Monolights vs Pack and Head

When investing in a new lighting system, it’s important to know what options there are as well as the benefits that can come along with each decision. For anybody coming from speedlights or smaller systems, there is one important decision to make – monolights or powerpacks and lamps.

Both options do the same thing, light the scene, but the form factor and portability of each leads photographers to lean one way or another. Here we’ll explain both options and why a photographer might choose one over the other.


Monolights feel like an evolution of the speedlight. They operate as self contained light sources with all the electronics and power distribution within the head itself. The broncolor Siros 400 and 800 have much more power than a speedlight, with greater light shaping abilities, using the full range of modifiers and softboxes.

The Siros S line is powered by being plugged into the wall, while the Siros L is powered by a replaceable battery, offering 220 full-power flashes per charge. For a photographer looking to shoot on location, the Siros L is an all-in-one solution that can be taken on the go easily and conveniently in our one and two light kits. Swapping batteries is quick and simple, creating a mobile lighting studio with enough lighting power to work in full daylight.