Falcon Eyes’ latest connected LEDs are fit for 21st century

Falcon Eyes of Hong Kong has launched a slew of new lighting offering touchscreens, WiFi and smartphone remote control.

Falcon Eyes LPW-1156TD / LPW-2565TD

Falcon Eyes of Hong Kong has launched a slew of new lighting fit for the 21st century. The manufacturer β€” the same one that wants to make a flying quadcopter flash β€” used its stand at the 2015 NAB trade show in Las Vegas to unveil several continuous lamps for photography and video, offering modern features such as built-in WiFi and touchscreen controls.

Falcon Eyes CLL-1600TW
Falcon Eyes CLL-1600TW at NAB (Picture: Falcon Eyes)

The new CLL-1600TW is a monolight-shaped 150W LED fresnel with an integrated WiFi system that lets you adjust it remotely from a smartphone or tablet. The CLL-1600TW is apparently equivalent in output to a 1400W quartz lamp, while drawing a fraction of the power and producing much less heat. When you want to adjust the output directly it has a set of touchscreen controls on the rear.

Falcon Eyes CLL-1600TW
Falcon Eyes CLL-1600TW

For those who prefer rectangular LED panels, the LPW-1156TD, LPW-1728TD and LPW-2565TD are 70W, 104W and 128W matrix arrays that run on mains power. Using your iPhone or Android device you can wirelessly tweak intensity from 0–100% and colour temperature from 3000–7000K. The panels claim a high CRI (>95) and for some reason have touchscreen displays in addition to physical control knobs for adjusting the same settings.

Falcon Eyes LPW-1156TD / LPW-2565TD
Falcon Eyes LPW-1156TD / LPW-2565TD

Photographers and videographers who need something more portable and battery-powered are offered the DV-240SL and DV-300F2, two small LED panels that run on lithium batteries. Each has a touchscreen control panel, bi-colour output (3000–8000K) and built-in 2.4GHz transceivers so you can control several LEDs from just one device.

Falcon Eyes DV-240SL
Falcon Eyes DV-240SL

The firm also sold out of a small LED called the Pocketlite (MDV-4806), a 45 lux lamp designed for smartphones, small cameras and camcorders, with an interchangeable 3.5mm headphone jack mount and coldshoe. It is a similar design to the Photojojo Pocket Spotlight and other cameraphone accessories.

Users of iOS and Android smartphones and tablets can download the respective apps from the iTunes App Store or downloading directly from the Falcon Eyes web site.

For more information, check the Falcon Eyes Facebook page.

David Selby
Based in Paris, France, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a quantitative analyst.
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