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Cineo Quantum C80

Cineo Quantum C80

So as we all know if you can find the end of a rainbow then you should find a pot of gold but have any of you ever wondered what’s at the start of the rainbow? I think I may have the answer (well for modern rainbows anyway).


It’s got to be the all-new Cineo Quantum C80 Led light panel. Cineo describe it as “the ultimate creative lighting tool” and who am I to argue. From the outside it looks like a large version of the HS units by Cineo with the normal black and red styling. It’s manufactured using lashings of extruded aluminum that make it robust enough for our industry (just like its predecessors have proven to be) yet keeps its weight down to under 23 Kg. This is impressive when you consider its size (60 x 120 cm / 24 x 48”).



Delivering an impressive 50,000 Lumens of “beautiful, easily controllable, full-gamut light” the C80 packs a powerful punch of 800 watts at maximum power but it’s the controllability that makes it really shine.


Four independent knobs on the rear of the unit give you complete control over all the C80’s features, let me take you through them one knob at a time.


Master. This one controls the dimming, 0-100 % as you would expect but set to correlate exactly to camera stops so 50% would be one less stop and so on, that’s a very nice feature in my mind.


White. This knob allows for accurate CCT adjustment as on many of Cineo’s other panels and allows for fast, precise setting of any desired colour temperature.


Colour. (And here is where the rainbow reference came from) This allows you to add saturated colour to the output with control over the hue being displayed on the control panel.


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Blend. (Nope nothing to do with coffee sorry) Controls how much saturated colour is added to the white light, adjustable anywhere from full colour to full white.


If knobs aren’t your thing then all the above can be controlled using DMX cables or even wireless DMX with the built-in Lumen Radio feature.


With the C80 the same colour shading can be achieved regardless of CCT. Hence plus 2 Green added to 3200k CCT will look the same as plus 2 Green added to 5600K CCT, provided that the camera is correctly white balanced. (We could call this Cineo’s law and physics students will have to learn it for years to come, bless them)


Now for the technical bit, Cineo have developed Phosphor-converted saturated colour LED’s that work with the same phosphor recipes as their white LED’s. This means that they combine well to produce a natural looking spectrum featuring cineos deep-red colour rendering (that’s as red as a pom on Bondi beach). Furthermore as all the LED’s use the exact same colour dye so they all carry the exact same thermal stability.  I think this means that everything gets old at the same time hence the light remains accurate throughout its life.


Oh completely flicker free, and silent operation also feature as we have come to expect from Cineo.


A solid 10 / 10 for my Brucie coolness rating I think this time!! I’m a fan of Cineo products and they have delivered another great addition to the range hence Pixipixel are getting them in.


The one slight downside is we don’t actually have them yet, but they are on order so watch this space.

However if you would like to take a look, why not join us for our free lighting workshop on the 16th of this month at Rida East Studios. The QC80 will be making an appearance along with cinematographer extraordinaire Adam Suschitzky BSC give us a call to reserve a space.

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KOTW- Cineo Matchstix

Cineo Matchstix


So I’m starting to feel a bit like a Cineo salesman here with this being my third blog regarding them (must be about time they sent me a t-shirt, XL please).

However I don’t mind blogging about Cineo products, as I must admit to being a fan.

Now I’ve covered the Cineo HS2 recently and the great little matchbox a few weeks ago but to complete my remote phosphor hat trick I had better wax lyrical about the innovative matchstix range.


So my one disappointment with the matchstix is that they don’t fit into an actual matchbox but let’s forget about that because they will fit almost anywhere else you like.

Available in three lengths of 3, 6 and 12 inches these lights are designed to go where other lights wont go. They can be tucked away out of sight even “in shot” and provide an amazing amount of light for their size. I recently hired one out to create the illusion that a laptop was lighting a subject and the customer simply sat it on the laptop keyboard and used the screen to “hide” it from the camera, the end result was just what my customer was after and it was so simply achieved that all concerned were impressed.

So simply speaking the Matchstix are very similar to the Matchbox and HS2 fixtures from Cineo, they all use the “magical” remote phosphor technology where the front plastic screen imparts the colour temperature from the blue LEDs inside. I’m still a little confused as to exactly how this works but take my word for it because it works very well indeed.

As with all the other products in this range the Matchstix are beautifully made featuring a rugged aluminum housing and robust electronics they are plenty tough enough even for the hire industry.

Just incase you have missed my other blogs here is a quick recap of the main features offered buy Cineo in this range of lights.

All lights feature Remote phosphor technology (RPT) giving a consistent and accurate output at whatever colour temperature is selected. (The colour temperature is changed by swapping the front plastic screen)

Totally flicker free and silent operation.

Local and DMX dimming options with no colour shift at all.

More power options than the national grid, Everything from 11.5 – 16 Volts DC using standard co-ax connectors.

Light weight and compact.

160-degree light spread with impressive power.

The power that is produced by these diminutive lights is truly impressive, there seem to “punch above their weight” if you catch my drift. LUX figures at 1m are as follows.

12inch 215 lx,

6inch 100 lx

and 3inch 49 lx

The Matchstix come with a cold shoe connecter on the rear to allow for limitless mounting possibilities or even for on-camera use as a very useful soft light.

We hire our Matchstix out as a “gaffer Kit” containing two of each 2” 3” and 6” length units and front screens for them all in 3200, 4300 and 6400 Degrees Kelvin along with dimmers and leads and so on.

BCR of 10 / 10 as with just about everything we get from Cineo these are a great addition to the range and are really useful for many applications from car interiors to on camera soft lighting and table top work.

So lets see what you can think of doing with them shall we, get your thinking caps on and let me know, I’ll do an extra special deal for the most creative / unusual idea just drop me a line here and try to surprise me.

Cheers folks for reading and extra cheers to Cineo for the T-shirt! :0))


Input voltage: 11.5 – 16 VDC
Power consumption: 12” – 17 watts, 6” – 8 watts, 3” – 4 watts
Lamp head dimensions: 1.3”W x 1.3”D x 12”, 6” or 3”L (35mm x 35mm x 305mm, 152mm or 76mm))
Lamp head weight: 12” – 16 oz (454g), 6” – 8 oz (227g), 3” – 4 oz (114g) 35,000 hr. L70 rated
Environmental temperature range: -20° – +50° C
Max. temperature rise: +30° C
2-year parts and labour warranty
ETL and cETL pending, CE Compliant Zero UV light emitted
Made in USA

KOTW – Cineo HS2

Cineo HS2

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Cineo continue to produce and improve an impressive array of LED Remote Phosphor lights and we are continuing to add them to our inventory for the simple reason that they are brilliant.

Now I’m using the term brilliant quite deliberately as it really sums up our latest acquisition from Cineo, the HS2. The word brilliant has various definitions and they all seem applicable to this great bit of kit, Brilliant as in “showing great intelligence, talent, quality etc”, brilliant as in “Shining brightly”, Brilliant as in “splendid or magnificent” and brilliant as in “strong and clear”. Take your pick and the HS2 will not disappoint.

Now not a great deal has changed since the release of the original HS lights and I’m glad for that as they have proved to be a very successful hire item amongst our customers, but the little differences that have been made look set to firmly install the HS2 into the market place for the future.


So what’s new with the HS2 I hear you ask?

Well let’s start at the back with the all-new RDM450 power supply. It’s smaller than the DTZ450 and has had its electronics completely re-designed for improved reliability (not that the DTZ had any reliability issues, they never miss a beat) added this time is a digital display, fine and smooth dimming and a strobe capability for the disco folks. This can be simply attached to the back of the HS panel for a one-piece unit or positioned up to 300 feet away if you are feeling unsocial.

Mounting slots on the back and both sides allow for easy attachment of accessories and the yoke and a new hinged top panel allows for quick and easy phosphor panel changing.

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The lamp-head itself is split into two side-by-side sections and this makes it easy to “mix” light. Yes I know as photographers we don’t do that sort of thing but hear me out. Lets say you have some green screen work to do, Now most “white” light sources waste up to 70% of their power when used to light green or blue screens but the HS2 translates 100% of its light into optimized blue or green light so nothing is wasted. The two distinct sections of the head mean that you can use one section to illuminate the green screen and the other section to illuminate the subject with tungsten or daylight flavored light. Killing two birds with one stone springs to mind.

Totally silent operation, flicker free output, DMX capabilities and remote programming via RDM are also featured and help to make the HS2 an extremely versatile light.


One other thing that many people will ignore but I feel is important to mention is that the new HS2 lights are totally compatible with all existing Cineo Legacy HS and LS fixtures, phosphor panels, accessories and cabling. To my mind this demonstrates Cineo’s commitment to its customers and allows us to build upon our existing range so “good on them”.

The output remains the same as the original HS fixture and that’s great as it’s this power that has earned it a nickname within the industry of the “holy s**t” light referring to the surprisingly “brilliant” output. A great nickname for a great product!

I give this 10 / 10 for my BCR (Brucie Coolness Rating) it’s as cool in looks and build quality as it is in operation. Oh and its red so obviously it goes faster!

Cheers BB


Input voltage: 100-240 VAC 50/60 Hz.

Power consumption: 500 watts, max

Lamp head dimensions: 12” H x 21” W x 3.8” D (290 mm x 532 mm x 96.5 mm)

Lamp head weight: 22 lbs (10 kg)

RDM450 PSU dimensions: 3” H x 13” W x 9.5” D (76 mm x 330 mm x 241 mm)

RDM450 Weight: 11 lbs (5 kg.)
35,000 hr. L70 rated
Environmental temperature range: -20o – + 50o C Max temperature rise: +45o C
2-year parts and labor warranty
ETL and cETL Listed, CE Compliant
Zero UV light emitted
Made in USA


KOTW-Cineo Matchbox

Cineo Matchbox


LED is LED right? One light emitting diode is much the same as another light emitting diode in my book; they come in different powers and sizes but essentially are all the same thing aren’t they?

Well my regular readers wont be surprised that yet again I have it all wrong and the world of LED’s is far more complex than I had thought it was (made the same mistake about marriage once).

So, far from being just another LED light panel the Cineo Matchbox is different, totally different in fact. Rather than using standard LED technology the Cineo product uses RPT (Remote Phosphor Technology) and until some 20 minutes ago I didn’t know this technology existed.

Ok I know you are hanging to know the difference between LEDs and RPT LEDs well be prepared as your life may never be the same after I have explained it to you.


So your choice, take the red pill and read on for life changing information regarding Light emitting diodes and phosphor composites, uni directional light scattering and see how deep the rabbit hole goes or take the blue pill and just wake up skip my waffle and hire the darn thing.

I will presume that you have all taken the red one (I have to presume this or there is no point in carrying on with this kit of the week)

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So RPT, what is it and why are Cineo making use of it? In a normal LED the “white” light is produced (believe it or not) by a blue diode with a coating of phosphate. This phosphate emits white light when excited by the blue light from the diode. The problem with this is that some of the resultant white light is scattered backwards within the LED itself and hence wastes power and looses some brightness. However with RPT the phosphate is contained within a substrate separate to the diode itself and it’s this in turn that emits the white light hence the light is less scattered and less power is wasted.

Still awake? Ok this is the good bit; by locating the phosphor in a separate substrate you also avoid having any visible point sources of light and so get an even illumination across the entire surface of your light fixture. Wow I hope you feel suitably educated.

Also got something to do with the “Stokes Shift” but that will have to wait for Matrix Reloaded for an explanation.

So what it all boils down to is that the Cineo Matchbox is a more efficient LED soft light than many others on the market. More power and longer run time are a great bonus in any light that runs on batteries.


Measuring in at 38 x 82 x 133 mm and only 425 g in weight the matchbox is larger than its name suggests but it’s still nice and compact. It has the ability to run from a wide variety of power in fact anything from 6- 26 volts DC is fine. Needless to say it also comes complete with an AC adaptor.

A standard ¼” thread is in the bottom to allow for all the normal mounting options and its beautifully finished in a rugged anodized aluminum shell, with red bits.


Colour temperature can be set at 3200 or 5600 by switching the front panel (both included) and a very natty flicker free dimmer offering 0 -100 % control with absolutely no colour shift is inbuilt.

1000 Lumens at maximum power and a 160 degree spread couple to make this a very useable light indeed.

So I must admit to liking this one quite a bit, its one of those bits of kit that just feels good when you get it out of the box, its been beautifully made and seems to have been well thought through, got to be at least a 8 /10 on my coolness scale, I particularly like the dimmer control that pops in and out from the side so it cant get knocked when in use or transport.

Now don’t forget that this also complements the other Cineo products we carry being the Maverick and Matchstix (No they don’t fit in the matchbox before you ask).

Happy lighting BB

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