Products, Materials & Tools | May 28, 2010

New LSF Series “Light Shaping Filters” From Elation Instantly Give Any LED Fixture A Wider Beam Angle

LED technology offers lighting users many advantages, such as energy efficiency, low heat, low maintenance and the ability to perform RGB color-mixing. But many LED fixtures also share something else in common - a narrow beam angle or uneven field of light, which can restrict them from being used for certain applications such as stage or wall washing.

Now you can instantly smooth out or widen the beam angle of any LED fixture -- and broaden your design possibilities -- with new LSF Series Light Shaping Filters from Elation Professional. Easy-to-use, Elation Light Shaping Filters attach to a gel frame or the inside of an LED's casing in minutes-- to add 10°, 20°, 30° or a linear beam shape effect to its beam angle that's ideal for stage or wall grazing, without requiring complicated or permanent alterations to the fixture.

Elation Light Shaping Filters offer a great way for lighting designers to get more versatility from their LED fixtures for a relatively small investment, said Eric Loader, director of sales for Elation Professional. “Customers have been asking for wider diffused LED lighting fixtures without losing a lot of output, and our new Lighting Shaping Filters provide an easy, cost-efficient way to attain this,” said Loader. “Using one of these filters, you can widen the beam of a narrow beam angle LED par like our Opti Tri 30 and convert it into a fixture suitable for a stage or wall wash.”

Unlike many beam-widening diffusion filter products available in the past, which significantly reduced light output, Elation Light Shaping Filters have been designed to preserve as much power as possible while dispersing light. They provide up to 92% light transmission, while standard diffusion filters typically transmit only 60% of the light, according to Loader. “Our LSF filters are unique in that they give you a wider beam angle without sacrificing much output, and they also smooth out the beam of any LED fixture that does not have a perfect field of light,” he said.

Elation Light Shaping Filters are available in four different beam angles: 10° LSF10-24), 20° (LSF20-22), 30° (LSF30-24) and 60°x1° (LSF601-24). With the first three versions, the beam angle is widened both vertically and horizontally - say 10° in both directions. The 60°x1° version broadens the angle 60° horizontally and only 1° vertically, making it great for long, flat wall washes. As an example, Elation put a 60°x1° filter on two LED par cans, spread them out approximately 4' on center and covered a 10' area of wall with the two fixtures, creating an ideal setup for up-lighting applications.

Extremely versatile, Light Shaping Filters can be used with LED fixtures made by any manufacturer, not just those from Elation. The filters come in large sheets, allowing users to cut them in the sizes needed. Each sheet measures 24”x 24” (except the 20° version which is 24”x 22”). If outfitting a 6” LED par can, for example, 16 filters could be cut from a 24”x 24” sheet, making the cost per fixture very affordable.

Each Elation Light Shaping Filter sheet carries an MSRP of $139.99
For more information, call Elation Professional toll-free at 866-245-6726 or visit

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