Inteca Butterfly – A Giant Flexible LED Softlight

German electronics company Inteca introduced its flexible LED panels during this year’s IBC show in Amsterdam. The Inteca Butterfly LedZ is a bi-color 4×4′ flexible LED Softlight with an output of up to 400W and a variety of accessories.

The new Inteca Butterfly LedZ LED panel has the shape of a textile matrix and comes in white or black colour. It is particularly suitable for mobile applications thanks to its thin and lightweight design. The panels can be mounted in standard 4×4′ Avenger frames with Velcro straps, eyelets or with ropes, or even in larger 4×6′ or 8×8′ frames, but also wherever there is space thanks to its flexibility. The net can be rolled up or folded for easy transportation.

The high-quality LED modules used for the light panels offer:

  • Variable color temperature (2700K – 6500K)
  • Flicker-free up to 1500 fps
  • Color Rendering Index (CRI)> 95
  • Dimmability 0-100%

Flexible LED Softlight

Inteca offers a variety of controllers for their new flexible LED panel. The LCM205 controller with V-mount battery slot, for instance, is a simple controller which however only offers a maximum output power of 100W. Alternatively, the ILC300 controller features a touchscreen to control all parameters of the panel and allows the programming of various lighting effects and moods. It has three separately controllable output channels, each with a maximum of 100W for a total of 300W.

Inteca Butterfly LedZ

Inteca Butterfly LedZ accessories

This flexible LED softlight comes in two versions. The first is the Inteca Butterfly LedZ 81 with 81 LED modules and a total maximum output power of 250W. The second is the Inteca Butterfly LedZ 100, with 100 LED modules and a maximum output power of 300W.

Both versions can be easily combined by stretching 81 model over 100 model, requiring two ILC300 controllers to achieve approximately 550W of power on the same 4×4′ surface. Another option is to attach two 100 nets slightly offset one above the other, achieving a maximum output of 600W on just a slightly larger surface area.

Inteca Butterfly LedZ – Tech Specs

Processor: TLMP (The Light Management Processor)
CRI: 95,9 / R9: 93,2
Illuminace intensity: LedZ 100 – 7000 Lux at 1m Distance, LedZ 81 – 6000 Lux at 1m Distance
Brightness: Dimmable 0 – 100%
Color temp.: 2700K – 6500K
Circuit points: BScab
Dimensions: Length 1200mm x Width 1200mm /4×4 feet
Weight: 2100 g
Energy supply: Atop Controller (ILC300, LCM205)
Ambient temperature: Max. 40°C
Surface temp.: Max. 60°C
Energy cons.: Max. 300 Watt at 100%
Mounting At 4×4′ Frame, Velcro Strips, Cord, Tension Belt, and more
Service: Atop Controller (ILC300, LCM205, DMX205)
Accessories: Battery Controller, Cables, Diffusion, Outdoorcase, Dop Choice Snapgrid 4×4′, Spacer

Pricing for a whole kit including a light, grid box and controller is €5,800.

Have you ever used any flexible LED panels? Do you like using them or do you preffer classic, solid LED panels? Let us know in the comments.

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Flickering at 2:21 ,==> very clearly flickering actually
….. whats the CRI ?
….. material worth: max 200.- Euros…..
….. I bought LED’s that output each meter 1100 lumens (approximately. 100 watts bulb light), filling a square like this would output easily 10’000 Lumens at a CRI of 95 . Thats about 1 kw or 1000 Watts of bulb light,
and yes , did i mention : pluggable straight to 220V , this means no 5 kg transformer unit needed.
Yes kelvin 4000-6500 changeable.

 Guy Welch
Guy Welch

Hey Jakub,
I don’t mean to nit-pick, but I think you mean Feet (‘) not inches (“), right?

 Gleb Volkov

The idea is very nice, the product is useful, and pricing is insane, of course.
I really can’t see how they’re charging more than the price of a SkyPanel S60 for a piece of cloth with some LEDs, something that can be DIY-ed pretty closely in a garage by most proper gaffers for 1/10 of the cost.


0,96 Euros (1 US $) 200LM mini panels…. :

And there are thousands of these on alibaba, all one needs to do is ask for changeable kelvin, as keywords , LED panels as keywords, High Lumen as keywords on the search engine google or straight to .
in the communication with the manufacturer ask for flicker free .

One ends up with 20×20 panels = 400 Panels… on alibaba one can get them for 20 cents if purchased in higher quantitates . ending eventually at only 200$ for 400 mini panels …thats 400x 200 lumens= 80’000Lumens=800watts bulb light equiv., You could hire a dressmaker for 200$ to sow it together and you will have actually flicker free units, that are flicker free for real, for these here are not, see video at 2:21. one will end up with a much higher lumens output as well.

i wonder sometimes when people come up with great ideas, why in the world they are such horrible businessmen and why they are so greedy, and why they assume it is not common knowledge to find these things for standard pricings through google . If they were to have priced it at 300 euros , they would sell like Hot dogs on Fifth avenue in New York on a sunny busy day !

Even at their ridiculously low output of 300 watts bulb light equivalent, these Photography flash light soft boxes they put their clothes in, have 500 -1000 Watts Halogen Pilot lights already, which has a full spectrum and a almost perfect CRI value of almost 100. And LED do NEVER have a full spectrum of all wavelength colors needed.

 Holger Jungnickel

Had the pleassure of working with their products and think you got some things wrong. Just some help to understand LED better:
300watts of on this nets (or similiar hiquality LEDs) equal 2000 to 3000watts of an halogen source. If you transform in a soft source like these nets you loose a lot of punch. In the double net configuration the power of the inteca nets euqal about a 4K HMI through a chimera.
The expensive thing is the the controller which also enables you to use effects like “fire” which was refered to as flicker in a previous comment.


HOLGER ,..Let me explain how Physics works: I have a PHD in Physic,( ja ich habe den Dr Titel in der Physik ETH Zürich ) and what you are saying here is plain wrong and utterly incorrect. 1000 Lumens output is approximately 100 watts in Tungsten bulb light equivalent, same laws apply to HMI or Tungsten or Fluorescent Light . Halogen lights is just a gas used in Halogen lamps. the Wattage “output does NOT change . The wording Punch is total nonsense vocabulary ! .. then you speak about HMI which is another light source but the same Laws apply there. 4k HMI, or 4K Tungsten, that would be around 40’000 Lumens output, your friends here have a mere 3’000 Lumens output which is nothing more than 300 watts in a bulb equivalent. And the claim you make that you had used this is most likely hot air here .. The Controller is not expensive at all, certainly does NOT justify from 5800 euros minus 200 euros material , a sum of 5600 euros for a controller unit. The flickering is coming from an LED which is clearly NOT Flicker free, nor an effect people want nor ever need !… Du solltest besser wieder die Schulbank drücken, bevor du solchen Unsinn öffentlich rauslässt . Denn man merkt du willst die in den Schutz nehmen weil es wahrscheinlich dein Freunde sind. … anyway,… Holger,..this stuff is fundamental knowledge they teach in german schools in 6th grade …

 Holger Jungnickel

Danke Simon für die Aufklärung. Ich kann leider nicht mit einem Doktor glänzen. Die Zeit für die Schulbank ist abgelaufen, aber dafür gibt es ja Menschen wie dich :). Ich habe da wahrscheinlich irgendwas missverstanden in der ganzen Energiethematik. Hatte nur das Gefühl, dass aus diesen HMI-Leuchte bei selber Wattzahl bedeutent mehr Licht rauskommt als aus einer Halogen-Leuchte. Bei LED war ich dann erneut der Meinung, dass bei selber Leistungsaufnahme einen höheren Wirkungsgrad der Lichtausbeute wahrzunehmen. Aber ich werde doch wieder mit den guten alten Kunstlichteinheiten arbeiten. Haben eh das bessere Spektrum und sind viel billiger.


Gern geschehen ! Viele consumers machen diese LED LUMENS OUTPUT Fehler momentan. Selbst Hersteller wie der hier scheint sogar den Käufer IQ weit zu unterschätzen. LED brauchen weniger Strom von der Steckdose für die gleiche Output Lumens Leistung , im Vergleich zu einer Normal Birne mit der gleichen Lumens Output Leistung , heißt eigentlich die Gleichung für den OTTO Normalverbraucher. Das bedeutet nach einer stunde 1kw ( ca 10’000 Lumens) Tungsten- oder HMI- (zb.Arri )Spot gebrauch im Studio, zahlst du 10x mehr Stromkosten deinem Elektrizitätswerk, als wenn du eine LED Spot der auch eine Output Leistung von 1kw hat (also auch die besagten ca 10’000Lumens Output hat) . Das bedeutet aber nicht das LED sehr hohe Lumen Output haben als Konsequenz daraus . Was ja eigentlich hier auch das Problem ist bei den LED. Man muss eine Unmenge an LED’s zusammen legen, tausende, um gar bei der Lichtleistung eines 1kw HMI-oder 1kw Tungsten anzugelangen, was ca 10’000 Lumen sind. Die LED’s die einzeln sehr hohe Lumens Output haben, kosten im Moment ein Vermögen. Also muss man mit kleinen LED Einheiten arbeiten . Wie das auch dieser Hersteller versucht.
Das Gefühl das ein 4kw HMI mehr Licht zu ergeben scheint, als ein 4kw Tungsten Scheinwerfer, beruht daher das unser Auge uns teuscht. Beim Film wurde (und wird noch) oft ein Blaufilter ( CT 1 oder 2) benutzt um das 3500 Kelvin gelbe Tungsten-licht auf das 5500 oder 6000 kelvin blaue Tageslicht auszugleichen, da hatte man immer eine bis 2 blenden Licht verloren damals. Und dort wurde ein gleich starker 4kw Tungsten Scheinwerfer wirklich dunkler wegen den CT Gels die vor dem Spots angebracht wurden, gegenüber einem 4kw HMI.
Wenn du mal in Hamburg bist, geh bei den Briese Studios vorbei, besuche den Licht Rent Abteilung dort, und falls Have Briese , der Besitzer dort ist, dann sagst du ihm einen ganz lieben Gruss von mir, und frage ihn oben er dies das alles mal zeigen kann. Er selber ist Ingenieur und hat alle ein Lichter und Lampen hergestellt seit 30 jähren schon. Ansonsten musst du bei ARRI in München vorbei schauen…die werden die aber keine Zeit schenken dort leider.. und mit LED’s sind die immer noch in den Kinderschuhen dort..

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