This year Lycian had a range of options available to see up close and personal. They brought some of the long-standing favorites including the ClubSpot 7.5, Zot LED, Zot 1.5, SuperStar 1.5, 1290 2K Xenon, and the 1295 ELT with the 4K lamp. In addition to the long-standing favorites they also had 2 brand new options that will soon be available on display: the SuperStar LED and the SuperStar 17C.
The SuperStar LED is a 600w LED follow spot with the options that our industry needs. It offers a 7-15-degree beam angle, an internal electronic flicker-free power supply, trombone for variable focal optics, ultra-smooth mechanical dimmer, fine focus to soften and harden the edge, an internal 6-color boomerang, and a quiet cooling fan. The SuperStar LED offers brilliance and a clean beam all while running comfortably cool.
The SuperStar 17C, like the others in the SuperStar line, offers optics with a well thought out design and intelligently clustered controls making the follow spot operators show control more streamlined. Optically, the 17C offers a faceted dichroic glass reflector, single lever variable focal optics, rapid focus mechanism, dichroic and frost rings, and the Lycian produced nichrome iris. Other features include an ergonomic control cluster with iris and fader and an internal 6 color, self-canceling boomerang for optimal balance. This fixture is supplied with the folding 3 leg base with locking casters and integrated leveling jacks. The easy access to the followspot interior is also worthy of note making the maintenance much less of a headache.
And as always, both of the newest followspot options from Lycian, like the rest of their fixtures, are “Made in New York, by New Yorkers, with a couple of guys from New Jersey and Pennsylvania.”
Ushio America, Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of light source solutions including lamps, LEDs, lasers, drivers, systems, and services. Ushio’s presentation for LDI 2017 consisted of a broad spectrum of their lighting solutions including their newly acquired Zylight and Aladdin brands.
The largest products on display consisted of their Ushio followspots including their new 230w LED Sai-300 producing a high quality, powerful 5600k daylight white beam. The Sai-300 inherits the same design characteristics of balance, ergonomics, and superior functionality as their xenon powered line of Xebex follow spots. Step-less dimming, 100% iris closure, and flash effect enhance operator usability.
A sampling of solutions from Zylight were on hand showcasing their innovative LED broadcast fixtures including a number of Soft Lights and Fresnels like the F8-B; the only fixture that combines a proprietary Tru365TM LED module with the flexibility and control of a focusable glass fresnel lens.
Strong Lighting manufacturers specialized solutions for entertainment markets that require one common thing; high powered lighting for key market segments. Strong Lighting’s presentation at LDI 2017 consisted of a number of their industry recognizable products such as their followspot line of Super Troupers. The Super Trouper II offers high performance in a small package and is an extremely compact, powerful Xenon powered followspot. For years the Super Trouper II was considered Strong’s flagship solution but the market demanded more!
At LDI 2017 Strong launched their new Super Trouper III, 3,000-watt FollowSpot improving on almost all of the best features that made the Super Trouper II so popular. Improved balance, cooling systems, and ballasts will complement this new brighter fixture that will be available later this year from Strong Lighting.
Canto USA was started with a specific goal of supplying the lighting community with good quality, nice looking, affordable products. LDI 2017 was a clear indication of this continued commitment. Their RETRO product line transforms existing inefficient incandescent fixtures into energy efficient LED fixtures. Patent-pending technology allows the fixture to smoothly dim from 0-100% utilizing existing dimming technology. Retrofit kits are available with a variety of options for both recessed and pendant style fixtures. Installation is as easy as changing a light bulb and their LED technology creates even fields and delivers consistent color.
Canto’s drive towards energy efficient LED solutions carries over into their powerful LED followspot line with both the ASTRA and ALBA series. These 200w LED modules are capable of producing a high CRI with well defined, a flat-field projection that is ideally suited for different size venues depending on which model FollowSpot you choose. Learn more about their followspot line by visiting
There’s was some excitement at the Canto USA booth this year with the forthcoming Astro 500 LED engines. This new engine can be retrofitted to older units or comes with a new system. It’s 400-watt engine is brighter than a 700-watt MSR arc source and approaches a 1200. It will also be available in both daylight and tungsten color temperatures.
Canto USA’s new Alterra followspot due out next summer utilizes a 1600w micro-xenon lamp module that affords the fixture to be significantly lighter than Strong’s Gladiator 3 and 4 or Lycian’s 1293- 1294 or 1295 and just as bright in 3000 watts. The fixture will be just a little larger and the same form factor as Canto’s other followspots. The exciting part other than being significantly lighter is that the new lamp module does away with the need for cumbersome protection gear needed when replacing traditional xenon lamps. Stay tuned for this one!
Ushio unveiled the latest addition to their Xebex follow spot line, the Sai 300. The Sai 300 is a 230-watt LED follow spot. Weighing in at just thirty-five pounds, it has a fully closing iris, step-less 0-100% local dimming, a six-frame external color boomerang, attachment and a pattern holder. The 230 wall light engine puts out a 5800 kelvin 90 CRI field of light, packing a lot of punch for a light for just 35-pounds. This small but powerful fixture with a very user-friendly form factor is perfect for schools, houses of worship, ballrooms and multipurpose venues.