In collaboration with cinematographer Barry Andersson, the Interview Kit is designed to offer battery-operated freedom in a studio-output lighting package that travels in a carry-on case. From indoor/outdoor location sets to live shots in any weather, the remarkably powerful and cord free continuous lights ensure quick setup with hard or soft lighting and unlimited mobility. Professionals are able to work faster with more time on the creative side without the limitations of conventional lights.
The Interview Kit includes everything you need for cord free 3-point lighting: 3 CL 8000 RF lights, wireless remote, an array of compact portable modifiers, mounts, and power options in a travel-friendly 28 lb roller case
The high-output COB array delivers the optical characteristic of a single-point light. The smooth, even, 120° beam can be easily shaped and modified to provide a hard or soft light that renders colors beautifully.
RF wireless control gives broadcast professionals the ability to control the settings of one or multiple lights up to 200 meters away.
Integrated Li-Ion battery allows RF lights to travel in carry-on or checked baggage without restrictions or excess baggage fees
Multiple Power Options: For longer shoots simply plug any of the lights into a AC or DC power source including DTap Gold-mount/V-Lock battery ‘bricks’ (DTap cable optional)
Intuitive Controls: Dimming with stepped or continuous control. OLED Display offers precise readout of RF settings, lumens, battery time remaining and charge status
120° Beam Angle is quickly shaped with a simple, effective range of press-on modifiers including a 25° Fresnel , 50° diffused optic, and dome diffuser; also supports Profoto and other soft boxes
High Output COB ‘Chip on Board’ LED eliminates the multi-shadow effect that can be a problem with panel-style light sources and keeps the light footprint small
What's in the Box?
Stella Pro CL 8000
The world's most technologically advanced continuous light, the CL 8000 RF takes lighting to the next level.
RF Remote Control for Stella Pro CL & CLx
Control single or groups of Light & Motion continuous lights that have an integrated RF receiver.
High Leverage Handle
Handle attaches to the YS mount base of CL Lights allowing smooth and precise control when pivoting light.
Profoto Adaptor (Pro CL & CLx Models)
Adapter ring clasps to light's bezel to attach Profoto OCF speed rings and compatible OCF modifiers.
25° Fresnel Lens, 82mm
An indispensable light shaping tool provides a hard, 25° spot to overcome sunlight or isolate a subject.
50° Optic DM
Narrows the beam of CL lights from 120° to 50° and provides a smooth beam with gentle light fall off.
Dome Diffuser DM
The Dome Diffuser creates a wide and diffused light by quickly attaching to the Direct Mount on CL Barn Doors.
3″ Speed Ring Gel Holder, 82mm
Attaches securely to the Stella bezel for use with Chimera softbox speed ring adapters or 3x3 hard gels.
Barn Doors 82mm – Extended
Press-on barn doors with DM (Direct Mount) Interface designed for the Stella Pro CL lights with DM interface.
Umbrella Holder YS Mount Base
Replacement YS mount base integrates an umbrella holder to add versatility to powerful CL lights.
Secure continuous lights on a C-Stand (5/8") with this mount that includes thumbscrew for baby pin attachment.
External Power Supply 24V 60W
PSE certified power supply that includes both charger and US dongle for powerful CL and Sola Pro lights.
Hard Rolling Case
Compact and durable, this carry-on compliant hard case roller features a custom padded divider for lights and accessories.
Light & Motion CL lights are natively a "hard" light which produces a pure light that delivers a single shadow and supports dramatic journalistic and Film Noir lighting styles. The hard light is also perfect when shooting on location in bright sunlight as it mimics the sun and can provide an even fill for "live shots" or portraits.
There are many options to create a soft or softer light using Stella lights:
The portable Dome Diffusion accessory creates a wide diffuse light - perfect for portraits.
The GloBulb can be used to create a soft light for portraits or interviews.
To create a large soft source, CL lights can be shot into a medium to large shoot-through umbrellas or into a parabolic umbrella with a sock. To do this you will need to add an Umbrella Holder Mount Kit. All of our lights can be used with an umbrella with the Umbrella Holder Mount Kit.
Additionally, CL lights can be paired with a number of 3rd-party light shaping tools: DoP Choice Snap Bags (no speedring required), and Profoto Softboxes/Octas and Elinchrom by adding our Profoto Adapter Ring.
Lastly, COB lighting can be used shot through a diffusion panel, bounced off of a wall or modified with available materials - experiment and be creative with Light & Motion lights as so many options are available when starting with a pure hard light.
How do you travel by air with the CL lights?
The Light & Motion continuous lights with integrated lithium-ion batteries can be safely transported in carry on and checked luggage because the batteries are safely installed/integrated in the light (unlike spare lithium-ion batteries). To travel safely just ensure that the master on/off button is in the "off" position.
Most airlines have restrictions for "spare" Lithium-ion batteries and these can't travel in checked baggage. The "spare" lithium-ion batteries also have restrictions for travel in carry on with limits to 2 x spare batteries of 100+ watts. The batteries we use in our products are below 90 watts and most importantly are "installed" in the device which permits them to travel in carry on or checked baggage.
Airline Specifications for Lithium-ion batteries are found in the link below and clearly specify that lithium-ion batteries installed in electronic devices can travel in carry on or checked baggage: Here is an excerpt from the regulation FAQs:
"Question 2. What kinds of batteries does the FAA allow in checked baggage (including gate-checked bags)?"
"Answer 2. Except for spare (uninstalled) lithium metal and lithium-ion batteries, all the batteries allowed in carry-on baggage are also allowed in checked baggage. The batteries must be protected from damage and short circuit or installed in a device."(The Stella batteries are installed).
Battery Life: How many cycles will the integrated batteries provide and how are they replaced?
We use premium Panasonic cells in our lights which are high-capacity, stable batteries. They deliver consistent runtimes with regulated constant output.
Our batteries are specified for 500 cycles but in practice our professional customers using the lights daily are experiencing much longer battery life than 500 cycles.
Batteries that no longer have capacity can be replaced in our Marina, CA factory for a nominal fee. We can provide battery replacement and a full service of the light for $350 (or nominal fee) if and when needed.
In addition to long life, one of the advantages of our integrated battery lights is the ability to travel with these integrated battery lights on carry on or in checked baggage. You can read more about this on our FAQ on "Traveling with your Stella Lights".
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