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NANLITE Forza 150 Released – Compact and Lightweight COB LED Light

November 2nd, 2021 Jump to Comment Section
NANLITE Forza 150 Released - Compact and Lightweight COB LED Light

NANLITE has just released a new fixture in its Forza lineup of LED lights: the NANLITE Forza 150. This daylight-only fixture is lightweight and compact, it doesn’t require an external ballast, and you can power it via a V-mount battery. Let’s take a closer look at it!

Chinese manufacturer NANLITE has been very active lately! Indeed, they introduced the PavoTube II X and NANLINK app less than a month ago.

Moreover, the company is already back with a new addition in its Forza lineup of LED lights, which already consists of the Forza 60 / 200 / 300 / 500, with a 150W option, the NANLITE Forza 150.

NANLITE Forza 150 features

The NANLITE Forza 150 (as its name does not suggest!) is a 170W LED COB light. With a weight of only 1.36kg/3.0lbs and dimensions of 22.6 x 13.2 x 11.4 cm / 8.9 x 5.2 x 4.5″, this is a very compact fixture.

The Forza 150 is a daylight-only (5600K) LED light with a claimed CRI of 96 and TLCI of 98. It means that it should be pretty good at rendering colors accurately.

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The company claims that the Forza 150 can reach 27960 lux at one meter with the included reflector.

Compared to other Forza LED lights, the Forza 150 is an “all-in-one” fixture that does not require an external ballast. Indeed, the power supply is built-in inside the lamp head, so you only need one power cable to get up and running.

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Also, what’s nice is that you can power the Forza 150 with a V-Mount battery. Of course, you’ll need an optional battery grip to do so, but at least you have that option. This is one of the significant drawbacks of the Aputure Amaran 100D/200D that are hard to power via external batteries.

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Controls and connectivity

All the light controls and connectors are now located at the back of the lamp head. You’ll find:

  • A small status screen.
  • Two control knobs and a mode button
  • A 4-pin XLR DC 15-24V power input.
  • A USB Type-A port for future firmware updates.
  • One 3.5mm DMX input port.
  • An On/Off switch.

As you can tell, this kind of LED fixture is straightforward to use.

Image credit: NANLITE

At the front of the light, you’ll find NANLITE’s proprietary FM mount. The Forza 150 is compatible with all lighting modifiers from NANLITE, but it also comes with an industry-standard Bowens mount adapter as part of the package.

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You’ll need an optional 3.5mm to 5-pin dual XLR DMX cable if you want to control the Forza 150 as part of your larger remotely controlled lighting setup.

Image credit: NANLITE

However, you’ll also be able to control this LED light wirelessly thanks to its built-in Bluetooth and 2.4G dual modules. Finally, of course, you can add the NANLITE Forza 150 to the Nanlink app for additional control.

There are 11 built-in lighting effects – like every modern LED light – including INT Loop, Flash, Pulse, Storm, TV, Paparazzi, Candle/Fire, Bad Bulb, Fireworks, Explosion, and Welding.

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Price and availability

The NANLITE Forza 150 is available now for $499.00. Without having touched the light I would say that on paper, the Aputure Amaran 200D and Godox VL150 seem to be in a similar bracket of the market. Yet, the Forza 150 looks more “robust” than the other two.

The Forza 150 comes with a carrying case, a power adapter and cable, a reflector, a Bowens adapter, and user manuals.

For more information, please visit NANLITE’s website here.

What do you think about this new NANLITE Forza fixture? Do you like all-in-one LED lights, or do you dig the external ballast? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments down below!

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