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When K5600, Inc. introduced this unique wattage to the market in 1999, we expected it to be a welcomed change…But never did we expect it to become our # 1 seller and discontinue our own 1200! A JOKER-BUG 800 owner obviously understands the enormous advantages of this unique fixture.

Because of the increasing use of Chimera® Lightbanks for fine daylight interiors, two camera interviews, TV magazines, and documentaries, we designed this fixture to take full advantage of the large reflective material inside a Lightbank. Utilizing our BUG™ “bare-bulb” design we can produce an amazing 50% more output than a JOKER 1200!

The JOKER-BUG 800 fits in one tiny airline case, weighing only 38lbs. The next wattage up (1200) is twice the size and weight. The actual size of the kit is exactly the same as a JOKER-BUG 400 Kit!

When working in practical locations such as homes, offices or business, power consumption is a key factor. The JOKER-BUG 800 will produce as much output as a 4,000 Watt quartz fixture with the power draw of only 11 Amps, never risk overloading a circuit again! The next size up (1200) monopolizes an entire circuit whereas the JOKER-BUG 800 will allow for another source such as a JOKER-BUG 400 on the same circuit!


Less is More - JOKER-BUG 800 puts out 50% more light than a 1200 in a Chimera®.

Less is More - JOKER-BUG 800 is smaller than its nearest lower wattage (575). And fits in the same case as a JOKER 400!

Less is More - JOKER-BUG 800 only draws 11 Amps allowing for a 400W to be used on the same circuit!

Lamp Housing: Aluminum casting, high temperature black. Striker compartment is made of aluminum in light gray finish.

Lamp Socket: G22, highly insulated for hot restrike.

Safety Glass Beaker: Borosilicate tempered.

Yoke: Aluminum casting black high temperature finish. Large T-handle and large brake area for use with Lightbanks, Speed Rings, Louvers and Lanterns.

BEAMER Housing:
Solid one piece machined aluminum with replaceable ears. Black anodized.

BEAMER Reflector: 7" diameter specular parabolic, aluminum 90 percent reflectance electrolytically coated.

Accessory Size: 7 3/4"

Mounting/Grip Equipment:
All standard 5/8" baby hardware.

Lamp: 800 Watt MSR/SE daylight single ended discharge. Special UV-Stop envelope. 600 hours maximum life.

Veam quarter-turn quick locking.

Extension Cable: 25 foot shielded. Common to 200/400 and 800 (nine feet attached to the head).

Power Supply: Electronic, square wave flicker free. AC input: 90V to 132V or by sliding selector switch: 180-265V, 50 or 60Hz. On/Off push button switch. Completely silent (convection cooled).

K 5600, Inc introduces the Focal Spot, which gives your current Joker-Bug 200W, 400W, or 800W immediate projection capabilities... (more)

We carry a large assortment of Lightbanks, just give us a call or email and we'll find the right lighting solution for your needs... (more)

The BIG-EYE Joker accessory will turn any Joker-Bug system into a Giant Focusable Fresnel Beauty light... (more)

We carry a large assortment of Lanterns, just give us a call or email and we'll find the right lighting solution for your needs... (more)

The BUG-A-BEAM Adaptor is the part that makes the mating of a Source-4 and our Bug-Light 400 or 800 not only possible but quick and easy... (more)

The Multi-Bug Adaptor allows you to create a large, powerful, soft source using the inventory you already own or have at your disposal in your lighting package... (more)

The Softube is an accessory to the Joker light. It transforms a normally spotty narrow beam into a soft and even linear source... (more)

Photographers are turning to motion. Your clients are demanding it, and your cameras can handle it. We think you and your current crew can deliver both still and motion, without busting the budget... (more)

Lenses come in Medium, Wide, Super Wide and Frosted Fresnel... (more)

Distance Lens/Config Fc. H V


Spot 232,667 0.2 0.2
Medium 35,000 1.4 0.7
Wide 20,122 2.3 0.6
Super Wide 7,300 2.4 2.4
Fresnel Frost 4,311 2 2


Spot 58,167 0.5 0.5
Medium 8,750 2.7 1.4
Wide 5,031 4.5 1.2
Super Wide 1,825 4.8 4.8
Fresnel Frost 1,078 4 4


Spot 20,940 0.8 0.8
Medium 3,150 4.5 2.3
Wide 1,811 7.5 2
Super Wide 657 8 8
Fresnel Frost 388 6.7 6.7


Spot 9,307 1.1 1.1
Medium 1,400 6.8 3.5
Wide 805 11.3 3
Super Wide 292 12 12
Fresnel Frost 172 10 10


Spot 5,235 1.5 1.5
Medium 788 9 4.7
Wide 453 15 4
Super Wide 164 16 16
Fresnel Frost 97 13.3 13.3

Note: f Stop indicated here are based on Exposure Index of 400 ASA and Exposure Time of 1/50 seconds.




Joker-Bug 800

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