SmallRig illuminates sets with new COB 120D/B fixtures

SmallRig has staked a huge claim in the accessory market. It was only recently that he dipped a toe into lighting. But now he is causing a stir with the 120 series.

SmallRig makes its grand entrance into the LED lighting space with the new 120D and 120B chip onboard video lights. The new models vastly outperform previous credit card-shaped M-Series lights, and with their ultra-bright, compact LED array, the new 120-Series packs a punch in daylight or bi-color lighting.

If a gaffer wants to control the lights remotely, SmallRig has an app for that. Let’s take a deeper look.

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Specified

SmallRig has been experimenting with the LED lighting space for some time now with compact and portable LED camera lights, and the 120 COB lights are a leap into a much broader and more flexible product category.

Looking at the 120 series, your first reaction may be that it is very similar in design to the Amaran 100D, with a removable reflector and square power and cooling unit. And you would be right.

But that’s where the comparison largely ends. The 120 Series features an integrated 120 watt chip LED fixture that is ideal for energy efficiency, longer battery life on set, reduced light loss and less glare. While the 120D is a fully daylight-balanced 5600K offering, the 120B boasts a respectable CCT range of 2700-6500K.

Both lights are high output, with 5370 lux at 3.3′ for the 120D and 4450 lux for the 120B. Tack on the hyper reflector, and light output gets a massive boost to 62,600 lux and 52,800 lux respectively, making these lights a solid workhorse for any small film crew working in the field or on a studio set. .

However, the reflector creates a hot spot in the center much like the Amaran lights. Changing reflectors might alleviate this, but you’ll lose some light.

SmallRig RS 120D Access Point
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The CRI rating is 95+ while the TLCI is a bit higher at 96+, making the consistency and accuracy of color rendition ideal for capturing natural skin tones and color reproduction.

This kind of power is bound to be a bit toasty for lighting circuits, but thanks to a combination of heat synchronization and a super quiet internal fan, the LED temperature can be kept cool no matter what the temperature on the shelf, especially for long periods of time. drawn. Unless you’re in Death Valley during the summer then, well, good luck.

SmallRig RS 120 Power Systems
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As for the power supply, in addition to the connection to the mains via a three-pin XLR connector, there is an adapter which gives the 120 series a bit of mobility thanks to the use of 12-30 volt VDC power supplies. , or to a 14.4-26 volt V-mount battery supporting a similar connection.

For accessories, SmallRig has also included a standard Bowens mount for softboxes or optional parabolic or lantern style grills, as well as umbrella mounts.

There is an application for that

The 120 series can be controlled by the SmallRig GoGo app, which is a rather basic lighting control that can connect through a smartphone. But since the user has to login to it with an email address, it seems to be a bit clumsy and a veiled attempt to fetch data by doing so.

Nonetheless, the app does the job and allows users to power on/off, adjust brightness and color temperature. The real strength of the app, however, is that a user can deploy and control multiple 120s and control them with the light’s mesh network capability.

SmallRig RS 120D App Features
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Configure all the lights, then trigger them all with the press of a button, dialing in the look you want. It’s powerful.

Finally, the 120D/B also has pre-programmed lighting effects, including paparazzi, fireworks, lightning, faulty bulb, TV, blast, flash, party and flame. You know, as usual.

The SmallRig 120 Series is priced at $219 for the 120D and $259 for the two-tone 120B, making it a very affordable option for the filmmaker looking to outfit their first three-point light kit, which will grow also with them as they improve. to their profession.

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