ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls

ETC, a leading manufacturer of lighting and rigging equipment for studios, live entertainment, and architectural installations, will be in booth C4441 at NAB 2019. ETC will have a range of lighting-control solutions in booth for attendees to demo. With the sophisticated line of Eos consoles, budget-friendly ColorSource desks, and High End Systems’ latest Hog 4-18 console, ETC has a product for any level of control needs.  

For high-quality lighting that looks stunning in person and on camera, attendees can explore a range of luminaire offerings. Top-of-the-line ETC fixtures include the Source Four LED Series 2 range with a Daylight HD array designed specifically for studio use. For users on a budget, ColorSource products will be available for demo, including the Pearl variable white-light LED array. The booth will also feature automated fixtures such as ETC’s new Relevé Spot and High End Systems’ Sola Series of moving fixtures.


SSRC SwitchBrick with HandleSSRC’s Switchbrick Duo is the first offering in the Switchbrick line of portable DMX-Controlled relay devices. Packed with features in a small, rugged enclosure, the device allows for silent switching of two (2), individually controlled DMX-addressable solid state relays presenting itself as a perfect pairing with modern LED performance lighting fixtures. The Switchbrick’s recycled extruded aluminum chassis and end-caps will stand up to the rigors of production and touring environments. By using these materials in manufacturing SSRC continues its commitment to building an eco-friendly product line.
With both standard wired and optional wireless DMX512, and with over/undercurrent sensing to protect sensitive loads, the Switchbrick will quickly become the go-to choice in your production toolbox for data connectivity and switched portable show power.

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.



SSRC was highlighting their SuperSwitch Relay Panel, 0-10V and DMX controlled LED Index Rail Light, and LED Worklights.

switch-super-dmxThe SuperSwitch Relay Panel uses relay cards in side enclosures attached to a standard breaker panel and is configurable in 6-circuit increments.  The relays feature the ability to lock out DMX control locally for service.  Another interesting capability they showed was using these 1-pole, 20A relays to control a 3-pole contactor to enable the panel to be used when feeding distribution panels or bussway.  For customers looking to add relay control to existing systems, the 6-circuit cards can be mounted in a surface mount backbox with a terminal strip for easy installation.

They also showed both 0-10V (new) and DMX controlled led-index-rail-lights as a replacement for the traditional incandescent offering with medium screw base sockets.  The strips have a smaller profile than earlier models and are available with a variety of LED tapes as the illumination source.  Control is via 0-10V or DMX for easy integration with architectural or theatrical control system.

Of the many other products they were showing, the folks in the booth made sure to point out their offering of LED Worklights.  These are 120/ 277V, non-dimmable units available in 50W, 150W, 200W, and 240W.  Color temperatures of 3000k and 5000k are available with a CRI of 80+.