Additionally, the spread can be controlled via the retractable lens from a tight and spotty 15 degrees to a wide and soft 70 degrees. It does this weighing in at just 5 pounds.
Bowens Mount Built Into The Lens – The Beauty behind the X-100’s design is that the Bowens mount is attached to a lens rather than to a bare LED. This allows users greater creative control of the lights spread while attaching modifiers like softboxes, snoots, reflectors, gobos, and more. The X-100 uses a standard size Bowens mount allowing for a nearly endless option of available modifiers.
Combined AC & Controller + Power Via V-Mount or Gold Mout Batteires – The X-100 has a controller with a built-in AC Adapter, allowing for a faster and simpler setup. When not plugging in, power via a standard 14.8V battery (choose V-Mount or Gold Mount). Plug-in the X-100 worldwide, it runs 110-240V , 50/60H.
9 Built-In Effects:
High / Low Beam
Double Flash (Hazard)
Connect to DMX – Using the RJ45 connectors on the Control Box, the X-100 can be controlled using a DMX512 board allowing creatives to use the X-100 in studio or in the field.
Optional Wireless Remote – With the optional X-WR, users can control all aspects of the X-100 including output, color selection, and effects.
Robust Build-Quality Yet Lightweight & Compact – Made from high-strength, aircraft grade aluminum, the X-100 is built to last the rigors of set life and travel. Additionally, the X-100 light measures in at a portable 9″ x 5″ x 4.75″ and weighs just 5 pounds. On top of that, the X-100’s yoke is over-engineered with a handbrake locking mechanism meaning it will never slip, even with large softboxes attached.
Whisper Quiet Fan + Heat Sink – The X-100 uses a super quiet 12v fan. It’s about as loud as a person breathing…meaning it will never get picked up in your audio.
Includes: – X-100 Bowens Mount LED Light, Reflector, Controller W/ V-Mount or Gold Mount Battery Plate + Built-In AC Adapter, Strap, Wireless Antenna, Power Cable, Case
Impressive Output & CRI / TLCI Scores – The X-100 consumes just 100W yet it’s nearly as bright as a 1k tungsten. Additionally, it has the CRI and TLCI scores to back it up.
The full kit weighs in at about 5kg and the lamp head accounts for most of that weight (2kg) while keeping a small physical footprint. The fixture is focusable between 17 and 70 degrees using a helicoid ringd, in practice, that works very well and makes this light very versatile as a flood or to pinpoint something specific in a scene.
An onboard Bowens Mount means the Light Cannon X-100 is compatible with hundreds of accessories from other brands ranging from softboxes to snoots and reflectors.
Focusing the fresnel from 17 to 70 degrees and everywhere in-between is easy.
The Light Cannon X100 is available in both Gold Mount and V-Mount versions and the controller/ballast has a little toggle that allows you to switch between AC (marked as “Cable”) and battery power input. The default version we sell is the V-lock version (vlock is the standard within Europe)
There are a few selectable effects built into the light including one with the interesting title of “warm breathing” and here is the full list:
- Lightning 1
- Lightning 2
- TV Screen
- High/Low Beam
- Double Flash Hazard
- Warm Breathing
Most of these are self-explanatory, but the “warm breathing” effect feels like a warm pulse from an alien spacecraft. Good to have these effect options for the moments they might come in handy on set, versus not having them and needing to manually try to toggle a pulse effect mid-scene over dozens of takes.
Light Cannon X100 Controller/Ballast. Image Credit: cinema5D
Color temperature is selectable between 2800-6500K in 50 Kelvin increments by using the upper right silver wheel (see picture above). You can change intensity in single % increments using the below right silver wheel, which is partially protected by a small metal bar. You do have integrated ports for connecting to a DMX512 network or you can use a X-WR remote (available separately).
Here are a few measurements on a Sekonic C-700U Spectrometer of how accurately the X-100 handled color temp (Kelvin) at a distance of 3ft set to a 70 degree beam. Overall we averaged a very good 96.0 CRI (Ra) throughout all testing. Here are some readings with a target of 5600K:
An included strap gives you an easy way to hang the controller on a C-stand. Overall the controller/ballast unit is easy to use and light/small enough that it doesn’t kill the portability of the overall kit.
We hit a 5449 kelvin temp with a target of 5600K — these are excellent results and well within a normal margin of error. The 4310 lx output at 3 feet makes this a very punchy LED light. Now for a quick test with a target of 3200K:
At 3063 these are solid readings for the kelvin temp target at 3200K. We did see a slight drop in output from 4310lx to 3870lx once we changed over to Tungsten from Daylight. But this was to be expectected and very minor!