fine and coarse adjustments or when selecting options within menus.
DMX Note: Each FreeStyle LED has an “AUTO TERMINATE” feature. The last fixture that does not have an XLR cable attached to the DMX “Out” port will automatically terminate.
Select 150 LED DMX Controller - Gels/Hue Color Mode
In addition to White mode features, Color Mode provides access to Kino Flo presets and Gels, Hue angle and Saturation adjustments.
Select 150 LED DMX Controller - RGB Color Mode
RGB color mode includes access to individual Red, Green, Blue (RGB) control. Works with Apps with predetermined RGB presets or color wheels.
- The Select 150 LED DMX Controller is powered AC and includes an IEC connection.
- The controller includes universal input from 100-240VAC.
The Select 150 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 21/31 LED 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. BlockBattery 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 Select 150 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.
The Select 150 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.
Besides the plastic louvers, another light control option is a Flozier available in half f-stop. The Flozier attaches to the barndoors and can be adjusted to various configurations.
FreeStyle LED Advantages
Energy EfficiencyThe FreeStyle LED DMX operates on universal AC power or battery power and needs only 1.3A at 120VAC or 7A at 24VDC (FreeStyle 31 LED). The FreeStyle LED’s cost savings from low energy and long LED life continues Kino Flo’s reputation as an environmentally friendly lighting company.
Modular DesignThe FreeStyle LED fixture’s lightweight modular design includes built-in barndoors, a removable LED panel and a removable louver. The Louver is held in place with Velcro and can give direction to the light or be removed to give broad coverage over an area. The twist-on removable center mount can mount the fixture easily to a stand. When the mount is removed, the fixture is flat and can be hand-held or screwed to the wall or ceiling through its eyelets. The removable LED panel also has a twist-on mating plate to accept the twist-on mount. The four molded corners offer additional rigging points for rope hanging, for example. With the removable KinoGrip mount, the fixture or LED panel can be hand-held. The Select 150 LED DMX Controller can also be strapped to the back of the fixture with Velcro or used remotely with an extension cable.
High Output Select LED ControllerThe Select 150 LED DMX Controller features state of the art electronics with presets and custom settings with three menu options, one white menu and two color menus. In white mode, users have access to Dimming, Kelvin and Green/Magenta control channels. Kelvin range is from 2700K tungsten to 6500K daylight. Light levels do not change when selecting Kelvin settings. In the first color menu, the Kelvin range travels from 2500K tungsten to 9900K daylight, and Kino Flo has set up a fourth channel called Gel. The Gel channel includes Kino Flo presets such as blue & green screen, sodium vapor, mercury vapor and over 100 well-known lighting gels. In addition, there is also a fifth channel called Hue Angle and sixth channel, Saturation. The second color menu provides individual red, green, blue (RGB) control. This menu is a great way to work with apps with predetermined RGB presets or color wheels. With built-in DMX and Lumen Radio® receivers, the Select LED’s can be controlled by DMX or DMX wireless. With universal input at 100-240VAC, theFreeStyle 31 LED uses only 1.3A at 120VAC or 7A at 24VDC. The unique features and portable design make the Select LED Controller a versatile tool in the studio or on location.
Long LED LifeLED’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.
True Match® Color-CorrectAs 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 a high color rendering index of CRI 95. Even while dimming, the fixture is flicker-free and without color shift.
Heat Management DesignFor 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 (1.3A, 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
Energy Savings CalculationsWith 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.
British Thermal Units per Kilowatt HourAny 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
FreeStyle 21 LED Fixture (Univ 120U)
Extension Cable 150 (25')
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