Aputure Announces high output 1200d Pro Light Storm

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Today at Cine Gear 2021 Aputure announced their brightest light in the Light Storm series with the 1200d Pro.

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The new fixture features a 1200 watt COB and it has a maximum power draw of 1440W. There are three new Bowens Mount Hyper Reflectors with varying beam angles:

  • 15° Narrow
  • 30° Medium
  • 55° Wide

Aputure states the new Light Storm 1200d Pro can achieve an output of 83,100 lux at a distance of 3 meters with the narrow 15° reflector.

Like all the Light Storm fixtures, the LS 1200d Pro has a Bowens Mount that can be used with a wide array of Bowens Mount soft light modifiers such as Light Domes and Lanterns.

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The 1200d Pro fixture is aimed at the pro/rental market, requiring a better build quality. The LS 1200d Pro has a weather-resistant construction so that it can withstand inclement weather. There are no controls on the light its self. All controls are located on the controller/ballast.

It has a Junior Pin to mount to a combo stand. At 19.73 lbs / 8.94 kg it’s a beast. No light-duty stands for this one.

The 1200d Pro uses Lumenradio CRMX and Art-net & sACN via an etherCON connector, in addition to the 5-Pin DMX512 ports, to seamlessly integrate into any professional DMX interface.

What’s Included

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The 1200d Pro comes with a light, a control box, and three reflectors. This includes a rolling case for the 1200d Pro and a separate case for the other two reflectors. The complete kit is listed below.

LS 1200d Pro and Rolling Case

  • LS 1200d Pro Lamp Head
  • LS 1200d Pro Control Box
  • LS 1200 Series Hyper Reflector 30° Medium
  • LS 1200 Series 7-Pin Weatherproof Head Cable (7.5m)
  • Neutrik powerCON TRUE1 TOP AC Power Cable (6m)1Lightning Clamp
  • LS 1200d Pro Rolling Case

Reflector Carrying Case

  • LS 1200 Series Hyper Reflector 15° Narrow
  • LS 1200 Series Hyper Reflector 55° Wide
  • LS 1200 Series Reflector Carrying Case
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1200d Pro and 600d Pro

As you can see in the image above, the 1200d Pro is boxier than the 600d Pro. I would imagine this helps make the light easier to work in tighter locations and cooling.

Fan Speeds

Speaking of keeping it cool. The 1200d Pro has 4-Fan Modes:

Aputure 1200d Pro Fan Speeds
  • Smart: Fan speed is according to temperature up to 45° C {41dBA @1m}
  • Medium: Standard recommended fan speed. Suitable for Environments from 35°C {34dBA @1m}
  • High: Environments from 35°C – 45°C {41dBA @1m}
  • Silent: Deactivates all fans but limits output to 100W

Powering Options


The LS 1200d Pro doesn’t have a Gold mount or V-mount option for battery power. It has two 48V/15A DC inputs that take power from a battery block. Keep in mind it will need a substantial battery block to power them. You can use one of the DC inputs and get 50% output.

I would use a Honda gas generator/inverter with a long stinger to power it as they cost $1200 and can power up to 2200 watts. That’s a lot cheaper than several thousand for a battery block or two.

LS 1200d Pro Photometrics Provided by Aputure

CCT DistanceBare BulbLS 1200 Series Hyper 15° ReflectorLS 1200 Series Hyper 30° Reflector LS 1200 Series Hyper 55° Reflector
5600K3M6,380 lux / 598 fc83,100 lux / 7,788 fc22,400 lux / 2099 fc9,610 lux / 901 fc
5600K5M2,802 lux / 263 fc28,340 lux / 2,656 fc8,200 lux / 769 fc3,940 lux / 369 fc
5600K7M1,538 lux / 144 fc15,200 lux / 1,425 fc4,660 lux / 437 fc2,218 lux / 208 fc
5600K9M964 lux / 90 fc8,580 lux / 804 fc2,880 lux / 270 fc1,351 lux / 127 fc
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1200d Pro compared to the 600d Pro output

Key Features From Aputure

  • 83,100 lux @ 3m with Hyper Reflector (Narrow)
  • 22,400 lux @ 3m with Hyper Reflector (Medium)
  • 9,610 lux @ 3m with Hyper Reflector (Wide)
  • 1200W Daylight Bowens Mount Point-Source LED
  • 1440W power draw
  • 5600K Daylight CCT
  • Optimized Output with 3 Hyper Reflectors: Narrow (15°),
  • Medium (30°), Wide (55° )
  • CRI ≥96 TLCI ≥98, CQS ≥95, SSI (D56) ≥73
  • Weather-Resistant: Dust & Water Resistant
  • 0.1-100% Stepless Brightness Control
  • Frequency Selection to Reduce Flicker
  • Lead-Follow Mode for Quick Workflow
  • 4-Fan Modes: Smart/Medium/High/Silent
  • Multiple Control Methods: Sidus Link Bluetooth App
  • Control, LumenRadio CRMX, Art-net & sACN via
  • WetherCON, 5-Pin DMX512 In & Out
  • Supports Dual 48V/15A DC Inputs (3-pin XLR), Including
  • Battery Power Stations & Block Batteries
  • Half Power Output with one 48V/15A Power Source
  • Full Power Output with two 48V/15A Power Sources
  • Junior Pin (28mm)
  • Separate Control Box for a Lighter Lamp Head
  • 7.5m Weatherproof Head Cable
  • 6m Locking Neutrik Power Cord
  • Dual Lightning Clamp Quick Release Plates
  • Curved, Disk-Brake Yoke with 360° Rotation
  • Utilizes Universal Bowens Mount Standard
  • 4 Dimming Curves: Linear, Exponential, Log, S-Curve
  • 8 Lighting FX: Paparazzi, Fireworks, Lightning, Faulty Bulb,
  • TV, Pulsing, Strobe, & Explosion
  • Includes Rolling Case & Reflector Carrying Case

COB lights are really kicking it up a notch with higher output and fresnel accessories to tame those COB clusters. 1440 watts is a lot of power, and keeping it from catching on fire has to be one of the biggest challenges without having a giant loud fan running.

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With so much output, the 1200d Pro will be great for punching through diffusion or a big softbox. With a lot of power, you have a lot of options. Hopefully, a fresnel will be in the works as that would tick another box in the usability list.

Side note Matt reviewed the Nanlux StormEvoke 1200 that is a 1200 watt COB. Check that one out!

Pricing and Availability

Pricing hasn’t been set. Aputure states the 1200d Pro will start shipping in Q1 of 2022.

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