Arri M18

The Arri M18 is the HMI lamp Russ said he can include in the quote I created with him regarding filming at Bottleyard Studios. I’ve had little experience with HMI lamps, however I understand their importance on film sets and the sheer amount of power they can pump. For this reason I wanted to secure some form of HMI to help illuminate the location further, as Russ knows the venue I’m certain this lamp will do the job perfectly.

HMI lights run 2 to 5 times as efficient as incandescents, meaning they use less power and run cooler. With a temperature around 5600K they make daylight shooting easier by removing light loss through gels, proving popular with DPs and filmmakers alike.

The M18 boasts a smaller head featuring a new 1800W lamp with 70% higher light output. This smaller head allows it to fit onto a frame that can support up to 90 degrees of rotation, not a common feature for a HMI lamp. The reflector design of lamp achieves this 70% better output as it enhances the light through added ridges, accompanied with 20 – 60 degrees beam variation. Arri places this with its lens-less MAX technology. The 1800W/1200W power consumption only requires a voltage range between 100V – 140V, this made the M18 the brightest HMI you could plug in the wall at the time of its release (2010).

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Reviews on the product are mostly positive, it produces good quality light and its simple design makes it easy to use. Having read through comments and operation instructions I definitely feel much more confident approaching the shoot and getting my hands on £5,000 worth of lamp. I really excited to be operating with such a vast amount of lamps, I’m certain this experience will be a vital learning curve in progression into lighting.

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