At this year’s show, in addition to their standard line of foggers and hazers, Antari displayed their new low fog generator –the DNG-250. Compared to its previous version (DNG-200), the DNG-250 has been upgraded to a more powerful heating element and more efficient refrigeration systems. This helps it to produce a higher volume of fog and achieve even better low fog effects.



LynTec was showing their new line of Xtend Power Control (XPC) remote relay modules and standalone controller.

LynTec’s new XPC remote relay modules extend beyond the traditional reach of the company’s relay panels and motorized circuit breakers. Enclosed in a metal cube, they can be placed anywhere imaginable: in the rack, on rigging, behind line arrays, or anywhere equipment is located. Each module contains an electrical connection, a power plug, and an Ethernet port. Integration is simple and straightforward: Connect the module to a power source and the network, and then plug in the equipment that needs power control. Using LynTec’s IP-based GUI, users can set up and customize the control and sequencing for each device. The family includes:

  • XRM 20 Relay Module: a standalone 20-amp cube enclosure with two independent relays to control the two onboard duplex plugs.
  • XRM 30 Relay Module: a standalone 30-amp cube enclosure with a single relay switch that controls a single 30A L5-30 receptacle.
  • XRS 20 Rack Sequencer: a 1RU rack-mounted enclosure powered from a 20-amp circuit to provide control to three duplex receptacles, each of which has its own relay switch for onboard sequencing.
  • XRS 80 Rack Sequencer: a hardwired vertical rack-mounted strip that can manage up to four 20-amp circuits that power four corresponding duplexes, each with its own relay switch to provide onboard control.

The XPC standalone controller offers LynTec’s trusted RPC control solution that previously was only available in LynTec’s RPC series motorized circuit breaker panel, RPCM mobile distro, RPCR wall-mounted relay panel, or NPAC rack-mounted relay panel. Now customers can take advantage of all the capabilities and features of the popular and time-tested RPC controller they’re already familiar with but in a standalone 1RU rack-mounted enclosure. This eliminates the costs of purchasing preconfigured controllable circuit breakers or relays while providing customers with a way to operate one or more remotely placed relay modules spread out over an extended area or venue. Easy to set up, operate, and maintain, the controller can control lighting and AV systems across multiple control zones and protocols and offers customizable step rates and delay settings for sequencing, load shedding at the circuit level for emergency off, auto-on for egress lighting, a built-in timer for automated control, and more. In addition to onboard control options, the XPC controller can interface with any third-party control system that communicates with Telnet, HTTP, DMX512, sACN, or contact closure signals.

LynTec also demonstrated their the ready-to-install NPAC rackmount power management solution. It is the only rackmount solution of its kind to sequence on/off complex digital audio systems with easy-to-program extended step rates and time delays that guarantee proper component boot-up and shutdown automatically. NPAC is available in two models: 120V or 240V, and features four 20A circuit inputs in a single 2RU enclosure — saving valuable rack space over 4RU systems and eliminating the need to wire multiple units together.

The new XPC line is expected to ship starting in December.

Martin by Harman

Not on the show floor, but in a demo room Martin showed their new Rush MH 10 Beam FX with a 60W RGBW LED with an independent, built-in LED ring of 24 individually-controllable LEDs surrounding the main beam lens.

This fixture has tight beam effects using a collimator lens design. The engine is an Osram Ostar LEDs that can create color mixing compatible with MAC Aura, RUSH MH 6, and Rush Par 2 fixtures.

Other handy features include:

  • continuous pan and tilt (540°p and 270°t)
  • Preprogrammed effects
  • Electronic shutter
  • 0 to 100% dimming,
  • virtual color when with 33 color presets
  • virtual color wheel rotation effects
  • random color.
The MAC Allure™ Profile features a novel RGBW light engine with unique 7-segmented beam control. With instant color control and pixelated beam, the MAC Allure Profile enables dynamic projection and mid-air effects, previously not possible. The proprietary light engine sets new standards in compactness and efficiency, previously associated with larger, costlier fixtures. To ease programming and content creation, this is also the first lighting fixture to incorporate Martin’s P3 control. The pixelated beam can still be controlled or pixel-mapped via DMX and Art-Net protocols, however, switching or cross-fading to P3 or vice versa is now instantly possible.


Another interesting item from Martin Martin ELP CL (Color) LED ellipsoidal fixtures deliver the class-leading luminance, output and vivid color rendering that you’ve come to expect from Martin. Ergonomic Danish engineering offers advances in lighting functionality that include the highly efficient gear-based Fine Focus—an industry first; and Fast Focus which allows focusing of the fixture without data flowing to it. ELP also offers 16-bit dimming with 4 selectable curves and 26 color presets that match industry-standard color filters. ELP fixtures can be configured with one of four Martin lens tubes in 19, 26, 36 and 50-degree beam angles and are compatible with third-party lens tubes along with a wide range of accessories including gel frames and gobos for flexibility in lighting design and inventory management.

The fixture is also available in ELP-WW or Warm White.


elektraLite exhibited this year at LDI with updated versions of their Stingray Profile 4‐color with a newly designed 250 watt COB LED.  The ellipsoidal provides the same clean, rich, beautiful light audiences have grown accustomed to, making the Stingray Profile 4‐colorideal for any show or event. The built‐in accessory clip and included color frame allow for diffusion and color media to be used. Features include:

  • single COB 250 watt LED giving rich, vibrant RGBW light with no hot spot.
  • 100% no step dimming and no pop or bump at beginning or end of dimming curve.
  • 19-degree lens installed. Available 26, 36 and 50 lens tubes with no chromatic aberration. Also fits existing lens tubes from other manufacturers.
  • double slot gel frame holder with safety clip for accessories and supplied gel frame
  • exclusive “cool to touch” housing features rotating barrel assembly, rear handle, pattern holder slot, and four shutter blades for perfect in‐focus beam cuts.
  • easy to use display menus for DMX or static control
  • on/off switch and Powercon in and out connectors, 5‐pin XLR connectors in and out

The elektraLite Fresnel is a newly designed 300 watt COB LED. With a balanced 3,200K or 5,600K color temperature, and a CRI of 94 with a manual 15 to 50-degree zoom.

A very simple to use onboard control interface allows for easy control by either DMX or console‐free static operation. The elektraLite Fresnel has 5‐pin XLR DMX connectors (both in and thru). A single yoke, safety eye bolt, and safety cable are included. Power is via industry standard Powercon in and out connectors allowing for quick daisy chaining of the fixtures. Exclusive “cool to touch” housing makes this fixture a whole lot in a small package.

Robert Juliat

Robert Juliat featured their new Oz and Alice LED follow spots, which use a 600W white LED source, delivering output comparable to 1,200W discharge models. Oz, the long-throw model, features a range of 7° to 14.5°, while Alice ranges from 13° to 24°. Both fixtures feature a long-life LED source, 8- or 16-bit dimming and strobe function, and six-way self-canceling boomerang color changer system for simultaneous use of multiple filters. Additional features on both include fine balance, built-in electronic flicker-free power supply, silent-running fan operation, removable fully closing iris, and an A-size glass and metal gobo holder.


Ayrton displayed their recently launched Bora™S and Khamsin™S fixtures, along with previews of their new Diablo™S, Diablo™TC, Merak™S, and Merak™TC automated fixtures.

The Bora™S is a new high output, low power LED wash light, complete with gobo projection and framing capabilities. Its optical efficiency delivers an output of 38,000lm from an 8000K white LED engine using just 750W.  Ideal for large-scale venues, outdoor and indoor arenas, it features a 178mm PC front lens, 8:1 zoom delivering a beam range of 8° to 64°, full field framing, iris, rotating gobo wheel, two colour wheels, and full CMY + CTO colour system with a CRI greater than 70.

The Khamsin™S automated LED profile spotlight outputs massive 39,000lm, using the same 750W white LED engine as Bora-S.  Features include two rotating gobo wheels, an animation wheel, full field framing, two prisms, iris, two frosts, one fixed color wheel, and a full CMY + linear CTO color system, plus a 9:1 zoom with a 6.5° to 56° beam range.

TC versions of both Bora and Khamsin with TM30 results over 90 are available on request so customers can choose between the “TC-version” (True Colour) with high color rendering performance, or opt for maximum output with the “S-Version” (Stage).

Diablo™TC and Diablo™S are due for release early 2019, Diablo-TC offers a 14,000-lumen output calibrated at 7000K with a CRI greater than 90; the high output version, Diablo-S, offers a 17,000-lumen output, 8000K white light source and a native CRI greater than 70.  Both models have 8:1 zoom optics giving 6.7° to 53° beam range; sophisticated CMY color mixing, variable CTO, a fixed color wheel with 7 complementary colors, an indexable rotating gobo wheel with 7 glass gobos, a graphic animation wheel, iris, frost, and full framing system. Power consumption is just 300W.

Merak™TC and Merak™S wash luminaires were also previewed. Small in size, Merak-TC outputs 13,000 lumens from a 300W, 7000K white source and has a greater than 90 CRI. Merak-S is the high output version of Merak-TC and delivers a 16,000-lumen output from its 300W, 8000K source which aligns it with an 800W/1000W discharge fixtures.

Here’s a video of their LDI 2018 presentation.

MA Lighting

MA Lighting had on display the new grandMA3 systems, capable of outputting up to 250,000 parameters. There are three sizes of processing units to expand the console parameter count.  The full-size and light models feature a huge multi-touch screen surface area.  All dedicated encoder and playback information is accessed directly on the letterbox screens allowing the larger screens to be fully-configured to suit user needs.

grandMA3 breaks the limitations of Local Area Networks (LAN) with the ability to access Wide Area Networks (WAN).  The grandMA3 control software utilizes a flexible new fixture concept, developed to replicate the real-world physical components of the most complex fixtures. Fixture information is now generic and allows simpler sharing of programmed data between fixtures. MA Lighting supports the new GDTF (General Device Type Format) protocol natively, allowing fixture manufactures to ensure their own fixtures are controlled as intended.

The grandMA3 consoles feature Dual Encoders, for which feature-mapping is customizable.  Long-life motorized playback faders are used also across the entire grandMA3 console range. The faders incorporate a color-changing light pipe on all models except onPC command wing. All playbacks have direct access to button pushes as well as intensity and timing changes via new rotary RGB backlit encoders.  The almost-silent buttons feature low travel and have a positive actuation-point.

The grandMA3 software features an integrated 3D visualizer for the ability to manipulate and playback basic media content directly from within the console.  Dynamic effects are no longer restricted to just two-step modulated parameters. The grandMA3 software has a new effects concept allowing multi-step effect sequences to be nested inside a cue or preset.


Avolites was highlighting their Titan V11 Software upgrade at LDI including the Titan v11 Remote App.

The Titan Remote works alongside your Avolites Titan lighting console to provide moving light control from your iPhone, iPod Touch or Android device.
To use the Titan Remote you must have an Avolites Titan console connected to your device via a WiFi network. Titan Remote V11 works with any Titan Console running Titan Version 11 to connect to consoles running older Titan versions use the corresponding Titan Remote app.

Using this app you can connect to a console, Titan Mobile or Titan One PC and carry out the following functions:
· Select and control fixtures
· Modify fixture attributes such as Dimmer, Pan or Tilt
· Apply Palettes
· Create and update palettes
· Play Cues
· Command style fixture selection and intensity control
· Quick Sketch Legends
· View DMX Address Patch

Any number of Titan remotes can be connected to a console and another lighting designer can work on the console while the remote is in use. The remote is easy to use as the screens look and feel like the full Avolites consoles with the same buttons and workflow as the console.

Avolites was also showing the power of the new  AI media server v10 that is packed with new features like:

  • AiM Codec
  • A Fully Re-designed Timeline
  • Projective keystone, known as ‘mesh-warp’.
  • Grid warp on screen outputs
  • BPM Sync 
  • Spout and 8 HDSDI Inputs 
  • Notch support
  • NDI (Network Device Interface by NewTek)

Clay Paky

Distributed in the US by ACT Lighting, Clay Paky had the world premiere of their SHARPY PLUS.  The SHARPY PLUS is the first true 100% HYBRID unit, able to be a beam light and a spotlight.

The SHARPY PLUS uses the new, Osram Sirius 330W X8 lamp and weighs only 47.6 lb. Its body is slightly larger than the Sharpy’s, to house an updated optical unit featuring a3° to 36° zoom range.  The SHARPY PLUS has two independent operating modes. In BEAM mode, the aerial effects are enhanced by the way the Sirius lamp is made. It is capable of extraordinary power output (over 300,000 lux at approximately 30-feet), which the optical unit enhances through a marked hot spot.  In SPOT mode, the light is diffused for creating visual effects can be projected with uniformity. Its 3° to 36° (1:9) zoom covers the entire range linearly, both in spot mode and in beam mode.

The Axcor Spot 400 provides the medium-power applications with a compact, bright, LED moving spotlight, complete with every device you need for exceptional projected visual effects.  Featuring 2 rotating dichroic glass gobo wheels, with a total of 14 rotating gobos, an animation disc, a rotating prism, a power-driven iris, and a 16-bit dimmer. In addition to these, it features highly advanced color management tools based on a CMY system with linear CTO and a 6-color wheel. Another outstanding feature of the Axcor Spot 400 is the incredible 5.5°- 55° zoom, with an extremely uniform light distribution at every beam aperture.

Axcor Profile 400 is packed with advanced lighting, mechanical, and electronic features like:

  • 300W white LED module
  • 6°-42° linear Zoom
  • CMY+linear CTO+6-color wheel
  • An effect section with animation wheel
  • Patented framing system, mechanical iris
  • 16-bit electronic dimmer

Featuring an extraordinarily compact body, it is extremely quiet, and has three operating modes, which can be chosen according to needs: Silent, Standard and Auto.

Featuring a 500W white LED engine, Axcor Profile 600  has a 5.3°-47.2° zoom (1:9 ratio), a complete color system, an effect section with animation wheel, patented framing system, and mechanical iris, and a 16-bit electronic dimmer. The luminous efficiency is among the highest for this power category, and can be further increased by about 25% if necessary thanks to the exclusive “boost mode”.

Axcor Profile 600 and Axcor Profile 400 are offered in two models: one that enhances the high light output or alternatively a model featuring very high color rendering (CRI = 90).

The Hepikos is an innovative Hybrid Wash/Beam light that combines low power consumption with color quality, in a highly compact body. The light is built around a bright 440W Osram discharge lamp, and features a 5-40° zoom, CMY color mixing, two color wheels. Thanks to its 185 mm diameter plano-convex front lens and its narrow 5° beam angle, it can produce a sharp, full-bodied beam, which may be used for striking aerial effects with saturated colors.


MDG Me1g foggerIn the ACT Pavillion, MDG’s new Me1g is a glycol-based version of their popular Me1™ fog machine.  The Me1g, like the Me1 oil-based version, is a single nozzle fogger that can be controlled with DMX/RDM and utilizes the array of MDG’s glycol-based fluids.

The Me1g is for use when quick dissipating fog is needed.

MDG also introduced their new range of weatherproof fog and haze generators.  0-100% output can be controlled from your DMX / RDM device or direct local control; via 4-button LCD user interface, 3 standard USITT DMX512 channels, and XLR-5 connectors.  The system purges the heating module after the first heating cycle and after every emission of haze preventing residual build-up and clogging.

The ATMe WPE is the weatherproof version of the ATMe haze generator.  With its weatherproof and dust-resistant enclosure, this IP55-rated WPE version is ideal for outdoor use.  It features low noise emission (at 1m/3.3ft): 45.4 dB in standard mode. The theatre mode reduces the fan speed depending on haze output level.  At 1.38 bar (20 psi) ATMe uses only 55 ml (1.86 oz) of fluid per hour to give a total running time of 46 hours from its 2.5 L (0.66 US gallon) reservoir.

Me1 WPMe1 WPE is the smallest in the family of fog generators, now available in a weatherproof version.  With its single nozzle, the maximum fog output is 100 m3 (3,531 ft3) per minute.  At maximum output (2.76 bar / 40 psi) Me1 uses only 1 L (0.26 US gallon) of fluid per hour.

Me2 WPE is the more powerful twin of Me1 WPE, housed in the same weatherproof enclosure but with twice the power.  With its two nozzles, the maximum fog output is 200 m3 (7,063 ft3) per minute.  At maximum output (2.76 bar / 40 psi) Me2 uses only 2 L (0.53 US gallon) of fluid per hour.


Strong had a range of offerings on display at LDI this year.  For smaller venues, they were showcasing the units from Phoebus (which became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Strong earlier this year).  While physically very similar, the iChip Mystere uses a 200W multi-LED light engine as a source and the iMarc200 utilizes a 5600K emMarc DC arc lamp.  Both offer six-color boomerangs, dowser, and iris.  Moving up to the iMarc850 the unit gets a self-cancelling boomerang and adds a clipper to the dowser and iris as well as significantly increased output.

At the upper end for the show (though not of their product range) they showed the Super Trouper XL which is a new addition to the Super Trouper III line.  With its 3000W lamp the Super Trouper XL provides output more traditionally associated with the top of the range Gladiator IV in a smaller package.


Vectorworks has continued to evolve what is truly the entertainment industry’s standard package of products for creative design and documentation.  Of particular interest to this audience will be Vectorworks’ offerings:  Spotlight, Vision, and Braceworks.  Spotlight is the core program for designing your space and placing equipment in it.  There have been refinements and improvements throughout the software including workflow optimizations and improved speed.  Vision is a previsualization and rendering package that integrates with data from Spotlight to enable offsite programming and cueing.  In their presentation, Vectorworks highlighted improvements in rendering of beams and projected patterns in Vision.  Finally, Braceworks is an add-on module for Vectorworks that helps with analysis of loads on temporary structures such as trusses.  Improvements for this year include the ability to layout and calculate bridles for points which also generates the hardware list for each point.

We highly recommend taking 15 minutes to review the video at the link below for a much better overview than we can give you in a text-only write-up.

Harrington Hoists

Harrington Hoists has been manufacturing lifting equipment since the 1800’s.  In recent years they have moved into the entertainment market with their TNER Series of theatrical chain hoists.  These fixed-speed hoists are available in ½-ton, 1-ton, and 2-ton capacities in industry standard configurations for speed, connectors, and controls.  They also meet the BGV-D8 standard.  Hoists can be run motor-up or motor-down.  Harrington also offers a variety of manual hoisting devices along with beam clamps and chain for overhead lifting (and yes, it’s available in black).

CITC Special Effects

CITC was celebrating 28 years of business with the new owners of the company Paul de la Port and Jason Wilbur.   Gary and Stephany were also on hand with the wide array of special effects products the company is known for including their recently released Maniac II.


  • 15 Second SmartFog creates cryogenic or fire effects
  • Fully automated moving head
  • 24 LED lights
  • 10 DMX channels
  • Adjustable output and speed
  • Instant stop technology
  • Strobe, dim, mix colors
  • Mount upright or upside down
  • Sound activation
  • Multi-Function Controller allows use without DMX



Coemar was highlighting their Phantom Fresnel/ PC fixture.  This unit is available with three different LED arrays:  Tunable Daylight, Variable White, and Full Spectrum (Red, Green, Blue, Cyan, Lime, and Amber).  The fixture is DMX/ RDM controlled with a motorized zoom from 14-84 degrees, 3 selectable dimming curves (exponential, logarithmic, and linear), and 4 fan settings (low, auto, studio, and DMX regulated).  The fixture is targeted at both entertainment and broadcast applications.

They also showed their ReLite LED retrofit.  This bi-pin based module is designed to extend the life of existing stocks of 1K and 2K Fresnels by converting them to LED.  Currently available in a Tungsten (3200K) or Daylight (5600K) color temperature, the retrofit is compatible with Triac or IGBT dimmers over a dimming range of 2-100%.  Sources are 90CRI/ 160W or 97CRI/ 115W COB LEDs in a module that integrates the driver and fan and is supplied with an adapter to fit the existing lamp socket.



DeSisti has updated and expanded their well-regarded SoftLED Series of fixtures with the SoftLED 1XL, SoftLED 2XL, and SoftLED 8XL.  These fixtures are a response to requests from Lighting Designers for wider, brighter sources and offer roughly double the output of the existing SoftLED 1, 2, and 4 fixtures.  It is important to note that they are not discontinuing the existing fixtures to be able to offer a wider range of sizes and outputs.  Fixtures are available in Tungsten, Daylight, or Variable White with Manual and Pole-Op fittings.  The SoftLED 1 is also available in a track-mount configuration for smaller studios and briefing rooms.

Interactive Technologies

Interactive Technologies introduced the Insite, a 7” Touchscreen which acts as a front-end for their CueServer line of controllers.  The Insite mounts in a standard 3-gang backbox and can be powered via PoE or 12v DC.  The system includes simple, easy to use software to configure buttons, sliders, a color-picker, and other common touchscreen elements.  Once you have laid out the station design you then associate CueServer commands with the controls via the CueServer Studio software.  The system can also be accessed via a web-interface for expanded remote control.

Mega Systems / PR Lighting

Mega had an assortment of products at the LDI 2018 including some from PR Lighting.

Circa Scoop LED, is a new and unique fixture with four elements that can be used in various applications.  It has a lightweight housing and it features a variety of components.  This product can be used for concerts, houses of worship, theaters, and clubs.   It has a 45WW and Amber LED located in the center of the unit which creates a nice and warm sunset effect.  The “Reflective Pattern Ring” has an additional 87 WW LEDs, which creates a nice soft-edged effect to any setting. It also has an Inner Ring which has 144 RGB LEDs, 8 segment control and the capability to control the macro speed and dim down different colors enabling it to set a wide mixture of colors. The Outer Ring also has 8 segments and is equipped with an extra 192 RGB LEDs that illuminate a 140º angle. It can produce multiple color combinations and the ability to create authentic looks that can be used as dazzling eye-candy effects.

Spotbot LED CYM 300 a new affordable fully loaded it and all-purpose moving head.  It has a 300W LED engine that produces a bright and powerful projection.  It has a 7-degree to 31-degree zoom range that allows the unit to provide versatile settings.  It has an 8 facet rotating prism, 10 fixed and 7 rotating gobos that allow morphing between the focus and zoom.  It also offers the CYM color mixing allowing an assortment of color combinations.  Perfect multi-tool robust, full-size fixture to have in your lighting gear.  It is a multi-purpose lamp that can be used in large or small venues for concerts, clubs, and theater.

Washbot LED CYMK 300, has been designed to produce vibrant colors and defined shades of white. It is equipped with a 300W LED engine.  The kelvin color wheel allows the user to adjust the color temperatures from 7300K – 3900K.  Offering the capability to control various shades of white from bright cool to warm making it perfect for theater applications.  It provides 3 CTO filters 47K , 35K, and 33K which allows more control of the white tones.  This fixture also offers great color mixing with a smooth CYMK.  It has the ability to create great color combinations and unique bicolor capabilities including a tricolor RGB grouping.  It has been designed for stages, small and large venues and theater applications.

Drama FS-LED 800, a followpsot with a 350-W LED equivalent to an 800W lamp and brighter.  It has the capability to be controlled via DMX or fader control on the back of the unit, with a manual focus and zoom from 7 degrees – 13 degrees.  It has a color wheel with red, green, yellow, blue, orange and white for spotlight.  It also has a CTO wheel with 3200K, 4500K, & 5600K adjustable color temperature.  It has built-in iris great for longer throws that allows highlighting small objects on stage.  A compact unit for easy transport and it comes with the stand PowerCon type connection.

Drama VW2, new to the line with a 97.1 CRI for professional theater market.  It has a variable 250W white LED.  This allows you to create a cool and warm white projection within one fixture. Color tempartures from 2709K to 6487K.   The lenses not included with options available in 19, 26 & 36-degree barrels.

Drama Profile Q2, is part of the New Mega-Lite Drama Profiles series.  It is a very bright and colorful fixture.  This also has three different lens options 19, 26 & 36 degrees.  It has a 250W LED, making it an even color fixture.

iCandy Q18, a new sleek linear IP65 bar for indoor and outdoor use, it allows you to create different looks for various applications.  It has pixel control for effects and creating videos with pixel-mapping.  It has a total of 18 RGBW LEDS allowing for customized and creative designs.  The mounting hardware options include a single joint, star joint, sliding mount and center mount clamping.

PR Lighting:

XPar 150 unit, is an IP67 rated par with 150W LED, RGBW color mixing macro.  6 channels standard model and 12 channels in extended mode.

Polaris, a compact IP67 fixture with 14 channels of DMX,  DMX wireless, control, and extended mode of 39 channels,  It features 7 x 15W RGBW 4-in 1 SMT Led lamp.  It has a color temperature from 3200k – 10000k, and allows the user to control each pixel independently.  It has a strobe effect with pre-set buttons for strobe pulse effect, as well as rainbow, wash, beam effects, and spot mode with an assortment of macros.

Aqua LED 600 Spot, is an IP65 moving head that can be used for outdoor and indoor applications.  It has an LCD display and touch screen for easy control, with a total of 25 channels in short mode, and 31 channels in standard mode and 38 in extended mode.  A 600W White LED, replaceable animation wheel, bi-directionally rotatable at variable speed.  Modular structure for easy maintenance, Wireless DMX control, RDM, and Ethernet protocol.

XLED 3007, small moving head equipped with 7-20-Watt RGBW LEDS.  It offers a punchy beam, the beam angles are adjustable from 7 to 42 degrees, which transform from a beam to a wash, individual pixel control, RGBW linear color mixing with macros, DMX linear zooming, wireless DMX, individual pixel control for creative effects, and endless pan and tilt.

Phantom 440, a new moving fixture offering a beam, wash and spot Hybrid effects.  Equipped with a 440W HRI, Osram lamp, a fixed gobo wheel with 18 fixed gobos and one rotating gobo wheel with 7 rotating gobos, its own CTO channel, linear CMY color mixing with macros and frost filter, prism wheel with an 8 facet prims and 5 facet array that can create a variety of beam effects ideally for production applications.

Mega Systems also distributes their Mega View Mosaic LED video panel systems along with the complete line of RGB Link video processing tools.

Altman Lighting

Altman had their new AP-150-RGBW LED Par at LDI this year.  The AP-150 is a compact, lightweight 135 Watt RGBW LED par wash light that is packed with a high feature set at an affordable price.  This compact par weighs in at just 11 pounds / 5.08 kg.  The AP-150-RGBW offers a number of different controls from 8 Bit, 16 Bit, RGB, and HSIC, modes allowing for a number of control choices.

Factory and custom color presets round out the AP-150-RGBW’s feature set allowing for a quick selection of factory preloaded White set points and the most widely used entertainment color choices. Also adds the ability to record color presets from the DMX controller directly to the fixture for custom color playback.


Lee Filters

Zircon filters have been on high demand Lee has expanded their options and have a separate swatch book and also packs.  Cool LED, Warm LED, & LED Correction.  Zircon offers longer life for LED lighting and has been shown to retain at least 80% of their effectiveness after as much as eight months of continuous use on LED downlighters. Manufactured using a 180-micron material they are more than double the thickness of a normal lighting filter.  They come in rolls of 10ft. x 4ft., and Pre-cut sheets in 24” x 24”.

Ushio / Zylight

There were some interesting fixtures of note in the Ushio / Zylight stand at LDI.

The NanoPix Slim 1200 is just over three feet long, the NanoPix Slim features 1,200 packed LEDs to produce extremely uniform light in a wide range of colors. It has a high CRI of about 93, adjustable color temperature from 2700-9000K, 7,000-lumen output.  Flicker-free operation, and 16-bit resolution dimming. Supports DMX and features an integrated BCD rotary switch for brightness and color control. Optional floor stands are available.

NanoPix Slim FR 1440 smallest floorlight ramp less than 2.5″  high with R/G/B/WW/CW 2700–9000 K.  It has a slim design and it has more than 1.400 LED’s makes the NanoPix Slim FR1440 unbeatable as a footlight on the forestage and doesn’t block the audience view, offering the same attributes of the 1200.  It has an adjustable shutter blade can limit the beam angle on top.   There is a built-in programmable safety light function, during a “black out” a few of the red, blue or green LED’s still remain on at a low level, invisible for the audience to performers or stage crew have some light on stage.

NanoPix 1440HP/2880HP  battens are ideal replacements for conventional RGBW fluorescent battens in theater, event, and studio lighting.  They deliver a CRI of more than 93, adjustable color temperature from 2700-9000K, 20 millisecond reaction time, and 16,000 lumen output. Based on the length of the fixture, it has a  linear housing of 1,440 or 2,880 LEDs to create uniform light distribution with a 150-degree beam angle and a wide range of colors.  The housing includes an integrated OLED display for setting color and brightness, as well as a sensor-controlled cooling system and DMX control.

Canto USA

RETRO-Passive fixtures that go from 0-100% phase dimmable (forward and back) variable wattage LED 2700K-5000K, 80-97 CRI engine designed for SCR, TRIAC, or IGBT dimmers. It has been designed with a fanless light engine is a direct replacement of existing incandescent lamps in a wide range of applications. Specific socket adapters enable simple installation which can be as easy as changing a light bulb in most applications. They come in E26, E39, PAR56, PAR64 bases, and custom sizes, mounts, and for all applications.

The Retro line is a CSA listed, Energy Star 2.0 retrofit kit that quickly transforms existing inefficient incandescent fixtures into energy efficient LED fixtures. The patented 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, and the LED technology creates even fields and delivers consistent color.

The Tango is the latest addition to the line of followspots. The Tango is very lightweight that can be carried by one person. The LDR’s new long-throw fixture comes in 1200, 1500, or 2000 MSR uses the Philips Fast Fit (FF) lamp. The fast fit lamp is a rear or side-loaded system that allows the fast replacement of the lamp with no tools required. Accessories include the iris diaphragm and seven-disc color changer, plus HD tripod stand with bearing mount for stable and smooth operation.  Great for schools, universities, professional theater, touring and houses of worship.

Lex Products

Lex Products continues to showcase their PCS TRIO installation line. The PCS Trio comes in 4-, 8-, and 16- module cabinets, and can use any combination of their 6 dimmer/relay card modules. Each module hold’s up to 3 circuits of dimmed power or relay control. The PCS Trio system enables users to power a wide range of devices in a single panel, and also integrates seamlessly with other power control and management products in the PCS family. PCS Trio is available in both installation and touring models.

Lex also continues to improve their PowerData Cable line, featuring power and data in one insulated sleeve. Any combination of power connectors (Edison, Stage Pin, Powercon, TrueCon1) and 5 pin DMX in one piece helps cut down on running multiple cables in crowded locations.

Also of note, molded Powercon>Truecon 1 adapters. (Who hasn’t tried to daisy chain multiple fixtures with both Powercon and Truecon1 connectors!)

Cineo Lighting

Cineo introduced the Lightblade, created in partnership with NBCUniversal. Available in 24” and 48” lengths, these 2.5” wide LED fixtures offer a thin and low profile footprint for even the tightest nooks and corners of your TV and Movie sets. The modular, integrated mounting system allows gaffers and electricians to stack several lightblades together, offering as a single integrated light source, or independently for a multitude of diverse effects. The new Lightblade LB800 is Cineo/NBCUniversals new 2’x4’ aperture panel type fixture, offering an incredible 50,000 lumens with an 800 watts worth of LED inside. With White-phosphor LEDs and Phosphor-converted saturated RGB LEDs deliver consistent color across a broad spectrum, and feature both HIS and RGB control modes. The LB800 can also be controlled in up to 10 independent zones via DMX, with configurability via RDM. New users won’t be disappointed, as the LB800 features the same intuitive graphic user interface for control.

RC4 Wireless

RC4 wireless, based in Raleigh NC, manufactures a comprehensive line of Wireless DMX and LED dimming products. Debuting at LDI this year is the RC4 Wireless 6 channel dimmer-the only 6 channel wireless LED product on the LDI show floor.

Designers and Specifiers now have an even more reliable way of controlling 5 and 6 channel LED tape (or 2-RGB tapes from one dimmer!). The RC4 Magic Series 3 line operates in the 2.4GHz range and is found across theaters, venues, buildings, television and movie studios, and permanent installations across the world, and the RC4Magic DMX6dim-500 is the only 6-channel Wireless product in the market.

Users in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand fear not! RC4 also offers their 6 channel wireless dimmer in the 900MHz range.


Airstar America continues to manufacture high quality small-medium sized lighting balloons.  Across three different departments (Event, Film, Safety) they provide LED, Tungsten, and HMI sources for a variety of different shapes and sizes. Debuting this year are the new NEO line. 16.4’ Long, 8.4” Diameter lighting tubes. Available in both Cool White and RGBW, they can be connected together to create complex shapes, or used separately, creating visual lines that radiate light.

GLP (German Light Products)

GLP returned to LDI this year to continue showing off their impressive X4 fixture family.

Debuting this year are several new products. In the Moving Light family, the Impression E350 and S350 are supercharged with a white LED engine and baseless design. Both fixtures are extremely quiet, and the S350 features a 90+ CRI and framing shutter system.

New to the GLP line at LDI this year are the KNV LED system. The KNV Cube and KNV Arc both feature a 5×5 grid of LED pixels. The KNV family is a multi-use Strobe/Audience Blinder and Pixel fixture. Both fixtures fit together seamlessly and modularly, and both fixtures have a 5×5 LED grid so continuity of light is guaranteed.

Also featured was the Cosmic truss Helix style truss-featuring a double helix design, the helix isn’t just decorative-it can be used for both structural and aesthetic purposes.

Philips Color Kinetics

Color Kinetics has revamped the Reach product line to the ReachElite exterior long throw LED luminaire, available in three models the 100, 200 and 300 with a native beam angle of 2.6°, enabling the fixture to throw concentrated light with a high punch to distances up to 1,000 ft.

Also new this year is the redesign of the FlexElite, all the major elements from the form factor to the internal electronics.  Sections click together and the modular design lets you create the exact configuration of the nodes to the exact needs of your project.

Johnson Controls

Johnson Systems launched a new LED Dimmer as part of the upcoming Presidor line of control products.  The LED dimmer is designed to be used with CD-2000 SV or CD-3000-SV retrofit processors and allows the user to set the dimmer curve for the LED to be controlled, a very handy feature in today’s LED house light fixture market.   Coming in 2019 is a new Presidor retrofit processor and house light control station.

Green Hippo

Hippotizer 4.4 has a new release with new features; these include Crossfade on layer and VideoMapper on layer, making show programming faster and easier.  Other new features released include; Key on layer, frame-based work flow, 2nd effects Engine on the mix, Stream Deck support, UV editor in SHAPE and visibility controller in SHAPE.

City Theatrical

Just in time for this year’s show, City Theatrical released their new Multiverse. With the growing issues with wireless frequencies (and several other daily challenges), they have answered with the Multiverse Module. The goal was more data using less radio energy, and they succeeded. This module offers flexibility, scalability, easy use, 2.4GHz, and 900MHz frequencies, and backward compatibility. Depending on your needs/ multiverse components, you can go from one universe of control to ten universes. The Multiverse product line includes the Multiverse SHoW Baby, Multiverse Node, Multiverse Transmitter, and Multiverse Gateway. Worth noting is the Multiverse Transmitter and Multiverse Gateway have the DMXcat onboard to allow for user setup.

And if wireless control advancements weren’t enough, the QolorFlex line now has a new addition with the NuNeon. This is a sealed LED linear product that easily replaces neon lighting with is extreme flexibility and safety. This is ETL listed, RGB color mixing, and operates on 24VDC. It works with a variety of the QolorFLEX dimmers and power supplies and can easily installed with accessories specifically for the NuNeon. The outdoor rating tops off the functionality making this a nice solution to a number of design needs.


As always, multiple machines were out and on display so that you could actually see the different formulas in use. The key displays in the booth were the G300 Smart and the MVS Smart. On the update to this popular line is the fact that you can eliminate the separate remote. Both Smart fixtures now feature an onboard, redesigned control panel with an easy to read backlit display for improved user interaction. The G300 Smart, of course, keeps the massive smoke output. The newer interaction capabilities feature DMX in and out, 0-10V in, fluid level sensing, wireless/LAN connectivity. This is user programmable for duration, interval, and pre-chill time for FreezeFog Pro triggering. The connectivity feature offers monitoring and control locally or over the internet, via Le Maitre’s evolving Machine Interface Portal. The MVS Smart features onboard DMX 512 and sACN support. This fixture also offers Wifi/Ethernet connectivity for setup, control, monitoring, and diagnostics. The fluid level sensing is available on this as an option.


This year CBI had a full range of their cable products on display.  Cables of note on display were the Cat6 snake where each channel is individually shielded. This offers a lot of flexibility since you can choose how many universes to carry on the line. Their line of Cat5E cable boasts being built to all the Cat6 specifications except for the jacketing, giving it more the feel of a traditional audio cable. The always useful MTPD line of cables, combining power and data, was there with jacketed and unjacketed versions. Another place their cable was “on display” was the MT4 Cat6 shielded cable used for control in the outdoor control booth.

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Staging Concepts

Staging concepts provides modular staging components that fit seamlessly into venues to solve a variety of needs. The ability to do this with few, or even no tools is a wonderful boost for the people (us) who need to install them. They have a range of staging and riser units and for modular orchestra shell options as well. And in 2017, they launched a new initiative to offer rigging systems options as well. What drew my attention this year was the Uplift Stage and their acoustical shell offerings.

The Uplift Stage is a drill actuated scissor lift platform. The lift deck can go from 0” flush to the floor to 36” tall. The actual lift is a slightly more once you account for the recessed base of the platform. The best part of this lift platform is that it is achieved with nothing but a drill. The days of lifting the deck constantly over the course of multiple shows and events with brute force are now gone and replaced by a drill. At least for this part of the shift. It comes in standard shapes of 4’x8’ or 3’x8’, thought there are some customizable options. It fits with all Staging Concepts accessories, such as guardrails, skirting, etc. It has a permanent recessed anchoring and supports 150 PSF. The smooth transition of this lift happens in about a minute.

Another of their offerings on display at LDI this year that was particularly appealing to me was their acoustical shells. The appeal here was that you had a couple of options available to you depending on your budgetary constraints or customization needs. The two lines are the Bravado and the Aria. The Bravado line is designed for larger performance spaces with a standard tower height of up to 32 feet. The towers have movable wings that can lock into place allowing a wide range of choices. The panel finish options include painted, high pressure laminate, and wood veneer as specified by the customer. The Aria is a cost-effective solution that is ideal for simple solutions and smaller scale venues. The aria towers have a set width and heights from 16 feet to 20 feet in one-foot increments. The panel finish options for the Aria include painted and high-pressure laminate.

Both systems are designed to make storage and transport as simple as possible. The ceiling panels are available for each system with or without lighting options as you choose. They will also work with you to include doors and entrances as needed.




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.”

Times Square Lighting

Time Square Lighting’s Mosaic Profile and Flood fixture feature tunable white between 1800K-8000K, and a 90+ CRI across the entire color temperature range. Onboard Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) included in every fixture. Available in both 120V or 277V, and in track mount, Unistrut, clamp, or canopy mounting options.

The CR80 is a 65W 8000 Lumen LED, available in 2700, 3000, 3500, 4000, or 5000K color temps, and 12, 19, 33, 40, 48, 55, or 64 degree beam angle. It can be dimmed on any 0-10v dimming package or 120-277V with surface mounting. Available with a variety of track adapters, as well as Unistrut, clamp, canopy, and portable table base mounting options.

Time Square’s CELESTE house light comes in two options: a Color Mix 60W LED, and an 81.5W LED.  The CEL60-CT features tunable white from 1800K-8000K with a CRI of 90+ across the entire temperature range. Rich blues, ambers, reds, violets, and greens can be added in gradients or can completely saturate the output of the light. It can be controlled via DMX/ RDM, Lutron Ecosystem, Bluetooth, or even 0-10V controls. Interchangeable reflectors allow beam angles between 12° and 64°. Emergency driver options are also available.

The CELESTE 81.5W is a fully customizable high-output pendant downlight. It features a wide range of dimming capabilities ranging from mains dimming to DMX/RDM, with universal power input (120-277V). Available in 2700, 3000, 3500, 4000, or 5000K. Interchangeable reflectors allow beam angles between 12° and 64°. Emergency driver options are also available.

Quasar Science

Quasar Science’s presence in the lighting industry started in TV and Film, but their products are finding their way into many other industry segments.

Quasar Science’s new Q-LION 3×1 kit features (3) of their Q-LION battery LED lamps (5”, 12” & 24”), plus (3) single chargers, (3) USB cables, (3) 3/8” Baby Pins, and the custom case and foam.

The need was there, and we’ve all been asking, so Quasar Science has partnered with Honeycrates to offer more accessories for their fixtures to control light direction and spill.  This was welcome news to many grips and LDs.

To mount multiple tubes Quasar showed their OSSIUM Linear LED Mounting System allows the user to combine multiple Q-LED lamps into large stacked arrays mimicking the panel form factor. Available in three sizes:

424 – Holds up to (24) Q50 lamps

412 – Holds up to (12) Q50 lamps

212 – Holds up to (12) Q25 lamps


The SK 6212 is a mini-bodypack transmitter for the Digital 6000 wireless microphone system. With rounded corners and edges, the mini-bodypack is 63 x 47 x 20 millimeters in size and a weight of approx. 112g including battery. It includes a rechargeable battery.

The MKE Essential Omni is Sennheiser’s mid-range small condenser microphone. The newly developed KE 4 capsule ensures high sound quality and warm nuances. It can be attached to head or body and features diverse accessories for every type of attachment. Ships with 1 MKE Essential Omni, 1 Foam Windscreen, and 1 Clamp.

The IE 40 Pro is a dynamic single-driver in-ear monitoring headphone. Secure fit thanks to ergonomic design and a robust construction suitable for stage use.

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TOMCAT’s new Zig-Zag Truss combines the advantages of Pre-Rigged Truss with a hinging spigot design that allows folding of the truss system over itself for efficient storage/travel and trouble-free unfolding via vertical lift and pinning applications. The Zig-Zag Truss can be used in both vertical and horizontal lighting applications.

The TOMCAT Lighting Pod offers lighting designers a larger area to work with and affords them the opportunity to create “walls of light” on a much larger scale than traditional truss profiles can accommodate. Lighting positions can be adjusted forward and backward within the pod. This allows for the use of multiple lighting options within one framework that can be utilized both vertically and horizontally.


Barco came to LDI with some big, bright new projectors.

BARCO’s XDL-4K75 projector is a 75,000 lumens, 4k, 3-chip DLP RGB laser large venue projector. It features REC 2020 colors, signal flexibility up to 120 Hz, and reduced installation time through zero alignment. It’s compatible with existing Barco XLD+ lenses and has an expected lifetime of 20,000 hours. At the show, they featured a custom PRG rig for the unit, allowing for different installation positions.

Barco’s UDX-4k32 projector is a 31,000 lumens, 4k UHD, 3-chip DLP laser phosphor large venue projector. The projector’s Constant Light Output (CLO) functionality also guarantees peace of mind by providing constant brightness and color over time. The unique FLEX² feature will allow you to tune and lock your brightness and resolution to a specific show. You’ll now need fewer projectors to cover a wider range of brightness levels and resolutions.

At the show, this projector was paired with Barco’s TLD+ lens 90 degree Ultra Short Throw. This lens is exclusively designed to be used on the Barco projector series UDX, HDX, and HDF. The lens output is 90° turned. This allows an optimal use of the vertical shift range when projecting to the left seen from the rear side of the projector. This lens is designed for ultra short throw video performance. Lens shift +/-150%, depending on projector type.


ENTTEC’s Pixel Octo is an 8-Universe DIN pixel controller, which allows you to drive up to 1,360 pixels without compromising the refresh rate. The Pixel Octo allows you to create and edit presets via virtual faders, has a web interface, and is DIN-rail mountable. It also features an accessible reset button, ArtNet, sACN, KiNet, and ESP protocols, and Direct and Preset modes. It uses a single power supply and takes variable input from 5V-60V.


The PT1-13 DOT is a direct-view RGBW light for high-output day and night visibility in both indoor and outdoor conditions. Rated IP66, it’s built for harsh conditions and offers a multitude of mounting options. It goes up to 20W / 1200 lumens and features a Black PCB with three diffuser options. Available in 16-bit or 8-bit smart LED dimming and comes with a 3-year warranty.

The S-Play is ENTTEC’s next generation Smart Player that combines all your show needs into one product. It allows the user to create, set, and record shows using a user-friendly web interface is easily rack mountable and features an onboard LCD menu and SD card reader. It has 2 universes of DMX output, and supports ArtNet, sACN, and DMX Data In and Out, as well as PoE.

AC Lighting

Follow-Me is a cost-effective Art-Net based calibration software package that utilizes moving lights as follow-spots. Not only can Follow-Me be used to follow one or more performers with multiple moving heads but individual fixture selection offers the additional functionality of preset positioning for solo’s and surprise performances.  Follow-Me offers a range of advantages over traditional follow spot usage. Lower labor costs, freedom in lamp positioning, improved follow-spot angles, eliminating kill seats, offering accurate timing for color bump cues, following performers with gobo effects or color chases. Follow-Me also solves weight issues on smaller roofs where typical truss seats Inc. operators are too heavy or deep to implement. Follow-Me benefits lighting designers- technical producers and event planners anywhere performers require illumination and is easily implemented on touring productions, festival stages, TV studios, and concert halls.

Vista EX–  The Vista EX is a control surface that provides large amounts of physical control within a compact footprint, capable of delivering small to large-scale shows.  Easy to use. Great for selling to churches, schools, colleges.

Key features:

  • 12 playback faders
  • 60 assignable buttons
  • 8 encoders
  • Dedicated master cuelist playback controls
  • Grand Master intensity fader
  • 12 user keys
  • 4 function keys
  • Unlimited pages
  • 2 physical DMX outputs

AC was also highlighting their new ProLights fixture line.

The breaks the limits of LED technology applied into ellipsoidal fixtures, offering a full spectrum chromatic reproduction and keeping high color consistency, as well as a precise white emulation from Tungsten to Neutral White tones. ECLIPSE FC features a RGB + Lime Green light source, in order to increase the lumen output in white tints and complete the color rendering with colors that were not reachable with luminaires of previous generations.

ECLIPSE FC is an exceptional multi-purpose workhorse to be applied everywhere, offering colors, white reproduction, and high brightness all in one fixture.

From their Chroma Q line, the Brute Force is a new fixture that is fully dimmable and utilizes multiple Chroma-Q Studio Force II engines.

The 48” length tuneable white battens with an extended CCT range between 2,000K and 10,000K and each unit features 96-way mappable pixel control with RDM, DMX and optional wireless operation.

  • LED outdoor / effects lighting
  • Realistic LED alternative to the traditional quarter ‘Wendy’ light
  • Significantly reduced energy consumption
  • No downtime due to lamp failures
  • Produces tuneable whites, as well as pastel and saturated colors (2,800K – 6,500K / 2,000K – 10,000K extended CCT)
  • 96-way pixel mapping to generate ‘effects’ – e.g. fire & lightning
  • Full creative control from a lighting desk or media server


New to Swisson this year is the XES-2T6 Premananged Ethernet Switch. This 2+ 6 Switch gives two aggregated trunk ports for connection between switches, and 6 additional etherCON ports that can be assigned to VLANs.  Much like the XES-8G this unit has dual power supplies for redundancy and reliability. This robust switch offers DiffServ QoS for Dante, Link auto-negotiation, and no broadcast bandwidth limitation.  The XES-2T6 comes preconfigured to work with protocols such as Art-Net, sACN, and Dante without needed to make additional settings.

Swisson has also expanded on the XND line, now offering both a Rackmountable 8 port and 4 port Ethernet to DMX converter.  All versions of the XND series support sACN, Art-Net with each output portable, to be configured to a unique and arbitrary universe.  Each of the DMX outputs is optically isolated and RDM compliant.  Units use an encoder knob for quick configuration through the front display screen and have both Neutrik PowerCON input and output connectors.   If two controllers send data to the same universe, XND-4 and XND-8 nodes automatically merge the DMX data, which makes the integration of a backup lighting controller straightforward and may prove helpful for fixture testing during the setup of an installation.

Doughty Engineering

Doughty continues to expand the compatibility of their Space Saver Omega clamp.  This unique folding option can be used with Chauvet, Clay Paky, Elation, Martin and Robe products. Made of high tensile strength aluminum, these brackets allow for many styles of clamps to remain attached to the fixture within its case.

 Also of note was Doughty’s Modular Rigging System. Using sets of drop arms, t- bars and stirrup hangars, anyone can quickly assemble a custom lighting tree or lighting ladder within minutes. With the large line of Doughty clamp solutions, this system can easily be hung from a truss, permanently installed, or fashioned into a floor standing assembly.


Rosco continues to refine their Opti-Sculpt line of diffusion filters. These durable diffusion filters provide precise and consistent beam control in 11 different patterns of beam spread, while only sacrificing 10% of light transmission. New this year is a tool to aid in the use of these filters.   Rosco’s website offers a simple calculator for determining the resultant beam angle when using any one of the available filters.  Simply enter the native beam angle of your fixture, choose a filter, and the calculator will figure out your new resultant beam angle.

Rosco Miro PendantAlso this year is a new option for the MiroCube line.  A Pendant mount can, into which any of the Mirocube products can be fitted, is now available.  This clean profile pendant enclosure can quickly convert the Cube line into an easy to mount architectural style fixture. With a simple twist of the frame, the MiroCube slides out of the enclosure, making for easy maintenance.


Elation also had a couple of very powerful IP rated fixtures as well as a couple of console surprises.

First up, the PIXEL Bar LED IP, which comes in three varieties—30 IP (.5 meters), 60 IP (1 meter), and 120 IP (2 meters) with a rating of 65. Each fixture has the noted number of LEDs, a 120-degree beam angle, and an outstanding refresh rate of 44,000Hz for flicker-free operation. Each fixture can be connected together with the built-in magnetic end caps and have an adjustable mounting bracket, square and round frost attachments and a safety cable loop. These fixtures are able to communicate over Kling-Net, ArtNet, and sACN. The units receive power and data through rated IP 4pin cables and can be purchased in varying lengths between 2 and 50 meters.  Control for these bars is through the Pixel Driver 4000, which allows for simple onboard control and full pixel mapping. The Pixel Driver has 4 outputs and also allows for multiple control units to be linked together through RJ45. The unit allows for a maximum of 4,080-pixel mapping through Kling-Net or 680 max through Art-Net and sACN.

The Artiste Van Gogh is a 16,000 lumen 380W LED wash fixture with a 16bit CMY color mixing plus CTO and a dedicated UV filter. Unlike most wash fixtures, this fixture includes a 4 blade internal barn door and an optional Fresnel lens which increases the zoom range from 7-55 degrees to 11-66 degrees.

The Artiste Monet is at the top of the class with a 950w 6,000K LED engine, emitting a powerful 45,000 lumens. This fixture contains not only CMY, and CTO, but also has RGB flags for even more intense color mixing. One of the more interesting features is the High CRI Filter that boosts the CRI from 70 to 82. Some of the Monet’s other features include 360-degree framing shutters, 7 rotating and 7 fixed glass gobos, animation wheel, 4 facet and linear prisms (rotating), Light and heavy frost, motorized iris, and zoom from 6 to 50 degrees.

Another exciting new fixture from Elation is the Rayzor 760 wash effects unit. This fixture features the new patent-pending technology called TwinkLED—28 white LEDs placed in the lens of the fixture to allow for visual eye candy. The Rayzor has 7 60W LEDs for 8,000 lumens of output and a zoom range of 5 to 77 degrees. This RGBW fixture also has CT presets from 2700k to 8000k, with 16bit dimming.

Finally, the Smarty Hybrid boasts all the qualities of a moving light—wash, spot, and beam. With a lumen output of 11,000, this fixture takes it to the next level. The lamp for this fixture is a Philips MSD Platinum 200 Flex lamp with “FLEX” technology—a technology designed to use a discharge lamp and ballast package to “produce high output and compact performance”. In its various beam, spot, and wash modes it has a 1 to 18-degree zoom, a 3 to 27-degree zoom and a 5 to 33-degree zoom. Also included in this fixture is CMY color mixing, CTO, CTB, UV, and 13 dichroic colors including a quad-color filter. There are 8 fully rotating and interchangeable glass and 12 static gobos, as well as a 16 facet and 5 facet linear rotating prisms. Last but not least, this fixture also contains Elation’s own E-Fly internal WIFI transmitter for wireless capabilities.

Recently purchased by Elation was the Martin M series consoles. These consoles have been rebranded under the name Obsidian. While some of the consoles still exist under the old name, there were two consoles that were presented under the new name: Onyx NX2 and Onyx NX Wing.

The Onyx NX2 console contains a full HD touchscreen, 8 encoders, full keypad and command buttons, with 4 assignable buttons, a single grandmaster and 10 full playbacks. This Windows 10 based system also contains 64 universes out of the box—without any external hardware needed. Other specifications include 2X External 4k touch displays, 4 DMX ports, MIDI, and 5 USB ports (1 @ 2.0).

The Onyx NX2 Wing is the control surface for the ONYX platform. This allows you to run ONYX on any PC platform and control your rig over USB connection. This wing includes a fully unlocked license of 128 universes. Key features of this item are: 4 DMX ports, MIDI, 10 playbacks, 4 encoders, and keypad.

American DJ

ADJ had a couple of IP rated fixtures to add to the mix:

The 32 HEX Panel IP (also the 32 HEX Panel IP Pearl) is an IP65 rated wash/blinder fixture with 32 12w HEX LEDs. This RGBWAUV fixture has the ability to pixel map over 8 zones and has a beam angle of 24 degrees.  The HEX Panel includes a removable filter frame and a magnetic diffuser.

Similarly, in the HEX family, the 7P HEX IP has the same colors as the 32, with only 7 12watt LEDs. This Par fixture has a 30-degree beam angle and communicates over 3 pin DMX.

In the non-IP rated fixtures, we start with the Hydro Beam X2, with a beam angle of 3 degrees, is a moving head fixture with a 370W LL discharge lamp with 10 colors plus color correction at 3200K and 5600K and open white. It features 8 gobos (5 glass, 3 metal) and three gobo reducers, all fully rotating. Also included in this fixture is an 8 facet circular prism and an 8 facet linear prism.

The Par Z Move is a 200W warm white LED wash unit with a zoom range of 9-43 degrees. This fixture communicates over 3 Pin and 5 Pin DMX and has an external diffuser slot.

ADJ COB Cannon WashThe COB Cannon Wash ST is a 150watt RGBA LED fixture with an 80-degree beam angle. This fixture is similar to the Wash DW, just shorter. It includes a lens kit to convert the beam angle to either 40 degrees or 50 degrees. Communication is done over 3pin or 5pin DMX and weighing only 9 pounds, its light output at 2 meters is a stunning 1970 LUX.

The Par ZP120 RGBW fixture is similar to the previously released ZP120, with now the added function of color! This modern par can has a 115w quad COB LED, output comparable to a 1000w par. Inside the housing, there is an adjustable slider for beam angle control from 7 to 25 degrees. Another great feature is that it includes 64 color macros for easy manual plug and play operation.


Chamsys, a sister company to Chauvet Professional unveiled their new Quick Q series control desks. Unlike the previous Chamsys consoles, these consoles are designed for easy use, easy setup and high affordability. The Quick Q comes in three sizes: Quick Q 10, Quick Q 20, and Quick Q 30.

Chamsys QuickQ20The Quick Q10 single universe console comes with a 9.7” touchscreen, 5pin XLR and a network port for DMX communication, 20 fixture faders, two encoders for Hue/Saturation control, 2 USB ports, 1/8” jack for an audio interface, a single Grandmaster, two master faders and a cue stack fader. Other features include a full-color wheel, communication over sACN, ArtNet, and Pathport. The console does allow one external touchscreen monitor and includes visualizer software for easy visualization of programming. This console also allows the ability to connect any smartphone or tablet over WiFi for handheld operation.

The Quick Q20 is similar to the 10, however with the addition of a second universe, 4 attribute encoders, and 10 multiple function playbacks, it is designed more for the use of moving light programming.

Finally, the Quick Q30 tops off the line with a 4 universe, 3 5Pin XLR ports, 40 fixture faders, a fader for intensity control, and full MIDI and MIDI timecode support.

All three of these consoles have a scheduled availability of December 2018.

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Chauvet Professional

Chauvet Professional introduced new IP65 related fixtures. The Maverick Storm 1 Wash presents itself with a blasting output of 6,000 lumens, which makes it brighter than the Rogue 2 fixture. The RGBW fixture with its stunning aerial effects, effective pixel mapping feature, and a large variety of gobos makes it a great fixture for outdoor events. With an 11 degree to 42-degree zoom, it is sure to successfully light up any size event or show.

Continuing with the IP65 fixtures, Chauvet Professional has also released the WELL Pad; a completely wireless, battery-powered up-light. This RGBA fixture communicated over W-DMX and easily stores in a drop-in case for easy recharging—6 hours to recharge for 9 hours of use at full output. A magnetic diffuser included with the fixture increases the beam angle from 22 degrees to 27 degrees. These fixtures like the previous WELL products are sold in multiples—4 units with the charging case.

With the increasing use of LED tape, Chauvet Professional has released their IP67 rated version called the EPIX Flex 20. This 5-meter strip operates with the EPIX Flex Drive, which can control up to 8 EPIX Flex strips. With the additional ability to pixel-map, this highly flexible and extremely customizable strip is sure to be a competitor in the market. It includes 10 sets of mounting brackets and screws and a termination kit.

Also drawing widespread interest were the new collection of Ovation products, including 6-inch Ovation Fresnels (the RGBA-Lime Ovation F-415FC, the Ovation F-415VW, and the Ovation F-145WW), as well as four new pars: