Chauvet Professional Debuts Ovation C-640FC RGBWA LED
Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
Chauvet Professional introduces the new Ovation C-640FC, a compact LED-powered wash fixture that can serve up practically any colour imaginable via DMX-controlled blending of its RGBWA (red, green, blue, white, and amber) LEDs. Along with its ability to produce a vast spectrum of vibrant colours without the need for gels, the Ovation C-640FC is energy efficient and its LEDs will last for 50,000 hours, making it an ideal replacement for traditional halogen cyc lights.
Going a step further, the Ovation C-640FC boasts an exclusive Virtual Colour Wheel (VCW) that lets operators instantly access the most popular colours used for cyc and strip lighting when the unit is in either DMX mode, or stand-alone via the on-board display. This new, convenient VCW feature includes more than 30 pre-mixed hues, based on the most widely used cyc colours, from deeply saturated, to soft pastels. The company says the colour palette available in each unit allows a single Ovation C-640FC to replace several conventional cyc fixtures.
“With the Ovation C-640FC, you have a collection of colours at your fingertips that you can call up manually at any time. It’s like putting a ‘virtual gel’ on your light, which is why we call it a Virtual Colour Wheel,” said Ben Dickmann, product manager for Chauvet Professional. “This ability to instantly access the most popular gel colours used in cyc lighting — without having to bother with gels themselves — provides a huge cost savings, and is a great convenience for stage lighting professionals, allowing them to easily match the colour scheme used in the rest of their lighting design. Of course, the Ovation C-640FC also gives you the option of creating your own custom colours with a DMX controller, so there are no limitations to your design possibilities.”
Either way, the company says the colours produced by the Ovation C-640FC will always be richly rendered and precise in timbre, thanks to the inclusion of white and amber LEDs in the unit’s mix of 64 3W to 5W LEDs (16 red, 16 green, 16 blue, eight white, eight amber). This allows for smooth blending of the softest pastels and hard-to-create yellow and gold shades, ensuring that the Ovation C-640FC will meet any production’s aesthetic requirements.
The Ovation C-640FC is equipped with a full complement of professional theatrical lighting design tools such as 16-bit dimming control of each colour, a master dimmer, and variable strobe effect. Another feature is the unit’s dual-panel design, with two individually adjustable heads that allow the light to evenly wash a cyc up to 25′ (8m) in height. In addition, the ability to individually control the heads means that designers can light a cyc in split colour, using only a top or ground row of fixtures, cutting the number of fixtures required to effectively light a cyclorama in half compared to other LED cyc lights. The unit has a beam angle of 35-degrees and field angle of 65-degrees, and it outputs 141 lux at five meters.
Power linking of multiple Ovation C-640FC units is fast and easy using Neutrik PowerCON connectors. The high efficiency of the Ovation C-640FC allows nine units (more than enough for an entire ground row) to be powered from a single 20A circuit. Compactly built, the Ovation C-640FC measures 15.3″ x 12.2″ x 11.7″ (390 x 310 x 298mm) and weighing 10lb (22.2kg). It is CE and MET certified.