Although truly innovative lighting technology rarely comes on the scene, a novel videoconference product from Brightline is providing an exciting new design option for achieving successful, high-quality VC lighting.
The R-View has been developed to fulfill a longstanding industry need for a cost-effective, energy-efficient, portable videoconference fixture that delivers high-end aesthetics and broadcast-quality illumination in an elegant, out-of-the-box format that is extremely simple to deploy and operate. For the vast majority of videoconference settings, the investment in cameras, flat screens, and data-transmission equipment–all too often subverted by poor lighting–can now maximize its potential through a complementary one-step lighting solution.
As a standalone videoconference light, the patent-pending R-View breaks new ground in a number of key design and performance areas:
- Aesthetics/Design–The sleek, streamlined look of the R-View with its distinctive rolled effect marks it as a sophisticated piece of industrial design, at home in the most upscale corporate boardroom or the hippest high-tech studio. The approximately 8-in-high by 22-in-wide by 5-in-deep fixture body is fabricated entirely of aluminum, which, compared with the steel construction of most other fixtures, is much lighter, offers better fatigue properties, and dissipates heat more effectively. Units are powder coated in standard black or a wide choice of optional colors.
- Optics/Performance–Unique to the videoconferencing market, the R-View is a fully dimmable, indirect fluorescent soft light. One of the goals of successful videoconference lighting is to adequately light conference participants with illumination that remains comfortable to the eye. With the R-View, subjects are not looking directly at the unit’s two 55-W lamps; rather, the proprietary fixture body and reflector design result in the light being bent or diffused to the face of the fixture for an extremely soft effect that renders the lighting as unobtrusive as possible. In addition, nine specially designed reflector blades reduce optical flare or glare to the sides of the fixture by more than half without diminishing overall intensity. As with all Brightline products, the R-View turns out very little heat, consumes up to 90% less electricity than comparable incandescent fixtures, offers lamp life in excess of 8,000 hours, and produces a spectral emission calibrated to harmonize with the widest range of digital cameras, including the latest HD models.
- Ease of Use/Installation–Setting up the R-View is quicker and simpler than setting up a monitor or screen. Fixtures can be wall or yoke mounted, and are also ideal for use with a variety of portable VC carts. Supplied with ANSI-standard VESA mounting holes, the fixtures incorporate a steel mounting plate that can be employed with a pivot bracket or TVMP adapter. Operating the R-View is similarly painless: you simply plug the light into a wall outlet and use a bottom-mounted rotary potentiometer to adjust the dimming up or down to the desired level. Other dimming options are available upon request.
For the A/V integrator or consultant, the R-View takes both the guesswork and the “fear factor” out of videoconference lighting specification, delivering consistent, broadcast-quality illumination with the click of a switch. Achieving effective communication with comfort and confidence has never been easier!