Swisson had three new products being shown at LDI this year.

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.

XES-8G is Swisson’s brand-new 8-port 1000 MBit Ethernet switch with a redundant power supply. Its ease of use makes it a perfect fit for smaller and midrange productions with demanding requirements.

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.

Rat Pac Dimmers

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.

Lex Products

Lex Products PowerFLEX™ PowerData CableWhile there was a lot to see at Lex’s booth this year the highlight was their being awarded the ESTA Member’s Choice award for their Lex Products PowerFLEX™ PowerData Cable. By combining power and data within a common jacket, Lex reduced cable tangling and clutter without the need for banding.  A Cat 5e stranded cable supports RS-485 or Ethernet-based protocols while 12 guage power cable supports up to 20 Amps at 120 volts. A molded ‘Y’ reinforces the cable at the point of the split, preventing separation of individual cables that won’t deteriorate over the service life of the extension.

Other new cable assemblies include Cat 6 Touring Shielded Cable, EverGrip® powerCON® Coupler Extension and Adapter, and the EverGrip® Soft Connector Strip.

cineboxLex Products has added a 300 Amp and 600 Amp box to their CineBox™ line as well. These additions utilize heavy duty rubber enclosures that are electrically insulated and resistant to shock, impact and corrosion. Hydraulic magnetic breakers, duplex receptacles with USB ports and rugged enclosure protection round out a feature-laden series of products so important to the Studio market.

Lex PCS TrioAttendees also few additions to Lex’s flagship PCS Trio dimming line (now also available in a touring rack version.)  Lex now has their own Digital to analog Demultiplexer that converts digital signals (DMX) into (16) channels of analog control voltage. It works in concert with PCS TRIO relays for the control of fixtures requiring mains switching as well as direct current control.

For rack safety and noise Lex now has a Weight Transfer Stand that sits beneath an 8- or 16-Module Chamber and is used to transfer the system weight to the floor while maintaining proper air flow clearance.  Where noise dampening is needed a sound-diminishing device called the Decibel Dampener. Requiring no tools for installation, this cowling dramatically reduces the operating sound generated by the Module Chamber.


Dove Systems

424adDove Systems released their new modular dimmer, MD-424. The MD-424 mounts in any 19” rack cabinet starting at 4 dimmers and up to 72 dimmers along with the MC-CTRL controls utilizes Dove’s standard plug-in control cards. The unit can be controlled via DMX or Analog (0-10V) HTP protocol, powered via 3-phase or single phase and power pole input and terminal output and is UL 508 listed by ETL.