Light on skin is a play of reflection and absorbtion. Many LED sources that has an excellent IRC or other readings appears to create a wax-like skin. This is because the skin acts as a reflector and do not absorb light – as it does under natural light as daylight or natural incandescent light. Putting yellow and orange filters on a LED source takes out a some blue generated by the LED, but it surely don’t add any yellow, amber or deep red. This is the substractive way of trying to match a candle or fireplace. FLAME is a principal or an additional LED source. We use a blend of 2 200K, Lime, Amber and Deep Red. To get closer to the candle spectrum.
THE FLAME PRODUCE RICH SKIN TONES AND GREAT SATURATION. THE WIDE COLOR SPECTRUM GIVES MUCH MORE FLEXIBILITY IN COLOR GRADING. THE SMALL SIZE ANG WEIGH MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO USE THEM INSIDE EXISTING PRACTICALS.
FLAME is a unique assembly of 4 different LEDs: deep red, amber, lime and white 2200K mounted on a small circuit the size of a candle flame. The light of the FLAME matches perfectly with that of a real candle and a natural flame.
FLAME is intended to be integrated into lanterns and hurricane lamps, or potentially any luminaire originally operating with a real flame. On the sets, the assembly of several FLAME units makes it possible to light Chinese balls in the face or mini-space lights.
FLAME is therefore aimed both at Dops and their gaffers and at decorators and props designers as a “practice”, namely a light source for the image.
HOW IT WORKS ?
The illusion of a real glowing source comes from color and movement
The spectral richness of FLAME makes it possible to match different cameras. This requires a “tuning” of the ratios between the 4 colors of FLAME. For this, we use either DMX or our miniature BLE dimmer. It manages the intensity and tint of the light and allows you to intuitively create autonomous scenes and animations thanks to its Stand Alone function. It operates under 12 volts and is controlled via the Casambi application under iOs or Android. This 4-circuit dimmer can be easily integrated into all kinds of lighting fixtures.
“There is no equivalent of FLAME!“ Ernesto Giolitti, gaffer
“I’m really impressed. Industrial design, plug and play. AND with batteries. Compact and 6mm thread for mounting. Exceptional.“ Thomas Willemoes Høyer, cinema props
“Absolutely amazing depth of color – We love it everyday“ Anders Bohman, Director of photography
“FLAME is the only source you can film and believe it’s a real flame.“ Simon Bérard, gaffer
“I have never seen an LED as efficient between 1800 and 2000K as the Flame from Softlights. It matches both candlelight and oil lamp light. This is a real revolution for LEDs”. John Christian Rosenlund, D.O.P
“FLAME does the job!“ Marco Rachini, gaffer
“The colors of traditional very warm LEDS gives skin-tones with a limited hue, giving the appearance of one flat and dull tone. They often have a green or magenta cast and none of the color definition you would need to render good skin-tone. I have never seen a LED that performs this well in 1800-2000K as the the new Flame LED from Softlights. It matches candle and paraffin light perfectly. The new Flame LED is a LED revolution”. John Christian Rosenlund, D.O.P.
- behind the Flame – Imitating flames with LED
It is easy enough to create a LED light, but hard to make a light that simulates real fire. Most modern LED film light produces a rather good light within the 3200-6000 Kelvin range. But when you try and create lower Kelvin light, like simulating Candle light, they often go green or magenta and they have a lack of color spectrum, missing color depth and saturation. If you only use those LED light, it is possible to fix some of it in post. But in most cases, LED sources will be blended among real candle and Paraffin light
This is why we developed a new kind of light source assembling other colors than usual RGBW and rather using 2200K, Amber, Lime and Deep Red Leds in a special blend which can recreate or match a whole range of fire lights:
Candles,oil lamps, petrol lamps like shown below, wood fires in a chimney or outside
a stand alone hurricane lamp with wireless control, dimmer and batteries embedded
The light source
4 units of 4×1 cm PCB flameleds
assembledaround a square tube
which is a heat-sink as well
Technical Specs For This Lamp
Leds 4 units on 360° each with 2200K, Amber, Lime and Deep Red Leds
Power 12 V
Electronics are flicker free (20.000 hz) with a voltage regulator that makes it possible to feed it constantly with 11.9V with constant voltage power from 5-30 V.
Dimming 4 colors mixing and global dimming with a master
Wireless Each light is remote controlled through Blue Tooth MESH with a very easy to use 4 channel IOS/Android app Casambi . The app is free and available in 25 languages.
Other Fixtures available
The Big Flame
8 units fixed around a circular tube to create a luminaire of your own
China ball for instance
The Single Flame
1 or 2 units for candle creation