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Kino Flo Diva-Lite 401 Fixture

MFR Part #: DIV-401-120
Samy's Part #: S-006203
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The portable Kino Flo Diva-Lite 401 Fixture has become the industry's most popular professional cool lighting fixtures for film and video location work. Kino Flo's trademark modular fixture Diva-Lite 401 gets refreshed with full-range dimming, switching and remote control features. It is available in 120VAC only. The updated Diva-Lite 401 will replace the Diva-Lite 415 Universal discontinued as of July 2017. The portable, versatile Diva-Lite runs cool, flicker-free and energy efficient at only 2.16A /120VAC. Diva-Lites can go from nighttime to daytime interiors by switching True Match® tungsten for daylight quality lamps making it the perfect lighting tool for interview set ups, news or commercial video production. The Diva-Lite 401 is a soft light source ideally suited for Television or Film documentary shooting styles. The units provide a broad, soft and diffused light. As a cosmetic light source they are ideal for news presenters reporting from locations around the world. Their compact size and rugged lightweight nature make them well suited for travel. The Diva-Lite puts out a broad soft wash of light. The drop off is like the light off of a bounce card. For this reason it is most effective in close proximity to the subject. By being close, the light is softer and easily controlled with the built-in barndoors and detachable louvers. This instrument is proving to be very popular for interviews. It is small enough to travel easily. It is light enough to rig onto lighting stands or onto grip arms. An interview can be done with as little as a single Diva-Lite 401 and a bounce card.

Diva-Lites operate on Kino Flo True Match 55W compact fluorescent lamps. Daylight balanced (KF55) and tungsten balanced (KF32) lamps are available. Light level control is established through an onboard dimmer as well as by 4 and 2 lamp switching. An in-line power switch controls the power. Louvers provide control over the spread of the light. The ballast is designed to provide flicker-free operation under extreme conditions. It is equipped with a voltage controlled input stage. This stage regulates the voltage coming into the ballast and smoothes out any minor or major voltage fluctuations that would otherwise cause a lamp to flicker or vary in light output. This is especially important for location shooting applications where the quality of the electricity is unpredictable. The Diva-Lites have been used in very trying circumstances from war torn countries to remote locations where power is very often a small-unregulated generator. The Diva-Lites feature a built-in dimmer control. Lamps can dim from 100% down to 5%. However, it is not recommended that the dimmer be used to adjust exposure levels beyond one f-stop down. As the lamp cools, the color may drift into the magenta spectrum. Under certain conditions this phenomenon may have a positive cosmetic effect; much like using cosmetic gel that is magenta in appearance.

To adjust for lower light levels, the Diva-Lite 401 is equipped with a select switch to control 4 Lamp or 2 Lamp operation. Switching off a set of lamps reduces the light by one f-stop. The Diva-Lites come with a 15ft power cord to accomodate putting the unit on a light stand. An in-line power switch located on the power cord controls the power. The ball and socket mount is a Kino Flo standard. It allows unlimited fixture orientation and keeps the fixture lightweight. The fixture can operate in either a horizontal or vertical position. It is easily rigged on the end of a grip arm to allow positioning off camera as a backlight for interviews. The Center Mount has a ball and socket design with a lock down handle. To orient the fixture, release the handle, position the fixture, then lock down the handle. At the other end of the Center Mount is a baby receiver (16mm) that can go directly onto a light stand. Diva-Lites operate on 55W twin tube compact fluorescents. Kino Flo's True Match® KF55 and KF32 are designed for daylight and tungsten respectively. In 1995 Kino Flo received a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in part for the development of its color-correct line of fluorescent lamps. The True Match lamps allow the KF32 to mix seamlessly with regular studio quartz hard lights. The KF55 mixes seamlessly with natural daylight or HMI's. Like other lamps in the True Match family, the 55W Compact's color (CRI 95) is formulated by Kino Flo to match the spectral sensitivity curves of HD and digital film imaging equipment. With its proprietary chemistry, the True Match® lamps in a Kino Flo fixture display a unique quality of soft light. The smooth beam gradient responds especially well to the new generation of HD cameras on the set and works side by side with traditional tungsten sources without corrective filtration. The 420nm blue and 550nm green lamps are also available for lighting blue and green screens. The narrow band lamps provide an efficient light source for special effects compositing.

  • Energy Efficiency: The Diva-Lite is an efficient soft light compared to conventional studio fixtures. The Diva-Lite 401 is brighter than a 1K studio tungsten softlight, yet draws only 2.16 amps at 120VAC compared to 8 amps on the tungsten softlight. This is especially important when shooting on location and power availability is an issue. The low power draw is also an advantage when operating on battery inverter power sources. On the HMI side, the Diva-Lite 401 would be approximate to a 400Watt with a soft Dome.
  • Long Lamp Life: Lamp life of a compact fluorescent for the television and motion picture industry is determined more by its lumen maintenance than by its actual burn time. All fluorescent lamps display a lumen depreciation curve. This means that over time the light output gradually drops and lowers in color temperature. A lamp may be rated at 10,000 to 20,000 hours, but its useful light quality is shorter. It is realistically more in the 2,000 to 2,500 hour range. All fluorescent lamps require some "burn in" time before they operate at their rated Kelvin temperature and brightness. For dimming products, the lamps perform best after 100 hours of operation. Due to portable nature of the Diva-Lites, the lamps can be damaged from handling and transport before "burning-out".
  • True Match Color-Correct Lamps: True Match lamps are formulated to correspond to the spectral distribution curves of film and video cameras as well as look correct to the eye. They are designed to match the colors from quartz units or daylight sources such as HMI's. This gives the camera operator the option of mixing quartz hard light sources with fluorescent soft sources. Most lighting designers want the ability to use both qualities of light to enhance the set
  • Heat Management Design: For Kino Flo, heat management is a critical design element of fixture design. The physical heat of the lamp directly influences color temperature and lumen performance and lamp life. In order to maintain a stable color performance the lamp requires a cool spot at the tip of the lamp, a horizontal orientation, or a vertical orientation where the base of the lamp is above the lamp tip. The Diva-Lite design addresses these requirements lamps are correctly spaced to maximize light output and minimize heat. The reflector is vented in the back to increase airflow. The ends are open to minimize heat buildup. The power cord is oriented in such a manner that the lamp tips will naturally be in down position when fixture is operated vertically. A well maintained lamp temperature extends the lumen maintenance, color temperature and life of a lamp.
  • Center Mount: The Center Mount is more flexible than a conventional yoke. A yoke limits orientation on two axes, tilt and pan. The ball center mount design enables the beam to be oriented at any angle. This allows the beam to be rotated and have the same effect as rotating a barndoor on a Fresnel

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Continuous Lighting Information
Input Voltage 120VAC 50/60Hz
Ballast For Fluorescent Built-in
Weight 13 lb (5.9 kg)
Dimensions 26 x 12 x 6" w/6" barndoors (66 x 30.5 x 15 cm w/15 cm doors)
Amps 2 amps
Lamps 4 x 55W CFL
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