Now distributed in North America by ACT Lighting in addition to Robert Juliat’s broad existing range of tungsten, arc and LED luminaires they introduced a complement to their followspot line called Merlin. It is the culmination of an ambitious project to produce a powerful, rugged followspot for the touring market. With an output that belies its 2500W HMI lamp and a massive 3°-12° beam range, Merlin covers both long and medium throw ranges in one unit. Merlin delivers a performance that outshines the ever-increasing power of LED lighting and videowall backlighting, while newly designed bodywork ensures Merlin is easy to install and maintain, tough enough for the road and supremely tourable.
A surprise at the Juliat booth was the unannounced arrival of the Roxie LED Followspot at LDI. There was no pre-show build up, we were told that the fixture we showed came off the production line and shipped direct to the show on Nov 14th via Fed Ex so it could be shown. There’s no definitive photometric info on this unit as of yet, though the factory says it is appx 10 to 15% less bright than the Buxie 575w MSD followspot at 300w.
Roxie has the same size and zoom range as the Buxie and Cricket followspot. The unit at the show had a 5100k color temp and they say there potentially could be a warm white color temp model as well.
Is has a fully closing iris, just like all Robert Juliat followspots. It is electronically dimmed by the silver knob on the lower part of the lamp house (see photo). Dimming is smooth from 0-100%. The lamp house is a fully functional RJ LED Module at 300w. Like the TIBO or ZEP fixtures all of the parameters and functions apply to the Roxie, including DMX in and out and power pass through. CRI for the CW Roxie is in the mid 80’s and all gel colors in the boomerang there looked solid! What was interesting is that after being on for most of the day it was cool to the touch, is operationally silent and can be left on for extended periods of time without any adverse effects.
A preliminary list price of around $6000.00 was mentioned and the factory is saying that it will be available in Feb/Mar of 2015.