While on another Phantom shoot, I had the pleasure of being able to test this beauty out.
It’s called a 30K Lablight. I believe it is made by the same folks that produced Lightning Strikes (Luminys).
Essentially, it is an unbelievably bright flash tube, which will give you a ten second, flicker free blast of light at 30,000 Watts of daylight.
I had a key light source of two 18K HMI fresnels pounding through a 12 x 12’ frame- that’s 36,000 watts of daylight. I added the 30K Lablight to the frame and doubled my shooting stop- incredible.
These units are also pretty compact (about 2-3 ft wide), however, the ballast or battery is very heavy (around 250 pounds). It only uses around 40 amps of power, and after the initial charge time of around 5 minutes, it recharges in 90 seconds, ready for another 10 second burst (about 400 seconds of screen time, when shot at 1000fps).
While this unit dumps a bit of heat when firing, it’s perfect for food, pour shots and the like. I was really impressed with this unit and will definitely be using a number of these when the job calls for hi speed work.