Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV)

Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV)

Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV)

B&H # PH1250UV MFR # 915755
Expected availability: May 15, 2019

Product Highlights

  • 6 Stop Power Range
  • 120V
  • Fast Recycling: 1.5 Sec. @ Full Power
  • Proportional Modeling Light
  • Photocell Slave
  • UV Color Corrected Flash Tube
  • Flash Duration 1/1,300 Sec.@ Max. Power
  • Fan Cooled
  • Slider Power Control
  • Includes 7.5" Reflector
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Photogenic PL1250C Overview

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The Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV) 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. The UV color corrected flash tube ensures clean whites and flattering skin tones.

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
UV Color Corrected Flash Tube
The UV flash tube prevents blue hues from creeping into the color balance resulting in the accurate rendition of white fabrics such as wedding gowns and flattering skin tones
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
UPC: 689670110112

Photogenic PL1250C Specs

Flash Head
Maximum Power 16 to 500 Ws
Power Control 6 Stops in 1/10-Stop Increments
Guide Number 110' / 33.5 m at 10' / 3 m, ISO100
365' / 111.3 m at 10' / 3 m, ISO100 with Reflector
Flash Duration 1/1300 to 1/640 Sec
Recycle Time 0.5 to 1.5 Sec ()
Flash Ready Indicator Visual
Reflector Changeable
Accessory Fitting Type Photogenic
Modeling Light
Type Tungsten
Wattage 250 W
Sync Type Optical
Interface 1/4" Sync
Sync Voltage 5 V
AC Input Voltage 105to125 VAC, 60 Hz
Current 10 A (Operating)
15 A (Charging)
0.2 A (Idle)
Circuit Protection Fuse
Fuse 16 A
Display None
Mount 5/8" / 16 mm Receptacle
Auto Dump Yes
Fan Cooled Yes
Dimensions H: 4.5 x W: 4.5 x L: 6.8" / H: 11.0 x W: 11.0 x L: 17.0 cm
Weight 5.5 lb / 2.5 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight 9.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.5 x 11.6 x 10.3"

Photogenic PL1250C Reviews

PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV) is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what they used to be. Unreliable. I have about 5 of these. I have been using them for 10 years. I have purchased a few new ones recently. I have a rail system in the studio and a Photogenic rep told me that they are not very compatible for hanging upside down. I have problems with them upside down and right side up. I have had on many occasions had a light fail while on location. This is EXTREMELY frustrating. I will not be buying any more of these lights. Photogenic is not what they used to be - you have failed me for the last time. I have sent many of my lights in for repair - -and they are still not fixed!!! I took one right out of the box and when I moved it I could hear something large clunking around inside. When you spend $500+ on a monolight you want it to work ALL of the time. Shop around and buy a different light.
Date published: 2011-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mostly Dependable I have owned six Photogenic Powerlights over the past twelveyears and have had good service from them. I use two thattravel around with me and get regular use and the othersusually wait in the studio and do not get near as much work. I usually expect one to give me some trouble about once ayear. Fortunately, I have spares that will rotate into usewhile one is in the shop. On the negative side, theturnaround time is painfully slow for repairs. Servicingprofessional equipment simply should not take that long andif I did not have spares, it would be intolerable for me. Iwould definitely give Photogenic higher marks if they couldspeed up servicing. Otherwise, they have been basicallygood lights. Expertise: Professional, commercial, architectural, food Problems Encountered: My newer 1250 models have gone out on jobs and enough smokepours out that I fear it will set off the sprinkler system. My older 600's would pop as loud as a firecracker. I'mnot sure which is worse. Fortunately, it does not happenthat often. Biggest problem is time it takes for repairs. TOO SLOW. Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Novatron Items I Recommend: Definitely UV tube
Date published: 2007-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid, dependable, professional. Really I think these are 4.5 out of 1-5. I have about 8 of these that are used a lot. I've owned/used Novatrons, Dynalights, etc, and these are great. As mono-lights, I can put them all over a large area, the don't have to worry about plugging each into one power pack. Love how you can regulate the power to whatever you want. I rarely go to full power with these. I use three for location headshots at ISO 100 with either umbrellas or softboxes, and set each at 1/4 power at the most. I've used them in dental clinics, medical offices, industrial areas, outside, churches, reception venues, and always know that I can count on them to give professional results. Occasionally the photo (optical) slave from one might not see the other flash, and not fire, especially if I am using a softbox, which puts the sensor on the wrong side of the light. Can't they add one to another location? Love using one light bounced off the white ceiling at a reception to give me consistant fill light over a large area.
Date published: 2014-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Lights Lights work great, color is superb. My only issue is the flash cord that comes with it. Had many misfires for a new cord.
Date published: 2008-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good function Bought 2 heads. Pros: after comparing to other brands, its function/operation/features are overall well balanced, and is a better buy. Cons: the brand does not have complete line of accessories. Beauty dish without honeycomb, etc.... One head was exchanged by manufacture for a new one due to disfunction (the first burst after idle tends to be a lot brighter than what it should).
Date published: 2009-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Value!! I've used these same lights for years. One of my lights was destroyed when it crashed 10 ft. down on cement. I was only looking to replace it when I found this kit. Now I have two brand new lights and I LOVE them. I didn't realize how worn my old ones were and am enjoying a whole new set. I'd highly recommmend these!
Date published: 2011-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from most excellent I'm replacing lighting after my studio partner left-this is my second Photogenic-the first I've used hard for 8 years with no problems, unlike the other brand we used. The modelling lamp lasts forever, and fan cooling seems to do the job. Also, switching modifiers is a snap. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2009-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good These lights are fantastic but for one thing. The Socket that the power cord plugs into in the body of the light keeps pulling out with wires trailing after it. Other than that one flaw I would recomend this kit.
Date published: 2008-05-01
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