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Mega Double



The 8ft and 6ft Mega Double portable lighting systems are reintroduced with a new ballast design. With new universal voltage from 100VAC-240VAC, the Mega Double ballast draws only 2.2A/120VAC (1.1A/230VAC), almost 50% less amps than the previous model. The 8ft and 6ft Mega Double systems are ideal for practical lighting in large areas such as warehouses or super markets where they can reproduce natural ambient light. Mega Double features:

 

  The 2-Lamp Mega Fixture
• Built-in Barndoors
• Removable Reflector, Louver and Lamp Harness
• Slide-on Center Mount
• True Match® daylight, tungsten
The High Output Ballast
• Universal input 100VAC-240VAC
• Flicker-free, remote lamp control
• HO/Standard switching
• Instant-on, dead quiet
• Remote operation
 
     
   
     
  Mega Double System Highlights

• 2-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 input voltage 100VAC-240VAC, can be used anywhere in the world
• Low amperage draw at 2.2A/120VAC, 1.1A/230VAC
• Instant-on, dead quiet
• Individual lamp switching - no color shift
• HO/Std switching
• Same ballast runs 6ft and 8ft lamps
• UL listed, CE approved
 
 
 

Mega Double System

The first thing to note about the Mega Double System is that it consists of four components: Mega Double 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 Double lighting systems.
The new line is called Mega, as opposed to Select, 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 Double 8ft system only draws 2.2 Amps at 120vac and can plug into any wall socket on location. With its narrow profile, the Mega Double can approximate the quality of light from bounced sources and create a tremendous amount of "wrap".

       
 
       
 
   
  The Mega Double Fixture

The Mega Double 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 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.

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.

   
 
 
   
  Mounting
 
                          MTP-KM
   
   
  One of the design features that makes the fixture so popular is the Slide-on Center Mount (MTP-KM). 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 Center Mount (MTP-KM) 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 Double Ballast
   
 
                    Mega Double Ballast
                  (BAL-227M-120U)
   
 

Kino Flo developed its own Mega ballasts that can 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).
      
The Kino Flo Mega Double is a high output, high frequency electronic ballast with universal voltage from 100-240VAC that can operate two lamps (6ft or 8ft) up to 75 feet between ballast and fixture. With a low amperage draw of 2.2A/120VAC (1.1A/230VAC) 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 heat-sink design and custom electronic engineering ensure stable operation without magnetic hum or cooling fans to interfere with the sound recording on set.

   
 
 

                                      Mega Double Ballast (Controls View)

  There is no delay when switching lamps. The ballast operates the lights on/off instantly. There is also a special Select switch designated as HO/Std (High Output/Standard Output) to raise or drop the wattage in the tubes for light output and color control. Keeping the ballast remote from the fixture and lamps 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 switch them easily from a convenient location on the stage floor.

The Kino Flo Mega Double Ballast accomplishes all this and still out-performs tungsten lighting instruments when it comes to energy efficiency. In other words, the Mega Double uses less power to produce the same amount of soft light as incandescents. The Mega 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 to 122F (-10C to +50C).

For more detailed information, see the Operation Manual.
   
  The Mega Double Extension cable
 
                       X09-25M                                      X09-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 Double ballast
into two Mega Single fixtures.
   
   
  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 Double Fixture are available safety-coated. Safety-coating protects the user from 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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