The outdoor lighting tool of choice for US networks for years now, the Nila series of LED HMI lights have excelled in all conditions. The Varsa, the somewhat middle child between the Boxer and the Zaila, is nothing like a left-out sibling. Quite the contrary in fact.
Having used these extensively during my time at CNN, where these are effectively mandatory for any international deployment due to their usefulness, I’d come to appreciate just how hard it is lighting any outdoor event. These lights, however, just made everything so simple, to the point where you know as long as you had them with you, you were ready for anything.
Now, we can extend that level of confidence to you. We have two Varsa HMI lighting kits ready for hire now.
The daylight balanced Nila Varsa HMI lamp is powered either by V-Lock battery or mains power, and draws only 75W, but outputs as much light as a 400W HMI. A rough estimate from use in the field tells me that you could run the Varsa at 100% on a 96Wh battery for roughly 45 minutes. More than enough for a major live event. The battery fixture fits right onto the yoke of the light itself, allowing you to hang even large 150Wh batteries from the light itself while providing power.
The next feature isn’t something I have a lot of experience with, but with high frame rate videography, this light will remain flicker-free up to five thousand frames per second! According to Nila, when it’s running at 100%, it remains flicker-free at any frame rate. Perfect for slow-motion action.
The built-in dimmer allows complete control of the brightness from zero to one-hundred per cent and maintains its accurate colour reproduction throughout. It also emits no UV or Infrared light, so prolonged use is safe for your talent.
It comes with a pack of hard diffusing holographic lenses, which can change the beam angle from 10 degrees at the most intense end, to 80 degrees at the softest end. If this soft light is still too bright for you, attach the Chimera softbox we have included and soften & spread the light even further. It looks stunning in night-time scenarios.
The light itself is made out of a sturdy aluminium-alloy housing and incorporates a heatsink into its design, which even after long term use, barely feels like it has been on at all — no more needing gloves to de-rig at the end of an event.
One thing to be aware of is that this Varsa is the first generation version, meaning it is NOT IP65 waterproof. If you’re using it outdoors in inclement weather, we insist you protect it from the elements as much as possible. (Don’t panic, a shopping bag over the main body of the light, leaving the face open should suffice)
Lastly, the Varsa features a “Nila Net” DMX port, allowing you to add the varsa to an existing network of lights and have it be remotely controlled by a panel on your grid. Alternatively, if you have two Varsas’ lighting one subject, you can start the light in Nila Net mode, connect your two lights with a Cat5/6 network cable, and control both lights with one touchpad on the master light.
Available in a customised Peli case, this kit has everything you could need to get through a days broadcasting. Including:
- The Varsa 1st generation daylight LED HMI
- Barn doors
- Full hard gel holographic lens pack, including CTO filters for tungsten shooting
- Chimera softbox, which attaches directly to the Varsa head
- Battery power adaptor, allowing the use of V-Lock batteries to power the light
- Manfrotto air cushioned light stand
- IEC lead for AC power
- Pelican case for all the smaller parts