Fluorescent-like LED light panels show up again at WPPI

Photographer Peter Hurley has announced the HurleyPro Medusa tube-shaped LED lighting system at the WPPI Expo.

Not long after Limelite revealed its innovative new tube-shaped lighting concept at Focus 2013, American photographer Peter Hurley has announced his own ‘Medusa’ lighting system based on a similar concept at the WPPI Expo in Las Vegas.

The HurleyPro Medusa looks like a fluorescent light bank but each three-foot tube is actually made up of LEDs. Each tube will be fully dimmable, with wireless control from an iOS or Android smartphone or “lamp remote”.

HurleyPro Medusa LED CAD render

According to the company, each eight-lamp panel draws just 1.36 amps (at 120 Volts) and takes universal mains voltages. Brightness is said to be 2,150 lumens per tube (17,200 per array) with a daylight colour temperature of 5600 Kelvin, but colour rendering index (CRI) is not given.

The lights have a fixed colour temperature and customers are told there will be a “variety of filters available”. The specifications say the Medusa panel will be “portable” without listing an exact weight.

In this interview with Kelby Training, Peter Hurley gives a (fairly vague) description of the features and suggests customer feedback at the WPPI Expo — where the system was exhibited — has been positive.

Exact pricing and release dates have not been announced, but the Hurley suggests the Medusa will cost in the region of $1500, coming out “hopefully around July 1st”, available from HurleyProGear.com.

Could this be the next big thing in photographic lighting? Let us know what you think.

David Selby
Based in the West Midlands, UK, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a statistics PhD student.
  • Mark Davidson

    Looks very nice for studio applications. The fly in the ointment being as all the components are made in China there is zero barrier to entry from a very low cost competitor. Note all the support here and elsewhere for Chinese sourced triggers, flashes and accessories.

    • Depends on the audience. Amateurs tend to have few problems with new sources or the quirks of low cost suppliers, but picture rental houses and their customers: everything working as expected, no need to mind the small print is a quality on its own. Also 1500$ translate to maybe 15$/day, compared to 10$/day for the copy. The crew being familiar with that specific type of gear saves you more money (via saved time) then the actual price tag.
      You also could ponder the DIY route: the local home depot/radioshack sell T8/G13-LED replacements for flourescent shop lights, for example. If CRI ~85 and nonstandard mechanics are ok for you.

      • Mark Davidson

        I completely agree.