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Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight

B&H # PH1250 MFR # 915726
Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight

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Product Highlights

  • 6 Stop Power Range
  • 120V
  • Fast Recycling: 1.5 Sec. @ Full Power
  • Proportional Modeling Light
  • Photocell Slave
  • User-replaceable Clear Flash Tube
  • Flash Duration 1/1,300 Sec.@ Max. Power
  • Fan Cooled
  • Slider Power Control
  • Includes 7.5" Reflector
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The Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight offers speed, power and control, a wide choice of accessories and intuitive operation backed by impressive specs at a very reasonable price.

What good is a light if it keeps you in the dark? The 500W/s keeps you fully informed of your power levels via its simple, straightforward slider control that allows stepless power adjustments across 6 stops. The bright 250W modeling light can be set to Proportional to let you previsualize your final shot when using multiple lights. Other settings include Full On, OFF and manual control of the modeling light output.

The PL1250 recycles to full power in a lightning-fast 1.5 seconds with short flash durations that help you stop every gesture, an attribute which is extremely valuable when working with kinetic subjects like dancers or athletes.

Convenience features include a test button, optical slave and integral handle. The PL1250 comes with a 7.5" reflector and is compatible with a wide range of optional accessories including grids, snoots, parabolic reflectors, softboxes and umbrellas.

Six Stop Power Range
Power settings are steplessly adjustable across 6 stops via a simple slider control.
Fast Recycling
The PL1250DR recycles to full power in only 1.5 seconds to catch even the most fleeting gestures
Modeling Light
The PL1250's bright 250W quartz modeling lamp is independently adjustable from full to 1/32 power. Settings include Proportional, to previsualize lighting effects, Manual adjustment or Full On or Off
Low Trigger Voltage
Digital cameras can be used with Photogenic PowerLights without fear of damage to the camera's electronics
Built-In Slave
This version of the PL1250 has a built-in, highly sensitive, switchable optical slave for synchronization with other flashes
User Replaceable Flashtube
No tools are required to replace this "plug & play" flashtube
Ready Indication
A ready light and audible alert let you know when the capacitors are at 100% charge
Auto Dump Function
When reducing the power output, excess flash power in the capacitors is released before exposure to ensure consistent performance
Fan Cooled
A low noise, high performance fan keeps the flash head's electronics cool while lengthening the flash tube and modeling light lives
Safety Features
The PL1250 incorporates surge protection to handle power spikes and internal thermal protection which monitors heat generated during intense use
System Compatibility
The PL1250 is compatible with all Photogenic Quick-Change light shaping accessories
Maximum Watt/Seconds 500
Guide Number 365 @ 10' (3.0 m), ISO 100 with PL7R reflector, 110 with no reflector
Recycle Time 1.5 Sec. @ max. power
0.5 Sec @ min. power
Flash Duration 1/1,300 Sec. @ max. power
1/640 Sec. @ min. power
Flash Variability 6.0 Stops, full to 1/32 power, 500 to 16W/s
in 1/2 or 1/10 stop increments
User Replaceable Flashtube Comes with C4-15 (non-UV), optional C4-15C (UV), C4-15F (frosted non-UV), C4-15D (frosted UV)
Changeable Reflector Yes
Modeling Light 250W (ESS), optional 100W (ESR) or 150W (ESP)
Control: 6 stops, full to 1/32 power
Voltage Stabilization +/- 0.05 Stop
Material Extruded aluminum
Operating Voltage 105-125VAC, 60 Hz, 10 amps
Power Consumption 0.2 Amps idling, 15 amps charging
Flash Ready Indicator Ready light
Sync Voltage 5V, 1/4" (6.35 mm) outlet
Built-in Slave Cell Photocell
Circuit Protection Fuse, 3AG type 16 amp, SLO-BLO
Fan Cooled Yes
Auto Dump Yes
Mount 5/8" (16 mm) female
Dimensions 4.5 x 4.5 x 6.75" (11.4 x 11.4 x 17.1 cm)
Weight 5.5 lb (2.5 kg)


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PhotogenicPL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight

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The best strobes I've ever used.

By Freddy

from Kingfisher, OK

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer


  • Durable
  • Good Color Value
  • Long-Lasting
  • Powerful


    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors

    Comments about Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight:

    Strobes are very consistent. I use them in my studio and in the public school environment. Expensive but well worth the investment.

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    A Sure Thing

    By Lopez

    from eastern PA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer


    • Attach Securely
    • Durable
    • Good Color Value
    • Long-Lasting
    • Powerful


    • Runs only one light
    • Somewhat heavy

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors
    • Low Light

    Comments about Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight:

    I've been using Powerlights for some years now. This is my third unit (my second model 1250). As a professional photographer for woodworking publications, I haul these lights to various woodshops around the country, setting them up in dusty environs and moving them around a lot for a variety of photo setups.

    Neither of my Powerlights (including a 1000-watt unit) have ever failed me. I've never even had to replace a bulb after hundreds of hours of photo shoots. I absolutely love the ability to infinitely fine-tune the power within its range, especially since I'm often working in tight quarters. It's much better than having to reposition the light itself to increase or decrease intensity.

    I use Powerlights for 90% of my work, primarily with umbrellas for reflection, although I employ softboxes occasionally. However, I consider these 500-watt (and greater) powerpack/head units too heavy to safely mount on an extended boom. Instead, I'll use my lightweight Dynalight heads for overhead softboxes, since they connect by cords to a separate power pack. The weight of Powerlights isn't an issue when mounted at the top of a typical tripod.

    I think the biggest disadvantage of these monolights is that each unit runs only one light. You can't run multiple light heads from the power pack. That means that, even through the higher-watt Powerlights are reasonably priced, having several units will set you back a few bucks if you need lots of lumens. You may prefer to invest instead in a typical system with a power pack and detachable heads. However, if I had to choose between three Powerlights or a typical power pack with three heads, I'd go with the Powerlights in a watt-second.

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