Along with their already popular Titan, Helios, and Hyperion tubes and Astera introduced a new A19-type LED lamp that can be powered by 90-230VAC or a USB powerpack, with control via CRMX or the AsteraApp.
They also introduced their AX2 PixelBar, a portable, wirelessly-controlled linear fixture aimed at event, studio, and performance uses.
Distributed in North America by Inner Circle, SelbyGuard’s new Double Dutch Dome can operate as a conical rain roof or as a dome; both of which are collapsible utilizing the same base that can be quickly reconfigured.
New to the Inner Circle Distribution family, Smoke Factory offers rugged and innovative atmospheric effects ranging in size from the battery-operated Scotty II with instant heat for theatrical and self-contained effects to their new CO2-based Carpet Crawler low-lying fogger which can be controlled wirelessly, via DMX, sACN, or ArtNet.
Osram continues to provide innovative technologies in both
Halogen and HMI lamps specifically for stage and studio applications. New offerings include the Lok-it!® 1800W/PS
Brilliant discharge lamp that offers a high CRI and longer life than standard
models. Additionally, the new Lok-it!
1600W/60/P50 lamp with the larger PGJX50 base offers unparalleled performance
with a high CRI of >92 and a smaller arc gap of only 5.5 mm. It is one of
the highest performance lamps in this design, and an upgrade for 1500W lamps
already used in the market.
Additions to their HMI Digital line include 4000W, 9000W and 18000W lamps for film and studio lighting. HMI Digital is a line of high-performance discharge lamps that ensure every scene remains flicker-free and illuminated in high-quality light. Designed for both standard and newer high-speed ballasts, HMI Digital lamps have up to 99.9 percent lower UV emissions and daytime-like color temperature. HMI Digital lamps are very robust, heat-resistant and offer impressive bright light up to 100 lumens per watt.
Osram’s LED Egin brand has introduced a 60-watt, seven-die
LED with six individually controlled colors in their LuxiGen Platform.
The Traxon brand continues to compete in the architectural/install market with highly-ruggedized fixtures ranging in size from pixel products like the Media Tube HO (high-output) to their new long-throw ProPoint RGBW fixture with native optics of 2.5 degrees.
Altman Lighting unveiled their two new “Siren Series” followspots at LDI to compliment their recent release of the AP150 LED par.
The AFS 500 is a great LED spot for short to medium throw applications. Built-in color wheel with White, Deep Amber (R19 – it’s the ‘red’ button), Green, Amber, Blue, and Lt. Amber accessible via local control pad. Other local controls include Intensity, Three Step CTO, Iris, and Strobe. Color wheel and other pad functions can also be controlled via DMX (DMX In and Thru Ports on the back of the fixture). Beam size and focus are set manually. Includes Tri-Pod Stand.
6 Slot Color Boomerang (requires AFS-ACCFF Altman Follow Spot Accessory Face Frame)
The AFS 700 is designed for medium to medium-long throw applications. Built-in color wheel with White, Deep Amber (R19 – it’s the ‘red’ button), Green, Magenta, Yellow, Amber, Blue, Orange and Violet accessible via local control pad. Other local controls include: Intensity, Strobe, Three Step CTO, Iris, Focus and Zoom. Color wheel and other pad functions can also be controlled via DMX (DMX In and Thru Ports on the back of the fixture). Includes Tri-Pod Stand
6 Slot Color Boomerang (requires AFS-ACCFF Altman Follow Spot Accessory Face Frame)
6lb Balancing Counterweight (1 recommended if using boomerang)
3lb Balancing Counterweight (2 recommended if using boomerang)
AFS-700-BH: AFS-700 rear mounted handle/counterweight for use with the AFS-ECB
AFS-700-HNDL: AFS-700 side mount handle can be mounted anywhere on the frame rail. Side mount handle mounts perpendicular to the frame rail.
TMB has upped their game with flexible leds. Coming soon is a new high-flex FloppyFlex with an enhanced side view. New fixed colors include Flamingo Pink and Lavender.
They’ve updated their Par 20 fixture with a GU10 base for
MR16 LED Lamps. The PAR 20 is a great little fixture for hiding on set or if
you want to bring a little theatrical flare to you your restaurant or retail
Specialty lighting includes The MOZART UV. It emits no
visible light and has an impressive output at 30+ feet. With an IP65 rating it
can be used in most indoor and outdoor environments.
For small chain motor installations and small rental
packages, check out the ProPower Portable Motor Controller. It’s a four-channel
controller in a compact carry case that can be customized with connectors to
suit your motors.
Need to automate your show playback? Take a look at the ProPlex 8-Track. Record up to 300 Minutes of dynamic show data and play it back via push button on the 8-Track face or via contact closure for interface with other head-end control devices. It will play multiple shows at the same time.
Speaking of ProPlex, The 80-plus products and growing ProPlex Devices and Drives range now features new ProPlex Software V2, a real step forward in Node and RDM management. While still ProPlex user-friendly, the new software allows management of all ProPlex IQ Nodes with one powerful, yet simple to use, and easy to navigate, system. Allowing effective, yet surprisingly simple, management of even the largest lighting networks, the many features, and useful benefits of ProPlex Software V2.
TMB has also started manufacturing company switches under their Pro Power banner. These new switches feature:
65k SCCR symmetric rating with optional current limiting fuses
Breaker lever lock standard
Locking connection chamber with safety interlock
All covers interlocked to breaker
Top, side, or rear feed
LED phase indicators
Field adaptable to isolated ground
Dual neutral connections for 200% rated neutral
Both Cam and Class K rated lug outputs standard
3-Phase digital power metering available
TMB has an extensive product line that includes Fixtures (architectural, entertainment, decorative), Fixture Accessories, Controls, Power Distribution, Networking, Power Cable, Data Cable, and Power/Data Cable Combos.
Ushio is not known only for their diverse lamp line but is a part of the follow spot game in North America. Their newest follow spot the Sai 500 has an incredible throw distance of up to 30ft. With 440w, this medium-sized venue instrument has an incredible 0-100% dimming through its smooth iris and easy to change boomerang. DMX control is an added option on this fixture and with a list price of 12,500, this fixture will be ready for your venue around the first of the year.
Ushio also distributes Zylight which is known in video content creation circles, but an interesting fixture is the Pro-Palette LED cyclorama light designed for TV studios and theatres. It is powerful, energy-efficient and able to change colors smoothly through DMX controls. It produces a soft and even field of asymmetrical light in a choice of RGBW (for a backdrop of multi-color mixes), or pure white light. Available as a single unit, the Pro-Palette can be easily daisy-chained through 4 units side by side providing greater saturation of light projecting color up to 25 feet. The Pro-Palette has a simple and intuitive local control panel for setup, control, and addressing can be dimmed smoothly from 100 to 0%, and is RDM ready.
The newest in the Gantom world is the Gantom 7, a 7 color fixture with a 15-degree beam angle. This fixture has several color profiles available to include RGBAW and RGBAWLUV. DMX control via512 or the DMX app. With only a power output of 7.5w, this fixture is ready for installation on any indoor and outdoor project. Available now.
For over 175 years, Dazian has been the premier supplier in technical, functional, accent, and theatrical fabric and drapery. Their extensive range of high-quality choices, unique solutions, and coast-to-coast locations allow them to be a trusted partner from concept to the final product. This year, Dazian is highlighting a few new solutions. Their new Super Stretch fabric is made of fire retardant polyester and spandex, ideal for projection screens, ceiling covers, canopies, and scenic. Available in white only, it has an incredible 4-way stretch with a max stretch diagonal of 180”.
Furthermore, the ever-popular Duvetyne is now available in white! Made of 12 oz. 100% cotton, it is 54” wide by 100 yards long. Applications include masking, stage curtains, scenic, drop cloth, and production expendables. In addition to these products, Dazian is also making a strong push into wide format printing for backdrops and have been creating 40’ wide seamless prints on a variety of fabrics.
This year, Ultratec brings big updates to the world’s most durable and dependable low fog machine based on customer feedback. The Eclipse features the most rugged casing they’ve ever developed, making it ideal for tough journeys. It has a smaller overall size with integrated carry handles in the one-piece, all-plastic heavy duty design. A larger, more powerful 600cfm variable speed fan allows the Eclipse to better deliver the thick, billowing fog to the desired location. The fan is also relocated to the back of the unit instead of on top, and there is adjustable fan speed control. The unit now ships with Standard Dual-Quick Detachable CO2 Control Valves for both high pressure and low pressure, so you no longer have to choose between the two. Not only is the unit new and improved, it also offers more savings than ever before.
This year, Lycian debuts “big light in a small package.” Introducing the Zot Jr., the baby brother of the original Zot. At just 20” long, never before has a follow spot offered this much light output from such a small size, with a throw distance of up to 80’. Taking the ultra-compact market by storm, the Zot Jr. offers American Quality at an import price. Quiet and cool, the Zot Jr. LED is perfect for budget-conscious schools, DJ’s, Clubs, and anywhere where a very compact fixture is required. Other features include a 5-color dichroic boomerang and Lycian’s first folding tripod.
At the other end of the spectrum, Lycian also introduces the 1281 Superstar 1000 LED followpot, the industry’s first 1000w LED followpot, which boasts a 200’ throw and optional DMX control. It will be an excellent alternative to high power discharge fixtures.
Spotrack is a computer automated follow spot system, enabling an operator to remotely control from any location, any number of moving lights as follow spots. It works with any moving light and any lighting console,
Using a patented 3D tracking system, one operator in a convenient location can follow a performer with up to twenty moving lights. This is achieved by means of a mouse or touchscreen, on a camera-fed display which shows a view of the full stage and its surroundings.
Spotrack consists of one or two cameras, a computer and a DMX interface. One camera is positioned to give a full view of the stage and one to give a wider view of the surrounding space. The image is shown on a computer screen, allowing the spot operator to follow the performer with a mouse. DMX from the console is then fed into Spotrack, then out to the lights.
Spotrack can work with any type of moving light, although it works best with lights that can move quickly, so they can keep up!
Global Truss America and Duratruss offer professional and affordable truss and accessory products that are lightweight, strong and easy to assemble. All of their products are made of high-quality aluminum and are built to meet the most stringent specifications.
In addition to truss, they also manufacture Trade Show Booths, Aluminum Truss Furniture, Rigging Materials, and accessories for installations, exhibition stands, and staging products. Their 60,000 sq. ft. warehouse allows them to maintain an extensive inventory of truss and to ensure most products are readily available for immediate shipment. They also offer an in-house design team that is ready to work with you on custom designs.
BB&S LIGHTING is a developer of high-end LED lighting, including Remote Phosphor Technology, LEKO, Fresnel and LED Bank Lighting for television, theater and film lighting. Some of the featured products at the show included the Pipeline LED Reflect System and the Area 48 Studio lineup.
The Pipeline LED System is an expandable array of modular, cylindrical fixtures that are customized to fit your specific needs. These 1-inch diameter LED lights are available in lengths of 4″, 8″, 1’, 2’, 3’ and 4’ and feature a new form factor. They provide the highest possible color accuracy due to Remote Phosphor’s light quality and consistency.
BBS also displayed the new Area 48 Studio fixture line, which are made specially to facilitate dimming in the last 5% of the range. One of the features of the new panel is that the phosphor panels themselves are interchangeable, allowing you to quickly change the fixture from Daylight to Tungsten, to Chroma-Green, all in a matter of seconds.
Le Matire had the new wireless version of their Salamander Quad Pro flame effect on display. The unit comes with integrated wireless COBRA firing systems technology and is rechargeable. Flames can get up to 25’high with a shot from all four canisters or 12’ high with a shot from an individual canister. There is a built-in E-stop system as well as a tilt safety switch.
G300-SMART, our smoke machine featuring smart controls. Rugged, versatile and durable, with a massive output of dense white smoke, it supports both WiFi and LAN connectivity for set-up, monitoring, and diagnostics. The user can set up and change the configuration of the machine via a mobile phone or tablet.
Strong had their LED Followsposts
the iChip Mystere and the iChip
The Mystere followspot comes in at
60 lbs with base, has a 50-150 foot throw, a 6000hr LED module that has a CRI
of 90, and only pulls 7amps.
The Larger Mirage is a 600W LED followspot designed for 65-150’ throws, has a 20,000 hour lamp life at 5600°K with a CRI of 97. With its three-speed fan, the Mirage is quiet and cool enough to be run near audience members without being a nuisance.
First up is the Ovation CYC 1 FC, this 100% convection cooled cyc unit is packing a ton of punch into a small package. Featuring PowerCon in and out, built in kickstand, an RGBAL color engine, found in Chauvet Pro’s other Full Color Ovation units to render nearly any color with tremendous realism and saturation. The fixture has an integrated kick stand and included glare shield that can adjust and shape its throw and also features an included omega bracket. Given the low-profile of the unit, and that it isn’t blazenly branded on the side it can also be used effectively as a footlight.
The Maverick MK3 Profile features framing shutters, an adjustable CRI from 73 to 93 CRI for use as a key light for broadcasted events, 820W LED source, CMY and CTO color mixing, framing shutters, a 9:1 zoom that maintains a flat field even when fully wide, 2 Gobo wheels of which one is rotating, 2 independent and overlapping prisms, and 2 different levels of frost. Built-in 3 and 5 pin DMX along with EtherCon and onboard WDMX makes integrating the MK3 to an existing light rig quick and easy.
New to the LED panel lineup is the F2. These panels have a 2.9 mm pixel pitch LED video panel equipped with a high contrast 1,500 NITS and an impressive refresh rate of 3,840 Hz for crisp high-quality imagery. This high-performance video panel is the ideal solution for corporate events with text, high-res IMAG and any space with a shorter viewing distance. F2 set up is optimized by its advanced light-weight die-cast magnesium housing and magnetic assisted hanging features. This magnetic LED module is also both front and rear serviceable to simplify maintenance and installation. The fully equipped unit comes with a road case and power/data linking cables.
Clear-Com is proud to announce FreeSpeak Edge, the latest addition to the FreeSpeak family of digital wireless intercom solutions. Featuring an all-new 5GHz chipset, and 12kHz audio quality, the FreeSpeak Edge can be combined seamlessly with FreeSpeak II 1.9GHz and 2.4GHz systems, providing three bandwidths across a single unified communications system. The beltpack’s ergonomic design includes asymmetrical concave/convex top buttons for identification at a glance and touch operation, eight programmable buttons, rotary controls on both sides, and a master volume control and flashlight on the bottom. The beltpack also includes a mic and speaker for headset-free or desktop operation. Each ruggedized transceiver supports 10 beltpacks and includes attenuation and external antennas for custom RF zones as well as wall and mic stand mounting options. FreeSpeak Edge has two high capacity, low latency, encrypted 5GHz radios in each beltpack and four radios in each transceiver, which provide redundancy, capacity and potential for future enhancements.
Lex featured their new “Modular Tee Portable Three Phase – Power Distribution System” at LDI. Utilizing L21-20 extensions, these compact assemblies are interconnected to become part of a temporary power distribution system. Systems may feed any number of electrical devices up to the full 20A rating of any phase. The overall length and complexity of the system is determined by the lengths and quantities of the extensions used as well as the types of outlet connectors chosen. With an inventory of Mod-Ts and L21-20 extensions, the user can meet the power needs of almost any Entertainment system. A 1/4”-20 threaded insert allows for mounting optional hardware, and color coded heat shrink indicates phasing: A – White, B – Red, C – Blue.
Also of note were their new True1 T’s designed to provide a single power circuit for convenient connection points in a portable configuration. The ‘plug-and-play’ topology eliminates the hard-wiring of boxes on fixed distances between devices. Power distribution layouts are configurable at the customer site. Ideal for placement on suspended pipes over the stage and on catwalks over the audience. Devices are configurable through the selection of cable length and connectors used.
Fed from a larger power source, the LOpSter Trap is a compact distribution unit that provides the power functions of a studio/location “lunch box” with the data functions of a five optically isolated output opto-splitter, eliminating the need for two separate boxes.This “Lunch Opto Splitter Box” has five NEMA 5-20 duplex and four USB Type-A receptacles to satisfy the power needs of many devices. Available in four configurations, the reliable opto-splitter processes communication protocols with a high degree of reliability. Hydraulic magnetic breakers will not nuisance trip at higher temperatures and are mounted flush for easy access and circuit identification. Threaded inserts for brackets provide easy mounting of C-Clamps.
Also available in a wireless DMX version with four optically isolated outputs. The DMX512 Splitter/Repeater may act as either a transmitter or receiver with the touch of a button and utilizes CRMX or W-DMX for reliable wireless DMX transmission
Featured their new XH-1200 water based haze machine and XF-3500 water based fog machine. They come standard with X-Cradle Impact Armor designed to protect them from drops up to 3 feet and feature full digital control technology with run dry fluid sensor. Output from the XH-1200 hazer is 12,000 CFM and uses 100% organic haze fluid, “The healthiest haze on Earth”. The XF-3500 has the highest fog output in its class at 35,000 CFM. It has the most precise timed fog system in the industry using “Instant off and SmartFog technology”.
Lee was featuring their Zircon LED Packs. Zircon Filters are specifically designed to fine tune the inconsistences that may be found in LED lighting. The Cool Pack contains 9 gels designed to raise the color temperature of warm white LEDs. The Warm Pack contains 12 gels designed to lower the color temperature of cool white LEDs. And, the Correction Pack contains minus green and a variety of color correction gels. They also have a gel swatch app and a diffusion app for iOS and Android phones.
This year SGM showcased their G7 BeaSt. This fixtures uses two separate light sources in an IP66 rated fixture to output 50,000 lumens in a highly controllable beam. With 2 color wheels, and gobo projections in a 640W all-weather fixture, the G7 BeaSt has the ability both as a wide angle audience blinder, and to create stunning aerial effects. Equally impressive were the P series fixtures, offering RGBW wash in a variety of sizes. These fixtures are also available in an IP66 rating by using a one of kind Active dehumidification process inside the fixture. All of the P series fixtures have the ability for wired or wireless control and a large range of possible control mode in a robust design.
New to Doughty is the Scaff Boom Arm. This clamp allows a customizable Steel or Aluminum boom arm with rated loads in lengths up to 1000mm. Perfect for applications where a horizontal boom is needed on a vertical pipe or truss. Also shown this year was the Modular Drop Arm. Built for use with the Modular Rigging system, these aluminum Tees are ideal for creating custom light ladders that are compact and lightweight. The Modular system also has a variety of connectors for hanging everything from a single fixture to arrays of moving lights on an H-Frame.
Also new was their “Fifty Clamp”, A pressure die cast clamp compatible working height with the Quick Trigger Clamp range that is fully TUV approved. It’s WLL is up to 110lbs.
The Newest product they have is the SCDFD – Single Channel DMX to Analog Interface.
The SCDFD (Single Chanel DMX Fluorescent Decoder) is a board level product intended for Lighting OEMs. It decodes signals from DMX control desks to LED and fluorescent lighting fixtures whose drivers / ballasts accept 0 to +10VDC dimming control. A thumbwheel switch selects the starting channel, and a status LED indicates presence of the DMX signal.
Aryton had the official US showing of Ayrton’s two latest products: Perseo and Huracán-X.
Perseo-S is the first compact multi-function luminaire with an IP65 enclosure rating developed by Ayrton for intensive outdoor use. Equipped with a new 500 W ultra-compact monochromatic LED source calibrated at 8000 K, it can deliver metallic white light with an output of 27,000 lumens.
The Huracán-X uses a next-generation oversized cooling system and a high-efficiency 1000 W LED module, Huracán-X produces record output of 50,000 lumens at a color temperature of 6500 K when operating at a steady-state. Ayrton also developed an entirely new complex color mixing system with a double CMY saturation level capable of generating 281 trillion colors (patent pending).
Ayrton had two other new fixtures on display, the Shamal-LT and the Karif-LT.
The Karifbeam spot – is the first moving head of the brand that includes pan continuous and a zoom capable of closing up to 3º. With this luminaire, it is easy to achieve any shade thanks to its thirteen color wheel, in addition to offering unlimited creativity including a new wheel with fixed 39 gobos. Its multi-position animation wheel allows you to create different types of movement, in addition to two types of frost.
Shamal – This wash fixture is designed for use in large spaces with an unprecedented power of 48.000lm. Its CMY double saturation color mixing system will allow you to achieve infinite colors with which to bathe a space. Thanks to its wide zoom range (3º – 36º) you can also perform beam functions.
Previewed their new Followspot, Arthur. This 800w LED followspot will be available the first quarter of 2020.
Maestro extends the capabilities of SpotMe by enabling it to operate with any DMX lighting control console. With Maestro, even the simplest DMX console retains pan and tilt control and gets, in return, additional DMX channels to modulate the tracking parameters calculated and managed by the Maestro server. Maestro also brings a major new advantage in the form of a unique ‘Prediction’ feature – the ability to anticipate the direction of a performer’s movement on stage and adjust every ‘slave’ fixture to react quickly to the direction of travel. SpotMe and Maestro will be shown both virtually and physically with an RJ Oz 600W LED followspot to show the full extent of their capabilities. SpotMe is shipping with immediate effect and Maestro will be available at the end of the year.
Dalis Family extended with Dalis Access 863 and Dalis 864 4-color version. Robert Juliat’s Dalis family has come a long way since the first, award-winning Dalis 860 cyclorama fixture was launched with 48 300W LED sources proffering a unique combination of 8 colors. The full range now includes Dalis 861 a 150W LED 8-color Washlight; Dalis 862 (150W) full size and Dalis 862S (75W) short, variable white Footlights; Dalis Access 863 a 150W LED 4-color cyclorama light with all the functionality and quality of the original at a price that makes Dalis technology accessible to those on a smaller budget; and finally, Dalis 864 and 864S Footlights, 150W 4-color versions of the original Dalis 862 tuneable white footlight which, like Dalis 862, is available as a full-length or short version.
Now being distributed in North America by ACT. Luxibel is the Professional AV lighting brand by AED group and focus strongly on the tradeshow / event markets providing solutions to professionals such as the VMB Showlift – AED-SL18, ABTT Engineering Product of the year! The AED-SL18 Showlift is an automated tower lift with a variable speed motor that is controlled by a 2-channel DMX signal from a lighting desk. With instant reading position, variable minimum and maximum height limitation, the AED-SL18 is the ideal tool for indoor venues with height and/or weight restrictions.
Due to be released by the end of 2019 Crescit Software is launching their new Magic Sheet Symbol Library. The Crescit.com library has 14,000+ Magic Sheet Symbols ready for download and capatable with a growning list of applications including Strand NEO, LightFactory, and the ETC EOS control platforms.
These sysbols are highly accurate and help facilitate easier recognition and selection within Magic Sheets that you are creating.
LumenRadio is showing off their CRMX technology for wireless DMX in several of their products. Their newest product is the MoonLite which is both a wireless DMX transmitter and receiver with Bluetooth Technology, a built-in rechargeable battery, and dual XLR connectors. The device is able to be controlled through the CRMX toolbox app. It enables tablet and phone-based lighting control softwares to connect directly. Ideal application include: clubs, small stage events, corporate events, and theatres with temporary events that need wireless DMX connectivity. Like all other LumenRadio products, the MoonLite comes with the CRMX technology, but has updated disturbance detection so created the most stable connection in such a small product.
CantoUSA is displaying their new Astro 600 LED followspot at LDI 2019 along with other RETRO Fusion products that debuted last year.
The Astro 600 is powered by a state-of-the-art LED engine that creates a very even and flat field while retaining high output. It utilizes a 7000K single-source COB LED that prevents color shifting while dimming. Features include six color changers that are removable, iris, repositionable dimmer slider, and zoom from eight to sixteen degrees.
From last year, the RETRO-Fusion is a small dimmable LED option to replace existing lamps such as house lights in auditoriums, arenas, lobbies, museums, schools, convention centers, and houses of worship. They are a 0-100% phase dimmable (forward and reverse) variable wattage LED 2700K-6500K 80-97 CRI engines. Originally the RETRO series was designed for SCR, TRIAC, and IGBT dimmers, but are compatible with newer dimmer systems.
CantoUSA was also showing their new RETRO-Par Series engines. These units are a CSA listed, Energy Star 2.0 retrofit kit that rapidly transforms existing inefficient incandescent fixtures into energy efficient LED fixtures that are available Par 38, 46, 56, 64, there’s even a ETC Source 4 Par adapter!
Pathway Connectivity is promoting the Pathport VIA 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switch, a 10 port +1 fan-less network switch for entertainment control. With power over ethernet, there is no need for power bricks or IEC’s. A bandwidth monitor is easily visible on the front display of rack mounted units that helps manage link speeds, find bottlenecks, and report percentage usage at current link speed. It uses Link Layer Discovery Protocol to detect what is connected and identify other pathway gear. The Pathport VIA 10 switch allows audio and lighting to be used on the same network while stopping broadcast protocols that normally pollute the network. Normal switches are designed for office and other communication applications, where as the VIA switch is designed for optimal entertainment lighting, sound, and video signal routing.
High End Systems presents a unique fixture offering in the TurboRay. Appearing on the surface to be a standard wash fixture, the unit features a “retro” look with radial diffuser blades to break up and spread out the beam. However, this unit is based on an RGBW LED engine which can be controlled in quadrants, offering some very distinct beam based looks. Combined with the custom animated gobo wheel, the fixture offers an outstanding array of combinations for aerial effects. When utilized as a wash fixture, the unit features an 8° to 24° beam angle range. The unit is based around four 60 watt RGBW LED engines and boasts an LED lifespan of 50,000 hours.
High End Systems also introduces the SolaPix series of LED wash fixtures. Available in three sizes, the line consists of the SolaPix 7, the SolaPix 19, and the SolaPix 37, with the number referring to the quantity of LED emitters in the fixture. The LED emitters are 40 watt RGBW chips and are capable of blending a color temperature ranging from 2800K to 8000K. The units are capable of a versatile 4.5° to 60° zoom range. There is a built in effects generator option for end users who choose not to do their own pixel mapping. The design of the lens optics gives the fixture a unique look when compared to other competing units. The SolaPix 7 and 19 units are available now, with the SolaPix 37 expected to be available in early 2020.
Martin increases their presence in the automated LED fixture market with the expansion of their ERA series. The ERA 400 Performance WRM and CLD fixtures both feature 300 watt LED white light engines and a 1:3 zoom range. The ERA 600 Performance features a 550 watt LED white light engine and a 1:8 zoom range. The ERA 800 Performance features an 800 watt LED white light engine and a 1:8 zoom range. All of the fixtures feature a full curtain framing shutter system, along with CMY color mixing, color wheels, rotating and static gobos, iris, and prisms. Frost and animation wheels are included in the 600 and 800 units. All of these units should be available early in the first quarter of 2020.
Martin has also added the lamp based ERA 500 Hybrid IP fixture to the ERA range. The fixture boasts an output of 22,000 lumens from a 370W short arc lamp with an extended lamp life of 6,000 hours. A true hybrid fixture, the unit functions in three distinct modes: Beam, Spot, and Wash, and features a 1:20 zoom range. The IP65 rating allows the fixture to be used in challenging environmental conditions. The unit features full CMY color mixing, in addition to a color wheel that has three different CTO filters along with a range of saturated colors. Finally, the unit features two prisms that can be utilized simultaneously, allowing for a wide array of mid-air effects in conjunction with the static and rotating gobo wheels. This fixture will be available in April of 2020.
Aquarii, “Innovative LED Lighting Solutions”, presents a full range of fixtures designed for house lighting applications. Four lines of fixtures, the Zino, the Axceleron, the Rheos, and the Navae can all be adapted to suit the specific requirements of nearly any performance, worship, or assembly venue. A wide variety of options can be specified including output wattage, color temperature, beam angle, housing color and finish, mounting type, wiring terminals, and control methods including constant, line dimming, 0-10V control, and DMX-512. Accessories are also available to control beam shape and prevent glare. Exterior customization is one of their areas of specialization, with most fixture housings being available in custom finishes, colors, or even custom graphics.
Anolis has spent the year revamping their line and showed their new fixtures at LDI.
Ambiane XP –Specifically designed for large theatres, concert halls, auditoriums, houses of worship and hotel foyers that require general ambient light, with the added ability to create mood, the Ambiane XP is the ideal, stylish solution.
This high-performance RGBW luminaire delivers in excess of 6.000 lm and is optimal for adjusting ambiance via its super-smooth color mixing abilities.
Available in 30, 45 or 60° beam spreads Ambiane XP provides perfect coverage of any area.
The incorporation of Anolis’ L3TM (Low Light Linearity) dimming system allows seamless fades to black even when mixed with traditional sources. With no UV or IR emissions, this fixture is ideal for museum applications.
The fixture is easily controlled via DMX or DALI and is RDM compatible.
Ambiane XP has been designed for easy installation and is perfect to retrofit into existing PAR 56 size cut-outs.
The other fixtures shown on the booth were the linear Eminere, which is now available as an inground option as well as wall grazer and wall washer, also on hand were the Divine series (160 and 72) and the ArcSource family.
Neutrik has released its “TRUE OUTDOOR PROTECTION” product line to serve the permanently increasing demands of the entertainment industry. This new range is approved for outdoor use according to UL50E and is UV resistant and IP65 rated. Connectors available include etherCON (receptacles & cable connectors), XLR (chassis & cable connectors), and powerCON TRUE1 (cable, appliance & rubber sealing covers).
Neutrik also showed off a range of small DANTE interfaces, the “Line I/O to Dante Interface” and the “Mic, Line, AES/EBU I/O to Dante Interface”. Both are available as stand-alone with rubber cover and with rack mount kit.
The new opticalCON DRAGONFLY fiber optic connector series provides a ruggedized and low maintenance hybrid cable connector for indoor/outdoor use, dust and waterproof to IP68 in mated condition and with Fusion Splice Technology making it field repairable. Lastly, for space-sensitive applications, Neutrik has developed the asymmetric push tab (for chassis connectors). By using this new design, a vertical (stacking) space-saving of approx. 20% can be achieved.
H&H Specialties have been in the business of manufacturing stage curtain track, curtain machines, and stage rigging equipment since 1967. Following their move to a new production facility in 2014, H&H Specialties have been able to continuously update and increase their in-house machinery. Today 95% of all products are made entirely in-house. These increased production capabilities allow H&H Specialties to design and produce almost all special and custom rigging solutions. As part of a broader push to increase reliability and longevity while at the same time decreasing maintenance costs H&H Specialties have also made a transition to precision gears in almost all of their products.
New this year from Robe at LDI 2019 is the Esprite moving head. It is the first high powered LED Profile moving light to have a fully removable/replaceable LED light engine. Robe wanted to address the problem that white Source LED engines cannot last forever and vary in color consistency over time. The result is the 650w White Transferable Engine (WTE) light source that outputs 27,000 lm and produces a piercing brightness of 85,000 lux at 16 ft. The Esprite embraces Robe’s spirit of innovation and determination to ensure that products remain ground-breaking and relevant in a highly competitive marketplace.
Tetra2 Light Curtain generates an ultra-bright 45-degree beam from each of its 18 pixels, The Robe Tetra can create a seamless curtain of light measuring 6,700 total lm. A 10:1 zoom range washes out to 45 degrees for use as a footlight, wall grazer or dynamic in-air effect with fast-paced sweeping movements.
Below is the show they did at PLASA in October – it’s very close to the LDI show – when we see the LDI version we’ll get it posted.
Color Kinetics new iColor Flex LMX gen 2 brings large, high-intensity, full color LED nodes together on a string to achieve extraordinary effects and extensive installation. iColor Flex adapts easily to any small, large, or inbetween project, and can be used for large-scale signage, building-façade covering video, and other 2d and 3d instrallations. Multiple lensing options are available to help with beam spread and the look of the LED to make the nodes visually appropriate. iColor Flex is available in standard and custom spacing node spacing, custom strand length, and is easily adaptable in the field. All nodes are outdoor-rated IP66, and can be mounted directly on a surface or substrate, or in a custom wire mesh for grid-like applications. Flex comes available in RGB, tunable white, and static white (in multiple color temperatures). Flex is controllable via Color Kinetics controllers, which can easily take in DMX, and many legacy color kinetics controllers.
Interactive Technologies displayed the new SceneStation. SceneStation is a full-featured, easy to use DMX lighting control station. Contained within 1-single gang wall switch, Scene Station is the perfect self-contained lighting playback solution for restaurants/businesses/high end residential use, churches, and more. SceneStation is a dynamic and programmable device that can work with nearly any DMX device. Not only can the buttons trigger presets, but they can also be fully-customized to trigger effects, scenes, chases, toggles, pile-on functions, and all of the buttons can be individualkly RGB-backlit. Scenestation is easily programmed via Interactive’s SceneStation Studio software. SceneStation can ctrontrol 1 universe of DMX, and can work wirelessly with multiple master/slave stations. It also has a DMX-in scanning feature, so it can function as a console back up.
ETC’s new product offerings include the up coming Eos Augnent3d programming environment, bundled within the new Eos console family software version 3.0. Augment3d enables programmers, console operators, and users from all backgrounds to control, visualize, and design in a fully integrated 3 dimensional space. Augment3d runs natively within Eos v3.0, and can function on any Windows 7 EOS family console with a display port. Augment3d can also function on a separate Mac or PC connected to your console network. Augment3d supports most major 3D files such as .3DS, .DXF, .OBJ, .FBX, and Vectorworks files.
Augment3d was built with all aspects of the lighting design process in mind. Augment3d allows you to move/position/rotate/scale your lighting objects in 3d. Augment3d also natively understands truss and lighting positions. Programming features for Augment3d include Fixture Position Estimation, Blind Preview, Live visualization, and the new Focus Wand tool. Fixture Position Estimation allows users to map their stage in 3d by focusing multiple focus points to reference the space. Once the focus points are recorded (like you would any palate in Eos software), Augment3d can calculate where the fixtures are located in space. Once your rig is set up within the Augment3d, it automatically visualizes Intensity, Focus, Color, and beam parameters in a visualization tab. Since Augment3d is fully integrated within Eos, it can follow the status (live or blind) of the console its connected to. Augment3d will follow along if you are in live or blind. The Focus Wand feature will be provided in a new update to the iRFR/aRFR app, and allows users to interact with the fixtures from your mobile device’s point of view.
Below you can see Lowel Olcott putting it through the paces recorded at USITT earlier this year.
DeSisti Lighting unveiled their new line of Variable White + Color ( VW+C ) Fresnels and Softlights at LDI this year. Their unique system utilizes the same Bi-Color White LED’s found in the Variable White fixtures but have added a new phosphor based Red, Green, Blue & Amber color mixing system. The Variable White + Color is offered in a variety of fixtures including : Super LED F6, Super LED F10, Soft LED4, and Soft LED 8. The VW+C LED Engine inside these fixtures produces a strong, soft quality of light.
De Sisti VW+Color is controlled through 7 modes allowing the end user to pick a method that suites their application.
Standard 6 color mixing
Preset Gels + Referral source
Variwhite mode + 4 colors
Variwhite mode + color correction (+/- green +/- Cyan….)
Hue Saturation intensity
X, Y coordinates (extremely precise as based on 4 colors instead only RGB)
Johnson Systems introduced a simple yet revolutionary new control system use with new and existing dimmer panels. Presidor Wall Stations combine capacitive touch stations with a simple user interface to offer an entry level architectural control system or DMX back up controller. Presidor Wall Stations utilize a single gang full color touch screen to store and playback a full DMX universe of 512 channels. Programming is achieved using on-board controls, Bluetooth interface, or a snapshot feature from a lighting control console. Presidor Wall Stations can store up to 70 presets, and are connected to other stations using standard CAT 5 or CAT 6 cabling. When paired with the new Presidor Room Linker/Combiner up to 25 rooms can be effectively controlled.
Big buzz at Arri this year is the newest addition to the Arri LED lighting fixture line of products, the Orbiter. This 500w, 33lb fixture offers a very long list of groundbreaking features.
ARRI Spectra six-color light engine includes a red, green, blue, amber, cyan, and lime LED chipset making for a greater color range than the Arri Skypanel. The unique array is made up of 190 LEDs that are 76 times smaller than the engine used in the Arri L10 fixture. The CCT variables white light ranges between 2,000 and 20,000 degrees Kelvin and an average CRI > 98, average TLCI > 95 and average TM-30 > 94 It control interface supports a new integrated color sensor for matching ambient light. This new feature complement the seven traditional Arri control modes including CCT, HSI, individual color, x/y coordinates, gel and source matching and lighting effects already found in the Skypanel control interface. Orbiters Quick Lighting Mount (QLM) supports a variety of interchangeable optics including open face lenses including 15, 30 and 60 degrees, two different Ellipsoidal zoom ranges, three different Ellipsoidal fixed beam angles including 15, 25 and 35 degrees, three different dome optics including small (10in.), medium (20in.), large (35in.) and the light bank adapter for all your Chimera accessories.
Take your Orbiter with you on the road with its Weatherproof Housing for use in all kinds of bad weather conditions including temperatures ranging from -4 to 113 degrees.
Orbiter also has a Three-axis Accelerometer and Magnetometer to track pan, tilt, roll and heading, along with heat sensors for temperature control and an ambient light sensor that automatically dims the control-panel display.
The device is driven by Arri’s Lighting Operation System (LiOS) which has a new user interface accessed via a removable control panel with a four-inch display.
Connectivity options support Ethernet daisy-chaining, two USB-A ports for operating-system updates as well as Wi-Fi dongles and other third-party peripherals. LumenRadio’s CRMX technology is built-in for wireless DMX control, and two five-pin XLR DMX ports enable conventional DMX and RDM. It also includes a 48v DC input and supports an AC voltage range between 100v and 260v.
Arri says the Orbiter is on track to begin shipments hopefully by the beginning of Q2 2020.
ADJ’s new ‘VS’ Vision Series of LED video panels offers a versatile modular solution that has been developed to make life easier for video professionals installing LED walls on either a temporary or permanent basis. Each model in the range features four individual modules, which are front and rear serviceable, making it ideal for both temporary hanging and permanent wall mounting. The modules are all mounted to the same frame, allowing panels of different resolutions to be used together and meaning that the same rigging bar and road case can be used for all VS models. The panels feature in-built corner protectors as well as an innovative setup mechanism featuring magnets that can be used to temporarily connect two units together, allowing users to let go of the panel to free their hands to engage the secure latching system on the rear. This means that a single user can install a full wall of Vision Series panels singlehandedly. The VS Series will launch with three panel models. The VS5 offers a 5.95mm pixel pitch, the VS3 has a 3.91mm pixel pitch and the VS2 offers the highest resolution in the range with a 2.97mm pixel pitch. All panels feature the highest quality LEDs for crisp, clear output and offer a brightness of 1000 NITS and a high refresh rate of 3840Hz. The VS Series is completed by the VSFC8 flight case, a robust wheeled road trunk designed to transport and protect up to 8 panels, and the VSRB1 rigging bar, which can be used to vertically hang or ground stack up to 20 VS panels.
The Hydro Series is ADJ’s flagship IP65-rated moving head range, offering lighting professionals high quality, yet affordable, fixtures that are sealed from liquid, humidity, dust, and dirt. The robust line-up includes The Hydro Beam X1 and X2, Hydro Wash X7 and X19.
For an example of what they can do, the new Hydro Wash X19, which is the latest model to join the range. A potent and punchy wash luminaire, the unit is powered by 19 x Osram 40W RGBW (4-in-1) LEDs. It offers a wealth of features including motorized focus (6 ~ 40-degrees), WiFLY wireless DMX, 6 dimmer curve modes, and gamma correction as well as fine pan, tilt, and dimming control.
Also on the stand was the new ADJ FS3000LED Follow Spot. It is a powerful and feature-packed follow spot powered by a potent 300W, 3000K warm white COB LED engine with a CRI of 98. The unit generates a powerful spotlight ideal for tracking performers on concert and theatre stages. It features digital dimming, an adjustable beam angle of 12 to 44-degrees, framing shutters and a GOBO slot.
The fixture supports both DMX and IR remote control, with an intuitive touchscreen interface on the rear panel facilitating DMX addressing and mode selection. It also takes 3 and 5 pin DMX for data linking. In addition, a convenient rotary brightness control on the back panel makes for easy manual control, while two large rear handles allow for comfortable manual positioning. You can update the unit via USB for firmware updates.
Fiilex will have a new fixture coming out in 2020. It is the Q5 Fresnel. It’s a 5” Fresnel similar to its big brother, the Q8 travel. It will have the same engine as the Matrix units. It will be much more compact than the Q8 and plenty powerful. It is still a prototype at the moment but will be released sometime soon in 2020.
Fiilex has also come out with a convenient 5” soft box bag for their smaller units like the P360PP. Very cool little soft bag for the units and looks great! It has semi rigid /flexible frame that is similar to a small rectangle. Produces nice diffuse light and produces a great look. Also great for track mount option fixtures as well.
Fiilex Wall Controller is designed for easy integration into Fiilex track LED installations. The controller allows for streamlined remote operation of Fiilex track lights via direct settings adjustments or programmable scenes. It comes in black and white varieties.
DMX512 & RDM ready
Intuitive touch-button interface
Streamlined multi-group control
Programmable scheduling for automated lighting
Extended features with updatable firmware
Low profile installation via 1-gang or surface mounting
Buckle your horses, Marinco’s got a new thing coming. They are adapters but without the pigtail! The “point-of-contact” adapters are designed with a female power input and male power output. They will be made of molded plastic, will function essentially the same way as adapters we are currently used to, but will lack the cable portion and instead feature the plug directly. They have PowerCon to stagepin, stagepin to Edison, Edison to Powercon, Powercon to Edison, et al.
Hubbell has exciting new products coming soon. Their RFID enabled Asset Monitoring Wiring Devices allow for quick and easy scans of an entire container of wires and connectors, without having to handle individual cable sets.
The unique RFID technology is incredibly powerful and accurate. Also, it is integral to the wiring device so it can’t easily fall off or be removed.
The Asset Monitoring Wiring Devices feature industrial duty and molded-in RFID tags, are retrofittable to existing wiring devices, can be read through baskets of cable, track specific attributes such as color and cable length per asset, integrate with simple data collection solutions, and can be customized to facility requirements.
Airstar’s newest RGBW fixture is called the Neo. It’s an
LED light tube ideal for special events, fashion shows, music festivals, or as
part of a creative set. It features a pressure system allowing it to
self-inflate without a fan, and self-deflate just by unzipping it at the
You can choose between white or RGBW LEDs in sizes of 2m
or 3m, with a 1m option coming soon. It has an IP54 rating, is controllable via
5-pin DMX, only uses 4 channels, and the white LED version is controllable via
Bluetooth by downloading an app on either Android or Apple handheld devices.
It also features an optional tilting floor plate that tilts up to 45 degrees.