Adapters and Grip Products E
Which Grip Head Adapter should I use for my Speed Ring?

Chimera offers a grip head adapter for many 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.

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.


What’s the difference between Chimera’s Single Axis and Dual Axis stand adapters?

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.


Daylite / Daylite Jr.E

What lights should I use on a Daylite Junior?
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.


Do the Daylite Jr. and Video Pro banks use the same ring?
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.


Daylite Junior vs Daylite Standard vs Daylite Senior?
The Daylite series of banks are designed to accommodate narrow beam-angle fixtures, most commonly fresnels. They are physically 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 ultimate 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.


Can I use a Daylite Junior Bank on a Video Pro Speed Ring?
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.


Light BoomsE

Why isn’t there a locking knob on the boom pivot?
Unlike traditional booms, no physical 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.


What is the maximum reach of the Light Boom?
We include a standard 12″ extension with the Compact Light Boom, 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.



What stand is recommended to use with my light boom?
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.


What should I fill the counterweight bags with?
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.


What is the Maximum weight of a Chimera Light Boom?
The maximum weight of a Standard Light Boom 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.


How should I manage cables on my Light 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 hook and loop ties, to secure the cable wherever you choose along the light boom.


Can I extend the reach of the light booms?
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).



Are there any travel cases available for the Light Boom?
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.


The Compact Light Boom fist inside our Padded Duffel #3920, with the front extension removed.


These duffels are available online at ChimeraLighting.com/Shop in the Replacement Parts section, under “Storage Sacks and Duffels.”


Lightbank AccessoriesE

Which degree grid should I get for my Lightbank?
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 spill 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.


What Lightbanks can I put a grid on?
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
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


What is an ez[POP] fabric grid?
Lighttools ez[POP] fabric grids are an evolution of the industry standard egg crate fabric grid. They feature a flexible internal aluminum structure. The internal structure ensures that the cells of the grid are taut 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.


What do the degrees mean on a grid?
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. The degree reference represents the ½ Angle of cut-off of the beam. That means a 40 degree grid will keep the beam no larger than 80 degrees.

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.


What can I do to control the light from my Lightbank?
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.


What accessories are available for my Lightbank?
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.


Metal Honeycomb Grids vs. Fabric Grids?
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 Hook and Loop of the Lightbank, and are available in 30, 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.


How do 20×60 and 30×50 degree fabric grids work?
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.


My Chimera Cloth Front Screen does not fit around my Lightbank.
If the screen is too short, first make sure the Chimera logo on the front screen is facing towards you. If it is put in backwards it will be slightly too small to fit around the edges. Then make sure that the hook and loop strips are smoothly distributed around the front of your Lightbank.

If there are still issues with the fit please contact us anytime between 9AM-5PM MST at 303.444.8000 or online at info@chimeralighting.com.


How do you pronounce "Chimera?"
In over 40 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.

Where do I find instruction manuals?
You can find instruction manuals in the Resources page.
What's the max wattage I can use in the Lantern?
Maximum power capacity for these products is 500 watts in the 1880, 20″ Lantern model, and 1000 watts in the 1885, 30″ Lantern model.
What Speed Ring should I get?
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!

Octa LightbanksE

What types of lights are best for an OctaPlus?
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 achieving an even light output from the Octa.

For tungsten, we highly 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.


What Lights can I use in an OctaPlus?
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.


Can I use a continuous light with an 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.



What's the difference between an F2 and F2X?
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 – discontinued – featured a modular design with a heavy duty welded steel frame.

Categories: F2, F2X

What stands should I use for an F2 or F2X Lightbank?
Our F2 and F2X Lightbanks feature a number of ways to attach 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)

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

Categories: F2, F2X

What lights can I put inside an F2 or F2X?
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.

Categories: F2, F2X

How do I light the F2 or F2X?
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.

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

Categories: F2, F2X

How do I hang an F2 or F2X?
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 compatibility 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.

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

Categories: F2, F2X

Where can I rent a Chimera F2X?
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.

Category: F2X


What's the difference between Pro II and Pro X banks?
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.

Category: Pro II

Replacement Parts and General CareE

Where can I find replacement parts for my speed ring?
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.

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!


We purchased a Chimera Speed Ring and it broke during normal studio use. Is there a warranty for these or a repair program?
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.


My Chimera product needs to be repaired, where can I get this done?

Please email in to info@chimeralighting.com with your name, address, phone number and details about the repairs needed so we can get your repair order started! Including images of the damage in your email can help. We will provide pricing and an RA number which will need to be written on the box when you return your item.

For further questions please include them in the email or give us a call at 888-444-1812!

Returns and Warranties
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.


Replacement Parts
We stand by our products and have replacement parts available for items currently in production and a limited supply of parts for discontinued items. Please call 888-444-1812 and our support team will be more than happy to assist you. You can also browse the REPLACEMENT PARTS tab on our website.
Care and Usage
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.


Can I Wash My Chimera Lightbank?
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.


Can I convert my speed ring?
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 most 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).


Assembly and Takedown

Refer to your specific product’s instruction sheet for detailed Assembly and Breakdown Instructions.

(Link to Instruction Sheets page or lightbank, lantern, etc)

Are interchangeable diffusers available for my Lightbank?
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.



Will non-Chimera Lightbanks fit my Chimera Speed Ring?
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!

Category: STROBE

What's the difference between a Silver and White interior?
Silver interior Lightbanks offer increased efficiency with higher secularity, while the white interior offers maximum soft and even light.

Category: STROBE

What's the difference between Pro X and Pro II Lightbanks?
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.

Category: STROBE

Can I use Video Pro Lightbanks on my strobes?
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 show a bit more sag or appear 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 lengths 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 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: https://chimeralighting.com/for…..-going-on/

Category: STROBE

Can I put different diffusion on the front of my Lightbank?
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!


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!

Category: STROBE

Can I convert my speed ring to another style mount or for an Octa?
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!

Category: STROBE

What accessories are available for the ARRI SkyPanels?
Chimera offers a range of accessories for the entire ARRI SkyPanel range. Traditional Lightbanks, POP banks and Lanterns are available. SkyPanel accessories are available exclusively from ARRI and their distributors worldwide. For more information: -link to tech sheet-

Category: TECH LED


What modifiers can I use with the Triolet Profoto Adapter?
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.

Category: TRIOLET

What does "Triolet" mean?
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.


Category: TRIOLET

What bulbs can I put into my 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 successfully, in a range of wattages.

EHC 500W/120V
EHD 500W/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.

Category: TRIOLET

Triolet vs. Socket Ring?
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, with 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.

Category: TRIOLET

I love using my Chimera Triolet with tungsten halogen bulbs, but what can I do if I want to daylight balanced light to match window light or HMI?
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.

Category: TRIOLET

I live where the voltage is 220v -240v. Can Chimera lights be used with our voltage?
Yes we do have Triolet and Mogul Socket options for 220v-240v.

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

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

Category: TRIOLET

Can I dim a Triolet?
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 have 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 flicker when dimmed, though a number of newer LED bulbs have been engineered to dim for a portion of its output.

Category: TRIOLET

Video Pro and Quartz LightbanksE

Why Daylite for the deeper banks?

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.)


What lights can I use with a Video Pro Lightbank?

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.


What is the maximum wattage light I can put in a Video Pro Lightbank?

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: 1000W
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


What is the difference between a Video Pro and a Quartz Lightbank?

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).


What is the difference between a Video Pro and a Daylite Lightbank?

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.


Do you make a soft box for an ARRI M18 HMI?

We do make one for the ARRI M18.  You will need speed ring # 9305OP. With the 9305OP you can use the Quartz Small #8425, Medium #8435 or OctaPlus 5 #6070 – note that shorter poles #4067 are required to properly tension the OctaPlus 5.


Can I use my current Video Pro on an LED?

Existing Video Pro Lightbanks can be used with LED fixturess that support a compatible Chimera Speed Ring.

Depending on the output of your LED fixture, you may want to consider using a 1/8 Grid Inner Baffle and 1/8 Grid Front Screen, as these are less dense than the standard Full, 1/2, or 1/4 Grid diffusion materials included with Video Pro Lightbanks.


Can I use my Video Pro on a Bowens mount fixture?
A Video Pro Lightbank can be used on a Bowens mount fixture. However, the pole length for Video Pros are a half inch shorter than poles for similar size Super Pro (strobe) Lightbanks. Contact your local dealer, email us at info@chimeralighting.com or visit our website to determine the correct pole length.

If you have a quick release ring you may not need to replace the poles. The QR ring, slightly larger diameter may compensate for the shorter pole length. Try it and see if the fit of the bank works for you.

Why is no pricing shown for the Orbiter and SkyPanel products

Our products for the Orbiter and SkyPanel are sold exclusively through ARRI. Please reach out to ARRI directly or contact your local ARRI distributor directly for purchase!

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