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ADAPTERS AND GRIP PRODUCTS

Chimera offers a grip head adapter for most speed rings we offer.

The majority of strobe speed rings, as well as Video Pro and Daylite Junior speed rings 6-1/2″ use a #3770 Grip Head Adapter. The four holes of the adapter align with four holes on the corner of the speed ring near where the pole socket is.

Larger Video Pro and Daylite Junior rings use #3700 Grip Head Adapter, which uses two screws (included) to attach to the outer metal frame of the ring at one of the pole sockets.

For QUartz’Daylite speed rings, two options exist. Grip Head Adapter #3710, accomodates rings up to 29″, and inserts into a 2.5″ Grip Head, ideal for Small and Medium lightbanks. For Large lightbanks, we recommend Grip Head Adapter #3725, which utilizes the larger 4.5″ Junior Grip Head / Lollipop.

Keep in mind that when using a Grip Head Adapter, the lightbank cannot be rotated after mounting as the speed ring is directly affixed to the stand. As a result, some planning is needed.

Chimera’s stand adapters were designed as the perfect tool to attach a Triolet, Mogul Socket, or even hot shoe with a baby stud to a light stand.

The single axis offers tilt in one direction, providing basic adjustment and aiming.

The dual axis tilts both forwards/backwards, as well as side to side. This gives you more flexibility and range in aiming.

We originally designed the Dual Axis to support rectangular and strip lightbanks mounting to non-rotating speed rings (such as the Lowel Pro light Video Pro Ring, and our Versi system). Being able to tilt 90 degrees to the side allowed the same range of placement that a rotating speed ring offered.

Both the Grip Head Adapters and Heavy Duty Stand Adapters aim to solve the same problem: alleviating the weight of larger lightbanks from damaging the light.

Grip Head Adapters utilize a simple design that screws into most speed rings and attaches to a 2.5″ Baby Grip Head. This interfaces with very common pieces of lighting equipment and offers a simple setup.

Heavy Duty Stand Adapters feature custom-built brackets that attach to the speed ring and have an integrated tilt mechanism, that require no additional parts. They offer a bit more refined control over the tilt and positioning of the lightbank, thanks to a large ratcheting lock handle.

While Grip Head Adapters are available for nearly every size and style of Chimera speed rings, Heavy Duty Stand Adapters are only available for Chimera’s four-pole Strobe speed rings, and select Video Pro and Daylite Junior rings.

DAYLITE / DAYLITE JR

The Daylite Junior is a deeper alternative to Chimera’s Video Pro line of lightbanks. The increased depth helps ensure even and soft illumination when using narrow beam fixtures. This includes fresnels or spots, typically under 2,000W. Conversely, broad beam fixtures, such as open faces or floods can be used with a Daylite Junior, though they are more suited for a Video Pro or Video Pro Shallow.

The increased depth of the Daylite Jr. lightbank does require a different ring than the standard Video Pro speed ring. Daylite Jr. rings feature angled pole blocks, engineered in conjunction with the unique shape of the Daylite Jr. Bank. Mounting a Daylite Jr. bank onto a Video Pro ring may result in damage to the pole or speed ring. Conversely, mounting a Video Pro bank to a Daylite Junior ring, will cause the bank to sag.

The Daylite series of banks is designed to accomodate narrow beam-angle fixtures, most commonly fresnels. They are phyiscally longer in depth than Video Pro or Quartz lightbanks. We remember it as “D for Daylite, D for Deeper.”

Daylite Junior is the deeper counterpart to Video Pro lightbanks, designed for fixtures under 2,000W or 9-5/8″ Speed Ring Diameter.

Daylite Standard is the deeper counterpart to Quartz lightbanks, designed for fixtures from 2kW to 12kW, or Speed Ring Diameters from 9″ to 22-7/8.”

The Daylite Senior, available only in a Large Size is the ulitmate lightbank, supporting fixtures up to a whopping 24,000 watts or Speed Ring Diameters from 24-1/2″ to 29.”

The “X-Small, Small, Medium,” and “Large” we use to refer to all lightbanks refers to the size of the front-screen. This provides uniformity to the size of the source, regardless if you’re working with a strobe lightbank or one for continuous light.

Daylite Junior lightbanks cannot be mounted onto a Video Pro Speed Ring. Because of the increased depth of the Daylite Junior and Daylite standard Lightbanks, unique Daylite Junior rings are required. These rings feature angled pole blocks, compared to the 90º straight pole blocks of a Video Pro ring.

Forcing a Daylite Junior lightbank onto a Video Pro ring may damage the ring or lightbank, or snap the support pole.

F2

Chimera’s F2X can be assembled completely without tools, utilizing durable aluminum tubing. F2X breaks down into 60” padded duffels, meaning that they can easily be shipped via most international and domestic carriers, including FedEx, UPS, and DHL. F2X lightbanks are available in 5×10, 5×15, 10×20, and 10×30 feet.

The F2 features a modular design with a heavy duty welded steel frame. With truss-like components that bolt together the F2 Modulars are designed for permanent install situations. F2 Modulars can support more individual fixtures compared to the F2X, thanks to its beefier frame, and are available in larger sizes: 10×20, 10×30, 15×30, and 15×40 feet.

Because of the size of the F2 Modular components, freight shipping is required, with receiving at a loading dock recommended. The F2 Modulars ship inside a wooden crate, where a forklift is highly recommended for receiving.

Our F2 and F2X Lightbanks feature a number of ways to attach either to stands.

Both feature 1.25” solid aluminum ends on the four lower corners of the lightbank, which fit into a standard Mafer or Super Clamp. Then, simply use the 5/8” Baby Receiver on the clamp to mount it to any Baby Pin.

For low height suspension (5-6 feet) a standard C-Stand is suitable, as the total weight (listed below) is dispersed over the four stands, however it is important to factor in the lights you’ll be using inside the F2X as well.

For higher suspension, crank or windup stands are preferred as many come with built-in wheels, and easier ability to raise or lower each stand. Popular choices include Matthews Crank-O-Vator, American Roadrunner, and Avenger Super Wind-Up. An additional Junior to Baby pin adapter may be required to mount the Mafer, consult the stand specifications for more details.

With any support setup, it is important to total both the number of lights as well as the weight of the lightbank body alone, to ensure the manufacturer’s recommended maximum load of the stand is not exceeded.

Lightbank and Frame Weight (Without Lights)

F2X
5 x 10′: 74 lb / 33.5 kg
5 x 15′: 112 lb / 50.8 kg
10 x 20′: 148 lb / 67.1 kg
10 x 30′: 225 lb / 102 kg

F2 Modular
10 x 20’: 150 lbs / 65 kg
10 x 30’: 200 lbs / 90 kg
15 x 30’: 300 lbs / 135 kg
15 x 40’: 350 lbs / 160 kg

The F2 and F2X feature standard 5/8″ Baby pin mounting points throughout the frame of the lightbank. This allows a wide variety of fixtures, strobe or continuous, to be mounted throughout.

In general, lights with a fully exposed bulb or dome design is ideal for the most even illumination of an F2 or F2X lightbank. Alternatively open faces or wide / broad beam angle fixtures are suitable.

For continuous tungsten, Chimera’s own Triolet system is a perfect solution, offering up to 1,000W per mounting point (varies by size and style of the F2 / F2X), all within a very durable aluminum housing and compatibility with easily sourced Mogul base tungsten bulbs. In fact, we offer the complete line of F2X overhead lightbanks with Triolets included!

For daylight, any HMI fixture that features a fully exposed bulb, such as a K5600 Joker Bug, or the Kobold Bron HMIs.

For strobes, bare bulb / dome style monoblocks or flash heads are ideal.

In setup, we recommend pointing the fixtures up towards the lid of the lightbank body so that they bounce and illuminate the diffusion.

Some caution must be exercised when positioning the lights as some continuous fixtures are not designed to be operated pointing straight down. Check with the fixture manufacturer for complete and safe operation.

Chimera’s F2 and F2X overhead lightbanks feature multiple mounting points to attach strobe or continuous fixtures. The silver interior, wrapped around a durable metal frame, reflects the light to illuminate the front screen, while interior baffles help ensure evenness.

The number of mounting points varies by the size and type of the F2 or F2X, listed below. The F2 Modular features more mounting points than the F2X thanks to its heavier duty welded steel frame, and is ideal for permanent installations. The F2X features a breakdown design that allows it to ship via most common carriers, such as FedEx, UPS, and DHL.

F2X
5×10: 2 Mounting Points
5×15: 3 Mounting Points
10×20: 8 Mounting Points
10×30: 12 Mounting Points

F2 Modular
10×20: 16 Mounting Points
10×30: 24 Mounting Points
15×30: 36 Mounting Points
15×40: 48 Mounting Points

A popular method of installing an F2 Modular or F2X Overhead lightbank is to suspend it from the ceiling. Because the installation height, as well as the buildings / studios for installation vary widely, Chimera does not offer any officially suggested method or recommendation of doing this, however we do offer a few examples and solutions that our customers have used successfully. We do not endorse any of the methods below but simply offer them as solutions our customers have found.

Both F2X and F2 modular have four 1.25″ ends on each lower corner, that can be clamped to with a variety of clamps, including a Mafer / Super Clamp. Alternatively, slings that slip around these points are also possible.

Suspending the lightbank and using ceiling-mounted electric motor hoists allow for adjustment of the pitch and pivot after being installed. Mechanical pullies have also been utilized as well.

The F2 Modular features comaptibility with optional hanging brackets (part number #4960) which come in a set of 4. Evenly spaced throughout the F2 frame, these brackets feature a steel shackle, suitable for attaching a cable, pulley, or hook to.

A number of purpose-built studio systems from Manfrotto, FOBA, or Hensel have been used by our customers, which we would recommend contacting.

For installation, consulting a structural engineer or contractor is paramount for a qualified assessment of building before hanging any type of load. Listed below is the weight of our F2 Modular and F2X lightbanks with assembled frame, before adding lights.

F2X
5 x 10′: 74 lb / 33.5 kg
5 x 15′: 112 lb / 50.8 kg
10 x 20′: 148 lb / 67.1 kg
10 x 30′: 225 lb / 102 kg

F2 Modular
10 x 20’: 150 lbs / 65 kg
10 x 30’: 200 lbs / 90 kg
15 x 30’: 300 lbs / 135 kg
15 x 40’: 350 lbs / 160 kg

F2X

A: Chimera’s F2X overhead lightbanks are available from a number of rental houses worldwide, however should you not be able to locate one, they are also available for rental directly from us as well.

Available in 5×10, 5×15, 10×20, and 10×30, the F2X overhead lightbanks utilize a durable aluminum frame that breaks down to 60″ padded duffels for ease of transport. They can be shipped via FedEx or UPS from our headquarters in Colorado to nearly anywhere around the world!

These F2X’s come without lights. For more information please feel free to contact us online at info@chimeralighting.com or 9AM-5PM Mountain Standard Time at 303.444.8000 to speak with our customer service team.

Chimera’s F2X can be assembled completely without tools, utilizing durable aluminum tubing. F2X breaks down into 60” padded duffels, meaning that they can easily be shipped via most international and domestic carriers, including FedEx, UPS, and DHL. F2X lightbanks are available in 5×10, 5×15, 10×20, and 10×30 feet.

The F2 features a modular design with a heavy duty welded steel frame. With truss-like components that bolt together the F2 Modulars are designed for permanent install situations. F2 Modulars can support more individual fixtures compared to the F2X, thanks to its beefier frame, and are available in larger sizes: 10×20, 10×30, 15×30, and 15×40 feet.

Because of the size of the F2 Modular components, freight shipping is required, with receiving at a loading dock recommended. The F2 Modulars ship inside a wooden crate, where a forklift is highly recommended for receiving.

Our F2 and F2X Lightbanks feature a number of ways to attach either to stands.

Both feature 1.25” solid aluminum ends on the four lower corners of the lightbank, which fit into a standard Mafer or Super Clamp. Then, simply use the 5/8” Baby Receiver on the clamp to mount it to any Baby Pin.

For low height suspension (5-6 feet) a standard C-Stand is suitable, as the total weight (listed below) is dispersed over the four stands, however it is important to factor in the lights you’ll be using inside the F2X as well.

For higher suspension, crank or windup stands are preferred as many come with built-in wheels, and easier ability to raise or lower each stand. Popular choices include Matthews Crank-O-Vator, American Roadrunner, and Avenger Super Wind-Up. An additional Junior to Baby pin adapter may be required to mount the Mafer, consult the stand specifications for more details.

With any support setup, it is important to total both the number of lights as well as the weight of the lightbank body alone, to ensure the manufacturer’s recommended maximum load of the stand is not exceeded.

Lightbank and Frame Weight (Without Lights)

F2X
5 x 10′: 74 lb / 33.5 kg
5 x 15′: 112 lb / 50.8 kg
10 x 20′: 148 lb / 67.1 kg
10 x 30′: 225 lb / 102 kg

F2 Modular
10 x 20’: 150 lbs / 65 kg
10 x 30’: 200 lbs / 90 kg
15 x 30’: 300 lbs / 135 kg
15 x 40’: 350 lbs / 160 kg

The F2 and F2X feature standard 5/8″ Baby pin mounting points throughout the frame of the lightbank. This allows a wide variety of fixtures, strobe or continuous, to be mounted throughout.

In general, lights with a fully exposed bulb or dome design is ideal for the most even illumination of an F2 or F2X lightbank. Alternatively open faces or wide / broad beam angle fixtures are suitable.

For continuous tungsten, Chimera’s own Triolet system is a perfect solution, offering up to 1,000W per mounting point (varies by size and style of the F2 / F2X), all within a very durable aluminum housing and compatibility with easily sourced Mogul base tungsten bulbs. In fact, we offer the complete line of F2X overhead lightbanks with Triolets included!

For daylight, any HMI fixture that features a fully exposed bulb, such as a K5600 Joker Bug, or the Kobold Bron HMIs.

For strobes, bare bulb / dome style monoblocks or flash heads are ideal.

In setup, we recommend pointing the fixtures up towards the lid of the lightbank body so that they bounce and illuminate the diffusion.

Some caution must be exercised when positioning the lights as some continuous fixtures are not designed to be operated pointing straight down. Check with the fixture manufacturer for complete and safe operation.

Chimera’s F2 and F2X overhead lightbanks feature multiple mounting points to attach strobe or continuous fixtures. The silver interior, wrapped around a durable metal frame, reflects the light to illuminate the front screen, while interior baffles help ensure evenness.

The number of mounting points varies by the size and type of the F2 or F2X, listed below. The F2 Modular features more mounting points than the F2X thanks to its heavier duty welded steel frame, and is ideal for permanent installations. The F2X features a breakdown design that allows it to ship via most common carriers, such as FedEx, UPS, and DHL.

F2X
5×10: 2 Mounting Points
5×15: 3 Mounting Points
10×20: 8 Mounting Points
10×30: 12 Mounting Points

F2 Modular
10×20: 16 Mounting Points
10×30: 24 Mounting Points
15×30: 36 Mounting Points
15×40: 48 Mounting Points

A popular method of installing an F2 Modular or F2X Overhead lightbank is to suspend it from the ceiling. Because the installation height, as well as the buildings / studios for installation vary widely, Chimera does not offer any officially suggested method or recommendation of doing this, however we do offer a few examples and solutions that our customers have used successfully. We do not endorse any of the methods below but simply offer them as solutions our customers have found.

Both F2X and F2 modular have four 1.25″ ends on each lower corner, that can be clamped to with a variety of clamps, including a Mafer / Super Clamp. Alternatively, slings that slip around these points are also possible.

Suspending the lightbank and using ceiling-mounted electric motor hoists allow for adjustment of the pitch and pivot after being installed. Mechanical pullies have also been utilized as well.

The F2 Modular features comaptibility with optional hanging brackets (part number #4960) which come in a set of 4. Evenly spaced throughout the F2 frame, these brackets feature a steel shackle, suitable for attaching a cable, pulley, or hook to.

A number of purpose-built studio systems from Manfrotto, FOBA, or Hensel have been used by our customers, which we would recommend contacting.

For installation, consulting a structural engineer or contractor is paramount for a qualified assessment of building before hanging any type of load. Listed below is the weight of our F2 Modular and F2X lightbanks with assembled frame, before adding lights.

F2X
5 x 10′: 74 lb / 33.5 kg
5 x 15′: 112 lb / 50.8 kg
10 x 20′: 148 lb / 67.1 kg
10 x 30′: 225 lb / 102 kg

F2 Modular
10 x 20’: 150 lbs / 65 kg
10 x 30’: 200 lbs / 90 kg
15 x 30’: 300 lbs / 135 kg
15 x 40’: 350 lbs / 160 kg

LIGHT BOOMS

Unlike traditional booms, no phyiscal brake is necessary, as the load of the fixture is balanced by rear counterweights. A properly balanced light boom will retain its position, and can be fine tuned by sliding the rear counterweights forward and backward.

When removing a fixture from the boom, we recommend removing the rear counterweights first and resting the light in a boom-down position. Removal of the fixture first, could cause the boom to unexpectedly pivot upwards.

We include a standard 12″ extension with the Compact lightboom, and 18″ with the standard, giving them a 32″ and 72″ reach respectively.
The reach of the Chimera Light Booms can be upgraded and increased down the line should you ever need to reach further!

If you need a longer reach, simply swap out the extension with any of the accessory extensions, both are compatible with either the Standard or Compact, Available in 24, 30, and 48″ versions, these handy extensions retain the Light Boom’s unique 360 degree rotation and install quickly without any tools necessary.

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What stand is recommended to use with my light boom?

A: The light booms feature a “combo” mounting pin, meaning that they can mount on either a 5/8″ Baby Male Stud or 1-1/8″ Junior Receiver.

We recommend a sturdy stand with a wide footprint to accommodate the outward load of the boom, and many of our users note that rolling wheels are a major plus.

With the Compact Light Boom, many users have found a standard C-Stand sufficient, while stands such as a medium roller, rolling combo, or single wind-up are recommended for the Standard Light Boom.

Due to shipping restrictions, Chimera Light Boom Counterweight Bags are delivered empty. They are sized to hold 15 pounds of lead shot as counterweight.

We have had success with 5, 6, or 7 gauge lead shot, available from many sporting goods stores that carry hunting supplies, or found online.

We have not had as much success utilizing sand in the counterweight bags, as it is less dense than the lead shot and may not provide enough weight.

Using a plastic funnel the counterweight bags can easily be filled.

The maximum weight of a Standard Lightboom is 15 pounds, and Compact Light Boom 7.5 pounds. This is based on using the extension that is included with the light boom. Adding longer stand extensions decreases the maximum weight payload.

In simple terms, the light boom’s maximum payload is a 2:1 in a counterweight-to-light ratio, meaning that your light should be 1/2 the weight of the total amount of counterweight. The standard boom ships with two empty counterweight bags, capable of 15 lbs each, or 30 pounds total. The compact boom includes one empty counterweight bag, capable of 15 pounds.

We recommend using lead shot, in a 5, 6, or 7 guage to fill the counterweight bags, as sand often does not provide enough weight.

The balance can be further fine-tuned by sliding the counterweight(s) forwards and backwards on the rear of the boom.

Cable management in any situation is critical. A damaged header cable or extension cable is not only a costly repair, but also a potential safety hazard.

Chimera Light Booms include adhesive cable “keeper” clips as well as two velcro ties, to secure the cable wherever you choose along the light boom.

Yes, the lateral reach of the light booms (Standard or Compact) can be extended by adding the interchangeable extensions. Simply unscrew the black plastic handle at the front plate of the boom, and slide the extension off. You can choose from 24, 30, and 48″ extensions all of which are compatible.

It is important to consider the maximum payload, as adding an extension decreases the capable payload of the light boom (think of it as sliding further back on a see-saw).

You may have to adjust the rear counterweight placement with the added extension (though this is easy thanks to the tool-free design of the light boom).

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Chimera has padded duffels, perfect for protecting your light boom in between shoots.

The Standard Light Boom fits inside our Padded Duffel #3950, with the rear section and front extension removed.
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The Compact Light Boom fist inside our Padded Duffel #3920, with the front extension removed.
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These duffels are available online at ChimeraLighting.com/Shop in the Replacement Parts section, under “Storage Sacks and Duffels.”

LIGHTBANK ACCESSORIES

While the right grid is dependent on the application, we can offer up our most often selected grids.

As a whole, 40 degree grids are the most popular choice, offering a balance between controlling light spill and maintaining a good level of light output. These offer the ability to prevent unwanted light soill with a healthy area of coverage.

Many of our rental customers include a 60 degree grid in addition to a 40 degree as part of their rental kits. This provides the widest beam angle, but maintains a good level of control over the coverage area. We also see many rental kits including both a 30º and 60º grid as well.

Fabric barn doors can be attached to any Chimera lightbank with the exterior accessory velcro. These are the iconic three strips of velcro along the front of lightbank sides. Compatible lightbanks include:

Super Pro X
Super Pro Shallow
Super Pro Strip
Super Pro Plus (Discontinued)
Pro Bank (Discontinued)

Video Pro Plus
Video Pro Shallow
Video Pro Strip
Video Pro Low Heat
Video Pro (Discontinued)

Daylite Junior
Daylite Junior Low Heat

Quartz Standard
Quartz Low Heat
Quartz (Sewn-in front screen, discontinued)

Daylite Standard
Daylite Senior

The majority of lightbanks offered by Chimera feature the ability to accept a grid. This includes:

Super Pro X
Super Pro Plus (Discontinued)
Super Pro Shallow
Super Pro Strip

OctaPlus
Octa Beauty

Video Pro Plus
Video Pro Shallow
Video Pro Strip
Video Pro Low Heat

Daylite Junior
Daylite Junior Low Heat

Quartz Standard
Quartz Low Heat

Daylite Standard
Daylite Senior

Barger LiteStrip 4 and 6 Lightbanks

Chimera’s Pro II, Mini, Maxi, and discontinued Pro-series banks are not compatible with fabric grids, as the front screen is flush-mounted and sewn in.

Some older Chimera lightbanks such as Super Pro, Video Pro, and Quart non-plus lightbanks with a sewn-in front screen may feature velcro tabs to accept accessory grids, however we recommend sending these lightbanks in for an upgrade to removable front screens. We replace the sewn-in screen with the same design used on current lightbanks, as well as perform a general inspection for any other repairs to be made.

For more information, feel free to contact us anytime 9AM-5PM MST at 303.444.8000 or online at info@chimeralighting.com

Lighttools ez[POP] fabric grids are an evolution of the industry standard egg crate fabric grid. They feature a flexible internal aluminum structure, similar to the popular “snap” bracelets of the 90’s. The internal structure ensures that the cells of the grid are taught and do not sag or cause a “belly,” sometimes noticeable on larger lightbanks.

Another benefit of an ez[POP] grid is the addition of shape and structure to the lightbank. Where larger (and older) lightbanks can exhibit a degree of sagging, adding an ez[POP] grid gives precise shape to the front of the lightbank, resulting in increased efficiency and easier aiming of the bank.

ez[POP] grids are available in a 40-degree beam angles for Chimera Small, Medium and Large rectangular banks, as well as Small, Medium, and Large Strips.

Chimera’s metal honeycomb grids and Lighttools Fabric Grids are described in degrees. These degrees are roughly the angle of spread from the front of the lightbank they are installed on, though the light used and size of the lightbank will cause results to vary.

Smaller degree numbers are more narrow beam angles, meaning that the spread of the light is tighter and over a smaller area.

Larger degree numbers are wider beam angles with physically larger cells, these offer more spread of the light from the lightbank, meaning that the spread is larger.

A 20-degree grid will confine the light output to a more narrow beam, and 60-degree grid, will produce a wider beam.

Another consideration is that adding a grid to the lightbank also reduces output. Narrower beam angles, which have smaller cells will reduce more light than wider beam angles.

Often times you may want to control where the light falls on a scene without changing the position or aiming of the lightbank. Chimera offers a diverse lineup of products to do exactly that.

Metal Honeycomb grids – Rigid aluminum grids constructed from matte black aluminum cells, attach to the front velcro and offer precise control of the light spread, in 30, 60, and 90-degree beam angles.

Lighttools® Egg Crate Fabric Grids – The most common, collapsible fabric body with individual “cells” or egg crates that control the beam angle. Folds down to a very compact size for travel, available on 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 20×60, and 30×50 degree beam angles.

Fabric Barn Doors: Attaches to the sides of the lightbank, and features three internal aluminum stiffeners that bend and hold shape. The quickest manner of controlling beam spread

A wide variety of accessories for lightbanks are available. The following lightbank series’ accept the below accessories:
Super Pro X
Super Pro Plus
Super Pro Plus Strip
Super Pro Plus Shallow

Video Pro Plus
Video Pro Plus Strip
Video Pro Plus Shallow

Quartz Plus
Daylite Junior Plus
Daylite Standard Plus
Daylite Senior Plus

Fabric Grids – Attach to the front velcro of the lightbank that and control light spill measured in degrees from the front of the lightbank. These grids are collapsible and fold into a small lightweight (included) bag.

ez[POP] Fabric Grids – Similar to the collapsible fabric grids, however a flexible metal frame allows the grid to still collapse down, but most importantly – adds rigidity and shape to the lightbank.

Honeycomb Metal Grids – These metal grids offer more precise lighting control. Made out of machined aluminum with a honeycomb metal grid in 30, 60, or 90 degree beam spreads, the metal grids attach to the front velcro and precisely prevent light spill without affecting the softness or color temperature of the light. They are shipped in a wooden shipping case for travel and protection.

Stretch Frames – These collapsible frames are constructed out of lightweight aluminum poles and velcro into the front of the lightbank to add shape and rigidy without altering the quality of light. Especially useful on larger lightbanks.

Fabric Barn Doors – The simplest option for controlling the light, these fabric panels velcro onto the sides of the lightbank front, and come in a pair for either the short or long side of the bank. Flexible metal ribs are sewn into the fabric so you shape the barndoor and cut the light as needed.

Chimera offers two styles of grids, rigid metal honeycomb and Lighttools® Fabric Egg Crate grids.

Fabric grids collapse down to a very compact size, folding up to fit in a small fabric pouch. To attach to the lightbank, simply unfold and attach to the front velcro of the lightbank where the front screen sits. Fabric grids are offered in 20, 30, 40, 50 60, 20×60, and 30×50 degree beam angles.

Metal honeycomb grids are a rigid design with a solid aluminum frame and metal honeycomb cells. Compared to fabric grids, they are thinner in depth and offer a sharper edge of cutoff to the light than fabric grids. They also attach via the front velcro of the lightbank, and are available in30, 60, and 90 degree beam angles.

Fabric grids are available for nearly every lightbank Chimera produces with a removable front screen, from XXS to Large, and all three sizes of strips.

Metal honeycomb grids are available only for XS, Small, and Medium lightbanks, due to size constraints of production and shipping.

To protect the grid, metal honeycombs include a durable wooden transport case for shipping, which is available across most carriers (UPS, FedEx, DHL) on all levels of trains time.

There is no grid for this since the screen is a flush front.

The 20×60 and 30×50 Lighttools Egg Crate Fabric Grids offer a unique light control tool. By shaping the cells asymmetrically, the controlled beam angle is more rectangular rather than square.

The shape of the rectangular cell is in line with the shape of the lightbank, For instance, with a 20×60-degree grid on a Small (24×32”) lightbank, the beam angle is 20 degrees along the shorter 24” side of the lightbank, and 60 degrees on the longer 32” side.

The asymmetric fabric grids are a great accessory for Chimera Strip lightbanks. They help emphasize the long narrow light output of the strip shape, providing an even more controlled light.

20×60 fabric grids are available for XS, Small, Medium, and all strip lightbanks, while 30×50 degree fabric grids are available only for strip lightbanks.

Fabric Barn Doors offer quick and simple of the light coverage by flexing to flag or block part of the lightbank front. With three flexible metal stiffeners, you can very easily shape the barn door to your needs.

Fabric Barn Doors attach to the velcro on the outer sides of the lightbank, and can be adjusted fore/aft by placing the fabric barn door further down the long velcro strip.

Fabric barn doors offer you the ability of selectively flagging the sides of the lightbank, meaning that you can control spill on one, two, three, or all four sides of the lightbank.

Available for the short or long side of the lightbank, fabric barn doors are sold in pairs and include a soft storage bag.

MISC

Speed Rings can be a tricky thing, but Chimera offers a wide range of options to help provide you the best and most versatile option.

For Strobes and most continuous lights under 2,000W you’ll be opting for Super Pro and Video Pro lightbanks, and their associated speed rings. These are available in four styles:

– Poly / Polycarbonate: Considered the ‘standard’ or basic ring, a durable black plastic frame and aluminum mount-specific insert. 4 pole sockets to support strip, rectangular (standard), and lantern lightbanks. Economical, and perfect for most strobes. For continuous lights, stay below 650W as anything more can damage or the ring.

– Metal / AL: If you see an “AL” at the end of the model number, its one of our great metal speed rings! These rings have a durable metal body and are great for rental, studio, or stage environments when toughness is critical. These rings are also designed to take the heat of continuous fixtures, often up to 1600W or 2000W. Also has four pole sockets for rectangular, strip, and lantern lightbanks.

– Quick Release / QR: One of Chimera’s most clever products, giving ease of use to the lightbank. Aluminum construction for the heat of continuous lights, and four pole sockets to support rectangular, strip, and lantern lightbanks. Quick Release Speed Rings have pole sockets that can pivot forward 90 degrees and lock in to place, allowing a Lightbank to be set up and taken down with much less effort and time.

– OctaPlus / OP: Similar to the Metal/AL rings, except with four extra pole sockets to support our OctaPlus and Octa Beauty lightbanks. They’re still backwards compatible with all rectangular, strip, and lantern lightbanks.

 

When it comes to larger continuous fixtures, you’ll be faced with a “Daylite” option across all wattages. Daylite simply refers to a series of banks that have an increased depth to support narrow-beam fixtures. As a result, these banks have poles that are on a bit of an angle and need a specific pole socket.

For fixtures below 2000W, separate Daylite Junior rings are available as counterparts to standard Video Pro-sized rings.

For fixtures from 2K to 12K – most circular speed rings feature dual-block Q/D pole sockets, that will support either a Quartz or Daylite Standard lightbank.

For fixtures from 12 to 24K – these large fixtures are meant to be with the Daylite Senior rings, which match up to our legendary Daylite Senior lightbank. The only bank in the world that can take up to 240000W tungsten or 18,000W HMI!

‘Plus’ simply refers to the evolution of a removable front screen. Previous generations of lightbanks before ‘Plus’ featured sewn-in front screens.

Certain lightbanks with sewn in fabrics screens can be retrofitted and upgraded to support removable screens, give us a shout at 303.444.8000 or info@chimeralighting.com for more info!

Its common for the weight of a large lightbank to cause the light its mounted on to sag or not stay in place. Our Grip Head Adapter (3770) is highly recommended for this exact problem. This adapter attaches to the speed ring and inserts into a standard 2.5″ Grip Head (#3750, not included) to mount to a light stand.

Alternatively, Chimera Quick Release (QR) rings, have a 1/4-20″ threaded hole on the sides of the speed ring body, which could take a threade 5/8″ brass stud, and mounted into one of our Single or Dual Axis stand adapters.

In over 35 years of producing the industry standard lightbank, this is the most hotly contested points of our history.
In the U.S., “Shi-Merr-Uh” or “Sha-Merr-Uh” is most common.

Elsewhere, the academically accepted “Ky-Merr-Uh” is common.

As long as you are using our products to create beautiful light, you can say it however you please.

We do have a dealer in the UAE, Gulf Color.

 

Chimera Strip Lightbanks are designed and engineered for the poles to flex and still fit in the standard four poles on Chimera speed rings – this means no confusion when setting it up! If you look at a Chimera Strip lightbank when setup, you can see a bit of contouring that allows the poles to flex a bit more, and therefore fit our standard 4-pole rings!

OCTA BEAUTY

The Octa Beauty 24 and 30″ collapsible beauty dishes can be used with low-heat output continuous lights, specifically LED and Plasma. Tungsten and HMI fixtures are not recommended due to the materials used to construct the Octa Beauty, and exposure to high heat may damage the fabric body.

Most LED or Plasma fixture that can accommodate a Chimera dedicated or circular Octa (8 pole block) speed ring will support the Octa Beauty. Because the range of light output shape can vary from fixture to fixture, we recommend bare bulb lights to effectively fill the Octa Beauty.

OCTAPLUS HI HEAT

The OctaPlus features a slim profile design, engineered to compliment bare bulb or “bug” style lights. Having a wide or omnidirectional light output is critical for achieveing an even light output from the Octa.

For tungsten, we hightly recommend our own Triolet fixtures, while for daylight HMI, fully exposed bulb fixtures are readily available from K5600 and Kobold / Broncolor.

Other fixtures with especially wide beam angles, such at the ARRI M-Series or select open face fixtures, may be compatible as well.

Chimera OctaPlus Hi Heat lightbanks are an amazing and unique tool for continuous light. Capable of handling up to 3200W Tungsten or HMI, often times the method of attaching a light can get a bit complicated.

By far the most common fixture with an OctaPlus is either the Chimera Triolet for tungsten, or Joker-Bug / Bug-lites for HMI. Because of the shallow profile of the OctaPlus, a fixture with a fully exposed bulb helps evenly illuminate the lightbank completely without a strong central hot spot.
Joker-Bug OctaPlus Ring: 9780
Triolet OctaPlus Ring: 9890

If a fixture with a fully exposed bulb isn’t an option, we recommend using broader beam fixtures, typically an open face or PAR lensed lensed for WFL, or Super Wide Flood. Historically fresnels have not offered as wide of a beam spread for even lighting in an Octa body, though the combination is possible.

Circular rings from 3″ to 6-5/8″ are available as an OctaPlus ring as well, a few of the more popular rings listed below:
3″ – 9610OP (Arri 150 Fresnel, Mole Inbetweenie, Dedolight 100/150)
5″ – 9640OP (Arri 300 Fresnel, Joker 200 Beamer)
5-1/8″ – 9810OP (Mole Tweenie-4821
6-1/2″ – 9670OP (Arri 650, Joker 400 Beamer)
6-5/8″ -9100OP (Baby 1K)

Modular rings, offer increased usability for circular rings in 9-1/2″ and 9-5/8″ (i.e. Arri T2). These rings feature the option of adding 4 additional pole sockets for use with an OctaPlus.
9-1/2″ – 9203OP
9-5/8″ – 9213OP

Alternatively, certain existing Quartz/Daylite rings can be modified with Chimera’s 3795 Frame Adapters. These black aluminum blocks attach to the sides of the speed ring frame, providing the necessary pole sockets for an OctaPlus. However, because of the different speed ring size, shorter poles must be used with the OctaPlus:

For Quartz/Daylite rings from 9″ to 11″: Attach the 3795 Adapters, and use Pole #4067 (32.5″).
For Quartz/Daylite rings from 12-1/8″ to 14-1/2″: Attach the 3795 Adapters and use Pole #4068 (30.5″

Finally, our 9905 Adjustable ring, which supports fixtures from 9″ to 16-1/8″ features 8-pole blocks, also to be used with an Octa.

Chimera’s Octa Beauty line of collapsible beauty dishes are definitely a unique light shaper for portraits and glamour lighting. While we designed the Octa Beauty for strobe systems, it can physically fit any of our OctaPlus speed rings, though sometimes a set of shorter poles are necessary.

The construction of the Octa Beauty is suitable for low heat output, such as that from LEDs or Plasma fixtures. Use with tungsten or HMI lights isn’t recommended, as the heat may damage the lightbank.

For a specific fit, contact our amazing customer service team, 9AM-5PM MST at 303.444.8000, or any time at info@chimeralighting.com!

 

Yes! A wide range of Chimera’s Quartz/Daylite Circular Speed Rings can be updated to mount an OctaPlus 5 HiHeat or 57 Hi Heat.

If you own a Quartz/Daylite Circular Speed Ring listed below, you will need the Octa Adapber Bracket Set (3795), along with a set of shorter poles.

A full listing of compatible speed rings and the appropriate length replacement poles are available at the link below:
http://chimeralighting.com/sho…..Rings-3795

OVERHEADS

A: Chimera’s F2X overhead lightbanks are available from a number of rental houses worldwide, however should you not be able to locate one, they are also available for rental directly from us as well.

Available in 5×10, 5×15, 10×20, and 10×30, the F2X overhead lightbanks utilize a durable aluminum frame that breaks down to 60″ padded duffels for ease of transport. They can be shipped via FedEx or UPS from our headquarters in Colorado to nearly anywhere around the world!

These F2X’s come without lights. For more information please feel free to contact us online at info@chimeralighting.com or 9AM-5PM Mountain Standard Time at 303.444.8000 to speak with our customer service team.

Chimera’s F2X can be assembled completely without tools, utilizing durable aluminum tubing. F2X breaks down into 60” padded duffels, meaning that they can easily be shipped via most international and domestic carriers, including FedEx, UPS, and DHL. F2X lightbanks are available in 5×10, 5×15, 10×20, and 10×30 feet.

The F2 features a modular design with a heavy duty welded steel frame. With truss-like components that bolt together the F2 Modulars are designed for permanent install situations. F2 Modulars can support more individual fixtures compared to the F2X, thanks to its beefier frame, and are available in larger sizes: 10×20, 10×30, 15×30, and 15×40 feet.

Because of the size of the F2 Modular components, freight shipping is required, with receiving at a loading dock recommended. The F2 Modulars ship inside a wooden crate, where a forklift is highly recommended for receiving.

Our F2 and F2X Lightbanks feature a number of ways to attach either to stands.

Both feature 1.25” solid aluminum ends on the four lower corners of the lightbank, which fit into a standard Mafer or Super Clamp. Then, simply use the 5/8” Baby Receiver on the clamp to mount it to any Baby Pin.

For low height suspension (5-6 feet) a standard C-Stand is suitable, as the total weight (listed below) is dispersed over the four stands, however it is important to factor in the lights you’ll be using inside the F2X as well.

For higher suspension, crank or windup stands are preferred as many come with built-in wheels, and easier ability to raise or lower each stand. Popular choices include Matthews Crank-O-Vator, American Roadrunner, and Avenger Super Wind-Up. An additional Junior to Baby pin adapter may be required to mount the Mafer, consult the stand specifications for more details.

With any support setup, it is important to total both the number of lights as well as the weight of the lightbank body alone, to ensure the manufacturer’s recommended maximum load of the stand is not exceeded.

Lightbank and Frame Weight (Without Lights)

F2X
5 x 10′: 74 lb / 33.5 kg
5 x 15′: 112 lb / 50.8 kg
10 x 20′: 148 lb / 67.1 kg
10 x 30′: 225 lb / 102 kg

F2 Modular
10 x 20’: 150 lbs / 65 kg
10 x 30’: 200 lbs / 90 kg
15 x 30’: 300 lbs / 135 kg
15 x 40’: 350 lbs / 160 kg

The F2 and F2X feature standard 5/8″ Baby pin mounting points throughout the frame of the lightbank. This allows a wide variety of fixtures, strobe or continuous, to be mounted throughout.

In general, lights with a fully exposed bulb or dome design is ideal for the most even illumination of an F2 or F2X lightbank. Alternatively open faces or wide / broad beam angle fixtures are suitable.

For continuous tungsten, Chimera’s own Triolet system is a perfect solution, offering up to 1,000W per mounting point (varies by size and style of the F2 / F2X), all within a very durable aluminum housing and compatibility with easily sourced Mogul base tungsten bulbs. In fact, we offer the complete line of F2X overhead lightbanks with Triolets included!

For daylight, any HMI fixture that features a fully exposed bulb, such as a K5600 Joker Bug, or the Kobold Bron HMIs.

For strobes, bare bulb / dome style monoblocks or flash heads are ideal.

In setup, we recommend pointing the fixtures up towards the lid of the lightbank body so that they bounce and illuminate the diffusion.

Some caution must be exercised when positioning the lights as some continuous fixtures are not designed to be operated pointing straight down. Check with the fixture manufacturer for complete and safe operation.

Chimera’s F2 and F2X overhead lightbanks feature multiple mounting points to attach strobe or continuous fixtures. The silver interior, wrapped around a durable metal frame, reflects the light to illuminate the front screen, while interior baffles help ensure evenness.

The number of mounting points varies by the size and type of the F2 or F2X, listed below. The F2 Modular features more mounting points than the F2X thanks to its heavier duty welded steel frame, and is ideal for permanent installations. The F2X features a breakdown design that allows it to ship via most common carriers, such as FedEx, UPS, and DHL.

F2X
5×10: 2 Mounting Points
5×15: 3 Mounting Points
10×20: 8 Mounting Points
10×30: 12 Mounting Points

F2 Modular
10×20: 16 Mounting Points
10×30: 24 Mounting Points
15×30: 36 Mounting Points
15×40: 48 Mounting Points

A popular method of installing an F2 Modular or F2X Overhead lightbank is to suspend it from the ceiling. Because the installation height, as well as the buildings / studios for installation vary widely, Chimera does not offer any officially suggested method or recommendation of doing this, however we do offer a few examples and solutions that our customers have used successfully. We do not endorse any of the methods below but simply offer them as solutions our customers have found.

Both F2X and F2 modular have four 1.25″ ends on each lower corner, that can be clamped to with a variety of clamps, including a Mafer / Super Clamp. Alternatively, slings that slip around these points are also possible.

Suspending the lightbank and using ceiling-mounted electric motor hoists allow for adjustment of the pitch and pivot after being installed. Mechanical pullies have also been utilized as well.

The F2 Modular features comaptibility with optional hanging brackets (part number #4960) which come in a set of 4. Evenly spaced throughout the F2 frame, these brackets feature a steel shackle, suitable for attaching a cable, pulley, or hook to.

A number of purpose-built studio systems from Manfrotto, FOBA, or Hensel have been used by our customers, which we would recommend contacting.

For installation, consulting a structural engineer or contractor is paramount for a qualified assessment of building before hanging any type of load. Listed below is the weight of our F2 Modular and F2X lightbanks with assembled frame, before adding lights.

F2X
5 x 10′: 74 lb / 33.5 kg
5 x 15′: 112 lb / 50.8 kg
10 x 20′: 148 lb / 67.1 kg
10 x 30′: 225 lb / 102 kg

F2 Modular
10 x 20’: 150 lbs / 65 kg
10 x 30’: 200 lbs / 90 kg
15 x 30’: 300 lbs / 135 kg
15 x 40’: 350 lbs / 160 kg

Pro II

Pro II banks feature a flush sewn in front screen, meaning that front diffusion is the leading edge of the lightbank. This design is unique to Chimera’s Pro II line and offers a number of advantages for certain types of lighting.

Most visibly, Pro II lightbanks offer a clean reflection in shiny objects along the edge of the lightbank. This is desirable when shooting chrome, glass, or other reflective objects.

Because there is no recess or front cowling of the front screen, Pro II’s tend to have a more graduated fall off and wrap. This means that the light output from a Pro II compared to a Super Pro X in the same size, will have a more spread across the scene.

Like Pro X lightbanks, Pro II’s have a removable inner baffle to vary the diffusion level of the lightbank. We recommend using it if an evenly illuminated front screen is desired.

For that same reason, Pro II lightbanks are only available with a white interior, which while typically slightly less reflective than silver, ensures a soft and even light output.

REPLACEMENT PARTS AND GENERAL CARE

If your Chimera gear sees heavy use, sometimes a screw, nut, or bolt may come loose and we totally understand! A wide range of replacement parts can be found on the replacement parts of our website linked below.

http://chimeralighting.com/sho…..SpeedRings

However if you’re not sure of the part number or what to order, feel free to contact us directly! You an reach us via email at info@chimeralighting.com, or 9AM-5PM Mountain Standard Time Monday through Friday at 303.444.8000. Our team of experts can help you identify the right parts to get you back up and running!

Sorry to hear that your speed ring broke. It is a rare occurrence but it can happen.
Please send us a photo of the break. 

The Best Products in the Business Have the Best Warranties in the Business.

At Chimera, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with the lighting solutions they need, and the high quality they demand. We also provide you with the best warranty coverage in the industry.

Our Lightbanks, Speed Rings and Light Control Accessories come with a limited 5-year warranty against manufacturing defects in materials, workmanship and color stability.
If our products are not fully operational out of the box or if they fail to perform within the product’s specified length of time* from the date of purchase, return it for repair or replacement at no charge.
Our warranty doesn’t cover damage caused by accidents, improper care or use, or the natural deterioration of materials over an extended period of abnormal use.
Our Return Policy is simple, fair and sensible.

All returns must have a Return Authorization number and be accompanied by a copy of the original packing slip or invoice.
Call 888-444-1812, ext. 109 for a Return Authorization Number.
Goods returned within 30 days from date of delivery will not be subject to a restocking charge, provided they are in new condition.
Goods returned after 30 days but within 180 days are subject to a 25% restocking charge.
No goods will be accepted for return after 180 days.
Fabric and custom products can’t be returned.
*Lightbanks, Lanterns, Speed Rings, Support, and Grip – Five-Year Warranty

*Lights – #9830, Birdcage™, and Triolet™– One-Year Warranty

NOTE: Rental Houses receive a limited 1-year warranty against manufacturing defects in materials, workmanship and color stability.

Chimera makes it easy to order the replacement parts you need. If you need a replacement part or additional information, don’t hesitate to contact us. Chimera stands by our products, we have replacement parts available for the majority of our products. Please call 888-444-1812 and our support team will be more than happen to assist you. You can also browse the accessories tab on our website and navigate to parts.

You can get the Rod replacement at our Shop

That replacement part # is 20902000. You can get that directly from us. Do you need any replacement screws or washers?

Contact us Here

The part you are looking for is #4016.  http://chimeralighting.com/shop/?item=34804

They are available off of our website.

Replacement storage sacks are available online in the replacement parts section of our website.

Simply navigate to the lightbank you have and two options will be displayed. A standard sack is the same as included in most of our strobe products, with a single main pocket. Plus sacks are included with Chimera’s Plus 3 lightbanks that ship with a set of Full, 1/2, and 1/4 Grid Diffusion. Plus sacks feature an additional rear pocket on the back of the lightbank for storage of the different front screens.

Older lightbanks may feature a “slip cover” style storage sack made out of a black shiny material with a single string for closure instead of zippers. This style has been discontinued, and we recommend upgrading to a curent storage sack.

Chimera also offers replacement storage sacks for Lighttools Fabric Grids. For more information, contact us directly at 303.444.8000 or anytime at info@chimeralighting.com

It sounds like your softbox is delaminating.  If it is 5 years old or younger it is covered under warranty.

If it is older than that, unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to repair it.

Originally, Chimera Lightbanks were produced with the front-screen sewn in. In the mid-90’s we made the jump to removable front-screens, offering users the option of interchangeable diffusion densities.

Banks with sewn-in screens can be upgraded to accept interchangeable screens as well honeycomb grids, and collapsible fabric grids.

If you have a sewn-in front screen lightbank, simply contact us for a Return Authorization Number at info@chimeralighting.com or 8AM-5PM Mountain Standard Time, 1-888-444-1812.

Many of our lightbanks feature compatibility with two different lengths of support poles to match two primary different size of rings. This affects our strobe lightbanks (Super Pro, Pro II, Mini, Maxi) and Video Pro line in order to provide you with the most flexibility.

All Super Pro X, Super Pro Plus Shallow, and Pro II lightbanks ship with poles that are designed to fit the majority of our studio strobe and Versi hot shoe speed rings. Two mounts however, require slightly shorter poles. Elinchrom (part numbers 2170, 2170AL, 2170OP, 2170QR) and the older discontinued Hensel Contra (2186, 2186OP, 2186AL, 2186QRr) speed rings require short poles. Note that the 2186 speed rings have been replaced by the newer 2188, which do not require shorter poles.

Consequently, if you wanted to use the combination of a Video Pro lightbank and a strobe speed ring – alternate poles can be ordered to ensure a proper fit.

Yes, We can replace the corners for you.  If you’d like to send your box in for repair I can give you an RA# to reference.

The cost is $20.00 per Lightbank to repair.

Cleaning your Chimera Lightbank.

It’s easy to clean your Chimera Lightbank and extend its life. Just hand wash with cold water, a sponge and mild soap, then rinse thoroughly. Do not machine wash. To dry, assemble the Lightbank onto a Speed Ring and completely air dry.

If your front screen gets soiled, erect the Lightbank and, using a natural sponge, gently scrub the soiled areas with a mild solution of soap and water. Let air dry completely. Don’t use abrasive soaps or wash in a washing machine.

Need further assistance, please feel free to contact us.

The fabric body and screens can be spot-cleaned with cold water, a soft sponge, and mild soap, such as Dreft or Woollite. Thoroughly rinse and allow to air dry. We’ve found its easier to clean and dry the lightbank when fully set up and assembled. Hot water, solvents, or strong detergents are likely to cause damage to the fabric and heat-resistant coating used on Chimera products. If there is an oily stain on the screen material, a small amount of corn starch or baking soda combined with a soft bristled brush can help decrease the stain (though it may still be partially visible.).

Machine-washing or commercial dry cleaning is not recommended.

Many of Chimera’s strobe and continuous speed rings can be converted to different diameters or mounts. That means if you buy a Chimera speed ring with one style mount and end up needing a ring for a different light, in most cases you just swap the mount!

On the majority of Chimera’s current strobe speed rings, you can swap the insert of the speed ring to support a different style strobe.

For most Video Pro rings for lights under 2,000W, the inserts can also be swapped should you need to go from dedicated to circular, or one diameter to another.

An important consideration though is that it does require 8-10 hex-cap screws and a specific set of washers to be detached and re-attached, something we do not recommend doing if you need to swap rings quickly or on the fly (in that case owning multiple speed rings is ideal).

MAKING IT AS SIMPLE AS POSSIBLE FOR YOU.

At Chimera, we know how important it is for you to be able to set up, use and break down your equipment quickly and easily—whether you’re in the studio or on location. That’s why we’ve designed our complete line of Chimera products and accessories with simplicity in mind.

RECTANGULAR LIGHTBANK SETUP

Insert the Poles into Sleeves. Match the size of the end of the poles to the holes in the pole blocks of your Speed Ring. Then insert the opposite end of each pole into the pole sleeve openings at the rear of each corner of your Lightbank. Grasp the pole sleeve to keep it straight as you slide the pole fully through the sleeve to the end. Note: Some poles have identical sized ends so it does not matter which end of the pole goes into the sleeve. Other poles have different sized ends and it is important to match them for size to the Speed Ring pole block holes.

Insert the Optional Diffusion Baffle Inside the Lightbank. Attach the diffusion baffle to the Velcro™ tabs located next to the pole sleeves inside the Lightbank a few inches from the front opening. Tabs will align properly if CHIMERA label on baffle is facing the front of the Lightbank.

Mount the Lightbank on Speed Ring. Determine which direction the Lightbank will be oriented, horizontally or vertically, in relation to the light fixture, subject, etc., (Rotating Rings may be mounted either way of course). If you are using a patented CHIMERA Quick Release™ ring, make sure the pole blocks are in the locked position.Begin with the poles at the top for the top of the ring. Insert the poles, one at a time, into the holes at the corners of the Speed Ring. Make sure the poles are fully inserted into the holes. Poles will become increasingly stiff as you move from one pole to the next. Flex poles as necessary so they slip into holes easier. Gripping the pole diagonally opposite from the pole you are inserting will provide extra leverage.

Installing Front Screen (“PLUS” and “PLUS ONE” BANKS ONLY). Make sure the, CHIMERA label is facing towards the front of the Lightbank. Attach the screen to the Lightbank by aligning the back edge of the Velcro® hook strip on the front screen with the back edge of the Velcro® loop strip on the Lightbank. When installed properly, part of the Lightbank’s loop strip is visible in the Lightbank’s recess, just to the front of the front screen.

LIGHTBANK TAKE DOWN

Cooling. Provide adequate ventilation for your equipment. Use the lighting instrument’s internal cooling fan if available. When using continuous light sources, keep the top flap open as much as possible. Use upper and lower vents to cool Quartz and Daylight Banks. Always allow the Lightbank to cool before disassembling and placing in storage.

Removing the Lightbank from the Speed Ring. If the light is mounted on light stand, start with bottom poles, otherwise, start with any pole. Bend pole slightly towards the rear of the Lightbank to make it easier to slide the pole end out of the hole. Align the pole end with the hole axis and slide pole out using thumb pressure against Speed Ring. Gripping the pole diagonally opposite the pole you are removing will provide extra leverage. If you are using a patented CHIMERA Quick Release™ ring, simply release the locking levers to release to poles tension and then slide the poles from the mounting holes.

Folding and Storage. Leave the poles in Lightbank but remove the optional diffusion baffle and front screen. Crease the short sides of the Lightbank and flatten. Fold the Light bank in half once then roll up and slide into the storage sack. Never store a damp or wet Lightbank.

From time to time our amazing customer service team does hear about the white fabric front screen or inner baffle yellowing.

Because of the build quality and durability of our products, the working service life of a Chimera is significantly longer than other gear, like cameras or computers! And like paper, the fabrics can shift in color with age.

Other factors, like environment and exposure can be a cause too. Storing the screens near or around smoke can advance the yellowing, as well as long term storage in high humidity or heat. Extreme exposure to UV light (such as an unfiltered HMI bulb) can advance yellowing too.

If the situation comes up that you need to replace a front screen or baffle, they can easily be ordered through our network of dealers, from our web store, or over the phone at 303.444.8000 from 9AM to 5PM Mountain Standard Time. If your bank features a sewn in screen, such as with the Pro II Super Pro (non-Plus) lightbanks, our expert team of technicians are happy to repair them! Give us a shout at 303.444.8000 or info@chimeralighting.com

The Super Pro X lightbanks can be used with optional front screens in 1/2 Grid Diffusion and 1/4 Grid Diffusion. By default, inner baffles are only available in Full Diffusion (-1.4 stops), though custom options may be available by contacting us at info@chimeralighting.com.

RINGMAXX

Yes! The only difference is the material. The continuous light version is designed to withstand higher temperatures but will work perfectly with strobe as well. However, you should not use hot lights with the strobe version as that could cause a hazardous situation.

The RingMAXX features four adjustable mounting points to accommodate a wide range of fixtures. We’ve tested a broad variety of the most popular studio flash heads as well as monolights to fit the RingMAXX. Thanks to the durable aluminum frame of the RingMAXX, even heavy 1000W/S monolights will mount safely.

On the high-heat RingMAXX any combination of fixtures up to 4,000W continuous can be used, be it Tungsten, HMI, LED, or Plasma.

On all RinMAXX setups, the best possible light output is achieved when using fixtures with a bare bulb, fully exposed flash tube, or “bug light” design where the bulb or flash tube is able to output omnidirectional light.

When it comes to light quality, RingMAXX offers superior lighting choices from hard-light to soft lighting situations that no other ring light is capable of producing. The removable front diffuser allows you to create harsh lighting situations for today’s fashion looks to soft portraits or any lighting scenarios imaginable by adding the diffuser. The RingMAXX prototype originally used eight lights. After extensive testing we came to the conclusion that only four lights were needed for the ultimate RingMAXX performance, allowing the desired non-directional lighting results where RingMAXX’s magic comes alive.

The light from each fixture illuminates the screen directly; there is no internal baffle needed. The RingMAXX is designed to work with 4 light heads but can be operated with an uneven lighting pattern as well. RingMAXX is designed to work with 4 independent light heads that can be individually adjusted for your desired look (usage of a minimum of two lights is recommended for sufficient non- directional lighting effects). The best lights to use with RingMAXX (and this is true for all softboxes) are a “hot spot” on the diffusion screen. The RingMAXX does come with internal dividers (flood gates) that contain the light in each of the four sections for ultimate light control for directional and non-directional lighting styles.

There are two options for mounting the RingMAXX to a light stand. The RingMAXX includes two 5/8″ Baby mounting pins that attach to the sides of the RingMAXX frame and interface with standard 2.5″ Grip Heads (not included). Using these two mounting points, you can attach the RingMAXX to a pair of stands. We’ve used standard 20 and 40 inch C-stands as well as steel combo stands with success.

For increased simplicity, Chimera offers an optional yoke for the RingMAXX. Built from durable aluminum, the yoke attaches to the sides of the RingMAXX and provides a single Junior pin mounting point, as well as the ability to easily tilt the RingMAXX. When using the yoke, we recommend low-height rolling stands with a wide footprint such as the American Grip Low-Boy Combo or Matthews Slider Stand. Becase of the 48″ diameter of the RingMAXX, mounting to a standard height stand can often position the RingMAXX too high.

For either stand configuration, it is important to select a grip capable of safely supporting the weight of the RingMAXX as well as the lighting fixtures you select. While the yoke is safely engineered to support the RingMAXX as well as four 800W HMIs or 1000w/s monolights, the stand(s) are dependent on manufacturer specifications.

Yes! Here is the list of places where you can rent one.

CSI Rentals in New York
Fotocare in New York
Dodd in Cleveland
Samy’s in Los Angeles

We do not recommend using continuous lights with a combined output greater than 1,000W in the RingMAXX for strobe. While we have engineered the fabric body to support the modeling typical 300-500W modeling light of the strobe, opening the side heat flaps of the RingMAXX is necessary to not only avoid damage to the fabric body, but also to maintain efficient cooling of your lights as well.

If you are looking to use the RingMAXX with tungsten or HMI lights, the RingMAXX Hi Heat is recommended, which is also compatible with strobes too.
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Should you own a RingMAXX for strobe already and are looking to use tungsten or HMI lights, we can upgrade the fabric in order to offer safe operation with high heat lights. Contact us at info@chimeralighting.com or 303.444.8000 Monday through Friday, 8AM-5PM MST for more information.

The mounting system is adjustable and fits most lights that are designed to fit on a standard 5/8″ light stand. It should fit most lights that are 14″ tall or less.The L7 (which is an LED, not an HMI) might be a little too large. However, a Fresnel is probably not the best light to use in the RingMAXX.

STROBE

While the appearance of a Chimera Speed Rings and Lightbanks may be very similar to other brands of products, we cannot guarantee that our speed rings will fit lightbanks from other manufacturers.

While we have heard of folks using other manufacturer’s lightbanks with our speed rings, we definitely do not recommend it; as we’ve also heard of users breaking support poles, tearing seams, and even damaging the speed ring.

If you have questions about using different series’ or types of Chimera lightbanks on a range of speed rings – feel free to contact us any time at info@chimeralighting.com!

A: Chimera’s F2X overhead lightbanks are available from a number of rental houses worldwide, however should you not be able to locate one, they are also available for rental directly from us as well.

Available in 5×10, 5×15, 10×20, and 10×30, the F2X overhead lightbanks utilize a durable aluminum frame that breaks down to 60″ padded duffels for ease of transport. They can be shipped via FedEx or UPS from our headquarters in Colorado to nearly anywhere around the world!

These F2X’s come without lights. For more information please feel free to contact us online at info@chimeralighting.com or 9AM-5PM Mountain Standard Time at 303.444.8000 to speak with our customer service team.

Silver interior lightbanks offer increased efficiency with higher specularity, while the white interior offers maximum soft and even light.

Chimera’s F2X can be assembled completely without tools, utilizing durable aluminum tubing. F2X breaks down into 60” padded duffels, meaning that they can easily be shipped via most international and domestic carriers, including FedEx, UPS, and DHL. F2X lightbanks are available in 5×10, 5×15, 10×20, and 10×30 feet.

The F2 features a modular design with a heavy duty welded steel frame. With truss-like components that bolt together the F2 Modulars are designed for permanent install situations. F2 Modulars can support more individual fixtures compared to the F2X, thanks to its beefier frame, and are available in larger sizes: 10×20, 10×30, 15×30, and 15×40 feet.

Because of the size of the F2 Modular components, freight shipping is required, with receiving at a loading dock recommended. The F2 Modulars ship inside a wooden crate, where a forklift is highly recommended for receiving.

Pro X Lightbanks feature recessed front screen that is removable, while Pro II lightbanks have a flush, sewn-in front screen.
As a result, Pro X lightbanks with the recessed front have a bit more dramatic falloff or edge transfer and less spill compared to a Pro II lightbank.

While both lightbanks have removable inner baffles, the Pro II front screen is not user-replaceable.
Many users of the Pro X opt to purchase optional diffusion screens for their lightbank, available in 1/2 Grid Cloth Diffusion and 1/4 Grid Cloth Diffusion.

Our F2 and F2X Lightbanks feature a number of ways to attach either to stands.

Both feature 1.25” solid aluminum ends on the four lower corners of the lightbank, which fit into a standard Mafer or Super Clamp. Then, simply use the 5/8” Baby Receiver on the clamp to mount it to any Baby Pin.

For low height suspension (5-6 feet) a standard C-Stand is suitable, as the total weight (listed below) is dispersed over the four stands, however it is important to factor in the lights you’ll be using inside the F2X as well.

For higher suspension, crank or windup stands are preferred as many come with built-in wheels, and easier ability to raise or lower each stand. Popular choices include Matthews Crank-O-Vator, American Roadrunner, and Avenger Super Wind-Up. An additional Junior to Baby pin adapter may be required to mount the Mafer, consult the stand specifications for more details.

With any support setup, it is important to total both the number of lights as well as the weight of the lightbank body alone, to ensure the manufacturer’s recommended maximum load of the stand is not exceeded.

Lightbank and Frame Weight (Without Lights)

F2X
5 x 10′: 74 lb / 33.5 kg
5 x 15′: 112 lb / 50.8 kg
10 x 20′: 148 lb / 67.1 kg
10 x 30′: 225 lb / 102 kg

F2 Modular
10 x 20’: 150 lbs / 65 kg
10 x 30’: 200 lbs / 90 kg
15 x 30’: 300 lbs / 135 kg
15 x 40’: 350 lbs / 160 kg

The Elinchrom Quadra flash heads feature a different modifier mounting style than traditional Elinchrom bayonet mount. For use with a Chimera, two options are available.

If you’re looking for a lighter weight and durable solution, check out the #2815 Speed Ring for Quadra Heads. This ring uses our durable Polycarbonate 4-pole frame and is compatible with Super Pro X, Super Pro Shallow Pro II, Mini, and Maxi light banks, both rectangular and strip. The light mounts to the ring with a specifically-designed adapter bracket, and requires an additional stand adapter, either 3860 (single tilt axis) or 3865 (dual tilt axis) to mount to a light stand.

if you already own Chimera Speed Rings for EL-mount Elinchrom (part number 2170, 2170AL, 2170OP, 2170QR), Elinchrom produces a Dadra Reflector Adapter (part number EL26342) that allows you to use standard EL-mount modifiers, including our speed rings

To combine a Quadra head with any of our 8-pole rings for the OctaPlus and Octa Beauty light banks, a combination of the Elinchrom Quadra Adapter and our 2170OP is required.

The F2 and F2X feature standard 5/8″ Baby pin mounting points throughout the frame of the lightbank. This allows a wide variety of fixtures, strobe or continuous, to be mounted throughout.

In general, lights with a fully exposed bulb or dome design is ideal for the most even illumination of an F2 or F2X lightbank. Alternatively open faces or wide / broad beam angle fixtures are suitable.

For continuous tungsten, Chimera’s own Triolet system is a perfect solution, offering up to 1,000W per mounting point (varies by size and style of the F2 / F2X), all within a very durable aluminum housing and compatibility with easily sourced Mogul base tungsten bulbs. In fact, we offer the complete line of F2X overhead lightbanks with Triolets included!

For daylight, any HMI fixture that features a fully exposed bulb, such as a K5600 Joker Bug, or the Kobold Bron HMIs.

For strobes, bare bulb / dome style monoblocks or flash heads are ideal.

In setup, we recommend pointing the fixtures up towards the lid of the lightbank body so that they bounce and illuminate the diffusion.

Some caution must be exercised when positioning the lights as some continuous fixtures are not designed to be operated pointing straight down. Check with the fixture manufacturer for complete and safe operation.

Mini and Maxi banks were built to complement smaller handheld or hot shoe flash units as an on-camera or lightweight lightbank. The size of the Mini and Maxi match the front dimensions of an XXS (12×16 in) and XS (16×22 in) respectively.

For ease of use and quick deployment, Mini and Maxi feature a sewn-in full diffusion front screen (-1.4 stops of light loss), similar to Chimera’s Pro II banks.

To maximize light output, Mini and Maxi banks can be ordered with a silver interior, or white interior for more even light output. Mini and Maxi lightbanks are designed to operate without an inner baffle

Due to the size of the Elinchrom EL-style bayonet mount, Chimera Speed Rings actually use a larger sized outer frame than other strobe speed rings.

As a result, this means that some light banks require support poles that are shorter in length to fit the larger sized ring.

When ordering the lightbank, simply let your dealer know that you’ll need the shorter pole option to suit an Elinchrom ring, or contact us to setup a swap. We’re here for you, 9AM-5PM Mountain Standard Time, Monday through Friday at 303.444.8000 or info@chimeralighting.com

Chimera’s F2 and F2X overhead lightbanks feature multiple mounting points to attach strobe or continuous fixtures. The silver interior, wrapped around a durable metal frame, reflects the light to illuminate the front screen, while interior baffles help ensure evenness.

The number of mounting points varies by the size and type of the F2 or F2X, listed below. The F2 Modular features more mounting points than the F2X thanks to its heavier duty welded steel frame, and is ideal for permanent installations. The F2X features a breakdown design that allows it to ship via most common carriers, such as FedEx, UPS, and DHL.

F2X
5×10: 2 Mounting Points
5×15: 3 Mounting Points
10×20: 8 Mounting Points
10×30: 12 Mounting Points

F2 Modular
10×20: 16 Mounting Points
10×30: 24 Mounting Points
15×30: 36 Mounting Points
15×40: 48 Mounting Points

A popular method of installing an F2 Modular or F2X Overhead lightbank is to suspend it from the ceiling. Because the installation height, as well as the buildings / studios for installation vary widely, Chimera does not offer any officially suggested method or recommendation of doing this, however we do offer a few examples and solutions that our customers have used successfully. We do not endorse any of the methods below but simply offer them as solutions our customers have found.

Both F2X and F2 modular have four 1.25″ ends on each lower corner, that can be clamped to with a variety of clamps, including a Mafer / Super Clamp. Alternatively, slings that slip around these points are also possible.

Suspending the lightbank and using ceiling-mounted electric motor hoists allow for adjustment of the pitch and pivot after being installed. Mechanical pullies have also been utilized as well.

The F2 Modular features comaptibility with optional hanging brackets (part number #4960) which come in a set of 4. Evenly spaced throughout the F2 frame, these brackets feature a steel shackle, suitable for attaching a cable, pulley, or hook to.

A number of purpose-built studio systems from Manfrotto, FOBA, or Hensel have been used by our customers, which we would recommend contacting.

For installation, consulting a structural engineer or contractor is paramount for a qualified assessment of building before hanging any type of load. Listed below is the weight of our F2 Modular and F2X lightbanks with assembled frame, before adding lights.

F2X
5 x 10′: 74 lb / 33.5 kg
5 x 15′: 112 lb / 50.8 kg
10 x 20′: 148 lb / 67.1 kg
10 x 30′: 225 lb / 102 kg

F2 Modular
10 x 20’: 150 lbs / 65 kg
10 x 30’: 200 lbs / 90 kg
15 x 30’: 300 lbs / 135 kg
15 x 40’: 350 lbs / 160 kg

Yes! Video Pro lightbanks can easily be used with strobe lighting with our wide range of speed rings to fit most popular flash heads and hot shoe flashes.

By default, a Video Pro lightbank mounted onto a strobe speed ring may be a bit saggier or baggier than normal. This is due to the shorter pole length used on Video Pro banks – but longer poles are available to ensure a properly setup lightbank.

Below is a listing of pole legnths for Video Pro banks, for use with Strobe speed rings*, simply choose the “short” pole length and search the four-digit part number online at chimeralighting.com/shop

Video Pro XXS Standard Pole: 12.5″ (4005)
Video Pro XXS Short Pole: 13″ (4000)

Video Pro XS Standard Pole: 17.5″ (4015)
Video Pro XS Short Pole: 18″ (4010)

Video Pro Small Standard Pole: 24.5″ (4025)
Video Pro Small Short Pole: 25″ (4020)

Video Pro Medium Standard Pole: 36″ (4035)
Video Pro Medium Short Pole: 36.5″ (4030)

Video Pro Large Standard Pole: 53″ (4045)
Video Pro Large Short Pole: 53.5″ (4040)

VIDEO PRO STRIP
Video Pro Strip Small Standard Pole: 24.5″ (4025)
Video Pro Strip Small Short Pole: 25″ (4020)

Video Pro Strip Medium Standard Pole: 36″ (4035)
Video Pro Strip Medium Short Pole: 36.5″ (4030)

Video Pro Strip Large Standard Pole: 53″ (4045)
Video Pro Strip Large Short Pole: 53.5″ (4040)

*Excluding Elinchrom rings 2170, 2170AL, 2170QR, and 2170OP – these use the standard length pole included with Video Pro lightbanks. For more info read: http://chimeralighting.com/for…..-going-on/

Yes! Super Pro X, Super Pro Plus, and Super Pro Shallow lightbanks offer compatibility with our range of interchangeable front screens. These are available in 1/2-Grid (-0.7 stops) and 1/4-Grid (-0.4 stops).

The light weight diffusion provides a more focused / less diffused light source, while slightly increasing output as well. We still recommend using the inner baffle of the lightbank to minimize a hot spot from the light.

To find the right screen for your lightbank, check out the Replacement Parts section of the Chimera site, linked below! Simply find which bank you currently own, and the right products should show!

http://chimeralighting.com/sho…..ementParts

If you’re unsure of which lightbank you own, or need further assistance feel free to give us a shout 9AM-5PM MST at 303.444.8000 or anytime at info@chimeralighting.com!

Yes! In the majority of cases, Chimera’s strobe speed rings can be converted to use a different light mount should you change strobe systems. Alternatively, if you own a four-pole speed ring, you can upgrade it to an 8-pole for use with our amazing OctaPlus lightbanks or OctaBeauty Collapsible Beauty Dishes.

Some caveats do apply based on which strobe system(s) are factors. Contact our sales and support team for more information at 303.444.8000 M-F 8AM-5PM, or info@chimeralighting.com!

TECH LED

Low-Heat lightbanks are designed for LED and Plasma fixtures that do not output as much heat compared to Tungsten or HMI. The key advantage of a Low-heat lightbank is that the are dimensionally the same as their traditional Video Pro, Daylite Jr. or Quartz lightbanks.

Low-Heat banks included 1/8 Grid diffusion screens and inner baffles, instead of Full Diffusion. This lighter weight diffusion material is designed to compliment the output power of many LED and Plasma fixtures as well.

Low-Heat lightbanks offer lighting professionals a familiarity of light shaper, but with materials that are optimized for Low-Heat luminaires.

Chimera produces two sizes of Space Bracket, Junior and Senior to fit a wide range of Spacelite style fixtures. Listed below are fixtures that we’ve tested to fit:

Chimera Space Bracket Junior (9906)
Sumolight Sumospace
Olessen-SSL / Hollywood Rentals Reel-Lite Mini

Chimera Space Bracket Senior (9916)
Olessen-SSL / Hollywood Rentals Reel-Lite

We designed the Universal 1×1 Lightbank #1655 to fit a wide array of square 1×1 style LED panels. At minimum, a light that is at least 12×12″ and 0.75″ thick will fit. At maximum that is 14.75×14.75″ by 2.” The corner elastic as well as two loops to hook around side yoke knobs, help secure the lightbank to the light for a great tool for many popular LED panels!

The TECH Multi Bracket is compatible with the OctaTECH 5, as well as Daylite Junior lightbanks.

OctaTECH 5: http://chimeralighting.com/sho…..acket-6250
Daylite Junior: http://chimeralighting.com/sho…..ayliteJRLH

The ARRI SkyPanel lightbanks feature cross compatibility with many of Chimera’s traditional lightbank accessories for increased control.

Chimera’s lightbank for the S30 matches a traditional Small (24×32 in) size. Optionally available are Lighttools® Collapsible Egg Crate Fabric Grids, Chimera Metal Honeycomb Grids, Fabric Barn Doors, and even interchangeable fabric front screens!

The S60 Standard and S60 Shallow matches Medium (36×48) size, also accepting fabric grids, metal honeycomb grids, fabric barn doors, and front screens.

Lens Screens are an etched plastic screens designed to compliment many of our LED products.

Many LED fixtures are designed as a panel of multiple small diodes, and as a result, they may produce multiple shadows on the subject. The goal of a Lens Screen is to “homogenize” the output, to produce a cleaner shadow.

Lens Screens are also effective in controlling the beam-spread of an LED fixture. They are available in 30-Degree, 5-Degree, and 3×30 Degree. The 3×30 Degree is designed to spread the light by 3 Degrees vertically and 30 Degrees horizontally, while the 30-degree and 5-Degree controls the beam spread uniformly in all directions.

Where Lens Screens differ from fabric screens is that they do not diffuse, or “soften” the light as much. Fabric screens do diffuse more effectively, however, they also reduce the light output more than a Lens Screen, and an additional fabric or honeycomb grid might be needed to control beam spread.

Softening the equality of light requires an increase in the surface area of the light, or “aperture” of the light. While you can soften the quality of light by adding diffusion, increasing the aperture is more efficient and effective.

Two options are available for a wide variety of 1×1 style LED’s. Chimera’s Univeral 1×1 (1655) is a collapsible lightbank that attaches without any hardware to most popular 1×1’s, such as the Litepanels Astra, Limelite Mosaic, F&V K4000, and many many more! The lightbank features elastic loops that hook around the light, and a gusseted design that stretches to accommodate the shape of the light. The 1655 Universal 1×1 includes a 30 degree front lens screen that is slightly frosted with a micro-etched pattern that provides a slight softening of the light, as well as control of the beam spread of the light output.
http://chimeralighting.com/sho…..tbank-1655

Second, Chimera’s TECH Multi Bracket has been designed as an adjustable / adaptable problem solver. The bracket attaches to a light stand, and features an adjustable mounting point that we’ve tested successfully with most 1×1’s, as well as the ARRI S30, Cineo Maverick, Creamsource Mini. The TECH Multi Bracket is designed to support Chimera’s OctaTECH lightbanks, as well as Daylite Junior rectangular banks offering a wide variety of light shaping options for panel LEDs.
http://chimeralighting.com/sho…..acket-9224

The existing OctaPlus design is not backwards compatible with the new TECH Multi Bracket.
By design, the OctaPlus lightbanks were designed with bare bulb fixtures in mind, and feature a shape to complement that.
The new OctaTECH lightbanks are designed to produce the same even, wrapping light of an OctaPlus, when used with panel LEDs, which output a significantly different quality of light compared to bare bulb lights.

A range of LED panels in/around the 1×1 form factor can be used with an Octa lightbank in conjunction with Chimera’s TECH Multi Bracket.

The adjustable design of the bracket allows you to move the 5/8” Baby pin mounting spigot to accommodate many of the most popular panel LEDs, including the Cineo Maverick, Litepanels Astra, and ARRi S30 (just to name a few).
http://chimeralighting.com/sho…..acket-9224

Because the shape of light output from panel LEDs is different from a traditional bare-bulb light, we designed the new OctaTECH lightbanks to help ensure the soft, even, wrapping light that Chimera’s Octa lightbanks are known for.

These lightbanks include lighter density baffles and screens to maximize light output, and are backed by Chimera’s standard five-year warranty.
http://chimeralighting.com/sho…..acket-6250

TRIOLET

We’ve tested standard and narrow reflectors, as well as metal beauty dishes to be used with the Triolet Profoto adapter.
Metal reflectors primarily are suitable for use with the adapter, as non high-heat lightbanks may be damaged by the heat output of the Triolet.
You can use Chimera’s Video Pro lightbanks on Chimera’s Profoto Aluminum, OctaPlus, or Quick Release speed rings. We do not recommend using the polycarbonate Profoto Speed Ring as it is not designed for high heat output.

The Triolet Profoto adapter attaches to the modifier mount of the Triolet and provides an attachment point compatible with Profoto reflectors. The shape of the adapter retains fore-aft adjustability of both the reflector as well as on the Triolet body, providing a small amount of adjustment for spot/flood in the reflector.

As always when using hot continuous lights, careful monitoring of the light is critical to maintain a safe operation and avoiding damage.

Chimera’s Triolet is loosely named after a mountain in France (see the link below). There is a long history of mountain climbing at Chimera. Several of the founders and designers were enthusiastic and famous mountain climbers, so the word Triolet is partially in honor of that as well as a reference to the three types of lamps (Mogul, Edison and G9.5 Symmetrical lamps) that can be used on one simple, affordable fixture.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aiguille_de_Triolet

The Triolet is pretty amazing as a durable “do-all” as a basic lighting fixture. It has the ability to use three different styles of bulb, to offer you a tool that can work with a wide range of wattages and bulb shapes.

Natively, it has a E39 Mogul Screw base – this is a common bulb base for basic lighting fixtures, with primarily clear bulbs from 500W to 1500W in 120V and 220V versions.

Included with the Triolet is a Mogul to Edison E26 reducer, that lets you use screw-in lightbulbs that you’d use in a household lamp. These bulbs are also commonly referred to as practical bulbs, as they’re often used in the “practical” fixtures (i.e. a lamp, seen in the shot) for set lighting. Since its easily one of the most common bulb types you can use anything from traditional photoflood lamps to bulbs you can find at a local hardware store!

Optionally available is what we call the Two Pin adapter or reducer, part number 99304000. This converts the E39 Mogul base to a two-pin GY9.5 base – which is a significantly smaller bulb. We designed this to be a great counterpart to the frosted Triolet dome (#9965), giving you a frosted omni-directional light that is beautiful in a lightbank. Below is a list of bulbs that we’ve tested to work sucessfully, in a range of wattages.

EHC 500W/120V
EHD 00W/120V
FLK 575W/115V
GLA 575W/1115V
GLC 600W/115V
EHF 750W/120V
EHG 750W/120V

The majority of these bulb bases offer bulbs that are tungsten halogen balanced, at 3200K. For daylight (5600K or so) balanced bulbs, we’ve used a range of options. There’s a great variety of E26 Edison CFL’s or compact fluorescents, available in the daylight spectrum. There are a few quality LED bulb options as well, but none that we’ve rigorously tested for color quality and brightness.

A few industrial-application E39 mogul base fluorescents also exist, outputting the equivalent brightness of a 300 or 400W tungsten bulb but also in a 5500-6500K temperature range.

The two most popular light fixtures Chimera product manufacturers are the Triolet and the Socket Ring (#9830), and if you’re looking for a solid, well built light – the two offer some great advantages.

The Socket Ring, AKA mogul socket, or mogul ring is a fairly basic piece of kit. Simply, a ceramic E39 mogul bulb base, we 4-pole sockets to accept most Video Pro lightbanks and Lanterns. Built as a simple problem solver, the Socket Ring puts a light into a lightbank without much fuss. A brass 3/8″ stud and the included Single Axis Stand Adapter let you put it on a stand, and a small thumbscrew allows you to rotate the lightbank, or not. Available in 120 and 220 version, with an inline switch on the attached power cable.

The Triolet (TREE-oh-lay) is more of a system. At the heart, a durable metal-bodied mogul base lamp socket, and a 5/8″ male stud. Included at purchase is a single-axis stand adapter and a E39 Mogul to E26 Edison reducer/adapter. You can order the Triolet in either 120 or 220V with US or Euro plugs. More so, you can decide whether you’d like it to come with a 4-pole Chimera Quick Release ring, or an 8-pole OctaPlus ring.

The Triolet can be further outfitted with the optional 9965 Frosted Dome and Two-Pin bulb adapter/reducer. This gives you an omni-directional light that is beautiful when used with a lightbank.

The Triolet is one of the lighting professionals most useful tools. We understand that the need for daylight balanced light comes up, and there are definitely a range of options!

– High Output Compact Fluorescent: A number of high output Compact Fluorescent (or CFL) bulbs have reached the market that provide the equivalent output of 400-600W halogen bulbs. Available in both Edison (E26) and Mogul (E39) sockets, these bulbs are 5000-6000 kelvin output. When shopping for these bulbs, be aware that a number of these bulbs come in 277 volt, while the US version of the Triolet is rated for 120V operation.

– LED Bulbs: Because the Triolet can be converted to E39 or E26 (commonly known as Mogul or Edison screw base), the are compatible with a growing selection of LED bulbs. We have successfully used man CREE and Zuma brand LED bulbs that offer output in the 100-300W equivalent range. One key consideration is selecting a bulb that is A-Line shaped or frosted dome, meaning that the bulb produces omnidirectional light to best fill a lightbank. Common reflector-style or PAR-style LED bulbs do not produce the ideal quality of light for use with a lightbank.

– Color Conversion Gel: The most common tool in lighting kits, Color Temperature Blue or CTB gel provides the simplest option of converting tungsten light to daylight. Chimera Lightbanks feature a deep front recess, that allows users to install our range of custom-cut color-correction front screens, or use clothespins / binder clips to clip on a cut of gel.

Yes we do have Triolet and Mogul Socket options for 220v-240v.

http://chimeralighting.com/shop/?q=9930e   and   http://chimeralighting.com/shop/?q=9840

 

We have bulbs for these also.  http://chimeralighting.com/shop/?item=30017   and  http://chimeralighting.com/shop/?item=30018

Almost as hotly contested as the pronunciation of “Chimera,” is how one says “Triolet.

Officially: TREE-oh-lay, with the last T being fancy and silent.

That being said, as long as you’re making beautiful light you can call it however you’d like to.

Yes and no. The Triolet does not have any integrated dimmer, only the inline on/off switch. While it can be plugged into a dimmer with Edison or Schuko in/outs (based on if you hav the US or EU version), dimming is based purely on the bulb that is used.

If you’re using the Triolet with a Tungsten Mogul bulb, Edison, or GY9.5 via adapters, these bulbs can be successfully used on a dimmer or variac of the appropriate wattage and voltage (again dependent on the bulb used). We’d recommend a 1,000W dimmer, as this is the maximum wattage of the Triolet, and lower wattage bulbs can be used safely as well. However a 300W or 600W dimmer with a 1,000W bulb is a major electrical hazard. Keep in mind that dimming a tungsten bulb also decreases the color temperature, resulting in a warmer light.

When using the Triolet with Fluorescent bulbs, unless the bulb is specified to be suitable for operation on a dimmer, the bulb may begin to flicker or buzz as a result of receiving insufficient power. Likewise, many LED bulbs filcker when dimmed, though a number of newer LED bulbs have been engineered to dim for a portion of its output.

VIDEO PRO AND QUARTZ LIGHTBANKS

QVP Adapter rods allow you to attach any of Chimera’s Quartz lightbanks onto a Video Pro Speed Ring. Below are a few cases where you might reach for them!

Double Duty: QVP adapter rods would allow you to attach the same lightbank to two different lights, should your needs change. For instance, a Quartz Medium and 2,000W open face is a great combination, but should you need to use a 750W open face, QVP adapter rods would allow you to use the same lightbank.

Size vs. Wattage: The Video Pro lightbanks were designed for smaller continuous fixtures. In some cases, smaller fixtures are capable of exceeding the recommended wattage of a Video Pro lightbank. For example, if you wanted to use a 1600W Joker Bug HMI in a Small (24×32″) lightbank, the associated Video Pro Small is not recommended due to its 1,000W maximum wattage. QVP Adapter Rods would allow you to mount a Small Quartz Lightbank, retaining the same 24×32″ light aperture, without posing a fire or damage risk.

The original daylight balanced HMI fixtures Chimera designed lightbanks for were often narrow beam Pars and Fresnels and required a deeper bank for even illumination. While tungsten broads and open faces were suitable for the Video Pro and Quartz banks, we made the deeper lightbanks for the daylight balanced lights initially. As technology progressed the light fixtures evolved, but the naming stuck.)

Video Pro lightbanks are designed for continuous lighting fixtures with a broad or open face design. A wide variety of speed rings are available, either in a dedicated mount for specific fixtures, or circular mount to fit in the barndoor / accessory ears of many lighting fixtures

The Video Pro Plus 2K Medium was created in response to a large number of Video Pro lightbank owners looking to use their lightbank on a 2,000W continuous source. The Video Pro 2K Medium features a shorter set of poles that allows you to mount the lightbank to a Quartz/Daylite speed ring in the Quartz pole sockets.

While the Video Pro Medium is rated for a maximum recommended wattage of 1200W, a 2000W flood or open face fixture can be used with all four rear flaps open and careful monitoring of the lightbank. Specifically open face or flood fixtures are required as they produce a more evenly dispersed head output. Use of a 2,000W fresnel with its tightly focused beam pattern, may damage the lightbank or diffusion screens.

Critically, the Video Pro Plus 2K Medium MUST be operated with the rear flaps open. Failure to do so may result in burning or damage to the fabric body of the lightbank.

Conversely, the Video Pro Plus 2K Medim can be used with standard Video Pro Rings by way of swapping out for a standard set of support poles, available from the Replacement Parts section of our website, linked below.

http://chimeralighting.com/sho…..ementParts

The recommended maximum wattage of a fixture in a Video Pro lightbank depends on the size of the bank and the fixture being used. These are the recommended maximums based on size and tungsten/halogen bulbs:

Video Pro Plus Lightbanks
XXS: 500W
XS: 750W
Small: 100W
Medium: 1200W
Large: 1200W

Video Pro Strips:
Small Strip: 750W
Medium Strip: 1200W
Large Strip: 1200W

Video Pro Shallow:
Small Shallow: 750W
Medium Shallow: 1200W
Large Shallow: 1200W

The Shallow lightbanks offer a slimmer profile than standard lightbanks, perfect for when space is critical. However, because of the decreased depth, certain lights may not produce the perfectly even light across the front screen.

We highly recommend using lights with an exposed bulb or flash tube, such as a Chimera Triolet with shallow banks, as opposed lights where the bulb is recessed (i.e. traditional Par or Fresnel lights).

Video Pro lightbanks are suited for fixtures up to 1200-2000 watts, while Quartz lightbanks are suited for fixtures from 2000W-12000W. Video Pro lightbanks can be used with Video Pro sized speed rings, or Quartz speed rings setup with the QVP Adapter Poles (Part #4099).

Daylite lightbanks have a deeper design to support Fresnel and other narrower beam fixtures. Daylite Junior lightbanks are the deeper “cousins” of Video Pro lightbanks while Daylite Standard and Senior lightbanks are the deeper versions of Quartz lightbanks.

We do make one for the Arri M18.  You will need speed ring # 9305 and then you can use the Quartz Small #8425 or Medium #8435 with that.

Existing Video Pro lightbanks can be used with LEDs that support a compatible Chimera Speed Ring. Many LED Fresnels as well as a few others, such as the Fiilex P-Series and Kinotehnik Practilite 402, utilize a Chimera Speed Ring.

Depending on the associated ring, an existing Video Pro may fit. We’d recommend adding a 1/8 Grid Inner Baffle and 1/8 Grid Front Screen to the kit, as these are less dense than the standard Full, 1/2, or 1/4 Grid diffusion materials included with Video Pro lightbanks.

Yes! For increased cross compatibility, Quartz lightbanks can be adapter to fit Chimera’s Video Pro speed rings, using our QVP Adapter rods (http://chimeralighting.com/sho…..etof4-4099).

These rods attach onto the end of the standard support pole on a Quartz Small, Medium, or Large lightbank, and extend the pole length to fit our Video Pro series speed rings.

Because of the increased size and weight of a Quartz bank, caution should be exercised when using smaller fixtures. An alternative, would be to combine the ring with a grip head adapter, to prevent the weight of the lightbank from damaging the light.

http://chimeralighting.com/sho…..Rings-3770

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