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Tips for Setting Up Your Kino Flo BarFly

Gear Talk Tips & Tricks

ABOUT BARFLY

Our Kino Flo BarFly 200D 2-light kits and BarFly 400D 1-light kits are professional, energy-efficient lighting systems ideal for filmmakers and photographers alike. They produce 3200K and 5500K (daylight) temperature lighting from florescent, dimmable 55W lamps inside Kino’s signature modular fixtures. Each bank can be switched on and off for full stop exposure changes. The kits also come with:

  • Gel Frames (2 for the 2-light kit, 1 for the 1-light kit). Note that these kits do NOT come with gels. You will have to apply the gel yourself to the provided gel frame using a non-destructive adhesive (also not included).
  • 90 Degree Grids (2 for the 2-light kit, 1 for the 1-light kit)
  • True Match Quad Fluorescent Lamps with padded mini case.
  • 55QK32 55W KF32 Quad Lamps with padded mini case.
  • Light stands (2 for the 2-light kit, 1 for the 1-light kit).
  • AC Power.
  • Heavy Duty Kino-branded  Case.

These kits are a fantastic option for those seeking all-in-one kits that produce very natural-looking light that is intuitive to shape because what you see is, generally, what you get. However, they are less intuitive to set up. Please take note of the following tips to prevent bulb breakage and other kit issues.

SETTING UP THE BARFLY

Kino Flo lamps are aways shipped from BL outside the lamp fixtures to prevent breakage.

Inserting lamps into fixture:

  • Insert lamps at a 45 degree angle. It will feel unnatural at first but if you feel any tension at all inserting the lamps, you must restart and try inserting at an extreme angle. They should drop in smoothly.
  • Once down, push the lamps securely into their clips.
  • Repeat this process in reverse for removal.
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Insert lamps at a 45 degree angle. It will feel unnatural at first but if you feel any tension at all inserting the lamps, you must restart and try inserting at an extreme angle. They should drop in smoothly. Once down, push the lamps securely into their clips.

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Repeat this process in reverse for removal. Bulbs should ALWAYS be removed from the fixture prior to returning the rental. Failure to do so may result in a fee.

ADJUSTING BARFLY MOUNT

  • The mounting plate with lollipop-style handle rotates and is removable. 
  • Pull locking pin and twist/lift to remove.
  • To reattach: align plate with receptacle on fixture and rotate again until locking pin snaps into place.
  • The tension lever can be pulled to completely loosen the lollipop-style handle for adjustment. Level tightens and loosens handle tension.
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A locking pins allows for the plate to be twisted on and off the back of the fixture. The lollipop-style handle is rotatable and has a tension lever with baby receiver for easy light stand mounting.

BARFLY LAMP ORIENTATION

  •  Use lamps in either “base up” position or horizontally.
  • Do not use lamps with the base pointing down. It can increase the Kelvin and cause a green spike in temperature.
  • It is normal for the lamps to take a few minutes to reach full output, even at room temperature.
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BarFly fixtures are fully rotatable but do not use lamps with the base pointing down. It can increase the Kelvin and cause a green spike in temperature.

WARNINGS

  • Always turn off the fixture before inserting and removing lamps.
  • Only plug power into grounded outlets.
  • Dimming the lights beyond 1 stop may result in a noticeable magenta shift.
  • FAILURE TO REMOVE LAMPS FROM FIXTURE AND PLACE IN THEIR PADDED CARRYING CASES BEFORE RENTAL RETURN MAY RESULT IN A FEE!
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BarFly lamps come in their own padded cases. You must always return the lamps to their own cases when sending back your rental.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Operation Manual
BL’s Kino  FLo Rentals
Review of the Kino Flo 200 DMX LED Lighting Kit
Peter Hurley on Kino Flo

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Alexandria Huff is a portrait photographer based in San Francisco. Her tutorials can be found here on the BorrowLenses Blog, 500px, Shutterfly, Snapknot, and SmugMug. She specializes in studio lighting. Follow her work on 500px.

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