LEDs: An Update on Studio Lighting
Shuji Nakamura, Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano were the three winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for Physics in 2014. Their work, completed in the early 1990s, was the foundation for the most exciting technology in studio lighting, the blue LED. On the set of the film “Of Fortune and Gold” (now in post production), Gaffer Jacob Abrams handholds a 4x4 frame of light gridcloth to diffuse the intense light coming from the 12K Cinemills LED fixture. After the Blue LED came into being, LEDs suddenly graduated from the thankless and oft-dismissed world of indicator lights into a whole new world as a legitimate luminary. Although our first years with LEDs were filled with 1x1 panels and small onboard lighting fixtures, the past couple of years have seen a rise in legitimate studio lighting fixtures.