The MediaLight 6500K Bias Lighting System: Trusted by Professionals and Home Theatre Enthusiasts
This one goes all the way up to 99 Ra
The MediaLight was developed by Scenic Labs, the publishers of home theatre optimisation tools such as DVE and Spears & Munsil Benchmark. We realised that nobody was making a decent bias light that was affordable and that offered the high CRI and accurate CCT (correlated colour temperature) needed by professional colourists and high-end home theatre hobbyists.
Thanks to our knowledgeable and dedicated beta testers, we continue to improve each generation of the MediaLight. 3 years ago, we offered the first professional-grade LED bias light system, and we've taken it to new heights with our industry-leading 99 CRI MediaLight Pro.
Everything that you need is in the box.
You don’t need any tools. There is nothing to solder, no wires to cut and there is nothing more to buy.
- High CRI and Super-High CRI light strips (95-99 Ra, depending on the model)
- USB AC Adapter (runs off of the USB port on your display or TV). Eclipse includes a 4ft USB extension
- 5V infrared PWM dimmer, compatible with universal remote controllers, IR bridges and blasters
- Infrared Remote control (compatible with universal remotes like Harmony) for all but the Eclipse computer monitor model, which includes an in-line dimmer
Five year warranty,
Free USA shipping & free returns.
We make buying a MediaLight Bias Lighting System as easy as installing one. If you want to return it or exchange it for a different model, you have 45 days to give it a test drive. We even pay return shipping.
The following features apply to all MediaLight brand Bias Lighting:
•6500K Correlated Colour Temperature
•CRI of up to 99 Ra
•5V USB Powered (can be powered by any TV with a USB port)
•Included PWM dimmer (all but the Eclipse desktop model include a remote control)
•Peel and stick authentic 3M mounting adhesive
ISF Certified for Color Accuracy
Every MediaLight product, from our $25 MediaLight Eclipse for computers to our MediaLight Pro is ISF-Certified for accurate D65 color temperature accuracy and high color rendering index (CRI). This means that our lights are trusted by professional home theater installers and calibrators for accuracy.
While some LED manufacturers offer high-CRI LEDs as an option, we view them as must-have feature for reference quality bias lights. We don't offer any products below CRI 95 and our MediaLight Pro rocks CRI 99. With either choice, MediaLight gives you a very natural look, like that of natural sunlight, rather than the "clinical" look of lower quality light sources.
Our focus is entirely on bias lighting and our MediaLight Bias Lighting Systems are thoughtfully designed to include everything that you need.
5 Year Limited Warranty
If something happens to your MediaLight, we will either identify the cause and send the necessary replacement parts, or replace the entire unit free of charge (replacement parts or units are sent by standard USPS shipping).
What people are saying
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Jul 22 Herndon, VA
Extremely happy with the #MediaLight LED bias light. less bulky and just as accurate as traditional pro bias lights.
Alright, due to popular demand, I have relegated the dreaded Zabiki lights to another room and installed the Flanders [MediaLight] lights on the back of my display.
A lot of people mistakenly believe that bias lighting will result in crushed blacks. You won't get black crush with brightness levels set correctly both on the display and on the bias light. Above the zero state, there are many levels of brightness. HDR and 4K both introduce more detail which will absolutely get lost during scenes with specular highlights and a darkened room, just to give one example. If wide swaths of your display are totally black right now, you are probably already crushing blacks. If you use a PLUGE pattern -- some are available to stream on YouTube --just ensure that they include below black levels as some encoding can crush "illegal" black levels. Here's a reference for bias lighting that includes a PLUGE pattern on the sides. (excuse the music :)) If you can see the bars, you definitely aren't crushing blacks. Besides the capability of the display, we have the content, which doesn't always go to zero. So the content can also look better in spite of the capabilities of the display (SDR 8-bit content - and that's a lot of it, for example). But to fixate on the darkness when HDR offers so much more, I think shortchanges many of the benefits of OLED. Hollywood colorists grading on professional OLED monitors use bias lighting too. It's not about picture quality of the display but rather our ABILITY to see that picture quality. It's how (non-prescription) sunglasses can improve our vision when driving our car. Putting aside the fact that it absolutely has ergonomic benefits, it enhances our ability to see the picture. The color appears more vivid and the picture is often sharper. Why sharper? The photopupillary reflex narrows the pupils and just like when we stop down a camera, a greater depth of field falls into focus. Our home theaters are digital, HDR, 4k, but our eyes are much more refined and sensitive analog/human factors in determining what we see. What looks great to us now in home theater technology ALWAYS inevitably sucks in 10 years when the next technology comes along. Remember when we said we couldn't even see the pixels on 1080p? Remember 1080i? We obviously all know that the picture can get better because it always does, as does our ability to pick it apart. Joel Silver from ISF likes to say that everyone has opinions about how to set up a TV, but there are defined standards that are accepted internationally. We're all entitled to our preferences too. When I'm working on my computer for non color-critical work, I set my bias lighting much higher than the standards.
Installing accurate bias lighting in your home theatre doesn't have have to be a challenge, but it often is. Aside from fluorescent tubes, which have been a mainstay for years, there have been few options that offered true CIE standard illuminant D65 accuracy. There are tons of LED-based solutions on the market, but they had a reputation of not performing as well as fluorescents, and were often cited as being blue or green in colour. This got us thinking. We'd noticed massive improvements in the performance of LED's and, in fact, colour judging booth manufacturers such as Just Normlicht were starting to offer LED-based solutions, so we knew there was a way to get it right, it's just that nobody was doing it. Bias Lighting: How it worksBefore we can explain why accurate bias lighting is important, we should explain a bit about what bias lighting is. Most of us watch TV's in pitch black rooms, or in a brightly lit environment. Neither one of these is ideal. In a pitch black room with nothing but the tv as a source of light, your pupils will dilate and constrict with the constant changing between dark and light scenes. This can cause eye strain and lead to headache and fatigue. On the other hand, if you watch TV in a brightly lit room, you are introducing glare and other environment factors that negatively impact the contrast and colour perception of what you see on screen. So, if dark is out of the question, and a brightly lit room is problematic, what's the right way to light a home theatre? Light the area immediately behind the TV. This is commonly known as 'Bias lighting'. This isn't some smoke and mirrors either. All major studios use some form of bias lighting. Imaging scientists such as Joe Kane helped to popularise it when he headed the SMPTE working group on the subject. Preventing eyestrain isn’t the only benefit that accurate bias lighting can achieve. You will have.... Subtle ambient light in the room which helps you avoid stubbing your toe on the coffee table, knocking over your beverage of choice or losing your remote control A truly glare-free environment. TV screens are extremely reflective, but if you light the TV from behind, there's no glare at all. Better contrast. Thanks to how our eyes work, with bias lighting, you will see better contrast and pop. Everything will look more vivid. Don't believe us? After you install bias lighting, turn it off and see how everything looks in comparison Better colour definition compared to household lighting You can reduce eyestrain without accurate lights, but if you want to ensure accuracy, you'll want a true D65 bias light