Elation DiGidot C4
Posted on Monday, September 4th, 2017
Elation Professional is pleased to offer the DiGidot C4, a small and powerful LED controller and pixel tape driver that has use in all kinds of applications. “DiGidot is a powerful, innovative solution for pixel control and is one of the most advanced LED pixel tape drivers on the market today. We are proud to now offer it in our product line up,” stated Elation Professional Sales Director Eric Loader. “It offers the latest technology for integration into a variety of LED pixel tape projects and runs all pixel tapes on the market, including the Elation Flex Pixel range.”
The DiGidot C4 is an in-house development of DiGidot, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It works as a pixel controller, ArtNet node, show recorder and trigger device and can work standalone for smaller setups or collaborate in larger networks with third-party devices. One device can drive more than 6000 single LEDs.
Whereas users previously needed one or more ArtNet to DMX nodes in combination with a large number of DMX to SPI decoders to control a large number of LED pixel lights, the DiGidot C4 driver allows for easier configuration by daisy chaining through a built-in Ethernet switch. This means fewer devices, less cabling and less installation time.
A built-in show recorder records up to 8 DMX universes, making the DiGidot C4 perfectly suited for applications in theme parks, museums, retail shops and architectural. It works with a variety of protocols and an intuitive app and web-based user interface make for convenient operation.
illumination Physics Expands The Dotted Line …..
Posted on Friday, September 1st, 2017
One of the first products developed by illumination Physics a decade ago was the humbly named but incredibly useful “IP DOT.” The ability to integrate a LED powered, direct-view pixel into the façade of a building paved the way for the creation of visual highlights and media walls.
The façade of a tall building is hazardous environment, not least because of the meteorology, but because of the possibility of damage during installation and the physical impact that can occur during façade maintenance and cleaning. IP DOTs are very robust and an IK rating of 10 — the maximum on that scale of impacts, is considered the minimum by illumination Physics.
The most remarkable connecting feature of all of the DOTs the company has created over the years is that they were all designed for perfect purpose and integration. As no two buildings and situations are ever the same, every DOT product has been different, perfectly designed for the project it was intended for.
Hence, the line of DOT products have all been individual in some or many ways to suit every new build or retrofit application.
Every illumination Physics product is designed specifically for the environmental application for which it was created. The company says “brightness is often a performance metric that is abused in the marketing of ‘pixel’ style LED products.” If daylight visibility is required for an IP Dot product, the company will engineer it accordingly. Conversely, if the application is to be part of a nightscape, illumination Physics will match the lumen output accordingly and minimize the energy use responsibly, achieving the best LED outcome.
illumination Physics’ motto: “Why get something almost right, when with a little effort, it can be made perfectly.”
PR Lighting XLED 6007
Posted on Friday, September 1st, 2017
PR Lighting’s new XLED 6007 answers a number of questions for lighting designers and resellers, combining tight 3.3° beams with a wide, far-reaching quality wash — all contained in a compact housing. The fixture features seven 60W RGBW LEDs, along with PR Lighting’s patented optics which have been especially developed for high output in any situation. The product boasts all the features you would expect from such a highly specified product.
These include: Dimmer: 0-100% linearly adjustable; Electronic strobe:0-25 fps (pulse strobe macro); Rainbow, wash, beam, profile and effect modes(kaleidoscope, swirl), multiple macros; 14 channels in short mode, 18 channels in short mode, and 42 channels in extended mode; Ring control, Pixel Control, each RGBW colour in the lamp individually controllable; Head movement: pan 540°, tilt 210° with auto-positioning.
Australian Distributor: Jands www.jands.com.au
Hypno™ Beam + Spot Offer An Altered State of Light
Posted on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
As I count backwards from three, you will begin to release all of your tension. Three. Let the illumination of the rings draw you closer. Two. The rings as beautiful as they are mesmerizing. One. You are transcending into a state of euphoria. Feel the rapture from your head to your toes. *SNAP!* Welcome to an Altered State of Light, brought to you by the spellbinding effects of Blizzard’s new Hypno™ Beam and Spot moving heads with hypnotic LED rings. For optimal therapeutic results, Hypno™ fixtures are best used in club, wedding, and concert settings, or anywhere else a brainwashing-of-the-masses effect is desired.
Hypno™ Beam comes fitted with a high-output 60W RGBW LED in the center for stunning 8° moving beam effects. Plus, the center LED is surrounded by dual hypnotic LED rings featuring mesmerizing chase effects, single LED chases, full colour changes, and strobe. Hypno™ Beam also offers two user-selectable DMX modes (14/23-channels).
Hypno™ Spot comes loaded with a high-output 30W white LED in the center paired with 9 dichroic colours +open, and 9 gobos +open. Similar to Hypno™ Beam, the center LED is surrounded by three SMD LED rings with dozens of built-in patterns, chases and effects. Spot offers two user-selectable DMX modes (12/23-channels).
As fraternal twins, Hypno™ Beam and Hypno™ Spot share lots of DNA. Both come with 540/630° pan + 200° tilt, built-in auto/sound active programs, 3-pin DMX In/Out connections, industry standard powerCON® compatible In/Out connections, and a quarter-turn “Omega” quick connect type clamp bracket. The Beam and Spot are both backed by Blizzard’s 2-year warranty.
“The Hypno™ series are serious, effective therapy for many common DJ maladies, including delusions of grandeur, excessive consumption of ‘Dep’ hair gel, and general dancefloor malaise,” opined Dr. Willhem Komassa, LD. “When administered by a trained professional, subjects reported significant improvement in mood, energy and social encounters. Oh also – did I mention that they are FREAKIN AWESOME?”
Blizzard Lighting will stream a live product presentation with a full demo of the Hypno™ Beam and Spot on Wednesday, August 30 at 11:00AM CST on the company’s Facebook page. To tune in, visit www.facebook.com/blizzardlighting at that time.
ETC Eos app sales to benefit charities
Posted on Monday, August 28th, 2017
Eos family control becomes even more versatile with the release of the newly-upgraded iRFR and aRFR iOS and Android mobile applications. Both remote apps boast fully-redesigned user interfaces, more intuitive connectivity and an expanded feature set, including a full-feature keyboard and direct selects.
This redesign is available as a free update for anyone who has previously purchased the iRFR or aRFR application. Note that software v2.6 must be installed on the host Eos device (console, RPU, laptop, etc) for these revised applications to work.
All app sale proceeds will be donated to charities that support lighting and theatre professionals in need. There are two versions of each app: one supporting Behind the Scenes (BTS), the US-based charity that assists production personnel in need, and one supporting Backup, the UK-based equivalent.
The existing apps – renamed iRFR Classic and aRFR Classic – will be available as free downloads. The iRFR Preview is unchanged.
Only the Classic apps are compatible with Cobalt family consoles. If an inadvertent update occurs, users can revert to the previous software free of charge by downloading the appropriate Classic version.
PR Lighting Phantom 440
Posted on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
PR Lighting’s Phantom 440 is a Beam, Wash and Spot Hybrid moving head fixture that makes use of a high luminance Osram Sirius HRI 440W discharge source rated for 1500 hours of use with a colour temperature of 7000K, ±300K. One fixed gobo wheel with 18 fixed gobos and one rotating gobo wheel with seven rotating gobos give users a wide range of options. The fixture also features a bi-directional interchangeable animation wheel that rotates at variable speeds for a variety of impressive effects.
With its own CTO channel, linear CMY colour mixing system with macros and a frost filter this unit can create a smooth colour mixing wash effect which perfectly suits theatre productions. The prism wheel with eight-facet prisms and five-facet array prisms can create a variety of beam effects, making it ideal for any production.
Having three different modes, the fixture consists of a 0° to 2.8° beam angle in beam mode, 5° to 60° in spot mode and 5° to 68° in wash mode, allowing the unit’s effects to be used in near and far distances, making it versatile for any setting. Assembled with a modular structure and Wireless DMX control it allows for easy maintenance, operation, and connection.
With its all around excellence, the Phantom 440 is the Lighting Designer’s quintessential tool that can be used in an extensive variety of settings.
GLP JDC1 LED Strobe Redefines the Hybrid Paradigm
Posted on Friday, August 18th, 2017
When you look for a strobe, the first thing you look for is power. GLP’s new JDC1 hybrid LED strobe delivers power in excess through a versatile and highly creative design, the likes of which are unparalleled. Already adopted by some of the world’s leading LDs, it has been flying out the door and into rental facilities across the globe since receiving its world premiere at Frankfurt Prolight+Sound in April.
The JDC1 unquestionably redefines the paradigm and creates a whole new class of strobe that goes way beyond the standard definition of a hybrid. And the market seemingly cannot get hold of them quickly enough.
Fundamentally, the JDC1 has been designed in three sections, which can be controlled independently or as a complete synchronized unit.
The fixture itself contains a traditional single tube element with an incredible clear, bright, white output, derived from 216 white LEDs, and then combines that with a surrounding, format-filling full face of RGB LED power, utilising 1,320 high quality LED’s. Whether running independently, or together these elements offer the brightest output unit its class with retina burning output.
Adding versatility to the design options, the two RGB plates can be divided into six separate ‘pixel’ sections on each plate and then operated with full pixel mapping control. This alone creates stunning effects, whilst the LED tube can pop through with high intensity flashes.
However, in a never seen before feature, the JDC1 also allows pixel mapping of the LED tube, which is broken down into 12 individually addressable sections. This enables the tube to create incredible motion effects, either when forward facing or through shadow play behind a performer. Whilst the tube is operated in this mode, the RGB plates can give a solid background coluor to strengthen the effect.
With this level of flexibility, the JDC1 really offers a huge amount of colour, layering and operational effects, right up to the point of pixel mapping the entire array.
However that’s not all, along with working as a powerful strobe light, both the tube and the RGB plates can be run continuously for high output blinder and wash light effects, which never reduce output or have thermal cut-out. With their wide beam angle, this allows for wide coverage of backdrops, stage areas or audience sections.
Then to crown it all, the JDC1 also offers dynamic movement, with a 16-bit, 185° tilt range, allowing you to place effects exactly where and when you want them to be — to derive the most possible power and impact.
Functioning in any orientation and whether the operator wishes to use it as crowd effect at one moment and then as a stage focused strobe effect the next, the motorised tilt gives a level of functionality and effect that has never been seen on the market before.
The design of the JDC1 allows adjacent units to be aligned through locking pins, which also align with their award winning X4 Bar series products.
Further features include on-board menu setup with battery operation, TRUE1 power input with variable voltage for worldwide usage, quiet operation and a low weight of just 12kg.
Across the world, rental companies have been quick to jump on board, with Rent-All in the Benelux and HELi Showequipment in Germany leading the charge in Europe, and Christie Lites, PRG, Solotech and Volt Lites being the early adopters in the US and Canada. At the same time, lighting designers on both sides of the Atlantic have been lining up to specify them on shows.
Stated GLP’s Mark Ravenhill, “This has been a real success story for GLP — early adopters have been quick to pick up on the unique features of the JDC1 and we are seeing it being used in some highly creative ways in the short time since we started shipping.”