Astera – a leading developer of innovative light solutions for film, event and TV markets – will be using their attendance at Cinegear LA Expo (June 6-9, 2024) to showcase how their comprehensive portfolio of lights addresses the needs of lighting engineers as well as creatives while offering them an efficient way to light a diverse range of production environments.

Through their distribution partner Inner Circle Distribution (ICD), Astera will be focusing on their recently launched LeoFresnel and PlutoFresnel, along with the latter’s ProjectionLens expansion. With both lights maintaining a Beam Angle between 15° and 60°, they respectively generate a 300W and 1000W Tungsten-equivalent output with only an 80W and 250W draw. This makes both lights ideal for operation in any context where traditional Fresnels would usually be deployed, but reduces the weight, heat and energy-draw associated with conventional Tungsten lights. Furthermore, the addition of a Profile Spotlight lens attachment for the PlutoFresnel makes the light even more versatile, delivering a powerful beam with a range of 16° to 36° and the ability to fit an E-size Gobo for custom logo projection. As with all of Astera’s lights, the focus is on creating lights that are quick to set up, easy to use and adjust, and robust and flexible in their application.

Also on display will be the HydraPanel – a portable, powerful 1300 lumen light that fits in the palm of your hand. Weighing just 600g and with a runtime of just under two hours, the HydraPanel is watertight, robust, and can be combined with additional Hydrapanels or a Multifit Snapbag, making it suitable for almost any application. The range is further complimented by the Titan Tube, the NYX bulb, and a range of lightweight and flexible uplights, including the PixelBrick and AX series.

Astera’s innovations focus on replicating the traditional lighting types that form the backbone of any gaffer’s lighting repertoire, but in a way that leverages the benefits of LED technology to deliver lighting with lower power draw, higher output strength, precise colour control, lightweight profile, wireless installation and full creative flexibility. In addition, Astera have incorporated a range of auxiliary add-ons into the range, such as the RunTimeExtender and a suite of mounting brackets, which allow lighting engineers to make use of their existing equipment – such as battery packs and racks – to further increase the versatility of their setup, whilst reducing overall costs.

Astera’s holistic approach is the fact that their entire lighting portfolio is underpinned by their unique Titan LED engine, which powers the lights and ensures absolute colour fidelity and lighting consistency. By using the same engine across the range and incorporating Wireless DMX, CRMX and BluetoothBridge connectivity, Astera products can be seamlessly integrated together and controlled from a single point; either through the Astera app, or Astera’s range of physical remotes – including the FX and White remote. The result is a comprehensive lighting system which contains everything a lighting engineer could need, whilst also allowing them to make use of much of their existing inventory and customize their workflow according to individual preference and operational context.

Speaking of their upcoming Cinegear attendance, Sebastian Bückle – Sales and Marketing Director for Astera – said: “This year has been particularly successful for us in relation to the industry recognition we’ve achieved and are grateful to all those lighting engineers and DoPs who have relied on our products for multiple productions, events and installations. We look forward to exploring how we can help many more lighting engineers with their own specific needs”.

More information about Astera and its products is available at https://astera-led.com/

Gabriel Mays

AbelCine Director of Rental
As Director of Rental, Gabriel Mays oversees growth of Rental by nurturing business relationships and unifying the customer experience nationwide. In his previous role as the LA Rental Manager, Gabriel worked with producers, cinematographers, and assistant camera operators to provide the highest level of customer service possible. He also ensured that all their equipment needs are met on budget. Before coming to AbelCine in 2015, Gabriel previously worked as a Communications Instructor and Electronic Media Engineer at a private university. He taught various courses in electronic media, including film, broadcasting, and digital arts. Gabriel is an award-winning cinematographer, director, producer, and editor known for his innovative research and implementation of new film techniques. He was also one of the first to implement HDSLR cameras into filmmaking. He has been the cinematographer on dozens of independent films, documentaries, and music videos.