Spotlight: Nila Boxer / Varsa

I’m happy to bring back our Spotlight series, where we feature an item from our Lighting and Grip Department here at ARC.  This week we take a look at the Boxer and Varsa from Nila.

The Boxer is as small as a one by one but has the same light output as an 800W Joker.  Nila is one of the first companies to make a bright LED, before the rise of LED lights.  The Boxer uses holographic lenses to manipulate the light which make it possible to bend the light to be either spot or flood. They also have a lens that puts out a 10° x 80° oval spread which is great for runways and the like.  It offers lots of light, hardly any heat and flicker free when using high-speed frame rates.  You can do slow-motion and not worry about having so much heat.  One client of ours liked it because he did slow-motion photography with makeup and when he used any other light he would have problems with the makeup melting.  The Nila Boxer was perfect for him and he was very happy with it.

We carry the Boxer and the Varsa (pictured above) which is a smaller version of the Boxer.  The Varsa has the same light output as a 400W Joker.  It’s small, portable and we’ll be getting battery plates for them so you can run them on Anton Bauer batteries or V-Mount.  Which is great for run and gun style film shoots, because you don’t need to plug in.  You can do most things with battery operated equipment these days and LEDs have made it possible to be do this with lighting as well since LED lights don’t require as much power.  We’ve already established that in NYC, low power consumption is invaluable particularly when your set is an on-location interior.  The color quality is within the mid 90s which is pretty good.



You might want use the Boxer if you need a high intensity light.  The Boxer and the Varsa are set to spot by default which gives you great ability to concentrate the amount of light it gives.  If, for example, you need to light something in your scene which is far away and you can’t hide the light within the scene – in other words it needs to be placed off camera – then the boxer is a perfect light for that situation.  Slow-motion is also a big seller here, anywhere you need high intensity light within a small space.  It has 8 times more light output than a DedoMole LEDs are not as bright, Cineos are a very soft light, where as Nila’s are very directional and precise.  That being said it is not a light you would want to purchase and have at all time, due to its very specific use.  You would only really want to own this light if you are regularly working on something like slow-motion.  It also has a Chimera ring built into the head, so you can put easily add any of the quartz Chimeras to soften it up if you don’t want to carry around a lot of lights, it can lend itself to be multi-functional this way.

Tell us what you think of the Boxer and/or Varsa.


  1. I do primarily commercial active lifestyle, still and motion work and therefore have a wide range of kit from Elinchrom Ranger strobes for location stills to Arri Fresnels and Chimera Triolets for interviews.

    I’m on the hunt to see if we might be getting close in LED lighting technology to use light sources like the Nila Boxer or say the Litepanel Hilio D12, to shoot motion outdoors in full sun as key sources and then -also- use the same light source for still action photography. The main goal being killing two birds with one stone – taking advantage of high frame rate still photography (ie. strobes cant recycle quick enough and/or shutter sync limitations) and revamping my continuous lighting kit.

    Super tall order, but thought I’d ask if you think the Nila Boxer would be a potential application for this.

    • Yes, Allen. You are correct. Nila Boxer is a great solution for what you require. However, there are many new and exciting options available now which might also address your needs. Feel free to speak to one of our lighting dept. experts either by stopping by our location or via email at rent[at]adorama[dot]com.

  2. I own the Nila Boxer and think it’s a great light to bring on all my shoots. I do a lot of interviews and already own a nice three point light set up of fluorescents and LEDs. So I use the boxer to fill in background when it drops off or do something dramatic or even to key light a wide shot by hitting the ceiling with it. If you are thinking of adding a Joker bug 800 to your kit this is a great alternative. You don’t have to mess around with bulbs or ballasts either!

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