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Launched in July 2020, the new Vortex8 is 650W high power 2’x1’ RGBW LED panel with CCT ranging from 2200K to 15000K, the highest in its class, and is the flagship first product in the Creamsource Vortex lighting series. The Vortex8 panel design effortlessly goes from punchy to soft light, allowing users to bring the fixture closer to the subject without the loss of space. Unlike point sources which require sufficient space for diffusion, a panel design like Vortex8 is already spread out so users can get it closer to subjects and diffuse it easily while still using it in tight spots where other fixtures would have an overly deep footprint. Conversely, the Vortex8 can be used where more throw is required than a traditional soft source alone could provide, but a panel format is still desirable from a rigging and usability perspective. This versatility becomes even more advantageous when considering the scaled down production crews necessary to accommodate social distancing regulations as a single person can easily modify more Vortex8 units to achieve the desired result.
Built with durability and elegance in mind, the Vortex8 features world-class engineering, combining diverse production methods from precision-machined extrusions and high-strength die casting to technopolymer components and aerospace-grade sealing. The result is an IP65-rated water-resistant fixture (meaning it can handle all weather conditions, rain, snow, dust and SFX machines) that has eliminated external power supplies to simplify rigging and cabling. The absence of traditional external antennas in favour of an all-new internal design limits loss or breakage for gaffers and rental houses alike, improving uptime and rental yield. With outstanding connectivity and extensive expandable wireless options, Vortex8 ships with LumenRadio built-in and supports Ethernet, Bluetooth, TimoTwo, 5 Pin DMX, Wifi, USB type-A and Creamsource Accessory port.
Crafted to produce a narrow beam angle and high light output, its punchiness and colour science enable real-to-life reproduction of skin tones and colours while covering more area with fewer units. This is especially relevant when considering the cost of lighting large areas. Productions with tens to hundreds of fixtures can see costs quickly climb as higher illumination levels or larger coverages are required. In terms of dollars per watt, the narrow beam angle of the Vortex8 and its high wattage design is able to cover more area with fewer units. Its narrow source is concentrated with a precision lens array natively providing a 20° beam angle. This yields a blistering 13,900lux at 3m/9ft in 5600K and a dollar per watt ratio of $7.69 per watt making it a high value, extremely versatile lighting system.
For even greater lighting design versatility, the Vortex8 macro-level controls let users manipulate up to 8 individual zones. Effects and colour gels are built into the latest CreamOS architecture in addition to a range of new features wrapped into a brand new, intuitive user interface. Rigging of the Vortex8 is made easier by the novel eight-point attachment system, allowing a multitude of safe and unique rigging configurations without the need for cumbersome tools and long assembly times.