Kobold is the industry standard in daylight lighting systems. Because of its innovative technologies and ergonomic style, broncolor Kobold products have exceptional quality without compromising their unique components. In the broncolor: The Light video “Kobold,” Amber Gray and Julian Bernstein talk about their favorite Kobold lights, and the reasons why they are standard in their studio.
Kobold HMIs boast some impressive features:
All the fixtures (200,400,800) and ballast units are weatherproof. The fixtures have an IP 54 rating and the ballasts have an IP 43 rating. The heat-dissipating reflectors that would typically heat up the lenses actually provide superior UV radiation protection. In addition, lenses do not crack when splashed with water, making them a great investment. Because the products are so durable to weather damages, they are also dust resistant as well, which helps solve the problem for dust-sensitive igniters on HMI heads.
From the smallest and most compact HMI on the market, the DW 200, to the DE line of event lighting, all of the products are of superior quality. The lamp head housing is made of high-strength aluminum and the igniter is hermetically sealed to allow hot and cold starts even in humid weather. The heat-resistant ceramic safety glass ensures that the product is safe to use.
The lenses and the spot flood adjustment provide a wide range of great optics and light intensity. The improved optics optimizes usable output. In addition, the lights are brighter and more even than the competitors. Gray describes the lights as “clean” and “spectacular.” The reflectors emit a continuous spectrum of light, the same type as daylight (two and a half times brighter than tungsten). A filter is also available for running the unit as tungsten balance (3200) if needed.
The reflectors and accessories are quickly interchanged with the quick-release bayonet, making it easy to convert from Open Face to PAR lenses within seconds. No other manufacturer features a setup that is that easy. With the broncolor adapter, you can use your Kobold lights with your favorite broncolor reflectors. The switch between still and video has never been so simple.
The ballasts are flicker-free up to 5000 fps, multi voltage, and make running four, four-hundred watt units on a 20 amp circuit possible. Unlike other competitors, Kobold is on-the-go and ready for anything. Its hot strike is impeccable with a quick recharge and it is the fastest ready unit available on the market.