Van Nuys, California: November 5, 2012 – Pioneering LED lighting designer and manufacturer, Litepanels®, announces that a fourth Quincy Newspapers television station, WGEM-TV in Quincy, IL, has converted its studios to Litepanels LED lighting fixtures.
“Flesh tones really pop. We’re very happy with how it looks on the air. At the end of the day, that’s the most important thing,” said Brady Dreasler, Quincy Newspapers’ Director of Capital, Facilities and Engineering.
He added that WGEM’s news anchors have also seen a difference. “They know they look better because of the HD cameras and the lighting, and they’re happy with it.”
Dreasler noted that the cool operation of the Litepanels LED fixtures brought an added benefit to the talent. “Now they’re OK wearing a jacket in the summer time.” Previously, at each of the four stations that have undergone a Litepanels conversion, “we were running full air conditioning at all these places, even when it was 20 degrees below zero outdoors.”
In fact, the Litepanels fixtures add so little heat to the equation that at KTTC-TV, Quincy’s Rochester, MN station, engineers have installed small heaters under the anchor desk for those coldest of the cold days during the region’s brutal winters.
With well over a year’s experience with Litepanels at KTTC, Dreasler said the considerable energy savings, plus a healthy rebate from the local electrical power utility, has put them on track for a 3-year payback on their Litepanels investment.
Lighting designer Steve Mulkey of Redwood Media Group, who lit WGEM’s news set, relied primarily on Litepanels’ Sola 4™ daylight balance LED Fresnel fixtures, which combine the advantages of LED technology with the classic Fresnel fixture design. He also incorporated daylight balance Litepanels 1×1™ Flood and 1×1 Spot fixtures in the studio, and used Litepanels Sola ENG™ daylight Fresnel fixtures in the newsroom.
In addition to WGEM and KTTC, Quincy has done Litepanels conversions at WVVA-TV in Bluefield, WV, and WSJV-TV in Elkhart, IN.
Litepanels was founded in 2001 by 5 professional gaffers and engineers who saw the future and pioneered LED (light emitting diode) lighting for motion pictures, television and the audio-visual industry. Their Emmy® award-winning technology has now been used on thousands of productions worldwide and is trusted by the world’s leading broadcast organizations.
Backed by the Vitec Group’s legacy of 100+ years in the broadcast and production industry, Litepanels continues to expand its suite of flicker free, color accurate, fully-dimmable soft lights that talent and Lighting Directors admire. These environmentally friendly fixtures practically pay for themselves with power savings and long life, setting a new standard in professional lighting. Along with other leading brands in the broadcast and professional videographer industry, Litepanels is part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company. For more information on Litepanels, visit www.litepanels.com
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