Cineo Lighting Introduces the Cineo HS2

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I use LED Lighting almost exclusively for my freelance work. Why? It’s so easy. It’s light, it’s cheap, doesn’t get hot and it’s small.

There are however a few things about using them that really do get frustrating.

One of those things is the color accuracy and the softness of the light. This makes handling your shadows more difficult. With the added help of a softbox, you can start to wrangle them in, but in doing so, you’re increasing the price, losing a couple stops of precious light and still not getting better quality light.

Remote Phosphor light fills a gap in the post fluorescent world, providing accurate color with light that creates soft shadows and fill. Cineo used this technology on the original Cineo Lighting Trucolor HS Luminaire.

Cineo Lighting has added to the functionality of the HS with its recently announced HS2. While the light itself is nearly identical to the original HS, where you start to the see the big differences is in the power supply. It features entirely redesigned electronics that are more reliable and feature laden than the original. Fine and Smooth dimming has been added, as well as strobe capabilities.

One of the elements that make the HS2 that much more functional than the HS is the ability to place the power supply directly to the light or to operate remotely from up to 300 feet away. This may not be a groundbreaking feature, but it enhances the form factor of these lights.

You’ve already been thinking it.

“What’s the price?”

Well, I don’t know yet. But I can tell you what the price of the original Cineo Lighting HS was. Right around $4,000. I can almost guarantee that it’ll be in that range.

What this light truly marks is another step towards life without heavy, large and hot lights. For us, “jack of all trades” freelancers out there, that’s a great thing. We may not be able to afford this light, but we’re headed down a path where lights like it will become more affordable. Dig it.

Cineo HS2

Cineo Lighting Cineo HS2

Via Cineo Lighting:

* Utilizes Remote Phosphor Technology (RPT) for accurate, consistent output
* Full compatible with all legacy HS and LS power supplies, accessories, phosphor panels, and cabling
* Local and DMX dimming with no color shift 0-100%
* 80/20 mounting slots on both sides and back
* Two mixing chambers provides custom CCT mixing
* Hinged top access panel for easy operation
* Size, weight, and output identical to legacy HS Fixture

* Completely re-designed electronics improves reliability
* Smaller, lighter weight than previous power supplies
* Improved digital display and control
* Remote DMX address programming via RDM
* Operates up to 300′ from fixture
* Optionally attaches directly to the HS2 head
* Smooth Dimming (0-100%) and strobe capability
* Fine dimming mode available on DMX
* Flicker-free, completely silent operation

Learn more about Cineo HS2 Here.

Cineo Lighting Introduces the Cineo HS2™

Via Press Release:

New features added in second generation of Cineo's legacy HS fixture
HALF MOON BAY, California – July 20, 2015 – Cineo Lighting today announced HS2, the second generation of their legacy HS fixture. HS2 is identical in size, weight, and output to the legacy HS fixture and is 100% cross-compatible with all HS phosphor panels and accessories.

The new power supply, RDM450, is smaller and lighter weight than the legacy power supply and features completely re-designed electronics for improved reliability. Other new features include digital display and control, remote programming via RDM, as well as fine dimming, smooth dimming and strobe capabilities. The RDM450 can be attached directly to the HS2 head for one-piece operation or operated remotely up to 300 feet from the fixture.

The HS2 lamphead features an improved safety switch for better reliability as well as new 80/20 mounting slots on both the sides and back of the fixture to allow for easy attachment of yoke and accessories. Two distinct mixing chambers allow custom CCT mixing via DMX. New hinged top access panel provides easier phosphor panel and accessory changes.

Chuck Edwards, CTO of Cineo Lighting, discussing the development of HS2: “Our goal for the new HS2 was to build upon the already successful HS platform. The enhanced HS2 fixtures maintain ‘plug and play' compatibility with the thousands of HS systems already being used in the field. This includes support of the same Cineo Remote Phosphor panels so there is no change or compromise to the exceptional light quality expected from a Cineo fixture.”

“The HS fixture has set a new standard for production lighting quality in the three years since its introduction,” said Rich Pierceall, CEO of Cineo Lighting. “With HS2, we have invested all of our experience and user feedback into a next-generation system that will carry the product platform well into the next decade.”

HS2 will begin shipping August 3rd and is available for purchase from Cineo Lighting resellers worldwide. More information is available at

About Cineo Lighting

Cineo Lighting LLC was founded to produce the highest quality lighting systems available for the motion picture, television and photography industries. Utilizing the latest developments in the field of phosphorescence and exploiting the unique properties of single wavelength photon sources, the principal partners at Cineo have developed an array of lighting devices that have captured the interest of professional image makers worldwide. Beginning with the TruColor™ lighting line in 2012, the company continues to focus on innovations that push the boundaries of illumination technology. Cineo continues to broaden its offering of robust lighting tools for both studio and portable applications, all with unexcelled brightness, extremely accurate color quality, power efficiency, and flexibility of use. More information available at

(cover photo credit: snap from Cineo Lighting)

Bret Hoy

Bret Hoy

Bret Hoy is a filmmaker, photographer and writer based out of St. Louis, Missouri. Mainly focused on documentary and experimental film, he has produced, directed, shot and edited many short films and a few long form works.

He shoots a lot and often.
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