Review: Vari-Lite VL6000 Beam

Posted on Monday, March 20th, 2017

by Nook Schoenfeld

Beam fixtures have certainly become commonplace in the world, but when one thinks of these we normally think of the small fixtures with a tiny aperture that project pencil-thin beams. That was then and quite frankly, this is now. The VL6000 Beam takes everyone’s preconceived notion of what a beam fixture should be able to do and has doubled down on it. This unique fixture is like no other, changes color like no other, emits lumens equivalent to a long throw spotlight and is the fastest large-yoke fixture I have ever seen. And it’s virtually silent.

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Australian Distributor: Jands


Review: Elation Fuze Wash Z350

Posted on Friday, February 24th, 2017

By David Martin Jacques

For those who have attended the annual LDI conference in Las Vegas, you know how the conference floor can be overwhelming with thousands of products emitting high intensity light through the ever-present fog and haze. After stumbling into the vast and beautifully designed Elation Professional booth, I was pleased to discover several exciting new products. One of the standout new products was the Fuze Wash Z350 LED moving light.

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Australian Distributor: Lexair


Review: Chauvet Professional Strike 1

Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

by Nook Schoenfeld

Ever since I saw a Police reunion show a few years ago, I have had visions of moles on steroids. They had giant 9-lite moles that looked like they had par 56 bulbs in them as opposed to the normal par 36 bulbs we see in blinders. I thought to myself ten years ago, “Why doesn’t someone just make a “Build your own Blinder kit?”

Perhaps manufacturers were waiting for LEDs to get bright enough. Perhaps nobody but the folks at Chauvet thought about this. Either way, this is one happy designer to have a new toy in his toolbox. I can make giant 9 liters, L- shapes, T-shapes like crosses. I can blind my audience however I want – and not need a separate 400-amp service to do it. And I could care less about hanging these things in the rain.

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Australian Distributor: Showtools


Review: Elation Fuze Series

Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

By Richard Olson

In this modern day of pixilation, it’s become so commonplace for the new par fixtures to act like eye candy as opposed to emulating the look of a gelled par 64. While there is nothing particularly wrong with the look of an LED wash light with many cells on its face, some designers as well as artists prefer the look of the older pars and moving wash fixtures of yore. This is where Elation’s series of Fuze fixtures comes in. They have a lens system that turns this line of RGBW COB wash fixtures into one homogenous beam.

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Australian Distributor: Lexair


Review: Blizzard Lighting Turbo Scan

Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

by Craig Rutherford

LDI 2016 was populated by many memorable displays and booths, not the least eye-catching of which was a giant (playable) Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots display built by Blizzard Lighting and ModTruss. The Wisconsin-based company has been involved in the lighting industry since 2010, when they sold their first fixture, the Flurry.

Automated moving lights today tend heavily in the direction of moving head fixtures — scanners are a relative scarcity; a rare bird indeed. Nevertheless, they have a significant advantage in one area: pan and tilt speed. The top speed of a moving mirror with its negligible mass can be screaming in comparison to all but the fastest moving heads, though the trade-offs are pan and tilt range. Today, we’re looking at one of these not-often-seen moving mirror fixtures, the Blizzard TurboScan.

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Australian Distributor: Phantos Lighting 


Review: Ayrton MagicBurst

Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

by Craig Rutherford

Ayrton might be likened to the Apple of the LED lighting fixture world, creating fixtures we didn’t know that we wanted until we saw them. The utility of a moving-head strobe may not be immediately clear, and at first blush the idea of a pixel-mappable moving head strobe seems — perhaps — a little over the top. But play with the MagicBurst™ for an afternoon, or even a few minutes, and that opinion might change. While the concept is simple enough on the surface, there’s greater depth here than might be immediately apparent.

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Australian Distributor: Show Technology


Review: Wahlberg DMX Winches

Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2016

By David Martin Jacques

Wahlberg is one of the most respected names in scenic automation. This Danish company has been moving heavy scenic elements in extremely complex stage designs for decades. The new Wahlberg DMX-controlled winches are available in many sizes and weight loads. These include loads from 1Kg (2.2lbs) up to 50Kg (110lbs). This should be able to handle most of your rigging needs. In addition, these winches are DMX-controlled, meaning that motorized flying effects can be cued from your DMX lighting console.