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Mega 4Bank DMX


The 8ft and 6ft Mega 4Bank DMX lighting systems are reintroduced with a new design. With new universal voltage from
100VAC-240VAC, the lighter weight Mega 4Bank DMX ballast draws only 4.3A (120VAC), almost 50% less than the previous model. New features include new graphics and new rounded power switches with the same classic features: individual light control, HO/Standard switching and the same high quality standards: flicker-free, instant-on, dead quiet operation. Color temperature doesn’t shift when light levels change. The large portable soft lights give the cinematographer or lighting designer
a unique soft light that cannot be easily duplicated with traditional luminaires. Lightweight and cool in operation, they can be hand-held, attached directly to a set wall or stand mounted.

 

  The 4-Lamp Mega Fixture
• Built-in Barndoors
• Removable Reflector, Louver and Lamp Harness
• Twist-on Locking Center Mount
• True Match® daylight, tungsten
The High Output Ballast
• Mega 4Bank DMX
• Universal input 100VAC-240VAC
• Flicker-free, HO/Std switching
• Individual lamp control
• Auto terminate for DMX
• Instant-on, dead quiet
• Remote operation
 
     
   
     
  Mega 4Bank DMX System Highlights

• 4-Lamp remote fixture w/ built-in barndoors
• Fixture includes Reflector, Louver (x2), and removable Harness
• Same fixture takes daylight and tungsten lamps
• Mounts to a stand, light enough to screw to a wall
• Removable center mount
• Fixture or lamps w/ harness run up to 75 feet (24 meters) from ballast
• High output, flicker-free ballast
• Universal voltage from 100-240VAC can be used anywhere in the world
• Low amperage draw at 4.3A/120VAC, 2.2A/230VAC
• Instant-on, dead quiet
• DMX and manual lamp switching - no color shift
• HO/Std switching
• DMX has "Auto Terminate" feature
• Same ballast runs 6ft and 8ft lamps
• UL listed, CE approved
 
 
 

Mega 4Bank DMX System

The first thing to note about the Mega 4Bank DMX System is that it consists of four components: Mega 4Bank Fixture (fig. 1),
Mounting Plate (fig. 2), Ballast (fig. 3) and Extension Cable (fig. 4). It was designed in this manner to allow the greatest flexibility
when working on film production where the gaffer and DP are constantly being challenged to light unique locations and problem solve
at a moment's notice.

Sometimes size does matter, so Kino Flo introduced a larger version of its popular 2ft and 4ft Select 4Bank lighting systems.
The new line is called "Mega" and uses 6ft and 8ft T-12 bi-pin Lamps. The Mega series gives broader coverage to large areas,
especially when using silks, backlighting photographic panels or building soft boxes to light automobiles or other large objects.

Even though it is a large source, the Mega 4Bank 8ft system only draws 4.3 Amps at 120vac and can plug into any wall socket on location. With its narrow profile, the Mega 4Bank can approximate the quality of light from bounced sources and create a tremendous amount of "wrap".

       
 
       
 
   
  The Mega 4Bank Fixture

The Mega 4Bank fixture houses the lamps and is comprised of a removable Louver (x2), Reflector, and Lamp Harness.
Note: The 8ft fixtures include two 4ft Louvers; the 6ft fixtures include two 3ft Louvers.

The Louver and Reflector are held in place with Velcro fasteners. There is a strain relief on the lamp harness to ensure the connectors
don’t pull off the lamps during operation. To get the harness away from the fixture, turn the ¼ turn fastener and rotate counter-clockwise to release.
       
 
 
 
  The Harness wiring is color-coded. The same color-code must match at each end of the lamp for proper operation.
 
 

Fixture can be used in several configurations:

1) Complete fixture with all components combined.
2) "Harness Only" - The wiring harness is removed from the fixture so that the user can build a softbox, hide behind Plexiglass or
    rig into tight locations. The wiring harness uses Kino Flo designed lamp connectors that grab the lamp pins so lamps can be
    operated independently of the fixture.
3) "Harness + Reflector" - Same as above, but may want to use the reflector to give more punch and direction to the light.
4) Can use Louver to give direction to the light or remove louver to give broad coverage over an area, such as lighting over a car,
    motorcycle or other large objects.

The fixtures can be used as a daylight source by using Kino Flo KF55 lamps or a tungsten source using Kino Flo KF32 lamps.

Kino Flo lamps are color-correct and safety-sleeved. The lamps are safety-sleeved because they can operate inside the fixture or independently with only the wiring harness. Additionally, on a production set the lamps are often changed out. The safety-sleeving offers protection during lamp changes for the user as well as the talent on the set.

   
 
 
   
 

Fixture Accessories

Besides the plastic louvers, other light control options include the new BatWing® Louver. The BatWing Louver attaches directly to the lamps and gives direction to the light with minimal light loss.

   
 
 

          4Bank BatWing
             (BAT-W4)    

 

 
   
  Mounting
 
                          MTP-K81
   
   
  One of the design features that makes the fixture so popular is the Twist-on Center Mount (MTP-K81). When it's on, the fixture mounts easily to a light stand; when it's off, the fixture is flat and can be hand-held or hidden in a space too small to place a stand-mounting fixture. When the mount is removed, the grommet holes along the edge of the fixture are designed to allow the fixture to be screwed
to a wall or ceiling through its eyelets.

 
   
  The standard mount (MTP-K81) comes with a 1 1/8" (28mm) lollipop that mounts to a junior stand or junior receiver. The ball and socket mount allows the fixture to be oriented in a broad range of angles. The silver ring wire loops are there to provide attachment points for a safety chain.
   
 
   
 

A Ballast Baby Mount (MTP-BAL) is available as an accessory.

The MTP-BAL can be used with a Mafer clamp to mount the ballast onto a stand, for example.
                  MTP-BAL
   
 
The Mega 4Bank DMX Ballast
   
 
                    Mega 4Bank DMX Ballast
                     (BAL-457M-120U)
   
 

Kino Flo developed its own Mega 4Bank DMX ballasts that could run 6ft & 8ft fixture heads remotely.  Unlike conventional architectural ballasts that need to operate three to six feet from the fixture head, Kino Flo ballasts can operate the fixture heads from up to 75 feet
(3 x 25ft extension cables).  Keeping the ballast remote makes the controls more accessible to lighting crews who might need to rig the fixtures into set designs or high up in a lighting grid, but control them easily from a convenient location on the stage floor.

The Kino Flo Mega 4Bank DMX ballast is a high output, high frequency electronic ballast with universal voltage from 100-240VAC that can operate four lamps (6ft or 8ft). With a low amperage draw of 4.3A (120VAC), the ballast sends a high output current to the lamps to drive the light as brightly as possible.  Its high frequency electronics prevent any type of flicker as well.  A special design and custom electronic engineering ensure stable operation without magnetic hum or cooling fans to interfere with the sound recording on set.

   
  Mega 4Bank DMX Control Panel
   
 
 

A)  Circular Output Connector:  Provides electrical power to the lamp head with the use of a Mega 4Bank extension cable.
B)  DMX-In & DMX-Out:  DMX-In receives DMX signals from Dimmer Board.  DMX-Out relays DMX signals through
      other Fixtures or Instruments.
      Note:  Each Mega 4Bank DMX ballast (457M series) has an “AUTO TERMINATE” feature. The last ballast that does not have
      an XLR cable attached to the DMX “Out” port will automatically terminate.
C)  DMX Address:  Sets DMX Address.  (Channels 1~4 = Lamps; Channel 5 = HO/Std)
D)  DMX Indicator:  Lights if valid DMX signal is present.
E)  Manual Switches:  Turns lamps on and off manually.
F)  HO/STD:  Set to HO for High Output and Std for Standard light output.
G)  Fuse:  Provides circuit protection.  Note:  If Fuse is “blown” or “open”, replace with same type of fuse rating as marked.

   
  The Mega 4Bank DMX ballast has individual lamp switching. There is no delay when switching lamps. The ballast operates the lamps on/off instantly. Additionally, the lamps can be operated in a High Output/Standard Output (HO/Std) mode to raise or drop the wattage in the tubes for light output and color control without any color shift. Notice we haven’t used the word “dimming” to describe lighting control. The reason is that dimming changes a lamp’s color temperature and color balance. The combination of lamp switching and HO/Std controls light levels without the color shift issues you have with dimming.
   
  The Mega 4Bank DMX ballast can be run manually or via a separate DMX control board. With DMX control the Mega 4Bank DMX ballast operates on 5 addresses. The first 4 addresses control the lamps and the 5th address controls the HO/Std setting.
   
  In addition, each Mega 4Bank DMX ballast (457M series) has an “Auto Terminate” feature. The last fixture that does not have an XLR cable attached to the DMX “Out” port will automatically terminate. This can be a timesaver as it takes the guesswork out of knowing which DMX ballast is the last one that needs to be “closed” or “terminated” for proper DMX signals.
   
  For more detailed DMX information, see the Operation Manual.
   
  The Kino Flo Mega 4Bank DMX ballast accomplishes all this and still out-performs tungsten lighting instruments when it comes to energy efficiency. In other words, the Mega 4Bank DMX ballast uses less power at only 4.3A (120VAC) to produce the same amount of soft light as incandescents. The Mega 4Bank DMX ballast works reliably under most normal conditions, but it’s also trustworthy in more harsh conditions, such as extreme cold. The Mega ballast series is designed to operate at temperatures from 14F to122F (-10C to +50C).
   
  The Mega 4Bank Extension cable
   
 
                       X19-25M                                      X19-A9M                                 X19-A7M
   
  Up to 75 feet (3 x 25ft) of extension cable can be used between the fixture and the ballast. The Mega 4Bank, Mega Double & Mega Single family are electrically compatible. A splitter can be used at the Ballast or on the end of an extension cable to split a Mega 4Bank ballast into either four Mega Single or two Mega Double fixtures. This allows for a lot of rigging flexibility.
   
   
  The Kino Flo Lamps
   
 
Mega 4Bank, Double and Single products require safety-coated lamps.
  Traditionally, 6ft and 8ft High Output lamps come with a Recessed Double Cathode. In order to use the 6ft and 8ft lamps with Kino Flo's Locking Lamp Connector, Kino Flo's lamps have a standard bi-pin configuration. If the lamps are to be used for swapping out existing fixtures on location, a removable adapter can be used.
   
 
                  EXP-RDC
   
   
  It's important to know that the True Match daylight and tungsten 6ft tubes and 8ft tubes common on sets around the world are unique to Kino Flo because they display broad, even, color-correct light that cinematographers have come to depend on. These are the only high color rendering fluorescent lamps made for the professional film and video production.

All True Match lamps used in the Mega 4Bank fixture are available safety-coated. Safety-coating protects the user from broken glass if the tube breaks. The lamps can operate independent of the fixture allowing them to be built into sets or custom soft boxes or hand-held.
 
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