LED Light Showdown: Aputure LS1200D VS Godox MG1200Bi

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The LS1200D Pro LED Light is a powerful COB LED from Aputure. It offers an impressive power output of 1200w COB, the brightest light in the entire Aputure product line. At the same power output, the new Godox KNOWLED MG1200Bi LED Video Light has also gained significant attention thanks to it's high power output, innovative features and efficiency.

In this blog, we’ll compare these powerful LED lights' specifications and features to help you make an informed decision on which suits your work.

LED Light Showdown Aputure LS1200D vs Godox MG1200Bi


Similarities: LS1200D Pro Vs MG1200Bi LED Video Light

Both Aputure LS1200D Pro and Godox KNOWLED MG1200Bi LED Video Lights deliver a staggering 1200w of maximum power output. Both lights are ideal choices for professional-grade lighting setups that demand high intensity and versatility.

Both have built-in quiet-fan systems. The Aputure LS1200D LED Video Light is designed with four fan modes: smart, medium, high, and silent, which keep the light cool without creating excessive noise. The Godox KNOWLED MG1200Bi LED Video Light also employs an innovative heat dissipation system with four optional fan modes, which makes it ideal for video shoots where maintaining high-quality audio is paramount. 

Aputure LS1200D

Each light also offers the same step-less dimming of 0.1%, ensuring you can reach the exact amount of light and fine-tuning in full brightness ranges. Both MG1200Bi and LS1200D lights are controlled through a diversity of control methods: Bluetooth, wireless Lumenradio CRMX, and DMX512. The only difference is that the Aputure LS1200D LED Video Light is compatible with the Sidus Link app, while alternatively, the MG1200Bi is designed to work with Godox Light app control as well as the Godox RC-A6II and RC-R9II remotes.

Considering waterproof capability, the two lights achieve the same IP54 rating to protect the unit from water and dust ingress in outdoor conditions. The LS1200D and MG1200Bi lights use waterproof fans, sealed internal structures, rubber caps for all ports, and waterproof connectors.

Differences Between LS1200D Pro and MG1200Bi

Performance Evaluation: Lux Output

Without modifiers, the LS1200D Pro has a marginally higher illuminance than the MG1200 Bi at a 5600K colour temperature, while the MG1200Bi excels greatly when using lighting modifiers. Following the table below, the MG1200Bi offers a greater illumination with R15 reflector than the LS1200D Pro when attached to a reflector. It is a better option for situations where high brightness is required and focused lighting is needed. At closer ranges, however, the LS1200D Pro might have a slight advantage on its own.

LS1200D Pro
CCT Dis. Bare Bulb BM1215 15º Hyper Reflector BM1230 30º Hyper Reflector
BM1245 45º Hyper Reflector
3m 6,380 lux / 598 fc 83,100 lux / 7,788 fc 22,400 lux /2099 fc 13,010 lux / 1364 fc
5m 2,802 lux / 263 fc 28,340 lux / 2,656 fc 8,200 lux / 769 fc 4,800 lux / 635 fc
7m 1,538 lux / 144 fc 15,200 lux / 1,425 fc 4,660 lux / 437 fc 2,706 lux / 264 fc
9m 964 lux / 90 fc 8,580 lux / 804 fc 2,880 lux / 270 fc 1,775 lux / 152 fc
CCT Dis. Bare Bulb GR15 15º Reflector GR30 30º Reflector GR45 45º Reflector
3m 6,290 lux / 585 fc 149,000 lux / 13900 fc 64,700 lux / 6010 fc 29,100 lux / 2700 fc
5m 2,590 lux / 240 fc 49,900 lux / 4630 fc 22,600 lux / 2100 fc 10,500 lux / 975 fc
7m 1,490 lux / 138 fc 24,400 lux / 2260 fc 11,200 lux / 1040 fc 5,530 lux / 514 fc
9m 994 lux / 92,4 fc 14,600 lux / 1350 fc 5,610 lux / 521 fc 2,910 lux / 270 fc


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Accuracy Assessment: Colour Temperature

As the name implies, these lights have different colour temperature ranges. The LS1200D comes with daylight temperatures of 5600K, providing a natural look, reducing post-production work.

The MG1200Bi, being Bi-Colour, is designed to get any colour temperature from 2800K to 6500K. It enables you to achieve the desired lighting effects and match ambient light conditions. Most filmmakers use bi-colour because of its ability to match the colour of existing white light sources in an environment you can’t control without the need for gels. 

You don't need to worry about power efficiency as the KNOWLED MG1200Bi LED Video Light can achieve a full power output of 1200W in any colour temperature thanks to the innovative chip. It is a new advantage when compared with other bi-colour LED lights available on the market. It helps to match different shooting environments but also improves storytelling and makes an editor's job easier. 

The MG1200Bi is designed for professional filmmaking and movie shooting. If you want the sunlight kicking in through a window or you have to light up a massive space, it will be the perfect choice. 

Differences Lighting Effects

If you primarily require basic lighting effects, the LS1200D offers 8 effects including “Paparazzi”, “Fireworks”, “Lighting”, “Faulty”, “Bulb”, “TV”, “Pulsing”. “Strobe” and “Explosion”. On the one hand, if you want more advanced and diverse lighting effects to elevate your projects and have greater creative control, the MG1200Bi LED Filming Lighting gives you a range of 11 effects that may be better suited to your shooting, covering the above, plus Candle and Welding effects.

Bowens S-Type vs G-Mount LED Light

One more thing that differs between the LS1200D and the MG1200Bi is the mounting system. The LS1200D LED Video Light is equipped with the Bowens S-Type mount. It is compatible with three new Bowens Mount Hyper Reflectors with varying beam angles.

In other views, the MG1200Bi is updated with the newest mounting system from Godox, which is called G-mount. The reason why MG1200Bi comes with G-mount instead of Bowens-mount is because it is a lot safer, due to the very high power and therefore high working temperature of the light. The G-Mount is built to safely withstand that heat. 

Godox KNOWLED MG1200Bi
Aputure LS1200D


The G-mount system has a much more robust and intelligent design than the standard Bowens mount. It is a fantastic safety feature to avoid accidents on setting the light itself as you can't turn the light on with the cap attached. But if you want to turn it on without modifiers, you may need to turn off the optical sensor in the menu system. In this case, when you turn off the power, it automatically switches on the optical recognition.

Moreover, it has electronic contacts that can recognise particular accessories. It allows for easy communication with various modifiers, so the MG1200Bi knows what modifier is attached, and will work safely and efficiently with that modifier. At the same time the cooling system communicates through G-Mount touch spots, keeping a safe and consistent working temperature for the unit. 

Godox KNOWLED MG1200Bi LED Video LightThe larger size of G-mount system allows for better heat dissipation and cooling to prevent overheating. Its stronger design contributes to a more secure attachment of the light modifier or accessory, reducing the risk of wobbling or accidental detachment during a shoot. It also facilitate more intricate, precise light control and adjusting light modifiers such as softboxes, barn doors, and grids.

The G-mount system has been designed with high-powered LED lights in mind, specifically for use in professional videography and filmmaking. The Bowens mount, on the other hand, was designed for different lighting needs. It became a popular industry standard for smaller to mid-sized studio and on-location lighting setups. While its smaller, it's well-suited for a wide range of lighting scenarios.

Godox KNOWLED MG1200Bi G-Mount System By EssentialPhoto

Size and Weight Comparison

The LS1200D Pro weighs 8.95kg, within 13.08 x 9.12 x 8.52" dimensions. Comparatively, the MG1200Bi has a weight of 16kg and dimensions of 22.8 x 14.9 x 13.9". The MG1200Bi LED Filming Lighting is slightly bigger and heavier than the LS1200D due to its tailored design and robust build to survive tough, long shoots. Additionally, the MG1200Bi is released with big fan under the bottom and two fans on the back to prevent overheating. It ensures the longevity of the MG1200Bi light but also contributes to the weight. 

Godox KNOWLED MG1200Bi In the Box

Final Thoughts: Which one is right for you?

With its new innovative features, the Godox KNOWLED MG1200Bi was recognised as the winner of the TIPA Awards 2023. The Godox MG1200Bi LED will take your shooting to the next level with its consistent colour temperature, innovative mounting system, waterproof function, incredible thermal protection, and super quiet fan amongst other features. At EssentialPhoto & Video, we offer the most affordable price for the Godox KNOWLED MG1200Bi at £3,275.00, and warranty cover with your purchase.

Specifications Comparison 

Brand Godox Aputure
Model Knowled MG1200Bi LS1200D
Price £3,275.00 £3,063.60
Max. Power 1400W 1440 W
HMI Equivalent 2K NA
Power Supply 100V-240V~50/60Hz 14A(Max.) 100V~240V, 50Hz/60Hz
Colour Temperature Range 2800-6500K 5600K
Brightness Range 0%-100% 0%-100%
Dimming Curves Linear, S-curve, Exponential, Logarithmic Linear, S-curve, Exponential, Logarithmic
Lighting FX Modes 11 8
Average CRI ≥96 ≥96
Average TLCI ≥96 ≥98
Average TM-30 RF ≥92 93
TM-30 RG 97~103 102
Average CQS >94 ≥95
Average R9 ≥90(3200K) - ≥85(5600K.6500K) NA
Average R15 ≥92 NA
Waterproof Grade of Light Body/Controller IP54 IP54
Controlling Methods DMX 512 Control (support RDM protocol) / LumenRadio CRMX Control / RC-A6II Remote Control / Bluetooth APP Control / Ethernet (support Art-Net & SACN protocol)/ Remove Controller / Light Body Control
(RC-A6 Remote Control and Remove Controller are sold separately)
On-board, Sidus Link App, DMX512, Art-net & sACN via etherCON, LumenRadio CRMX
Bluetooth Controlling Distance
Max. 80m
2.4GHz Remote Control Distance Max. 100m Max. 100m
U-type Bracket Angle 360° 360°
Type-A USB Port Firmware Upgrade/5V⎓1.5A Power Supply
Accessory Mount G-Mount Bowens Mount
Dimension (U-type Bracket is included in the light body) Light Body: 378mm x 579mm x 354mm
Controller: 162mm x 190mm x 372mm
13.08 x 9.12 x 8.52" / 33.23 x 23.16 x 21.63 cm (Fixture)
21.4 x 13.08 x 13.04" / 54.35 x 33.23 x 33.12 cm (Fixture with Yoke)
Net Weight≈ Light Body (including U-type bracket and reflector): 16kg
Controller: 6.68kg
Light Body: 8.95kg