Sola 6 Lights the Way for Al Jazeera’s Field Crews

Litepanels has supplied a range of its new Sola 6 lighting systems to the 24-hour global news channel, Al Jazeera English. The channel has purchased a sample number of the Sola 6 lights to trial as part of the network’s fly away ENG kits. Al Jazeera will use the Sola 6 alongside three camera mini outside broadcast kits to conduct interviews with prominent political figures in various locations around the world for its Talk to Al Jazeera programme.

The trial has been prompted by the channel’s experience with a range of other Litepanels products, including the versatile 1×1 units, which are now deployed by many of Al Jazeera’s field crews across its 27 worldwide bureaus, as well as the Litepanels MicroPro on-camera lighting fixtures.

In a separate significant order, Al Jazeera English has also recently purchased a number of Litepanels’ Hilio high output LED fixtures to provide the lighting for its studios and down-the-line live positions in the broadcaster’s Paris, Berlin and Baghdad bureaus.

Paul Quinn, Acting Manager News Operations, Al Jazeera English, says, “We started off buying a handful of 1x1s back in 2010, but the reaction from our cameramen was so positive that we had to make more and more orders. We now plan to have at least one available to each of the 60 global staff crews.”

The daylight balanced Sola 6, combines the advantages of LED technology with the controllability and light shaping properties of a Fresnel light. The Sola 6 draws a small fraction of the power needed by conventional Fresnel fixtures and, like the rest of the Sola series, it provides Litepanels’ famous soft light quality. The Sola 6 is a true Fresnel fixture that produces soft, directional illumination and uses Litepanels proprietary heat-free LED technology.

Quinn concluded, “Al Jazeera travels to some of the most obscure and hostile parts of the world. We need to travel light, but we can’t afford to compromise on the quality of the fixture. The Litepanels units have given us far more flexibility in terms of being able to light and interview the subject.”