The New Flagship—The Aputure LS 1200d


There is a new flagship in Aputure’s Light Storm lighting fleet—the Aputure LS 1200d. The new light is the brightest in the Aputure line and, according to the company, the highest output chip-on-board (COB) LED compatible with Bowens-mount modifiers. Let’s look at the company’s new standard-bearer.

Aputure LS 1200d
Aputure LS 1200d

The Aputure LS 1200d is a 1200W daylight-balanced COB LED that is designed to compete on the same level as industry-standard Hydrargyrum Medium-Arc Iodide (HMI) lights. The LS 1200d has an output of 83,100+ at 3 meters with a narrow Hyper Reflector. It is rated at color accuracy measurements of CRI ≥96, TLCI ≥98, CQS ≥95, and SSI (D56)≥73. As mentioned above, the light can accept Bowens mount modifiers such as the Aputure Light Dome, softboxes, and lanterns.

The LS 1200d, like other lights in the Light Storm Pro series, is weather resistant and employs waterproof fans, sealed internals, rubber caps for all ports, and weatherproof connectors. This allows you to keep your lights shining in demanding outdoor environments, as well as in the studio, when artificial precipitation is being employed.

Light control is provided by precise manual 0.1% stepless dimming, and the light incorporates sACN and Art-net compatibility via an etherCON connector, wireless Lumenradio CRMX, DMX512 5-pin XLR in and out, and Sidus Link mobile app compatibility. The LS 1200d also has eight built-in light effects—Paparazzi, Fireworks, Lightning, Faulty Bulb, TV, Pulsing, Strobe, and Explosion—for quick on-the-go effects without external controllers. The power control and effects are accessed by a detailed and elegant LCD screen interface.

A redesigned control box contains the DMX ports, etherCon connector, two 48V/15A 3-pin XLR inputs, and AC power input. The control box is designed to protect the ports from the rigors of studio and field use. The LS 1200d has a maximum power draw of 1440W—allowing it to compete with HMIs while offering DC battery-power solutions, as well as the ability to be powered by a Honda 2000W generator.

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