Flathead 80 System, Univ 230U
Manufacturer: Kino Flo
Product Code: SYS-4808-230U
What is a Flathead 80? Basically, the Flathead 80 is a hybrid Kino Flo. Its design adds flexibility and versatilty to the popular 4Bank portable system with the outsized soft light quality you’d expect from a large fixture like the Image 87. It can be hand-held, mounted on a light stand or hoisted from rigging points to work as a cool, energy efficient coop light.
The 8-Lamp Fixture
• Aluminum alloy fixture housing
• Reflector, Gel Frame, Louver
• Twist-on Center Mount
• True Match® daylight, tungsten
The High Output Ballast (X2)
• 4Bank and 4Bank DMX
• Universal input 100VAC-240VAC
• HO/Standard switching
• Flicker-free, remote operation
• Individual lamp control
Flathead 80 System
The Flathead 80 system was designed as a softlight source that can be plugged into the wall on location. With its narrow profile and size, the Flathead 80 can approximate the quality of light from bounced sources without losing set space.
The Flathead 80 system was designed to be compatible with the popular 4ft 4Bank components. In some situations more light was required and users were stacking 2 x 4ft 4Banks. Initial concept for the Flathead 80 was to make it out of plastic like the 4ft 4Bank, but because of its size, the final design called out for a metal wrapper.
Since many customers and rental houses already had 4ft 4Bank components in their stock, Kino Flo decided to use 2 x 4Bank ballasts instead of creating a Flathead 80 ballast. The advantage of this approach is that it increases rental utility, minimizes investment and allows for individual lamp control.
The Flathead 80 system consists of six components: Flathead 80 Fixture (fig 1), Mounting Plate (fig 2), Ballast x2 (fig 3) and Extension Cable x2 (fig 4). It was designed as a remote-style fixture to give the greatest rigging flexibility for production crews.
Flathead 80 Fixture
The Flathead 80 fixture houses the lamps and is comprised of a removable Gel Frame, Louver and Cardholders (x4). The gel frame is secured to the fixture by four spring loaded pins. The louver is held in place by a set of leaf springs.
The fixtures can take a variety of lamps. They can be used as a daylight source by using Kino Flo KF55 lamps or a tungsten source using Kino Flo KF32 lamps. Visual effects lamps for blue and green screen and a variety of designer colors are also available.
Kino Flo lamps are color-correct and safety-sleeved. The lamps are safety-sleeved because the lamps are often changed out. The safety-sleeving offers protection for the user as well as the talent on the set.
One of the design features that makes the fixture so popular is the twist-on removable 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. The screw holes along the back of the fixture are designed to allow the fixture to be screwed to a wall or ceiling.
The Flathead 80 has a removable twist-on Center Mount (MTP-K81). The mount has a junior pin (28mm) to mount onto a junior stand or into any junior pin receiver. The mount is at an 85° angle so that it gives a good range of movement.
• 8-Lamp remote fixture
• Fixture includes Reflector, Louver, and Cardholders
• Same fixture takes daylight and tungsten lamps, plus visual effects color lamps
• Mounts to junior stand or light enough to screw to a wall or ceiling
• Removable center mount
• Fixture runs up to 75 feet (24 meters) from ballast
• High output, flicker-free ballasts
• Universal input voltage from 100-240VAC can be used anywhere in the world
• Instant-on, dead quiet
• Individual lamp switching - no color shift
• HO/Std switching
• Auto terminate for DMX
• Using two 4Bank ballasts, low amperage draw at 5.2A/120VAC, 2.8A/230VAC
• Operates at 1/3 the power of conventional tungsten softlighs
• UL listed, CE approved