Litepanels’ New LED is Super-Bright Yet Light Enough to Mount on a Drone


LightPanels Gemini 2x1 Hard

Litepanels has announced the new Gemini 2×1 Hard LED light panel. It offers the brightest focused beam available in its class and can illuminate a subject with up to 20,000 LUX of light at three meters but is still lightweight enough to mount to a drone.

Lightpanels says the RGBWW Gemini 2×1 Hard LED can achieve such a bright lux rating thanks to a design that encases each LED bulb in a lens of high-impact resistant polycarbonate.

Each LED is encased in polycarbonate for a wide and bright beam angle.

The lenses not only get the highest focus beam angle for a light panel but the design also makes them incredibly robust, durable, and damage resistant.

LightPanels Gemini 2x1 Hard

LightPanels Gemini 2x1 Hard

“When we set out to create the Gemini 2×1 Hard, we envisioned a product that took all the features and benefits of the Gemini 2×1 Soft, such as being exceptionally lightweight, hi-color accuracy, and exceptional light quality but gave end users the opportunity to remove the diffuser for a focused beam of light,” says Lightpanels product manager Mike Herbert, “Which created the brightest two-by-one panel available on the market.”

LightPanels Gemini 2x1 Hard

The company says that the Gemini 2×1 Hard can deliver a powerful 20-degree beam of hard white light or switch to a softer 100-degree wash with the included diffusion panels. It can project both tungsten and RGB light and is rated with a CRI of 95 and a TLCI of 97 for exceptional color accuracy. There are two different layers of diffusion available as options including a fabric diffuser and a secondary dome diffuser. The panel can also be dimmed from 100% down to 0.1%.

LightPanels Gemini 2x1 Hard

In terms of control and operation, the Gemini 2×1 Hard has the same system as the Soft model, including the same UI, encoders, and menu system, but also comes with a new DMX Profile Mapping system and XY coordinates. The Panel also has built-in DMX, RDM, and CRMX Protocols as well as XLR or Ethernet connections. With an array of preset buttons, the Gemini 2×1 Hard is adjustable from 2,700 to 6,000K, plus the panels can be programmed remotely.

LightPanels Gemini 2x1 Hard

LightPanels Gemini 2x1 Hard

Lightpanels says the Gemini is super lightweight at 26 pounds (12 kilograms) and has an easy-to-remove crossbar. The company says the panel is so light that it can be mounted on a large, commercial-sized drone. With this lightweight flexibility, Lightpanels says the Gemini 2×1 Hard can put the light exactly where it needs to be while following a moving target.

Lite Panels Gemini 2x1 Hard is Lightweight and Super Bright

With only a maximum power draw of 500 watts, the Gemini 2×1 Hard can be powered by AC through an adapter, or with VMount batteries.

The photo below, which shows the Lightpanels Gemini 2×1 Hard mounted to a drone, does a good job showcasing the output and spread of one panel.

LightPanels Gemini 2x1 Hard

The Lightpanels Gemini 2×1 Hard is available for $6,300, which is a jump up from the $4200 Gemini 2×1 Soft.


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