Aputure LS COB 120d II Released with Major Upgrades

Aputure has released the Light Storm 120d II light which we got a glimpse of at a preview night during NAB 2018.


  • 25% Brighter than Original 120d

  • CRI & TLCI 97+

  • DMX Capability

  • 5500K temperature (previous model was 6000K)
  • 100m Remote Control

  • 1000-watt Tungsten Equivalent

  • $745 USD individually and available in 2 or 3 light kits.

  • Shipping in September

A Complete Redesign

Aputure has definitely taken the feedback on board with many of the improvements addressing our concerns in the original 120d review. For the LS 120d II, Aputure started from the ground up, making the light 25% brighter than the original 120D and is now balanced at 5500K instead of 6000K. The light is claimed to output 88,000 lux at 0.5m with the Fresnel adapter attached.

Aputure also claims that the light tests with high scores, with a 96+ CRI & 97+ TLCI rating.

Just like the rest of the Aputure lights, it comes with the handy remote control with a 100m range.

Combined Controller-Power Unit

One of the biggest changes to the unit is the new combined controller-power unit. A single unit means less fiddling around and only one extra piece to mount.

It is available in either Anton Bauer Gold Mount (314*119*51mm) or V-mount (314*119*62.6mm)

Industry standard Neutrik locking connectors are also now in use, providing a secure connection when running the light on AC power.

DMX Capability

One feature that was missing from the original 120d was DMX control. The 120d II adds a standard 5-pin DMX512 in & out ports to the control box. Using the DMX control, not only can you adjust the brightness of the light but also trigger lighting effects.

New Handbraking Locking Yoke

A re-designed yoke provides up to 330-degrees of motion with a secure handbrake lock.

Is it Travel-Friendly?

The C120d II weighs in at just over 2kg (4.8lb) so it’s not too heavy to bring around. You can use it with AC power or a camera block battery with the V-mount & Gold-mount plates available.

The light draws 150W of power so you will need to use the appropriate batteries. If you are flying, you can take up to two 100-160Wh batteries on most airlines.

Pricing & Availability

The LightStorm 120d II has a retail price of $745 and is set to ship in September.

The light comes with the following:

Light + protection cover
Controller box
Hanging column
Power cable
Connecting cable
VA-Remote RC1
Button battery
Carrying bag
Product manual
Warranty card

In November, Aputure will offer 2 and 3 light kits complete with SKB & ThinkTank Photo case, light stands and barn doors.

Aputure also released new modifier accessories including the new quick release Light Dome II.


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