China’s Hu Nan TV Upgrades to LED-Lit Studios

Network selects Litepanels to equip three studios
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The second largest Chinese television network, Hu Nan TV, recently completed an upgrade to its Chang Sha City facility in Hu Nan Province, including three studio installations using light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures from Litepanels, a professional lighting division of Vitec Videocom.
“The Litepanels fixtures have exhibited a consistent quality of design and light output that has proven itself time after time in many studio applications around the world,” says Huang Wei, Hu Nan TV’s vice president and chief engineer, who selected the lighting.
Litepanels says the company supplied 68 Litepanels Sola 6 LED Fresnel fixtures, 79 Litepanels 1x1 panels and six Litepanels Hilio high output panels to outfit the studios.
Hu Nan TV previously drew 60,000W of power for lighting, but the Litepanels fixtures use 12,000W for an energy-efficient 80 percent reduction in power draw.
The Litepanels-lit studios include a 1,300 square foot newscast set, as well as two green screen stages, including a primary green screen stage that is 1,600 square feet and a post-production matting, overflow production and backup green screen stage for the news studio that is 1,300 square feet.
The engineering staff chose to convert all three studios from tungsten color balance to daylight color balance. Litepanels offers tungsten-balanced LED options, but the company noted that daylight color balance provides a better color rendering of skin, clothing and set design. For the green screen studios, Hu Nan TV asserts that daylight color balance allows a greater ability for matting elements during live recording.
“They perform very well in terms of color temperature and consistency. We see an obvious improvement in the on-set talent’s skin color rendition when using Litepanels LED lighting fixtures,” Huang said.


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