Hive Lighting Introduces Bee 50-C and Hornet 200-C

April 4th, 2018
Hive Lighting Introduces Bee 50-C and Hornet 200-C

Hive Lighting will introduce their new LED lights at NAB 2018. The Bee 50-C and the Hornet 200-C are both single point source OMNI-color LED lights with full control over saturation, hue, output, and color temperature.

Last year Hive Lighting launched their first OMNI-Color LED light named wasp 100-c and it got decent amount of attention on Kickstarter. We interviewed the creators about that product at Cinegear 2017. You can also read more technical information about the Wasp 100-C in our other article.

This year, the company decided to skip the crowdfunding part and will introduce their two new products at NAB 2018 and have them available for purchase soon thereafter. Both new LED Lights are additions to their OMNI-Color LED product line. The Bee 50-C, which is a compact lightweight LED for traveling and the Hornet 200-C, which is the brightest single point source color changing LED on the market, according to the company.

Both the Bee 50-C and the Hornet 200-C feature the same Perfect S.H.O.T. technology which was introduced with the wasp 100-c. This technology gives the user the ability to adjust the saturation, hue, output, and color temperature of the lights, allowing for infinite color combinations and complete lighting customization. Both lights also retain the form factor of the wasp 100-c including an adjustable yoke design and a 100mm body diameter. This diameter allows both lights to be combined with hundreds of existing photo accessories from various manufacturers including for example ProFoto, Chimera, Elinchrome or Westcott.

Hive Lighting Bee 50-C

Hive’s compact light solution, the Bee 50-C, is a 40W OMNI-Color LED. This means the light uses a combination of secondary and tertiary colored LEDs (Red, Amber, Lime, Cyan and Sapphire) to create a more complete and even spectrum than traditional RGBW. A proprietary algorithm combines the 5 different colors into a whitebalanced light and millions of saturated color combinations.

It weighs 1.5lbs (0.7 kg) and measures 5” ( 125mm) long. According to the manufacturer it is brighter than a 300W incandescent light source. The Bee 50-C houses multiple ¼-20 threaded mounting points for rigging to cameras, drones, stages, built sets, and practical locations. It can be powered with battery or universal wall power and is compatible with various accessories from Hive.

Bee 50-C Technical Specs

  • Source: OMNI-Color LED
  • Light Index: Up to 98 CRI / 97 TLCI
  • Dimming: 0 – 100% Control
  • Color Temperature: 1,650K – 8,000K
  • Control: DMX, Smartphone
  • AC Power: 100 – 240 V input
  • DC Power: 12 – 18 V input via XLR
  • Length: 5” / 127mm
  • Diameter: 4” / 100mm
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs. / 0.7 kg

Hive Lighting Hornet 200-C

The Hornet 200-C is a 150W OMNI-Color LED. By using a combination of secondary and tertiary colored LEDs (Red, Amber, Lime, Green, Cyan, Blue, and Sapphire) it creates a more complete and even spectrum than traditional RGBW. A proprietary algorithm combines these 7 different colors into a whitebalanced light and millions of saturated color combinations. The Hornet 200-C produces the widest color gamut of any Hive light.

Weighing in at 2.6lbs (1.2 kg) and measuring 9” (225mm) long, it is brighter than a 1000W incandescent source. According to the manufacturer, with 2.5x the output of the original wasp 100-c, this is the brightest single point source color changing LED on the market. Among other accessories, Hornet 200-C is compatible with a Par Reflector and Adjustable Fresnel, both fully compatible with a wide variety of classic light modifiers from “soft boxes” for video production, to “beauty dishes” for photographic applications.

Hornet 200-C Technical Specs

  • Source: OMNI-Color LED
  • Light Index: Up to 98 CRI / 97 TLCI
  • Dimming: 0 – 100% Control
  • Color Temperature: 1,650K – 8,000K
  • Control: DMX, Smartphone
  • AC Power: 100 – 240 V input
  • DC Power: 24 – 36 V input via XLR
  • Length: 9” / 229mm
  • Diameter: 4” / 100mm
  • Weight: 2.6 lbs. / 1.2 kg

As I wrote in the beginning of the article, Hive lighting will showcase their new lights in Las Vegas at NAB 2018, which starts in few days – we will be there with a big team to cover all the relevant news for our audience. The exact dates about availability are not published. Hive for now advises to follow their website fro more information regarding availability and rental locations. Pricing for body only starts at $630 for the Bee 50-C and $1,788 for the Hornet 200-C.

We will update this post with product links as they become available for preorder at retailers.

Do you use single point source LED lights? What do you think of Hive’s new products? Let us know in the comments below.

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Daniel Hoene
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The 200-c is certainly peaking my interest. I wonder how it will compare to the Aperture 300D; I’m sure it will smoke it in terms of color accuracy, just based on the technology, but I wonder in terms of measured output.

 Dan Brockett
Dan Brockett
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I’m reviewing the Fiilex Q8 Travel, a 340 watt bi-color LED that weighs 22lbs and has an 8″ fresnel lens. I would be astounded if the Hive 200-C had more output than this Fiilex, that Hive is claiming it is “the brightest single point source color changing LED on the market” sounds like hype.

Hive claims 4400 FC at 2.5′ while Fiilex claims 8349 FC at 1.0 M (3.3 ft) Is the Fiilex Q8 Travel not a single point source color changing LED?

 Kyle Jones
Kyle Jones
MemberApril 4th, 2018

I agree that their wording is a little off. I think they mean the brightest single point source with 360 degree hue control.

The Fiilex is impressive (albeit much larger, heavier, and $1,000 more) but only has:

* 2,800K – 6,500K CT control
* ±0.25 green/magenta hue control

While the Hornet 200-C has:

* 1,650K – 8,000K CT control
* 360° Hue Control

That being said, I agree “color changing” is not specific enough for what they are trying to say.

 Jonathan Miller
Jonathan Miller
MemberApril 4th, 2018

Hi Dan,

Thanks for the note. Kyle is right our point was full color changing, both white light and saturated color and the hue control to use both at the same time. Obviously there are brighter bi-color lights on the market. There are also brighter full color changing lights, take a Skypanel 360 for example that is much brighter, but we were being very specific in this claim, full color and point source. The Fiilex you describe uses more than twice the power so is obviously brighter but we would describe it as a bi-color and since it is a bi-color chip array behind a fresnel and cannot be treated as a point source light that can go into multiple different optics and perform like a point source, no we would not consider it comparable in that way.

Having said that we are not trying to confuse or be disingenuous with our wording, in fact we were trying to high light the unique benefits of our lights and the specific category this excels in. We will go out of our way to clarify this even further whenever possible, but I want to emphasize we are not the brightest light in the world, but considering the unique control and design of this light, the Hornet 200-C’s output level with the optics and color control available is unique

Jon Miller

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