Broncolor F160 LED lamp coming to Photokina

Broncolor is to introduce 'the first LED lamp with which light can be precisely shaped and designed'.

Broncolor logo

Update: This article was temporarily hidden at the request of Broncolor. It has now been republished.

Broncolor is to announce a new LED lamp at the Photokina trade show next week. The Broncolor F160 will have a monolight-style form factor and will be compatible with a wide range of existing Broncolor light shaping tools.

According to the Swiss manufacturer, the Broncolor F160 “is ideally suited to the extensive broncolor light former range – enabling almost limitless creativity. Especially in the areas of product and portrait photography, the advantages of the LED F160 lamp come into their own. The lamp behaves like a flashing light when working with light shapers. The photographer does not have to rethink and can work as usual.”

Fans of Broncolor softboxes and other accessories will be able to use them with continuous lighting and video, where previously options were limited: the only previous LED available from the company is the 30-watt MobiLED for the battery-powered Move 1200 L generator pack, with a runtime of two hours; we can expect the mains-powered F160 to be considerably more powerful and suitable for extended studio use. Other continuous lamps tend to be HMIs, which have separate ballast, or the FT system, designed specifically for the Broncolor Para.

Broncolor F160

Features will include variable colour temperature, green/magenta tint fine adjustment, optional DMX/RDM control and an integrated WiFi module for the company’s bronControl smartphone app (which you can already use to control the Siros flash series; review here).

Full technical specifications and a price have yet to be revealed; indeed the only information we have so far is a press release on the Photokina web site. Broncolor’s official web site currently shows a teaser with the tagline “discover the invisible”, which could be a reference to the F160 (in which case it has been inadvertently leaked early) or some other unannounced products, set to be unveiled on 26 September 2018 during the show.

Broncolor Photokina teaser 2018

To find out more, visit Broncolor’s stand A021 / B024 in Hall 2.1 of the Photokina trade fair in Cologne next week.

David Selby
David is a keen photographer and has been editor of Lighting Rumours since 2010. When not writing about lighting, he works as a data scientist at the University of Manchester, UK.