Area 48 Softlight reviewed by Barry Bassett from VMI.

" The Area 48  lamp is a very bright portable soft light which works with Phospor LED technology and works from mains or batteries (optional request).  It has very high light output which is sufficient to warrant bounced light operation and is loosely comparable with a 2K tungsten light output but only draws 150W of power.


In fact, in tests, it had twice the light output of an 800W open face (redhead), which was daylight colour-corrected and fully-wide - see video below for test.

It runs very cool as well as it is a very efficient light and flicker-free, so suitable for high speed.

Review of Area 48 Softlight by VMI  ( link to YouTube)


  • Very high light output - comparable with a 2K tungsten lamp
  • Very soft light output which is dimmable 0% to 100% in single increment steps.
  • Very low power consumption (150W)
  • Will run for 30 mins from a single AntonAREA 48 DOPCHOICE Snap Grid Bauer Dionic HC battery (Anton Bauer battery clip provided on rear of unit)
  • CRI > 90+ in warm white (3200 Kelvin)
  • CRI > 90+ in Cold White (5600 Kelvin)
  • Barndors for soft masking
  • Super fast strobe speed and duration
  • Silent fan free operation
  • High reliability using BB&S proven technology
  • DMX in/out for daisy-chaining
  • 4Pin XLR for power / Power+DMX
  • Excellent shadow rendering
  • Very compact versatile unit
  • Flicker-free DC dimming, can even be used for high speed video lighting
  • Super fast strobe speed and duration
  • Extremely long LED life – 50,000 hours with 70% lumen maintenance
  • Internal dimmer controlled by DMX 512
  • Long filter life
  • Reduced CO2 emission = smaller carbon footprint


  • Power: Switch mode power supply, AC Power: 100 – 240 V nominal, 50/60 Hz.
  • Maximum total LED output power 125W
  • Ambient operating temperature: 0-40°C / 0-104°F.
  • LAMP: High quality Blue Led array 70%
  • CONTROL: DMX512 DMX in/out for daisy-chaining 8/16bit.
  • Up to 4 control channels in 16 bit mode, selectable via digital display.
  • Dimming 0-100%

Kit Contains

AREA 48 lamp head
AREA 48 Soft High CRI Media 32
AREA 48 Soft High CRI Media 56
DOP Choice Soft Box
C stand

Portable Battery kit

VMI can supply 2 x different battery kits depending on requirements.  Owing to the high power draw of these lights, battery supply is a chargeable optional extra.

Optional: 12V battery box kit (2 hours run time per battery) is available for an additional £5 per day per battery with charger.

Optional: Anton Bauer 5 way battery kit (30 mins run time per battery) is available for an additional £25 per day. "