Cineo HS2 – The Super Bright Anti-Flicker Phosphor Light Gets Better
Cineo Lighting has announced their next Remote Phosphor Technology lamp. The HS2 now features an inbuilt power supply with new DMX and remote controllable digital display.
The original TruColor HS caused a bit of splash on announcement; one of the few filmmaking companies to utilize remote phosphor technology. Check out the science of it here, in a nutshell an array of blue LEDs hit a layer of phosphor that produces light, changing the phosphor plate produces different kelvin temperatures.
The result is a light that produces very high luminance at reduced draw and heat compared to other lighting formats, not to mention very accurate colour rendition with exceptional CRI throughout the range.
The Cineo HS2 features a new power supply, physically smaller in size that now fits on the back of the lighting unit. The old system was a separate unit much the same as a ballast is to a HMI.
Inclusive of the power unit is a new digital display controller:
“The RDM450 is smaller and lighter weight than the legacy DTZ450 power supply and features completely re-designed electronics for improved reliability. Other new features include digital display and control, remote programming via RDM, both, and fine dimming, smooth dimming and strobe capability. The RDM450 can be attached directly to the HS2 head for one-piece operation or operated remotely up to 300 feet from the fixture.”
The HS2 is a very well built one-piece fixture, featuring 80/20 mounting slots on the sides for easy mounting to the yoke and other accessories. It has a new and improved hinged top to access the phosphor panels for quick one-handed switch outs. The size, weight, and output are identical to the legacy HS fixture.
The Cineo HS developed an industry nickname of the ‘Holy S**t’ due to its fantastic brightness output to power draw. Having used one on set in the past I can say they’re an impressive fixture, absolutely no flicker at high frame rates and 500W bares no correspondence to its output when comparing to a tungsten or HMI fixture.
The HS2 builds on this success making the overall package more refined and easier to use; a self-contained lamp and power supply will much improve its function on set.
Here’s a video from NAB 2015, showing the brightness of the Cineo lights: