NAB 2018: K 5600 Upgrades to the Joker² HMI Light


When it comes to HMIs, K 5600 Lighting, with its Joker series of lights, is one of the best names in the business, and now we are seeing a solid upgrade to this series with the Joker² at NAB. Keeping the same basic form, this updated line offers a few key enhancements that makes it even a more reliable lighting tool for photographers and videographers. The series is available in 400W, 800W, and 1600W versions, and these have already been implemented into various kits.

With the Joker² 400, we see a notable bump of 25% to the output, making it equivalent to that of a 575W HMI fixture but with approximately 30% less power consumption—an impressive feat. This is the smallest option in the Joker² series, currently, and can be used either without a reflector for use in lightbanks or with a PAR beamer and lens to create a more directed output. A big change in the Joker² is the ballast, which is high-speed with 300 and 1000 Hz frequencies, and now offers built-in wireless DMX control via LumenRadio, even allowing for control using a smartphone or tablet.

Moving up the line, we have the Joker² 800 that was designed for improved performance in lightbanks, enabling 50% more output compared to a standard PAR 1200W. The Joker² 1600 is for those who need the ultimate in power with an equivalent output that exceeds that of a 6000W Quartz halogen lamp. Besides power and overall size, these fixtures share many features, as they both support two different beamers, the standard PAR with four lenses and a Zoom Beamer with a 15-55° or 15-60° beam angle, respectively. All the electronic ballasts have wireless support and can be run on standard AC power—even the most powerful 1600 only draws 15A on 120 VAC.

If you want to pick up one of these lights you can purchase the Joker² 400, Joker² 800, and Joker² 1600 as a head with cable, in 400, 800, or 1600 complete kits, and much more. Be sure to check out the full lineup at B&H.

Are you a fan of K 5600's HMIs? Are the newest Jokers worth the upgrade in your kit? Let us know in the Comments section, below!