Arri have announced the largest member of the Skypanel LED family. The Arri SC360 is, to quote the company, “a beast of a light” – the surface area of the S360-C is nearly six times larger than the S60 and produces soft light with a 105º beam angle. The light will wrap around large objects and also throw much farther than the smaller SkyPanels.
The fixture produces 120,000 lumens and as it consumes 1,500W it can be used from a regular domestic electricity supply. Arri claim the S360-C is twice as bright as a 4K tungsten soft light and over three times as bright as a 12K tungsten space light.
Optional exchangeable diffusion panels come in lite, standard, heavy, and intensifier versions. The intensifier increases the fixture’s brightness by 50%, enabling the light to be thrown even farther.
You’ve got several options to control output, as on other Skypanels: DMX, RDM, Art-Net, sACN, 5-Pin XLR, and Ethernet.
The S360-C also adds LumenRadio wireless DMX control. The chip is built in to the fixture so you just need to add a compatible controller for remote DMX control without running a DMX loop.
There’s also a neat magnetic docking port for the light’s wired remote control on the back of the fixture.
The S360-C is colour tuneable from 2800K to 10,000K with plus/minus green control. It also uses an RGBW array of LEDs so you can dial in precisely the colour of light you want.
Strong but light (well the yoke is anyway)
Last but not least the S360-C has a fancy carbon fibre yoke that Arri say is around half the weight of a steel model but that can support 10 times the weight of the fixture.
Arri S360-C pricing and availability
The S360-C is probably going to be a rental option for most of us, as light kits start €14,400 and go up to around €22,000 if you want an accessory package as well. In for a penny, in for a pound I say.