Chimera and Zylight Announce Electronic Lighting Diffusion Technology

Zylight, a manufacturer of LED lighting, has partnered with Chimera Lighting to manufacture and distribute Active Diffusion, a new electronic diffusion technology.

Built as an electronically-controllable LCD screen that can be utilized with fluorescents or any other cool lights, including LEDs, Zylight’s Active Diffusion panel will affix to gel frames or precisely-sized Chimera softboxes. The new technology will be shown for the first time at the 2017 NAB Show.

The adjustable opacity of the Active Diffusion panel eliminates the need for an assistant as operators can instantaneously dial in the diffusion from zero to 100 percent through remote-control handsets.

“Chimera’s new Active Diffusion used with Zylight’s F8 Fresnels, for example, allows you to change from a hard to a soft source immediately, in real time,” said Jeffrey M. Hamel, a patent holder in the new technology.

“The ability to change light levels, quality and wraparound without changing diffusion frames will make this a must-have for every shoot. The technology is lighting’s first follow focus.”

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