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K5600 Lighting, an HMI based company that has previously shown a hesitation towards LED tech, is now diving head first into LED lighting with three new lights: a panel, fresnel and Joker style LED. 

With the new Joker 300 LED, Alpha 300 and LED panel we now have a complete LED based ecosystem from K5600. Both the Joker 300 and Alpha 300 have similar internals built around a Bi-Color matrix LED chip and both boast a 95+ CRI. Kelvin is adjustable using the new ballast system from 2700 to 6500 degrees kelvin. Both lights are also compatible with wired and wireless DMX using Lumen Radio’s protocol.

Let’s break down each of the new lights below and their features starting first with the Joker 300.

If you’ve used a Joker HMI fixture before you’ll find lots of familiarity with this new LED version. Four light shaping options are available including parabolic beamer, lenses, soft box and an ellipsoid spot. This light is also compatible with all Joker 400 lenses and the barndoors. Depending on configuration you’ll find a similar output to the Joker 400 HMI from the Joker 300 LED according to the manufacturer.

Based on the Alpha 800 HMI, the Alpha 300 has the crisp highlight and shadow qualities that you’d expect from a fresnel and you can adjust the beam angle from 5 to 55 degrees. The front lends is 6.9″ in diameter and uses PlanoConvex optics.

The company showed off a 4×4 connected version at Cine Gear, but the system is modular and comes in 4′ x 1′ (300W), 4′ x 6′ (150W) 2′ x 1′ (150W or 2′ x 6″ (75W) panel sizes. Each of the sizes are less than 1.35″ thick. Like with the Alpha 300 and Joker 300 you can expect an adjustable Kelvin range from 2700-6500 here too. The system has an interlocking male/female design allowing for multiple units to be connected. There are also corner holes for connecting to drywall and 3/8″ positive locking pins for additional mounting options. All panels include a 3′ Head Cable that are backwards compatible with past head cables from K5600. All panels are DMX controllable using the same Lumen Radio protocol.

K5600 additionally debuted two LED ballasts and a splitter at Cine Gear that seem very easy to control based on my short demo time on the show floor. The company also teased that the ballasts will allow for a full color upgrade sometime in the future, but notes that output will be affected with a full color solution.

What do you think? Are you surprised that K5600 decided to move into the world of LED lighting or is that a natural evolution for the HMI manufacturer? Comment below!

Emmy winner, Graham Sheldon, resides in Southern California, where he works as a producer and director of photography. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America.

With K5600, the issue is price. It’s great for corporations who are spending other people’s money. I have no doubt that these units will be rugged and professional, and if you are working every day out in the field, they will be worth the money. But if your needs are at a lower level, and you produce occasionally, the money would be well spent on cheaper gear such as Aputure that will deliver the goods, but probably won’t withstand rough treatment.

He literally just said that one of his lights is the equivalent of a 400w HMI and the other 1200w which are used outdoors all the time.

Sorry, but did this guy live under a rock? I got several Rayzr7 300Ds and they are great, even when filming outside. Of course you need much more power to compete with sunlight, but I’ve measured the Rayzr7s to be equivalent to Arri 1.5k tungsten. And for the price of one of their 300s I can get almost three Rayzr7. Also got the newly available battery option with a 30V battery, which powers the light at 100% for 45 minutes. I’ve shot several interviews outside with that configuration and it is great. Also Dedo has had nice LED lights since years, got the DLED7D and DLED12D.

And the price for the area light is just out of this world. I am using Cineflex LEDs, for less than 4k$ you can get 5 of the 1.2m x 0,46m 240W Cineflex lights all together weighing around 5kg and having 1200W power. Three of them would give you a 4×4 soft light with 18900 lx @ 1m. Their light quality is really great.

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