Leading motion picture equipment manufacturer ARRI is now expanding their Approved Certified Pre-Owned program to include lighting fixtures. Independent filmmakers, small rental houses, and educational institutes are now one step closer to owning one of ARRI’s award-winning products.
Proudly owning or even just getting your hands on an ARRI-branded camera, lens, or lighting fixture is every filmmaker’s dream. However, the price of these high-end, beautifully-engineered tools only makes them suitable for an elite group of professionals.
With the ARRI Approved Certified Pre-Owned program, the company has been trying to make their technology accessible to a wider audience. Now this family of pre-owned products is growing with the addition of lighting fixtures. Let’s take a look at the current deals.
ARRI Approved Certified Pre-Owned Program: a good deal for film institutes
The ARRI Approved Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Program includes a series of second-hand cameras, lenses, accessories, and now lights, that get refurbished directly by the manufacturer. These items then become available to the public at a discounted price.
The CPO program represents the first step for production and rental houses that are trying to approach this otherwise out-of-reach brand. Moreover, ARRI is trying to target filmmaking schools. In fact, Stephan Schenk, Managing Director of ARRI Cine Technik and General Manager Global Sales & Solutions, clearly stated:
“With this additional tier to our lighting portfolio, we are providing a more cost-effective option to access our technology. It also gives educational institutions a great opportunity to provide high-quality equipment for their students.”
Stephan Schenk, Managing Director of ARRI Cine Technik and General Manager Global Sales & Solutions
ARRI Approved Certified Pre-Owned Program: refurbishing and testing procedures
Lighting fixtures belonging to this program are pre-owned products that undergo a strict refurbishing and testing procedure. After that, they go back to a fully functional status.
ARRI is well-known for producing solid, reliable tools that can last a lifetime. Hence, they want to live up to their reputation by offering the same treatment to their refurbished products.
For this reason, ARRI technicians will inspect the fixture and proceed with the replacement of any damaged, defective or threadbare component, being it mechanical, electrical, or electronic.
Furthermore, the refurbishing process is followed by a series of final function tests to make sure that the product performs as expected. All tests are carried out using the latest available firmware.
Each lighting fixture that passes the final exam with full marks receives ARRI’s stamp of approval. In addition to that, the manufacturer offers a two-year warranty on their refurbished lighting fixtures. This differs from the treatment received by other CPO products, which usually only benefit from a one-year warranty.
Price and availability
Some lighting fixtures belonging to the ARRI Approved Certified Pre-Owned program are already available on the manufacturer’s website. However, the lighting program will only arrive in the US at a later date.
Among the current deals, you can find a set of 3 Arri SkyPanel S60-Cs for €12,023.00 (VAT excluded). Although it still might look like a considerable amount, keep in mind that this offering represents approximately a 30% saving over a brand new kit.
Do you think the Approved Certified Pre-Owned Program can take you one step closer to your dream? What ARRI product would you pick up? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!