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Discontinued 12/2016

The BarFly® 450 DMX & 200D are the next generation of thin BarFly lighting systems.  The soft cool beauty lights feature a
narrow profile of 4.5” in depth with onboard dimming ballasts and lamp switching. The BarFly 450 also features DMX dimming and DMX lamp switching.  Both models include remote dimming and universal input voltage (100VAC-240VAC). 

The BarFly 450 is brighter than a 1,000 Watt tungsten softlight, but draws only 2 amps, while the BarFly 200D equals the
light output as a 500 Watt tungsten softlight drawing only 1 amp of power!  The BarFly fixtures include a built-in reflector and removable gel frame, honeycomb louver and center mount.  The lightweight fixtures are ideal for difficult tight shots on location or in the studio.  The fixtures take 3200K and 5500K True Match® lamps that display a full range of high color rendering (CRI 95) soft light.


Features include:  
  • Narrow profile
  • Onboard dimming
  • Remote dimming
  • Individual lamp switching
  • DMX dimming and DMX lamp switching (BarFly 450)
• Flicker-free, dead quiet
• Universal Input 100VAC-240VAC
• Removable Center Mount
• Reflector, Louver and Gel Frame
• True Match® daylight and tungsten balanced lamps
BarFly 450 DMX & 200D Highlights
  • All-in-one compact design with built-in dimming ballast
  • Fixtures include Gel Frame and 90° Honeycomb Louver
  • Honeycomb Louvers also available in 60° and 45°
  • Individual lamp switching – no color shift
  • Remote dimming capability
  • Slim profile for shooting in tight spots 
  • DMX dimming and DMX lamp switching (BarFly 450)
  • Removable Center Mount
  • Mounts to stand
  • Universal input from 100VAC-240VAC
  • High Output, Flicker-free, dead quiet
  • Low amperage draw at 2.4A for BarFly 450 DMX, 120VAC
  • Low amperage draw at 1.2A for BarFly 200D, 120VAC
  • BarFly fixture takes daylight and tungsten lamps
  • Full spectrum (CRI 95) lamps available in tungsten and daylight: 3200K and 5500K
  • ETL listed, CE approved
BarFly 450 DMX & 200D  

The all-in-one BarFly 450 DMX and 200D fixtures are a family of thin profile lighting systems that display soft, cool beauty light for HD and film productions.  The lightweight BarFly features a built-in ballast with onboard dimming and individual lamp switching.  The BarFly 450 also features DMX dimming and DMX lamp switching.  Both fixtures also include remote dimming capability and universal input voltage of 100VAC-240VAC for usage anywhere in the world. 

The BarFly is most at home on location and studio sets for television and feature film production, but many in the electronic field production and ENG community have discovered it for a small, two point or three point lighting kit to complement such popular location lighting instruments as the Kino Flo Diva-Lites. 

The BarFly out-performs tungsten lighting instruments when it comes to energy efficiency.  In other words, the BarFly uses less power to produce the same amount of soft light as incandescents. The high output BarFly 450 DMX is only 4.5 inches deep, but is brighter than a 1000 Watt tungsten softlight and draws only 2 amps of power while the BarFly 200D equals the light output as a 500 Watt tungsten softlight drawing only 1 amp of power. 

The fixture works reliably under most normal conditions, but it’s also trustworthy in more harsh conditions, such as extreme cold. 
The BarFly 450 DMX and 200D series are designed to operate at temperatures from 14F to 122F (-10C to +50C).

The BarFly’s compact all-in-one design and energy efficient electronics combined with Kino Flo’s True Match® Quad lamp technology
(CRI 95) makes the BarFly a popular choice when it comes to versatility and portability.

  BarFly 450 DMX & 200D Kits    

  BarFly 450 DMX Kit, Univ 120U (1-Unit) 

  BarFly 450 DMX Kit, Univ 230U (1-Unit)

BarFly 200D Kit, Univ 120U (2-Unit)

BarFly 200D Kit, Univ 230U (2-Unit)

BarFly 200D Kit, Univ 120U (1-Unit)
w/ Soft Case

BarFly 200D Kit, Univ 230U (1-Unit)
w/ Soft Case

  1 BarFly 450 DMX
  1 Mount
  1 Medium Duty Stand
  1 Lamp Case
  1 Travel Case

2 BarFly 200D
2 Mount
2 Reverse Stand
1 Lamp Case
1 Travel Case


1 BarFly 200D
1 Mount
1 Soft Case

  31.5 x 9 x 22”
  (80 x 23 x 56cm)


  32 lb (14.5kg)
31.5 x 9 x 22”
(80 x 23 x 56cm)


39.5 lb (18kg)
20.5 x 10 x 14”
(52 x 25.5 x 36cm)


15 lb (7kg)

  BarFly 450 DMX & 200D Fixture

The BarFly fixture is 4.5” in depth and is comprised of a rugged metal alloyed fixture, built-in ballast, built-in reflector, removable gel frame and 90° Honeycomb Louver.  The narrow profile allows the fixture to be hidden in tight locations.

The fixture uses a removable center mounting plate, the same center mounting system that has been successful in our 4Bank, Double and Single remote fixture series. 


BarFly 450 DMX Control Panel


A) DMX Address: Sets DMX address of fixture.
B) DMX OK: Lights if valid DMX signal is present
C) DMX Channels: Sets the fixture to use 1 DMX channel to dim all 4 lamps or 4 DMX channels to control lamps individually. 
D) DMX-In & DMX-Out: DMX-In receives signals from Dimmer Board.  DMX-Out relays DMX signals through other fixtures or
     Note:  Each BarFly 450 fixture has an “AUTO TERMINATE” feature.  The last fixture that does not have an XLR cable attached
     to the DMX “Out” port will automatically terminate.
E) Fuse: Provides circuit protection.  Note:  If fuse is “blown” or “open”, replace with same type of fuse rating as marked.
F) Remote Dim: Input jack for handheld remote dimmer, DIM-5.
G) Dimmer Knob:  Manual dimming control
H) Lamp Switches:  Turns individual lamps on manually.

Note:  BarFly 200D is a non-DMX model.


Manual Operation


Individual lamp switches can be used to adjust light levels.  The BarFly 450 DMX has four switches and the BarFly 200D has two switches.


The BarFly 450 DMX and BarFly 200D feature a built-in dimmer control which can manually dim lamps from 100% to 5%.  An input jack for an optional Remote Dimmer (DIM-5) is located next to the dimmer knob.

The combination of dimming and lamp switching gives maximum light control without color shift.

However, it is recommended that the dimmer be used to adjust exposure levels within one f-stop.  
If dimmed beyond one f-stop, the color may drift towards the magenta spectrum.

  Remote Dimming

The Remote Dimmer (DIM-5) is a useful accessory for controlling the light output when the onboard dimmer knob is not within reach.

When the remote dimmer is plugged into the fixture, the onboard dimmer is automatically disabled.  The remote dimmer comes with a 15ft extension cable.


DMX Operation


The BarFly 450 features DMX control of dim levels as well as individual lamp operation. The BarFly 450 uses DMX Channel 1 to dim all 4 lamps on one dimmer channel or DMX Channel 4 to control lamps individually.

For more detailed DMX information, see the Operation Manual.

  The BarFly comes with an attached 15ft power cord with an in-line power switch.
  Inserting Lamps

Insert lamps at a 45 degree angle and align pins with lamp holder.  Press lamp securely into lamp clip.

Caution!  If there is any resistance, realign the angle of the lamp and try again.


Gel Frame

A Gel Frame is provided to hold colored gels or standard diffusion materials. 
  Honeycomb Louvers

The BarFly includes a 90° Honeycomb Louver.  The Kino Flo specially designed metal foil Honeycomb Louver controls and focuses the light which narrows the light spread with minimal light loss.  It is also available in 60° and 45°.


The Gel Frame and Louver are held in place with accessory channels.






The BarFly's center mount design allows unrestricted fixture orientation.  The recommended mount for the BarFly 450 is the MTP-BF41 (Mount with Baby Receiver) and recommended mount for the BarFly 200D is MTP-BF41S (Mount w/ Baby Receiver Short).  The lollipops on both mounts have a 5/8” (16mm) baby receiver which mounts directly onto a light stand. 

A safety loop provides an attachment point for a safety chain if the fixture is hung from a grid. The mount can also be removed so that the fixture can be hand-held or hidden in a space too small to place a stand-mounting fixture.

  Mounting Option
  Another mounting option is a mount w/ a 3/8” Pin, MTP-KF41 (10mm). 

The lollipops on all these mounts are interchangeable.

Kino 41 Lollipop w/ 3/8” Pin (10mm)

     Kino 41 Lollipop w/ Baby Receiver (16mm)

   Kino 41 Lollipop w/ Baby Receiver Short (16mm)


The clamshell travel cases are recommended for transport in small vehicles or local production trucks.  They contain space for the fixture, mount, spare lamp case (KAS-QL6) and stands. 

The BarFly 450 clamshell case (KAS-B4-C) holds one BarFly 450 kit and the BarFly 200D clamshell case (KAS-B22-C) holds two BarFly 200D kit items.

Clamshell Travel Case  
The BarFly 200D Soft Case (BAG-B21) is made out of lightweight fabric material. It holds one BarFly 200D system.
Soft Case  
The 6-Lamp carry case (KAS-QL6) fits 6 spare lamps allowing an easy change out of color temperature.  It fits inside the clamshell case.
6-Lamp Carry Case  

The Kino Flo Lamps

        KF32 & KF55 Quad Lamps                    6-Lamp Carry Case                                                                          

The BarFly operates on Kino Flo’s 55W Quad lamp technology in KF32 and KF55.  As with all Kino Flo’s True Match® lamps, they are specially formulated to match the spectral sensitivity curves of HD and digital film imaging equipment.  These are the only high color rendering (CRI 95) fluorescent lamps made for the professional film and video industry.  In 1995 Kino Flo received a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in part for the development of its color-correct line of fluorescent lamps and lighting systems. 


BarFly Advantages

Energy Efficiency

The BarFly operates high output yet uses less power to produce the same amount of soft light as incandescents.  The BarFly 450 is brighter than a 1,000 Watt tungsten softlight, but draws only 2 amps, while the BarFly 200D equals the light output as a 500 Watt tungsten softlight drawing only 1 amp of power. This is especially important when shooting on location and power availability is an issue. 

All-in-one Design

The BarFly’s metal alloy, all-in-one compact design is lightweight and incorporates a built-in dimming ballast with onboard dimming control and individual lamp switching. The BarFly 450 also features DMX dimming and DMX lamp switching. A remote dimmer accessory (DIM-5) can also be used when the fixture is hung out of reach.  With universal input voltage from 100VAC-240VAC, the BarFly can be used anywhere in the world.  The BarFly comes with a built-in reflector, removable gel frame, and honeycomb louver and uses a removable center mount, sold separately.

Long Lamp Life

Lamp life of a compact fluorescent for the television and motion picture industry is determined more by its lumen maintenance than by its actual burn time.  All fluorescent lamps display a lumen depreciation curve. This means that over time the light output gradually drops and lowers in color temperature. 

All fluorescent lamps require some “burn-in” time before they operate at their rated Kelvin temperature and brightness.  For dimming products, the lamps perform best after 100 hours of operation.

True Match® Color-Correct Lamps

True Match® lamps are specially formulated to correspond to the spectral distribution curves of film and video cameras as well as look correct to the eye.  They are designed to match the colors from quartz units or daylight sources such as HMI’s.  This gives the operator the option of mixing quartz hard light sources with fluorescent soft sources.  Most lighting designers want the ability to use both qualities of light to enhance the set.

Architectural lamps are designed to optimize government-mandated standards for lumens per watt efficiencies (energy savings targets). 
In order to achieve these standards, the lamps contain high levels of light in the green spectrum, which our eyes don’t perceive as inaccurate.  Film and television cameras do record this added green.  For example, green renders Caucasian skin tone as grayish and unattractive.  The architectural lamps do not match with other studio lamps.  They render colors inaccurately and make correction in post almost impossible.

In 1995 Kino Flo received a technical achievement award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the development of the first color-correct lamps for film.  Kino Flo continues to be a leader in the industry introducing new developments and constantly improving the efficiencies and formulations of its lamp technology.

Heat Management Design

For Kino Flo, heat management is a critical design element of fixture design. The physical heat of the lamp or buildup heat within the fixture will directly influence the color temperature, lumen performance and lamp life.

In order to maintain a stable color temperature stability and best color rendering, the lamp requires:

  • A cool spot at the tip of the lamp.
  • Vertical orientation where the base of the lamp is above the lamp tip.

The BarFly design addresses these requirements:

  • The lamps are properly spaced apart to maximize light output and minimize heat buildup.
  • The reflector is vented in the back to increase airflow.
  • The fixture is well ventilated at the lamp tips to minimize heat.
  • The power cord is oriented in such a manner that the lamp tips will naturally be in the down position when operating fixture.

A well maintained lamp temperature extends the lumen maintenance, color temperature and life of a lamp.

Center Mount

The BarFly uses a removable “twist-on” Center Mount with baby receiver.  The universal mount has been a success in our 4Bank, Double and Single series and the Vista Single.  The locking pin mechanism snaps into place with a simple twist.  The center mount design enables unrestricted orientation allowing the beam to be angled in many directions.  It’s the same effect as rotating a barndoor on a Fresnel.  Other optional mounts and lollipops with baby receivers (16mm) or 3/8” straight pins (10mm) are interchangeable for further flexibility.   
Cost Savings

Cost savings attributed to fluorescents cover a broad range of concerns:

  • Low energy costs
  • Less heat so lower air-conditioning expenses
  • No gel replacements because of low heat
  • Fewer lamp replacements due to longer lamp life
  • Lamp replacement labor reduced by a factor of 10
Energy Savings Calculations

With the push for reducing fossil fuel consumption, TV studios are looking at cooler more efficient lighting systems to reduce the costs and save energy.  Part of this process involves generating energy values to determine savings.

One of the most important values is Btu/kWh.

British Thermal Units per Kilowatt Hour

Any light generates a percentage of usable light and the rest in heat.  For example, a standard incandescent light bulb converts only 11 percent of its electrical input into visible light, while the rest is dissipated directly as heat.  There are energy costs involved in cooling the studio environment.  The measure of Btu/kWh is a means of calculating the thermal loads related to operating lighting.

Use the following information to calculate Btu/kWh Watts to Btu:

1 kWh = 3413 Btu/Hr
1 Watt = 3.413 Btu/Hr
3.413 Btu per Watt-hour

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