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Maxima 7– a compact LED fixture capable of matching a PAR 1200W HMI?

Maxima has announced the Maxima 7, which they are claiming is the world’s first compact LED fixture capable of matching the lighting output of a PAR 1200W HMI.

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I’m not a fan of lighting companies making comparisons between LED lights and HMI fixtures. I can understand why they do it, but most companies don’t actually provide any testing data to back it up. Maxima says that light output is equivalent to 84% of a brand new Osram HMI 1200W SE bulb and equivalent to 88% of the same bulb with a 100-hour run-time. I’m no genius at maths, but 84% isn’t 100%.

In saying that, above you can see an actual head-to-head comparison.

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The Maxima 7 was specifically designed to simulate sunlight in high-speed cinematography and professional photography environments. The fixture was developed by a purpose-built team of engineers, software developers and lighting professionals from the Cinestudio movie production company,

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The Maxima 7 tips the scales at 8.7 kg (19.18 lb). The light is designed and manufactured in Italy, and it is enclosed in an aluminum and polycarbonate single body.

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The Maxima 7 is a 5600K daylight LED light that draws 700W of power. The company claims that the light is capable of producing a lot of output as you can adjust the beam angle from 15 degrees to 120 degrees. Below you can see the claimed output figures of the Maxima 7.

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These figures are certainly impressive and while it will do a good job at replicating a PAR 1200W HMI fixture, you aren’t quite going to get the same amount of output. Regardless, it is still nice to see a LED light that draws significantly less power that is capable of almost matching a 11200W HMI PAR.

Above you can see the companies claimed photometric scores.

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It can be remotely controlled and is claimed to offer true flicker- free operation that make it a functional replacement of HMI fixtures. Maxima 7 is controlled by a powerful Cortex M7 CPU that continuously regulates light frequency, fan rate, and temperature while enabling connectivity via mobile App* or dedicated 2.4ghz remote control*.

* These features are still under development

Above you can see a video showcasing some of the features that will be included once it is launched.

100% flicker-free operation is ensured across the whole dimming range up to 10,000 fps.

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The nice aspect of having a hard light like the maxima 7 is that you can turn it into a soft light. Conversely, you can’t turn a soft lighting source into a hard lighting source.

The Maxima 7 S-Type universal mount that you can access just by sliding the reflector away. This allows users to convert the fixture from a hard, single point light into a soft-light which can be used with a vast array of softboxes, small reflectors and open-face intensifiers.


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Price & Availability

This is all still unknown. The Maxima 7 is yet to have a price and there is no indication when it will start shipping.

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