The MediaLight Pro 6500K CRI 99 Ra Bias Lighting System
The MediaLight Pro:
Our D65 CRI 99 bias light for unparalleled accuracy and consistency
Please note: If you are not a professional colorist, you may want the Mk2 Series instead.
In fact, even if you are a professional colorist, chances are that you are looking for the Mk2 Series. The Mk2 chips are smaller and more energy efficient, and this allows us to create longer strips without discernible voltage drop. The newer Mk2 Series comes ridiculously close to the performance of the Pro for 1/3 of the price. In fact, by TLCI, they both rate a 99 out of 100.
Our MediaLight Mk2 series has CRI of ≥98 Ra. Performance is very similar between the Pro and Mk2, although the MediaLight Pro uses a near-violet emitter. This moves the photon-emitter spike below what the human eye can see (most of us, anyway). The remaining SPD bears striking similarities to D65 sunlight, excluding infrared light, of course. However, as with all of our products, we never claim that our products are D65. We use the term "simulated D65" due to the obvious differences between sunlight and LED light.
Here in 2020, it would be inaccurate to call manmade light indistinguishable from sunlight. We can determine the chemical composition of distant stars with spectrophotometers and we can certainly tell sunlight from LED sources.
Why did you make CRI 99 bias lights just to illuminate a spectrally flat gray backdrop?
1) Because we could.
2) Because we believe it is where consumer LED technology will be in a few years.
3) Because if somebody was going to do it first, we figured it might as well be us. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The 20-inch MediaLight Pro does not include a remote (the dimmer is on the cable). It is not suitable for wall mounted displays. Instead, use the MediaLight Verso Pro. It still runs off of 5v 1a, USB 3.0. It includes a dimmer and remote control.
Technology marches on, however, and we're sure that within the next 18 months, all of our standard products will have a CRI of at least 98 Ra and TLCI of 99. (Note from 2020: this has already happened with our Mk2 line and it took 20 months).
The MediaLight Pro was created for colorists who need the highest CRI and the most uniform spectral power distribution in a bias light for their professional displays. The Pro uses an entirely new class of ColorGrade™ SMD (LED) chips, powered by near-violet photon engines, and with an incredible color rendering index (CRI) of 99 Ra (TLCI 99.3 Qa). The MediaLight Pro is indistinguishable from daylight to the human eye.
It's an entirely new kind of bias light, powered by an entirely new class of SMD (LED) lighting.
The human eye primarily sees wavelengths between 400-700 nanometers. The spectral power distribution curve (SPD) for the MediaLight Pro reveals that instead of the telltale harsh blue spike found in traditional white LED systems, the near-violet photon engine's energy falls largely in the subperceptual range.
Most commodity LED lighting systems fall apart in the R9 and R12 values, which are not included in CRI calculations, but are necessary for the faithful reproduction of skin tones and deep reds. They are often replaced with much more energy-efficient, and cheaper green phosphors, which can result in a greenish color cast, even when used to illuminate a grey surface, such as is the case with bias lighting. Beyond the violet photon engine, which eliminates "blue spike," The MediaLight Pro uses a special blend of phosphors that include these vital reds, resulting in a much smoother SPD and more natural light.
With a color rendering index (CRI) of 99 Ra (TLCI 99.3 Qa) and CCT of 6500K, the MediaLight Pro is the most advanced D65 compliant bias lighting system available today.
It is compact. It can be powered by the USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 ports on your professional monitor, and it costs 1/3 the price of high-CRI, blue emitter-based professional bias lights that are less accurate.
MediaLight Pro features:
- 6500K CCT (Correlated color Temperature)
- CRI 99 Ra (TLCI 99.3 Qa) ColorGrade™ SMD (LED) chips
- 50 cm flexible light strip or rigid aluminum channel versions -- a perfect fit for your 24" professional monitor
- The 4m Verso Pro will go entirely around four sides of a 60" display , or cover 3 sides (left, top and right) of a display up to 85"
- 4ft USB extension cord - can be powered from USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 ports on your display or computer
- Included PWM dimmer
- 5v USB Power
- Included wire routing clips
- Peel and stick 3M VHB mounting adhesive
- 5 Year Limited Warranty