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Nanlite Forza 500 LED Monolight

BH #NA122026 • MFR #12-2026
Nanlite Forza 500 LED Monolight
Key Features
  • Measures: 12 x 8 x 5.6"
  • 55-Degree Reflector, 5/8" Receiver
  • 5600K Daylight Color Temperature
  • 0 to 100% Dimming
Adopting a popular, easy-to-use form factor, the Forza 500 LED Monolight from NanLite has a daylight color temperature of 5600K with a high CRI/TLCI of 98/95, indicating accuracy in color rendition. The 12 x 8 x 5.6" fixture weighs just 5.5 lb, making it a welcome addition to your kit, while its 55-degree reflector allows it to output 29,440 lumens.
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Nanlite Forza 500 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Bright Output
  • 3Lightweight, Compact Design
  • 4Accurate Color
  • 5Quick Change Modifier Mount
  • 6Practical Effects
  • 7Power Anywhere
  • 8Satellite Control and Power Station
  • 9Studio and Location Ready

Adopting a popular, easy-to-use form factor, the Forza 500 LED Monolight from NanLite has a daylight color temperature of 5600K with a high CRI/TLCI of 98/95, indicating accuracy in color rendition. The 12 x 8 x 5.6" fixture weighs just 5.5 lb, making it a welcome addition to your kit, while its 55-degree reflector allows it to output 29,440 lumens.

The Forza 500 is cooled by a quiet fan and is dimmable from 0 to 100%. One of the light's benefits is its AC/DC power options. The light is ready for worldwide use thanks to its 110 to 240 VAC power supply, but it can also run on optional V-mount batteries when mains current is unavailable. Run time is approximately one hour at full power. The Forza 500 ships with a yoke and 5/8" receiver that accepts industry-standard light stands.

Bright Output

With the included reflector, the Forza 500 outputs an impressive 6257 lux at 9.8'. With dimming from 100 down to 0%, you can quickly adapt the Forza 500 to any scene without adding ND filters or diffusion.

Lightweight, Compact Design

Created to eliminate the difficulties of traveling with large light fixtures, the Forza 500 weighs only 5.5 lb and is compact enough to be easily packed into most gear cases.

Accurate Color

The brightness of a light is important, but without color accuracy, a lot of time and money will be lost in post-production. The Forza 60 features a CRI of 98 and a TLCI of 95, meaning you can shoot with confidence knowing the color reproduction will be precise.

Quick Change Modifier Mount

To keep up with the speed of production NanLite kept the Forza 500's modifier mount is fast and simple and uses a Bowen's mount. With one push of a button and a quarter turn you can swap out any of the specifically designed NanLite light modifiers.

Practical Effects

With pre-programmed special effects in a simple-to-master menu system, the Forza makes it easy to imitate lighting scenarios that can otherwise be tricky to recreate. At the touch of a button, you can simulate the lighting effects of lightning, a TV screen, a flash, and a flickering light bulb.

Power Anywhere

Optimized for use in the studio or on location, the Forza 500 can run off either the included AC adapter or two 26V V-Mount style batteries, so you can operate in any location regardless of power availability.

Satellite Control and Power Station

To keep a low center of gravity and the controls easily accessible, the Forza 500's control panel, AC adapter, and battery plate have been combined into one satellite unit easily hung from any light stand. The satellite also serves as the DMX connection point enabling the Forza 500 to be quickly adapted to any DMX-controlled environment.

Studio and Location Ready

Supplied with a standard 5/8" receiver mount, the Forza 500 can be mounted directly on any standard light stand, while the 330-degree rotating yoke makes it easy to adjust an angle or hang the light from the ceiling for studio use. Also, thanks to the Forza 500's active, quiet fan, it's suitable for sound-sensitive situations.

Nanlite Forza 500 Specs

Light Fixture
Lumens46613
Photometrics55° at 5600K:
581.3 fc / 6257 Lux at 9.84' / 3 m
Color Temperature5600K
Color Accuracy StandardCRI 98
TLCI 95
Cooling SystemFan
DimmingYes
0 to 100%
Beam Angle55°
Fixture Dimensions12.1 x 8.1 x 5.6" / 30.7 x 20.6 x 14.2 cm
Fixture Weight5.5 lb / 2.49 kg
Connectors
Battery Plate2 x V-Mount
Lens
Reflector MountBowens S-Type
Mounting
Fixture Mount5/8" Receiver
Yoke
Yoke TypeYoke/Bracket
Remote Operation
Remote Control TypeDMX, Wi-Fi
Power
AC Input Power110 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
DC Input Power48 VDC
Power SourceAC Adapter, External Battery
Max Power Consumption500 W
Packaging Info
Package Weight23 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)23 x 13.3 x 11.2"

Nanlite Forza 500 Reviews

Great light - minor QC issue but already a powerhouse

By Doug
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-23

Overall really happy about this purchase, as a frequent renter of 300d and 600d kits this has lived up to the quality of light I expect on set thus far and has nearly the output of a 600d. Slightly warmer temp than a 600d, which does have a slightly cooler look to my eye. Personal preference on which you prefer. My only issue is the LCD screen on the ballast has a few dead lines (permanently on full vertical lines across the screen). They don't impact performance and there isn't anything they inhibit me reading, but, its annoying. Nanlite has a good warranty that I can send it all in for exchange (I've spoken with them about this) but you have to send the entire unit and not just the ballast for replacement. Still would recommend as you can buy 2 for the price of 1 600d setup.

Lightweight Powerhouse!

By Ken
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-23

I love this light! It's really high output helps to balance bright sun and backlit scenes. I picked up the accessory 9.3 inch 10-45 degree "glass" Fresnel lens with metal barn doors (This is a great tool for many of my shooting scenarios). I also purchased the head extensions which save me allot of trouble on tall light light-stands. The one feature that I like most is that the 500 Forza can run on two 26V V-Mount batteries and allow for the full 500W output! Which is awesome for out door situations where a/c power is not available, and the "Active fan is indeed pretty quiet! All in all, I'm extremely satisfied with my choice. Others suggested that I should choose the Aputure LS 600D over the Forza 500... I am very satisfied going with the 500 Forza!

Using it for Photography and Video

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-15

Really love this light. Using it for Photography/Video and it has been great so far. Head fan is a little loud but you can turn it off with reduced brightness. I also bought the longer head cable so I could move power supply farther away as that has a fan also. What I don't like is the round Lock-Off Knob on the light. Over all really happy. Will be buying another.

Great love

By Jack
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-21

extremely powerful and elegant light for my work.

Worth The Money

By Kevin
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-19

The light comes nicely packed with the traveling case being sturdy and well built. A few negatives you should look out for are : The ballast has an odd placement for the batteries so it isn't the most convenient to quickly switch then in and out. The piece used to hang the light will not wrap around all light stands or c-stands because it won't be able to close. Pros that are very nice: The light doesn't weight too much. The fan does not get super loud to the point where sound will tell you to do something about it. very easy to learn the controls. I recommend this light if you want a light that is powerful and on the cheaper side. 4.5 happy faces out of 5 happy faces.

Great Buy!

By Dennis
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-27

Life changing! Allows for a wide range of control. The compatible fresnel / barn door Accessory is a great tool. I also purchased the head extensions which add ease on large sets.

Loads of Power

By Mobolaji
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-13

This light is a must have, love the size and it packs a punch...

wonderful light fixture

By Jack
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-27

extremely powerful light.

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