Nanlux Evoke 900C is a massive 940W RGBLAC LED light

Apr 10, 2023

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Nanlux Evoke 900C is a massive 940W RGBLAC LED light

Apr 10, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Nanlux Evoke 900C RGBLAC LED Monolight

Nanlux has today announced the new Nanlux Evoke 900C (buy here). It’s a 940W LED light and a little bit less powerful than the Nanlux Evoke 1200 series. But the Evoke 900C features RGBLAC LEDs for maximum colour reproduction and accuracy. It still boasts an impressive 12,940 lux of 5600K daylight at 3 metres with the 45-degree reflector, and a CRL/TLCI of 96, as well as even more colour modes than you might be used to with RGB LEDs.

There is no doubt that the Nanlux Evoke 900C is designed for heavy-duty work on higher-end sets. It offers remote control via DMX/RDM, Art-Net/sACN, LumenRadio CRMX as well as the company’s Nanlink smartphone app. It has an advanced HSI mode, RGBW mode, XY coordinates and gel mode. It offers colour matching to other light sources on set and features 15 built-in simulation effects modes.

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Nanlite Evoke 900C Power

With a 940W output, the Nanlux Evoke 900C is powerful but it’s not the most powerful light in the Nanlux range. That honour goes to the Nanlux Evoke 1200, launched in May 2021. But it is one of the most capable if you need something other than simple daylight or basic bi-colour. The RGBLAC six-colour mixing system allows the Nanlux Evoke 900C to emulate just about any light source you might find at your chosen shooting location, with a CRI and TLCI of 96.

Even when you do need basic white, its LED matrix allows you to cover an extremely wide colour temperature range all the way from 1,800K all the way up to 20,000K with green/magenta adjustment control throughout. As well as the standard CCT colour temperature mode offers Advanced HSI mode, RGBW mode, XY coordinates and GEL mode for maximum versatility and colour-matching possibilities.

Nanlux Evoke 900C - Virtual Set

Fifteen special effects simulations can be infinitely expanded due to the customisations available. And these can all be controlled and adjusted using either the onboard controls, the Nanlink app from your smartphone or over DMX/RDM. It also sports a pair of Ethernet ports for control over Art-Net/sACN protocols. This is a first for Nanlux, offering easy integration into Unreal Engine Virtual Lighting Systems with real-time response on virtual sets.

Weatherproof and quiet

As a higher-end light, the Nanlux Evoke 900C is IP55-rated. This offers a great deal of protection when using the light on location. This rating covers both the light itself as well as the power supply unit. Nanlux says they’re both “capable of withstanding extremely inclement weather conditions” while still offering outstanding performance.

When you’re in more controlled conditions, where you’re not so worried about the weather but the amount of sound the light puts out, Nanlux has you covered there, too. The Nanlux Evoke 900C “adopts a new generation of adjustable fan control”, the company says. It offers four different control modes: Smart, Full Speed, Low Speed and Off.

Nanlux Evoke 900C - Multiple views

Nanlux says it’s only 25 dBA when running in Smart mode, which is extremely quiet already. Of course, if you end up with a lot of these on your set, that could add up to a lot of noise quite quickly. But, the fact that you can turn it off completely means that you’ve got the cooling fan there when you need it but can turn it off when you need ultimate silence.

It’s a powerful light, with a lot of colour options for maximum versatility on set. It’s certainly not your average LED light, though. You’ll want deep pockets and a big set with multiple fixtures in order to really get the most out of them.

Where to get it

The Nanlux Evoke 900C is available to pre-order now for $4,660. No specific date has been provided by the company yet with regard to when they’ll ship, but hopefully, it won’t be too long of a wait.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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