This year at LDI they had a new machine that has a 4 in 1 effect. Fog, bubbles, RGB, and UV light. The Venus LED Pre Fog Bubble Machine uses 700 watts of power and can output huge quantities of bubbles filled with white fog that can be lit with an LED array on the front. Its output of fog is 4000 Cu.Ft/Min and can be controlled locally and with DMX. They are also working on a touring/hanging version that the fluid is captive too. Also in the works is a unit that does only fog bubbles with no lights.
LiteGear showed the benefits of their new CineMitter series of applied phosphor LEDs. Exclusive to LiteGear, these new emitters set the standard for cinematic, color-correct LED lighting. Efficient, and full-spectrum, these LED chips offer state-of-the-art output with a 40% increase in brightness over VHO Pro. Another distinct feature of the CineMitter is the extended Kelvin range. LiteGear pushed the lower CCT to 2600 degrees Kelvin (K) allowing for candlelight or deep-tungsten output while increasing the CRI to a staggering 95+ — that’s nearly indistinguishable from traditional incandescent sources! On the cool side, the CCT was pushed up to 6000K to better balance for overcast sky or cool white fluorescents. This increase in CCT still achieves a CRI of 95+ and provides beautiful, full-spectrum daylight. CineMitter is now standard on LiteMat S2, LiteMat+ Plus, LiteTile — and coming soon to LiteRibbon.
Speaking of LiteMats, the new LiteMat+ Plus series of LED light fixtures is the ideal luminaire for set lighting and rental company inventories. LiteMat+ Plus incorporates everything you love about LiteMat, features the new CineMitter, and adds some distinctly new features. The most notable change is the PL7 locking connection system, which happens to be the same for every size of LiteMat+ Plus, and the new LiteDimmer+ Plus series of dimmers with built-in camera battery mounts.
LiteDimmer Universal is a professional, cinema-grade, icker-free, LED DMX dimmer. This standard capacity (8A total), o ers both manual and remote dimming in one. The LiteDimmer Universal is designed to work with Single, Hybrid, RGB, and RGBW/A LiteRibbon, has an operating voltage from 12VDC to 48VDC, and allows for adjustable PWM. LiteDimmer Universal-W offers all of the same features of the Universal dimmer but adds the feature of built-in wireless DMX. Using genuine LumenRadio CRMX technology ensures compatibility with LumenRadio CRMX and Wireless Solution W-DMX transmitters.
LiteGear also presented a check for $7750 representing a percentage of the profits from sales of their new flagship fixtures, LiteMat+ Plus, to support the Behind the Scenes Charity.
Upon presenting the check, LiteGear CEO, Al DeMayo, stated “We are very proud to be part of such a great charity. The support for entertainment industry members is an admirable cause that LiteGear can really get behind.”
Tobin Neis of the BTS Foundation Board of Directors commented, “Behind the Scenes is thrilled to have LiteGear as a part of our Pledge-a-Product program and for their first year they and their customers have made a wonderful contribution that will go far to help entertainment technicians in times of crisis.”
Global Truss America and Duratruss offer professional and affordable trussing products that are lightweight, but strong – and easy to assemble. Their products are made of high-quality aluminum and conform to the most exacting standards.
Global maintains an extensive inventory of truss in our 60,000 sq. ft. warehouse to ensure quick deliveries and a high fill rate. If you are considering a custom design they have a professional in-house CAD team. If you need special colors they also offer powder coating in RAL colors to give you greater design flexibility.
Global also stocks a line of truss-inspired furniture and podiums that come in handy for getting that right look for your next production.
Tempest has been making weather-proof enclosures for fixtures that do not have an IP rating for years.
At LDI Tempest had their new G4 line of data projector enclosures. Designed for projectors of most any size up to and including their G4 Typhoon stackable enclosures, if you need to have a projector outside and protected from the elements, Tempest are the people to talk to.
Tempest also now has their AC Assist coolers supplement outside air with cooled, dehumidified air, guaranteeing safe operation in the very hottest locations. Download the AC Assist Calculator from their website. This handy Excel file that will help you decide when AC Assist may be needed.
Interactive Technologies has been making DMX controllers and testing equipment for 20 years. Their Cue Server line easily controls DMX controlled lighting fixtures commonly found on building exteriors, in foyers, ballrooms, convention halls, and in other decorative architectural lighting projects.
Architectural lighting cues can be triggered by CueServer’s built-in clock at any time of the day, on any day of the week, and each day of the year.
While available in rack mount and DIN rail flavors for a while Interactive released the new CueServer 2 “Mini” This tiny CueServer can be configured to output up to 32 universes of DMX, has two built-in slots for interchangeable DMX modules, and has function buttons, digital I/O and audio output all in a size that fits in your hand.
RC4 Wireless is about “living life untethered”. Their line of wireless dimmers that use batteries for power and wireless DMX for control, allows designers to put lighting in costumes, props, and set pieces. Controlled from your DMX console, seamlessly integrated into your scenes and cues, RC4 devices are as responsive and robust as any other fixture in your show, and transparent to the lighting designer.
Their RC5 DMXio Extended Area Super Secure products provide the largest coverage area with the highest level of secure data encryption in the world. The system broadcasts with up to 1W of RF power, RC5 systems have covered entire theme parks.
256-bit AES encryption ensures an uncrackable and unhackable data stream. Even the RC4MagicPC link for remote device configuration is encrypted.
RC4 also was showing the all-new SX series of products. Smoother dimming, improved AC wave synthesization and color matching improve the award-winning line of products.
Additionally, RC4 launched its new RC4 Commander software that allows simple straightforward configuration of the extensive features built into RC4 devices and was being demonstrated in their booth.
From concert arenas to movie sets, from ballrooms to bridges. Lumen Radio’s award-winning CRMX™ products for professional lighting offers a solution for every scenario. There are products that are flexible that can either transmit or receive data and others that are dedicated. There is even a USB version to transmit DMX.
OEM versions are available for manufacturers to add to their products to make their fixtures wirelessly controllable.
An interesting development is Lumen Radio’s new IoT control platform. Named “Mira”, this IoT platform that provides a wireless mesh network with unprecedented scalability and reliability to an unlimited number of nodes. The Mira network is a self-healing multi-hop network system that operates on the worldwide license-free 2.4GHz ISM band.
It is designed for architecture and connected store applications and with their patented Future-Proof Coexistence Connectivity technologies, they can enable connectivity that can safely co-exist with other wireless technologies, not being interfered or causing interference.
Mira can be deployed in heavily congested radio environments, can scale up to several thousands of nodes and LumenRadio’s commissioning feature allows an easy setup for both networks and user applications.
Newly optimized for the North American 120V market their XSD-S3 is a portable, fully RDM enabled single channel sine wave dimmer. The Swisson sine wave dimming technology has many advantages over conventional phase control dimming. As the form of the AC sine wave is always preserved, it does not produce any filament sing or electrical disturbances which could affect audio or video equipment. The output voltage and current are electronically regulated, ensuring a stable and safe output to a wide range of different loads. This also enables the dimmer to compensate fluctuations in the mains supply and detect short circuits, all while operating with a very high efficiency.
The XSD-S3 can be controlled over DMX in an 8-bit or 16-bit mode, by 0-10V analog input, and manually with the encoder knob on the device. DMX and device-specific settings, such as dimmer curves or output response time, can be changed over RDM as well as directly on the dimmer, thanks to its bright OLED display. The extensive but intuitive user interface can also display detailed sensor information and offers simplified troubleshooting by issuing notifications in case something goes wrong.
As a layer 2 switch, the XES-8G is generally unaware of the application and therefore it works well with any protocol that operates on top of TCP/IP and with many Ethernet1) based protocols. However, special precautions have been taken to ensure that the XES-8G works perfectly with Art-Net, sACN and Dante. The Art-Net specification, for example, expects the controller to only send data every few seconds or when an update is available. A typical switch might put itself into sleep mode when no traffic is observed, not so the XES-8G; it stays ready to forward data anytime without a delay.
With the XND-8, Swisson extends the XND product line with a rack-mountable, 8-port Ethernet to DMX converter. Like the XND-4 nodes, the 8-port nodes support sACN (draft and release version) and Art-Net. RDM is supported for Art-Net outputs. Each port can be individually configured to output an arbitrary sACN or Art-Net universe.
The XND-8 Ethernet to DMX converters are, like the XND-4 nodes, easy to configure via the graphic OLED display and offer the possibility to protect your device with a password, in order to prevent unauthorized tampering with the device’s settings. This and some more improvements are also coming with the new firmware release for the XND-4 as well as for the XPD-28.
Their Angle Light series comes in three versions; Zoom, Wash, and Mini Wash.
All have rechargeable batteries and a variety of way to mount them including a Powerful Magnetic Base.
New to the line is the Angle Light Mini WASH Fixture which is the perfect companion to their popular Angle Light Zoom Fixture.
With a newly developed 2-LED Light Engine, along with a cutting-edge rechargeable Lithium Battery system, Fuel now has a powerful wireless fixture that truly expands your ability to perfectly highlight everything from Food Stations to Wedding Ceremonies,
The Mini WASH has an impressive array of important features that will allow you to utilize it in many challenging event settings.
The new Q-LED Rainbow Linear LED Lamp featuring RGBX was on full display at LDI. This new item from Quasar can run from our 2000° Candlelight to 6000° Daylight Kelvin and can be controlled in a variety of ways, including an on-board control panel, wireless Lumen Radio CRMX or DMX I/O. They can also be daisy-chained together and run in a lead-follow mode.
The color options run from a powerful white crossfade to full an RGB mode featuring a full 360° palette for vibrant fully saturated color or mixed with X-fade white light for soft beautiful pastels. Includes color presets for Blue, Cyan, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, Magenta, Purple.
Each lamp is self-ballasted and can run on AC power. The RGB-X Rainbow Lamps use 100-265VAC (World Power) via a True1 connector. There is also a battery option, allowing them to run on off a 10-26 VDC via locking barrel connector.
The RGBX come is a two foot 25 watt, four foot 50 watt, or eight foot 100-watt form factor.
Lycian was showing their new Zot LED followspot which will be an equivalent to the Zot 700. Using the same body as the Zot line of fixtures the new unit will have a smooth dimming curve, as well as enhanced lensing for the single-source LED engine. Production is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2018.
A second LED prototype is under development as an equivalent to the Superstar Short Throw. It will contain a single source 650w LED engine. Production is expected to begin around March 2018.
New “Darknet” fabrics have been specially treated to provide a high gain, high-resolution projection surface. Nebula Net when stretched taut in front of an audience becomes difficult to perceive. Images can then be projected on the material creating a holographic effect.
Printhead Studio is a new division of Rose Brand specializing in soft fabric printing as well as vinyl and flooring materials. Delivered via direct dispersion, water based inks are infused into the fibers of the fabric instead of printed just on top of it. Soft fabrics offer huge advantages over the traditional stiff substrates used in UV or latex printing. Wrinkles quickly stretch or steam away during installation. There is no risk of cracking or creasing and no need for long, expensive shipping tubes.
Georgia Case builds road and shipping cases available for the broadest range of sophisticated equipment. You see their cases on tour, on broadcast locations, and used in industrial applications.
Their custom fabricated cases meet or exceed strict ATA Spec-300, Category 1 requirements. Custom Foam Die Cutting, Custom Fabrication and Hardware services included for a variety of custom designs.
This year Georgia Case has designed a case for the Blackmagic video switcher and monitor. The case uses a self-locking hinge for mounting a video monitor. Their motto is, “if you can dream it, we can build it”
Shuttle Snake – Converts 2, 3 or 4 DMX lines into a single RJ45 connector. Available in 2, 3 or 4 universe versions, it can be sold as a 3’ snake or as a heavy duty outlet box. Uses CAT5E Ultimate is the pro’s choice for roadworthy CAT5E cable with its rugged mic cable jacketing & Neutrik EtherCON connectors
VDO Fatron – 20 is a 20 mm pixel pitch outdoor-rated LED video batten with an extensive range of optical accessories for a wide variety of looks that allows you to play with creativity in 3D stage designs. Easy video-mapping and creative mix ‘n’ match with other Martin LED video products via the P3 System Controller. It uses the same integrated power and data cabling as VDO Sceptron and VDO Dotron. It is supported by integrated power and data processor (P3 PowerPort 1500 or P3 PowerPort 1000 IP) and a simple cabling system. It uses P3/DMX/RDM controllable (automatic protocol detection) and has an extensive range of built-in effects. Fully brightness and color calibrated for optimal consistency between products (colors matched with VDO Sceptron and VDO Dotron).
The unit has 8 different diffuser options plus 1 lens option (all field-exchangeable) and is IP65 rated for outdoor use and available in two lengths: 1000 mm and 320 mm.
Mac Encore Wash – Designed to produce rich color and premium white light in a wide variety of applications where light quality is critical. The feature-packed soft edge moving head comes in two separate color temperatures 3000 K and a 6000 K crisp, neutral daylight. Both have a fully electronic dimmer/shutter control with various dimming curves and tungsten red-shift emulation. Vibrant CMY color mixing with a superior palette of colors ranging from rich, saturated primary colors to light and smooth pastel shades. Variable CTB and CTO filters and 6 interchangeable dichroic filters + open. Fresnel lens: 1:4 zoom precise, silent and fast zoom. Internal barndoor system with two shutter blades and iris. Shutter blades can overlap for full blackout and the entire system rotates +/- 100°. Repeats cues with great precision. Precise and tight iris with adjustable dynamic effects. Animotion™ FX System, internal dimming effect macros for stunning 3D mid-air and projection effects. Super precise and silent pan/tilt movement and positioning due to 3-phase stepper motor technology and absolute position monitoring.
Mac Encore Performance – moving head offers 6000 K neutral daylight. It contains a full color mixing system as well as a fully variable CTO/CTB depending on the model selected. Both include a flat field without color temperature variation during zoom and dimming. Their flicker-free operation is based on an LED driver frequency suitable for all camera applications. Both fixtures create minimal noise by combining convection and forced air cooling with user-selectable output vs. sound level control. Vibrant CMY color mixing with a superior palette of colors ranging from light and smooth pastel shades to rich, saturated primaries can be found on board. Variable CTO, CTB, and 6 interchangeable dichroic filters + open come as standard. 1:4 zoom—precise and fast, silent zoom with auto-linked focus. Four framing shutter blades with individual +/- 30° adjustment and entire system rotation of +/- 55° allow for high-precision cues. Five rotating glass gobos with next to zero focal separation from the framing system. Animation wheel with continuous multi-directional rotation and indexing with a variable angle, speed, and direction. Animotion™ FX System—internal dimming effect macros for stunning 3D mid-air and projection effects. Precise and tight iris with adjustable dynamic effects. A soft frost is included that leaves gobo artwork and framed images visible with a beautiful soft edge. Super precise and silent pan/tilt movement and positioning due to 3-phase stepper motor technology and absolute position monitoring.
RatPac was excited about their RATPAC 12 X 200W DIMMER. This is specifically made for 120V LED tubes and low wattage applications. The 12 x 200 Watt dims smoothly from 0 – 100%, has a built-in wireless transceiver, and USB out for convenient phone charging.
While the line was originally developed for film/video applications we are starting to see it used in other applications because of its durability and ease of use.
All of their dimmers are also wireless. You can control wirelessly using their Cintenna Wireless receivers and their AKS DMX Wireless system. This will allow control of your lighting system for up to 1 universe per set, from your iPhone or Tablet.
This is their Playback-8 model which features 8 Sub-masters which gives you the same 8 Channels of control as the Basic model, however with the added ability to Record up to 8 Sub-masters for calling back 8 exact looks.
What makes the Best Boy different is that it comes with a custom pelican style protective case specifically built for the unit.
For the G300 SMART it features its Internet of Things (IoT) capability that supports Wi-Fi and LAN connectivity for Set-up, monitoring, and diagnostics. The network capabilities also allow for flexibility in setting and changing the unit’s configuration via a mobile device. The user can also set interval, durations and pre-delay times as well as set flow level, turn the unit on or off and do a diagnostic run as well.
For the MVS Smart functionality lets the unit control 2 variable speed fans which control projection and direction of the haze stream form 0-90 degrees. It also has an oscillating mode that you can program for automated back and forth sweeps.
Over on Chauvet’s DJ side they were showing the new Eve units that include the 130W tri-color Eve P-130, the 140W variable white Eve P-140 and the 150W ultraviolet Eve P-150 UV. The three new Eve units have a bright, flicker-free output that makes them well-suited for events of all sizes. All the fixtures are fan free and silent for use in video recording applications.
The Eve series features an interchangeable 25° and 45° magnetic lenses making it easy to change beam angles. The fixtures also have a gel frame holder and 6 ¼ – inch accessory slot for optional barn doors. Adding to their flexibility, the new fixtures offer D-Fi USB compatibility, PowerCON-compatible power linking capabilities, and both 3-pin and 5-pin DMX connections.
There were also two new atmospheric effects, one called the Cumulus which uses an ultrasonic agitator and water to create a low lying “dancing on the clouds” effect without the need for dry ice. Joining the Cumulus is the Hurricane 2000, a high-volume fog machine that produces a thick plume on demand because of its Always-Ready technology that provides a continuous output, and its built-in timer provides hands-free, automated operation. An advanced fluid sensor with automatic shut-off prevents overheating, and the variable output can be controlled from the on-board LCD display or DMX.
Chauvet’s presence at LDI continues to grow with their line of fixtures for both touring and theatrical applications. The Ovation series has been overhauled a bit and there was some excitement regarding their new features on the Ellipsoidal and Fresnel fixtures.
The Ellipsoidals (Ovation- E*****) now have 3 LED versions (260WW, 260CW, and 260 WWIP) that all have a 230 W output that claim to exceed the output of a 750W tungsten source. They are all single source LEDs. They come in Warm White, Cool White and Warm White IP 65 rated.
There was also their new Ovation E-930VW is a high-performance, variable white ellipsoidal style fixture that utilizes a unique 6-color LED system. This fixture projects a bright, beautifully flat field of light in nearly any temperature of white with high CRI and CQS. Each color temperature can be further adjusted for +/- green to perfect the field of light. For times when a splash of color is needed, the fixture can also give you full control of each color of LED as well.
In their Fresnel line, the big news was the Ovation F-915WW. It is a single source, Warm White LED with an output of 230W that is supposed compete with a standard 2K Fresnel’s output. It does have a motorized zoom of 27 to 68 degrees. They also have the multi-source/color LED options with a virtual color wheel that matches popular gel options. (RGBA+Lime)
The last bit of excitement regarding new fixtures would be the Ovation SP-300CW LED follow spot. It is a single source 260W LED that is quiet, and has all the standard options that you would find on a traditional follow spot. I was also told that this would work well up to a 100ft throw distance. The price point is also quite favorable when compared to its competition.
On Chauvet’s video wall side, there were two new video panels at LDI: The F4IP and F3. A high-performance outdoor-rated panel with brilliant SMD, a pixel pitch of 4.8 mm, a refresh rate of 3,840Hz, and high contrast 5,500 NITS, the VIP F4IP displays clear crisp images even in broad daylight, making it well-suited for festival applications. The user-friendly IP65-rated panel features magnetic LED modules for quick and easy installation and maintenance.
The F3 is a 3.9 mm pitch 1 m x 0.5 m LED video panel is equally suited for installations and rentals. Running on the Novastar control protocol, it also features magnetic LED modules that make it easy to install and service. The panels may be mounted directly on a flat wall, thanks to their front-service option.
In moving lights the new Maverick MK Pyxis featured a unique design that includes an outer ring of RGBW LEDs, a powerful zooming center pixel, 360° continuous pan and tilt movement and a host of other performance features, the new fixture produces an seemingly endless array of looks and can fill a variety of roles from beam, to wash, to set piece effect. A built-in virtual gobo wheel with background colors can be used to make the outer ring appear as if it’s spinning. With a combined center pixel and outer ring illuminance of 27,560 lux at 5 meters, the fixture has the output needed for arena applications.
Also in the Maverick series is the new Maverick MK2 Profile, the first profile light in the Maverick series. A 440W LED fixture with a high (90+) CRI, the newest member of the Maverick series has been designed to perform a wide variety of functions in theatrical, house of worship, touring, and event applications. With an illuminance of up to 14,981 lux at five meters and a zoom angle of 14° to 36°, the new fixture has the output needed for large venues and the ability to produce a range of beam sizes. For applications when less output is needed, the fixture has a low-volume “Eco Mode.”
For wash applications there is the Maverick MK3 Wash raises the bar on output, color consistency, and pixel effects. Powered by 27 (40 W) Osram RGBW LEDs, it has the muscle to handle any application, including long throw situations with ease. Pixel mapping effects, built-in color macros and gobos, along with a CTO color mixing option make this powerhouse fixture the complete wash package. Control options include DMX, sACN, Art-Net, Kling-Net or W-DMX.
First up for ADJ is their new video panel option called the Design Series. It is a series of different geometrical video panel options. The DS4 (square), DS4T (triangle), DS4QC (quarter circle) and DS4HC (rectangle) can be easily linked together, rigged and transported. They offer a 4.8mm (0.19”) pixel pitch and brightness of 1200 NITS as well as a wide viewing angle of 160-degrees (horizontal) and 120-degrees (vertical), making them ideal for a wide variety of applications.
Next up we have the MOD Series as ADJ’s latest range of professional LED Pars. Their modular design means that the LEDs can slide back into the casing to create a snoot that eliminates side glare. There is an optional pearl white housing kit also available. This means that LED Par owners can switch between black or white fixtures, depending on the application, without having to hold inventory of two different types of fixture. Offering a beam angle of 17-degrees, each Par is also supplied with a set of three Frost Filters which can be locked into position in front of the LEDs to widen the beam to an angle of 20-degrees, 40-degrees or 60-degrees. The units come in 4 flavors:
- MOD QW100 (7 x 15W RGBW LEDs)
- MOD QA60 (4 x 15W RGBA LEDs)
- MOD HEX100 (7 x 15W RGBWA+UV LEDs)
- MOD TW100 (7 x 15W CW/WW/WW/Amber 4-IN-1 variable color temperature white LEDs)
Lastly, there was quite a buzz with their new Vizi CMY300 Moving Head. It is a 300W LED engine ideal for larger venues. It works as a beam, spot and wash fixture with a zoom range from 8 to 46 degrees. A large palette of colors is possible thanks to CMY mixing, as well as two GOBO wheels, two rotating prisms, motorized focus and motorized zoom. It is also built to make GOBO changes, servicing and on-the-road repairs extremely easy.
Their eProfile + is a redesign of the popular Profile screen by Draper. The many new features include being the largest of it’s kind in the industry up 30’ wide with a bezel of only ½” or even zero edge, it can look like it’s floating. There are no mullions on this screen either, these screens can be put together with multiples screens with zero separation. You could add LED’s around the edge to create a dramatic effect.
These screens ship unassembled for easier transportation to the final location. No fighting to get them up stairs, around corners, through doorways, or any of the other difficult roadblocks for large format screens.
Viewing surfaces for this screen are plentiful from the TecVision and OptiFlex families.
Ambient Light Rejecting Surface- CS1200X ALR- Draper has worked with TecVision to create screen surfaces that actually reject ambient light, making it easier to project in multiple atmospheres. This particular screem CS1200X ALR was designed for spaces with high ambient light and narrow viewing angles. The throw distance for best brightness is 1.8:1 or longer. For the best viewing it is best if the closest seat is 2x the height of the image from the screen.
Not new at LDI but new to me were the MS1000X ALR that rejects 73% of ambient light and is best for moderate viewing angles. Also XH900X ALR which rejects 60% of ambient light and wide viewing angles. All of these surfaces are 8k ready, they can also come perforated and Nano perforated for 4K ready.
Draper has long been a supplier of video conferencing equipment. This year they introduced the Video Conferencing Camera Lift-Ceiling. This lift will Conceal the camera in the ceiling until it is needed. The lift installs behind the screen. After reading the installation manual it seems very easy to install. The case is compactly built for larger cameras handling up to 15lbs. The travel on the scissor arm is 0”-120”. This product joins Drapers line of Camera lifts for video conferencing.
Stage Screen- is a system for building large format screen frames, either free-standing or flown. The interchangeable parts can be sued together to build frames of various sizes and shapes, providing flexibility in constructing your frame. The 8” truss section provides a durable stronger frame than traditional folding screens. Custom sizes are available. The maximum size is 120’ wide. The frame can come in either silver anodized or black. The pieces are color coded for easy assembly with no hinges or snaps. They are connected using permanently attached threaded links and guide pins.
The viewing surface attaches via the Duraloop bungee cord. This provides a self-centering flat viewing surface. This system is very impressive and easy to use.
This year at LDI we noticed a handy item they’ve been working – it’s called the NO. 451 REALLY USEFUL CARRIER. It utilizes 4 urethane-tired sealed ball bearing wheels are riveted to a machined black aluminum body for use with No. 410S or 410A Track. Carrier is provided with two Nylatron bearings integral to the body to keep unit centered in the track assembly. Carrier body is provided with a complement of mounting holes to enable attachment of scenery and various devices. Each unit has a working load limit of 200#.
451A same as No. 451 plus a third set of wheels to help prevent tipping of an unbalanced load.
The MTX-DE8-WM decodes signals from DMX control desks to analog dimmers, LED, and fluorescent lighting fixtures whose drivers / ballasts accept 0 to +10VDC dimming control. It is used to integrate controllers into theatrical or television lighting systems. The decoder is mounted on a wall, and each driver is connected to one of eight channels on the internal terminal strip. Up to 64 decoders may be chained together for systems of up to 512 fixtures. A thumbwheel switch on the front panel selects the starting channel, and an LED indicates the presence of the DMX signal.
- Compatible with USITT DMX-512
- Standard 0 to +10VDC output
- Eight channels
- Terminal strip outputs
- Thumbwheel starting channel select switch
- DMX in and out
- DMX termination switch
- Load test function
- Wall mount (screws not included)
- 120/240V 50/60Hz 25mA power input
- Dim. 9.25″ X 3.20″ X 3.00″
- Wt. 1.5 pounds
- One year warranty
Doughty debuted their newest product, the Space Saver Omega. This new product will give people the ability to leave their clamps and hanging brackets installed on fixtures when riding in road cases. This product will not only save countless hours during load-ins and load-outs but will also save money by not having to buy custom cases that have headroom for clamps to ride in transit.
Philips Lighting was showing their newest lamp, the MSD Platinum Flex. This lamp is used in Elation’s new fixture – the Smarty Hybrid. This lamps notable features are that it has an extremely long lifetime of
10,000 average lamp hours and has reduced power consumption by 30-45%, enhanced lumen output in colors, deep dimming when the shutters of a moving light is closed consuming less power, down to about
80W from 240W (nominal power consumption). It also has a wide power range, ranging from 190W to
280W, intelligent driver scheme, a very short arc and a high color correlated color temperature.
They also added stage pin connectors to their product offerings while also showcasing their cable reel solutions.They currently offer both spring driven and motor driven reels for multiple solutions including power, data, motor control as well as combined power and data reels.
Lightronics offers a wide range of lighting solutions – ranging everywhere from the lighting fixture to dimming, programming, and controls. This year Lightronics was showcasing an LED house light that is currently in prototype. The fixture will likely be available in both 2700K and 4000K color temperatures as well as options for DMX, RJ45 as well as Phoenix connector options for getting control into the fixture. The fixture houses a 100W emitter with a 50W PSU – at full intensity, this fixture only pulls a mere 150W. There will also be shroud and recess kit options available as well as hanging options to be yoke mount and threaded rod with lens options being 25, 40 and 60 degrees. The unit itself is flicker-free and has a very nice dimming curve that slows down dramatically at the bottom end.
Airstar has three different departments – Event, Film, and Safety Lighting. They provide many lighting solution options – including LED, Tungsten, and HMI. They can also brand their inflatables with a company logo or the name of a specific event. At LDI, they were showcasing a prototype of their newest product, a battery-powered RGB inflatable.
In addition to the traditional line of steel and glass patterns, Apollo introduced three new Outdoor LED fixtures this year.
The Outdoor LED Profile Fixture. These fixtures are IP65 rated and available either at 75W with 2800 lumens or at 30W with 1000 lumens. The color temperature is a choice between 6500K or 5500K. The standard lens option is 27.5*, but you do have the option to easily swap out the lens for a 16*, 20*, 38.5* or 50* by removing two set screws a the front of the lens . It is low profile at 13.4’’L X 9.8”H X 5.5”W and light weight at 3.5lbs. The finish options are white or black.
The AVERE 5UV is a 65W black light with an output of 15000mW, dimmable to 0% with ELV Dimmers. The lens options available are 15*, 23* and 36*. This fixture is also viable in Cool White and Warm White 98CRI, 385nM
The AVERE 3UV is a IP68 outdoor rated fixture suitable for mounting below ground and an optional stainless steel fixture suitable for use in chlorine environments. This fixture is 10-15W, 24V with an external power source and DMX controllable.
The beam options are 15*, 23* and 36*. Color options include 385NM; White: 3000K, 4000K, 5000K; and RGBW. Custom RAL Colors and housing design is available. There will be a larger version available in Mid-January.
The new design of Wildfire’s UltraBlade was introduced with new LED tubes. The new model is more of an open concept to allow for more output on the lamps. The new led lamps can be used in the old Ultrablade fixtures by removing the ballast and replacing the sockets. Both the lamps and the Ultrablade are available in 2’ and 4’ option, as well as a single bank or two bank option. The new two bank option is equivalent to the old four bank style. There is no DMX control on these fixtures.
LeMark which is the parent company to “Dirty Rigger” introduced three new products at LDI and most were sold out at the show. A new lanyard with carabiner for hooking your tools to your belt, a new Dirty Rigger multi-tool, and a new Dirty Rigger wrench.
Dazian introduced their Celtic line as an alternative to duvetyn. It is much like a banjo lightweight fabric. It is popular for more pipe and drape and masking. It is available in black, blue, red and white. List price is about $12.25 per yard. They can also do printing on this fabric. They purchased two new printing machines and can do true printing up to 16’.
Rosco had several new products on the floor including their Image Spot, X-Effects LED Projector, Opti-Sculpt and their newest item which was only available as a preview prior to launch, the Pica Zoom Lens.
Using a mere 45W of power, the Image Spot LED projector packs an amazing amount of light output from a versatile and compact design. The cool white LEDs and crystal clear optics ensure bright imaging in virtually any environment, and enable vivid gobo projection up to 40 feet (12m) away! Image Spot can also be used to create spot illumination for artwork in museums, accent lighting in hospitality venues or highlight products inside retail displays. Image Spot is available in both IP40 and IP65 models, allowing it to be used indoors or outdoors. Please note that Image Spot does not ship with a lens. Choose from the available narrow, medium and wide lens accessories when ordering to achieve the imaging or beam spread your project requires.
The X-Effects LED Projector is available in two models that project bright, vibrant lighting effects – a cool white, 5500K unit and a color-mixing RGBW unit. Both models feature bright output, are capable of 33’ (10m) throws, and feature four lens accessories to choose from – enabling designers the ability to adjust the fixture’s beam-spread to their project. Just like the X24, the standard X-Effects Glass that ships with the fixture can be swapped out to create other lighting effects. Another new feature of the X-Effects LED Projector is its IP65 rating, which means its effects can be projected wherever they’re needed – indoors and outdoors. The X-Effects LED Projector is fully dimmable and features both onboard controls and RDM-compatible DMX controls. Three knobs provide manual control of the dimming and speed/direction of the two pieces of X-Effects Glass inside the fixture. The fixture’s DMX and RDM capabilities not only control dimming & speed/direction, it also provides remote addressing of the fixture plus color control of the RGBW fixture.
OPTI-SCULPT was also being shown at their booth. Based on preliminary data provide by Rosco the OPTI-SCULPT Filters provide precise angular beam control – enabling lighting professionals to accurately and affordably control the shape of their light. Rosco’s unique, proprietary process offers increased brightness with engineered light distribution that has been laboratory tested for accuracy and repeatability.
OPTI-SCULPT Filters are available in 12 different patterns: five symmetrical designs, including a unique reversible 40/60 degree pattern and seven rectilinear, asymmetrical designs. The filters are manufactured using flame retardant, 10mil thick, semi-rigid polycarbonate and are available in 20”x24” and 40”x24” seamless sheets that can be cut to any size and shape to fit any light fixture. Designed for LED but suitable for use on LED and conventional fixtures, OPTI-SCULPT has high transmission vs standard diffusion materials.
Rosco also had their new Zoom Lens for viewing on the show floor. While they did not have any preliminary data sheets available on this product, the basis of the Zoom Lens was to provide beam spreading for their Pica fixtures by the application of an electric current which would then alter the level of diffusion in the lens. We’ll make sure to keep our eyes open for more on the product from Rosco hopefully coming soon!
Harlequin Reversible is all the craze, they have recently introduced new colors to this line. You can now purchase this floor in Chroma Key and Projection Gray.
Harlequin Reversible™ Chroma Key vinyl is designed specifically for digital compositing with one side Chroma key green and the other Chroma key blue. It is a practical solution for film, television and video games where there is a Chroma key requirement for visual effects or post-production. Chroma key Reversible offers an alternative solution to painting studio floors and can be used as both a floor and a backdrop. The vinyl retains the same qualities of the popular Harlequin Reversible range, it is lightweight, easy to roll out and hardwearing.
Harlequin Reversible™ Projection Gray vinyl is the ideal product for floors where projection is required. The special color mix has been designed to enhance contrast ratios, ensuring less light bleed and less unwanted reflective light, and delivering a more vivid projection of images. It is an ideal flooring solution for film, TV and theatre production. The vinyl retains the same qualities of popular Harlequin Reversible range, it is lightweight, easy to roll out and hardwearing.
AC Lighting has also recently acquired the ProLights line, making this Italian based line available in the US. A few highlights from this line include the JETSPOT3, the PIXIEWASH and the PIXIESPOT.
The JETSPOT3 is a High Output 240W LED Spot. It boasts a fixed 20-degree beam angle and a 7000k White LED source. Complete with 2 color wheels, a rotating and static gobo wheel, prism, linear frost, iris, focus and onboard RDM and DMX, it’s sure to be a contender in the US market.
In terms of fixtures and on a smaller scale, there is the PIXIE SPOT and PIXIEWASH. The PIXIESPOT is equipped with a 60W RGBW/FC LED light source. It also offers wireless control through a USB Wi-Fi receiver in combination with Wifibox and the smartphone App SmartColor. With a single gobo wheel with 7 rotating gobos and an effect section equipped with 3f circular prism, this is ideal for a variety of venues.
The PIXIEWASH is a compact LED wash beam with a 6 – 45 degree zoom. With its single 60W LED and it’s small form factor and near silent cooling, it is ideal for low ceiling or noise-sensitive environments.
Chroma-Q’s hot new product is the new Inspire XT RGBW House Light.
Delivering up to 9500 lumens and including all of the features of the Inspire and Inspire Mini with twice the output, it is ideal for situations that require the same high quality white and colored lighting with even more output. In addition, it uses some of the innovative core technologies found in other award-winning Chroma-Q products. With fully homogenized color mixing and choice of three different beam spreads (32, 42, and 65), the Inspire XT provides an excellent selection of stunning mixed colors and true whites. It also features energy-efficient LEDs and onboard DMX with theatrical grade dimming.
Osram’s latest addition to their broad HMI family, the HMI Studio, offers a new option to users who work in tungsten color temperatures. The HMI Studio line is a standard HMI lamp with a patented doped UV glass envelope that incorporates a tungsten shift and UV stop, which blocks 99% of UVB and UVC rays.
Because the color is incorporated directly into the lamp, it eliminates the need for color correction accessories, saving time and money, offering a plug and play option for converting daylight fixtures to tungsten. This 90+ CRI lamp will last just as long as the daylight version and is considerably brighter than standard tungsten fixture of similar wattage.
Osram’s workhorse led flood is a solid option when a work light is required. The FLx 90 draws only 90 watts but has the output of a 500-watt halogen lamp, drawing 82% less energy than a standard incandescent fixture of the same light output.
With a 93-degree beam spread and a powerful punch, this is an ideal work light for backstage and front of house. With an IP 65 rating, you can also use it outdoors at the same facility. The FLx 90 also can be dimmed to 15%, adding even more versatility to your toolbox.
Fiilex’s LED Track Lighting System consists of the Fiilex Pro Track and the T360 Pro Plus LED fixture. The T360 Pro Plus is a compact, highly controllable LED fixture with an integrated ballast. Its extremely low-profile makes the T360, in combination with the Pro Track, the most suitable lighting system on the market for smaller studio spaces with low clearance. The Pro Track is an architectural-grade surface mounted lighting track that supports up to two unique power circuits. The track features a 22 gauge nickel-plated copper DataLine that can provide DMX control signals to any compatible track fixture. When fully installed and supported, the track can support up to 22 pounds per foot. Infinitely configurable with a wide array of couplers and feeds, the system is available in either black or white.
This year Coemar debuted their new 6-color LEDko engine: Red, Green, Blue, White (5600K), Lime & Phosphor Corrected Amber. The goal in mind is an all-in-one fixture for Studio & Theatrical applications – a fixture capable of intensely saturated colors without sacrificing the punch of the whites. The purpose of the Lime and PC Amber is to help flesh out the Red, Green and Yellow spectrum as well as producing high CRI’s above 94 throughout the range of whites. Depending on the mode it’s used in, the new LEDko FS6 can be used as a color changing, variable white (2700K – 6500K) or an all-in-one fixture!
Also new to the product line are an LED Spot and Fresnel moving head. The LEDko TM FS6 uses the same 6-color engine as in the LEDko F6 in addition to the characteristics expected in an intelligent profile: Zoom (13-38 degrees), Internal Framing Shutters, Iris, Frost Filter, Pan & Tilt. The LEDko TM Fresnel is available in either Tunable Tungsten (2700K – 4100K) or Tunable Daylight (4100K – 6500K), both of which include RGBW LED chips, Green/Magenta manipulation, Proportional Zoom (13-65 degrees), Internal Barndoor Framing System, Pan & Tilt. These will begin shipping in Q1 2018.
Coemar had several products come out more suited to the architectural markets, including the Pixel LED, ParLite ACL and LEDko EXT II. The idea behind the Pixel Light is a RGBW IP65 rated fixture that can be quickly assembled through either magnetic or mechanical connection to form any kind of composition. Think legos with lights! The ParLite ACL is a very punchy parlite with a 3 degree narrow beam for uplighting from a distance. The LEDko EXT is a completely IP65 rated LED profile with 13-40 degree zoom, gobo holder and internal shutters, available in RGBW, Daylight or Tungsten.
Last but not least, Coemar came out with an economical solution for upgrading tungsten fresnels to LED while preserving your existing dimming system. Coemar’s 1K retrofit is available in Tungsten or Daylight with CRIs above 90 and flicker-free dimming from 100-10%. Though only available in a 1K engine with an optional G38 adapter for use in 2K, Coemar plans to introduce a 650w engine by the end of the year and a true 2K retrofit sometime in 2018.
At LDI this year DeSisti showed redesigned and upgraded versions of their popular lighting line. Their SoftLEDs have been re-engineered so that the fixtures have a smaller profile for low ceiling studios & location use. Reflectors have been eliminated and now use an aluminum extrusion for the housing giving a compact yet rugged design. The original remote phosphor technology has been replaced with fixed white chips, affording the fixture 50% more output while retaining CRIs greater than 95. All four sizes of the new SoftLED are available in fixed daylight, tungsten, or variable white (2700K – 6500K).
DeSisti has also added the F4.7 into our line of 6″ & 10″ Variable White (2700K – 6500K) fresnels. This is our 650W tungsten / 200W HMI equivalent.
The fresnel line features upgraded the chips in several of the LED Fresnels: the F10 chip has been bumped up from 165W to 181W making it a true 2K Tungsten/700W HMI equivalent. The F14 has been bumped up from 365W to 400W giving outputs equivalent to a 3K Tungsten / 1.2K HMI and introduced the F14 High Power which uses a 600W chip giving outputs equal to a 4K Tungsten / 1.8K HMI.
DeSisti also showed a line of Track Mount fixtures, using the same track as other manufacturers. The 3″ Piccoletto, F4.7 Fresnel and SoftLED 1 units make a great solution for light labs, teleconferencing, non-traditional studio spaces, and museum applications.
Cineo has added yet another powerful creative tool to the lighting professional’s arsenal – the Standard 410. Combining their award-winning white-light quality with innovative saturated-color technology, the Standard 410 delivers up to 25,000 lumens of beautiful, easily controllable, full-gamut light.
Boasting a substantial 2’ x 1’ diffused illuminating surface, the Standard 410 is perfectly sized for use in the studio or out in the field. With a maximum power of 410 watts and weighing in at less than 27 lbs., this fixture offers a unique combination of convenience and capability.
Creating beautiful light within an extended color gamut is only part of the story. Cineo has developed an intuitive control strategy that allows predictable, repeatable results, either using the graphical control panel or remotely with wired or built-in wireless CRMX control.
The strategy is simple – four controls or four DMX channels control the entire fixture in a single mode of operation:
Dim – Cineo’s Photo-Accurate Dimming™ maps the 0-100% dimming curve to actual camera stops for precise output control using the MASTER control locally or on the first DMX channel.
CCT – For color-accurate white light, choose the CCT as you would with any Cineo fixture, using the CCT rotary control or the second DMX channel.
Saturation controls the amount of saturated color to be added to the white light, from full white to fully saturated color, managed on the third DMX channel.
Hue – To optionally add saturated color, the HUE control adjusts the hue, the color of which is displayed on the control panel, or managed on the fourth DMX channel.
With Standard 410, the same color shading can be achieved regardless of the CCT used for photography. For example, +2 Green added to 3200K CCT will look the same as +2 Green at 5600K to the correctly white-balanced camera.
In addition to our proprietary phosphor-converted white light LEDs, we developed phosphor-converted saturated color LEDs. These work with the phosphor recipes in the white LEDs to create a balanced, natural-looking spectrum featuring Cineo’s deep-red color rendering technology. The saturated color LEDs use the exact same dies as the white LEDs, so all light emitting elements of the Standard 410 carry identical thermal stability, and perform over time with identical differential aging. So after years of service, color stability remains consistent.
As one of the leaders in studio fixtures, Kino Flo has put a new focus on user control. Kino Flo’s new Freestyle series unleashes your creative side by using a newly designed quick-release system to remove the LED panel from the plastic housing. The smaller form factor and lightweight LED panel make finding the perfect angle easy!
Kino Flo’s new LED’s include new menu options, white and color menus. Those who prefer to work with white light can use the “white menu” that gives the user access to Dimming, Kelvin and Green/Magenta control channels. Kelvin range is from 2700K tungsten to 6500K daylight while the color menu allows users to select gel presets or choose their own color. Kino Flo’s new approach to user experience is sure to make lighting control simpler and more accessible to users of all experience levels.
When asked where TMB makes an impact most on the professional lighting industry, most people would say that cables and networking were TMB’s bread and butter. But with their new FLARE fixture series, things are certainly turning a few heads. From the new Rayzr to the tried and true Q+, TMB’s approach to bright and colorful led fixtures is worth noting. With the FLARE series, options are plentiful.
Do you want outdoor use? The FLARE IP. Linear performance? The FLARE LR and Rayzr. Wireless? The FLARE Jr.
Are you looking for marquee lighting or festoon lights for your next outdoor event? Take a look at the IMS and Firefly Fairy lights.
On the control side, the line of TMB ProPlex data distribution devices are now available in DIN Rail mount. Opto splitters, Ethernet-DMX Converters, and RGB Drivers. Many are also available with RDM also.
Bright? Check. Color mixing? Check. 7-40° Zoom? Check. Winner of the Best Hard Edge LED Spot Award? Check. The Axcor 900 is the first Clay Paky spotlight to use a LED light source, instead of a traditional discharge lamp. Thanks to its considerable light output, the Clay Paky Axcor Profile 900 goes straight in at the top of its category and features the best in modern technology in every parameter: the characteristics of the white and colored light it produces, its ability to form perfectly sharp projections, and the precision micro-mechanics of its exclusive beam shaping system.
And to back up the Axcor 900, the K-Eye HCR provides more than enough support. The K-EYE HCR is a LED wash light which provides total control over the quality of all forms of white or colored light. The new HCR technology used in the K-EYE is an exclusive electronic platform developed by Clay Paky in conjunction with Osram to meet the needs of lighting designers all over the world who were not fully satisfied with the performance of LED devices in comparison with traditional lamps, in particular because of their incomplete color range, poor color rendering index and lack of consistency. All these limitations have been overcome in the K-EYE HCR, and it is finally possible to produce every color, every nuance and every shade with satisfactory quality. The heart of the K-EYE HCR wash light is a LED light source consisting of a module with six colors: besides the three “classic” basic red, green and blue colors, Clay Paky has added amber, cyan and lime. This exclusive Clay Paky device provides a very wide color range with excellent color spectrum coverage.
What should a road case aspire to? It should be strong and convenient. Good thing Calzone Case Co. has your back on both of those needs. For large monitors, the need to have another tech alongside just to lift off the top is eliminated. The new Split Top Case design is the latest in their efforts to provide superior protection and convenience. The lids split from the top and remain attached to the case allowing for one person unpack the monitor themselves, saving time. Speaking of saving time, the new Slam Latch Rack case is the next generation of audio and power equipment protection. No longer will you have to remove the front and back lids to access the equipment inside, reducing the risk of misplacing them. Just move the covers inside the case and you are done. Speed and convenience were the goals that led to the new retractable pocket door design and it certainly shows with the new SLR case.
Times Square’s new CELESTE down light from this American-based company should be on your radar if you are looking to upgrade your house lights to LED. The CELESTE is a fully customizable high-output pendant downlight. Designed for theatres, churches, and arenas, it features a wide range of dimming capabilities ranging from mains dimming to DMX/RDM. The stylish extruded aluminum housing is lightweight and extremely durable. The interchangeable reflectors allow for a wide variety of angles. The single, powerful LED array allows for dramatic lighting effects that are unobtainable with many of the multiple-array high output fixtures on the market. At 81.5 watts this pendant fixture is an energy-efficient solution to general lighting needs.
Ultratec created a couple of new accessories to complement their current line of foggers, hazers, snow, and bubble machines. The first unit of note is called a “swivel bracket” which gives the end user the ability to mount most of their Ultratec machines (weighing roughly 100lbs or less) in the air and oscillate the machine back and forth. Fully DMX controlled, the units speed and direction can be controlled. They have roughly 90degs of motion, so know you can spread your atmospheric effects more evenly across the stage.
In addition, the swivel bracket, Utratec now also make a variable speed/directional fan that also allows you to push your atmospheric effects further on stage. With both of these accessories you now have a lot more control of your effects!
MDG created a pair of new products this year to complement their existing line; giving the end user more tools to create atmospheric effects in unique locations, quicker, and at less cost. Their first innovation was taking their ATMe Hazer and placing it into a IP55 enclosure. Now you can use this hazer outdoors! Since their hazer produces such fine particles, wind has minimal effect on the haze. Several theme parks have recently installed these units with great success.
The second new product out there was designed to help existing customers with Ice Fog Q units better manage fog throughout their space. Called the “diverter” the unit sits in front of the Fog Q unit and allows you to divert the stream of fog thru two different ducts or paths. Now you can use ONE machine to fog multiple areas on stage. This cuts down the need for multiple machines saving you money!
Enttec has created a bunch of new options to assist with networking and LED tap/pixel mapping control. First up, is their new Hyperion HP1 intelligent gigabit switch. Designed to be a simple plug and play rack mountable network switch that can be easily integrated into almost any system. With 6x front etherCON connectors and 2x rear connectors, the ability to easily configure, and ability to prioritize professional lighting protocols this switch has it all.
Next up, is their new Pixel Port unit. Designed to be a more portable an all in one unit that you can build into your set pieces so that you can get control/power to your pixel controllable LED tape. Each unit has a powerCON in & thru, etherCon in & thru, and 4 pin DMX output.
Finally, we thought this was neat, if you ever wanted LED tape on a black background, Enttec can hook you up as all their tape comes on both black & white ribbons now. The black ribbon blends in a lot better if you wanted to make it disappear on a dark surface!
Have you wished for an even larger Arri Skypanel with even more punch than what was already available? Well, then you are in luck! Arri displayed at LDI their new S 360-C unit. With a light panel roughly 50” x 34“ it is a behemoth of a fixture that requires two people to move it. The unit has been very well received in the film industry with lots of grips already preordering the unit!
Also displayed was their new Skylink system which provides wireless control to all their Skypanel products. Simply, plug in a Skylink receiver into your existing Skypanel, set up a transmitter at your DMX source, and off you go! These units are using LumenRadio to transmit DMX, so signal is very stable. Kits are available in 3 & 10 pack configurations, although you can always add more at any time!