Nanlite Introduces the Forza 720 and 720B Super Bright Spotlights

Nanlite has announced the Forza 720, a daylight-balanced light fixture, and the Forza 720B, a bi-color light claimed to be the brightest spotlight in the world today.

Both lights are the brightest spotlights the company has ever made. The fixtures have an AC power draw of 800W but also operate on batteries.

The Forza 720, priced at $1649.00, is daylight balanced at 5600K. It has a maximum output of 10,200 lux at three meters and 124,000 lux at one meter with a 45-degree reflector. Without the reflector, the output at three meters is 3,777 lux. It has a CRI of 95 and a TLCI of 96.

The Forza 720B, priced at $1849.00, has a CCT range from 2700 K to 6500 K. It has a maximum output of 7,919 lux at three meters and 84,460 lux at one meter with the 45-degree reflector.

These figures are with the light set to a color temperature of 5600 K. Without the reflector, the output, at three meters, drops to 3,116 lux.

The Forza 720B has two output modes. In maximum output mode, the light will always be the brightest it can at any given temperature. Without the reflector, the output varies from 2,385 lux at 2700 K, peaks at 3,116 lux at 5600 K, then drops to 3,074 lux at 6500K.

The light level, however, remains at 2,385 lux in constant output mode irrespective of the color temperature. While this does decrease the output, the user can adjust CCT without worrying about changing the exposure of the scene.

Both lights have a standard Bowens mount which means they are compatible with a wide range of modifiers and accessories from Nanlite and third-party suppliers. The curved yoke design means the user can rotate the lights through 360 degrees.

Both the Forza 720 and 720B have a separate control unit, which is attached to a light stand with the included quick-release clamp.

In addition to AC power, the Forza 720 and 720B control units have two V mount plates, so users can run the fixtures on batteries. When using two 14.8V batteries, the lights can be run up to 40 percent of the maximum. However, the lights are also compatible with 26V batteries. When using a pair of 26V batteries, the Forza 720 can operate at up to 70 percent and the 720B at 65 percent of the maximum.

Both models have an active cooling system but the fans only output at 20dB. The fan can be turned if complete silence is needed, but the lights are limited to a maximum output of only 15 percent. The lights can be continuously dimmed from 0-100 percent in 0.1 percent increments.

In addition to the control unit, the lights can be operated with the NANLINK app via DMX. The lights also have several built-in effects, including Flash, Pulse, Storm, Paparazzi, Firework, TV, Candle/Fire, Bad Bulb, Explosion and Welding.

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