NANLITE has just announced the launch of a new fixture into its Forza lineup: the NANLITE Forza 300B. This bi-color COB LED light can go from 2700K to 6500K with a maximum output of 37440 Lux at one meter at 5600K. Let’s take a closer look at it!
Chinese light manufacturer NANLITE is launching products quickly lately! Indeed, the company launched the FS-200 in November 2019, and if you skipped that one, you could take a look at our review of the Forza 500 here.
Today, NANLITE is back with a new bi-color fixture that is part of its Forza lineup: the NANLITE Forza 300B.
NANLITE Forza 300B
If you look closely, the NANLITE Forza 300B looks, in terms of design, very similar to previous fixtures like the Forza 200 or Forza 500. But if it works, why change it?
The Forza 300B is a COB LED light with a 300W power draw. The light head is pretty compact with dimensions of only 12.9 x 8.9 x 4.7 in for a weight of 5 lbs. However, Forza LED lights are run by an external ballast that connects to the light head, which measures 5.5 x 4.9 x 17.9 for a weight of 6 lbs.
Next to the Forza 60B that was announced last year, the Forza 300B is the second bi-color fixture of this lineup. The light can go from 2700K to 6500K.
Of course, like every modern LED light, you can dim the Forza 300B from 0 to 100%, and it can reach a maximum output of 37440 Lux at one meter with the reflector. According to the company, the light has a CRI/TLCI of 98/97 which should give close to perfect color rendition.
Finally, the Forza 300B has a built-in Bowens S style mount to attach light modifiers, softboxes, and so on in front of the light.
The light head itself doesn’t have any controls; it’s basically a COB chip, some electronics, and a built-in fan. All the powering and the dimming/color temperature changes are done via the ballast and shown on the little LCD. There are two knobs on the ballast: one for the light output and one for the color temperature, and navigate inside the menu.
Talking about the menu, it is straightforward with a CCT button, one effect button (there are 12 pre-programmed special effects), one menu button, and a lock button to prevent changing your settings accidentally. You can also control the ballast with an included remote.
As I mentioned earlier, the light head is powered by the ballast. The ballast itself can be powered by mains power or via two 14.8V V-Mount batteries. NANLITE indicates that with two 130WH V-Mount batteries, you can get around 49 mins of runtime at full power.
Last but not least, the ballast has a DMX/RDM connection port so it can integrate into your existing lighting setup easily, as well as a USB port for future firmware updates.
Price and availability
The NANLITE Forza 300B should be available soon for $899. It comes in a padded case with the ballast, the WS-RC-C1 remote control, a light stand clamp, a head cable, a power cord, and a reflector.
For more information, please visit NANLITE’s website here.
What do you think about the Forza 300B? Did you already use NANLITE fixtures? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below!