Does the Nanlux Evoke 1200B Pack Enough Bi-Color Punch?

Does the Nanlux Evoke 1200B Pack Enough Bi-Color Punch?
Credit: Nanlux
LED lights are getting more powerful. Now bi-color is also becoming a staple.

1200W LED lights are fast becoming the norm. Remember when the Aputure 300d was the brightest thing we could all afford?

Well, hot on the heels of the Aputure 1200d comes Nanguang, the parent company of Nanlux, which has announced a bi-color follow-up to its Nanlux Evoke 1200 Daylight LED Spotlight.

The Nanlux Evoke 1200B is one of the first "affordable" 1200W LED to offer a bi-color version, it seems. It even beats the likes of Aputure and is just neck-and-neck with Godox. It's Illuminated by dual 1200-watt Bi-color COB chips and offers a luminance level of 5600K with 61,030 lux at three meters using the RF-NLM-26 light reflector.

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It just might. Credit: Nanlux

Met Expectations?

According to the Nanlux press release, this light is “a game-changer in bringing beyond-anticipation user experience for the large film crew who demand precision lighting on subtlety.”

But does it? Let's see what the fine print says.

The Evoke 1200B has a CCT range of 2700K-6500K, which Nanguang states can “provide sunrise to sunset recreations with an extremely high continuity and accuracy.” The company also says that with a luminance of 61,030 lux at three meters with a reflector, the new bi-color spot is comparable to a 1.8kW PAR or 2.5kW HMI Fresnel light. All with a total weight of 7.75 kg.

Nanlux Evoke 1200B Rear View
Credit: Nanlux

The Evoke 1200B promises excellent color rendering capability, and through Nanlux's advanced bi-color lighting technologies, the 1200B makes using lighting gels a thing of the past. Scores for CRI/TLCI are rated at 96/95, respectively, while the TM30 grade gets an average of 95/Rf and 1020Rg. The Evoke also holds an IP rating of IP54 for water resistance when shooting in weather-related scenes on set or on location.

Controls include a simple-to-use interface on the rear-mounted 2.8-inch LCD display and control knobs or wirelessly through the Nanlink mobile app. There is also an option for both wired and wireless DMX control.

Nanlux Evoke 1200B w/ DOP Djordje Stojiljkovic
Nanlux Evoke 1200B in use by DOP Djordje StojiljkovicCredit: Djordje Stojiljkovic

Dimming can be adjusted by knobs in .1% increments from 0-100 percent, and gaffers can make good work of the five onboard dimming curves, including Linear, Exponent, Logarithm, S-Curve, and Gamma 2.2. There are also 12 customizable practical effects built in.

The light is built using aluminum die-cast alloys and has an offset yoke design with a 15-degree expanded tilting angle with NL mount light modifiers attached.  For cooling the ultra-bright spot, the Evoke 1200B offers four fan modes—smart, full speed, low speed, and even off. 

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Rear Control PanelCredit: Nanlux

All in all, it's a hardy piece of kit that won't care if you dunk it in water. 

The Evoke 1200B is compatible with all NL-mount modifiers, including reflectors, fresnels, and softboxes, which is a bit unfortunate for those in the Bowens eco-system.  However, the light can be mounted through the Nanlux two light and four light arrays. That can create a lot of output that makes us think of the Digital Sputnik lights.

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Control is all from your phone or tabletCredit: Nanlux

Should You Get It?

If your project needs some powerful punch, as well as a bi-color feature, the Nanlux Evoke 1200B seems to be the only light on the market to fit your needs. At $3,880, it's not a bad sell either, especially with the punch you're getting.

If you want to dig more, check out the Nanlux website.      

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