Chromlech appoint Show Technology as their official Australian distributor

Posted on Friday, January 29th, 2010

Representing a timeless merger between retro and new technology is the JARAG-5, which is currently one of the most talked about lighting products in the production world.

This versatile and high-impact halogen light fixture has been attracting considerable interest on performances by acts such as Nickelback , Them Crooked Vultures , Simple Plan and the Black Eyed Peas on the Ellen Degeneres show

Now the JARAG has landed in Australia with French manufacturer Chromlech appointing Show Technology as their official Australian distributor.

”As Australia’s premium supplier of lighting equipment, one of our main aims is to identify new product trends as they emerge and then bring those trends and products in a managed way to the greater lighting industry of Australia,” commented Mark McInnes, Show Technology’s National Sales & Marketing Manager. “I think we’ve done exactly this with the inclusion of JARAG to our suite of distributed brands. JARAG is a good fit for us a Show Technology as the product is well regarded internationally, is of a high quality and we expect to see this product on many shows and events in the near future.”

Containing 25 x 75W halogen lamps (outputting over 1800W) in a 580mm square aluminium frame, the JARAG-5 comes in two versions – the PAR30, E27 version with aluminium reflector offering 10° beam spread and PAR20 GU10 version, providing 25° beam spread. The built-in sequencer will control individual lamps in either six-channel, 25-channel or 31-channel (25 + 6) configurations. The six DMX channels handle intensity, speed, effects/fade, rotation/symmetry, sequence selection, but the internal sequencer also manages up to 256 sequences of 32 steps – 128 factory programmed and a further 128 sequences available to the user.

Aside from being run via its own internal sequencer it can be managed via a third party DMX matrix controller or media server such as the ArKaos. The JARAG-5 produces a range of shades from amber to white, with intensity of effects ranging from fast flash to soft, slow transitions. By combining several JARAG-5 arrays walls of light can be created to display videos, patterns or animated text. No additional dimmers are required – just a direct supply and a DMX cable. Patterns and animations can be programmed into the system and video can be sent from advanced DMX consoles or media servers.

The first person to leap at purchasing quantities of JARAG-5 was Tony Davies, Chameleon Touring Systems Managing Director who has acquired ‘shit-loads’ (translated as close to fifty) of the units in preparation for a busy touring season.

”I think there will be a huge demand for this product,” said Tony. “They’re so retro and cool. Plus there are no moving parts and they don’t change colour! The fact that each lamp is individually controllable with its own inbuilt dimmer to produce pixel effects is neat.”

Phaseshift Productions has also purchased nine of the JARAG-5 units in preparation for the Eskimo Joe set at this year’s Big Day Out Festival.

”Eskimo Joe are on in the afternoon and I wanted something that would still have effect in the daylight and the JARAG-5’s certainly do that!” said Dave Jackson of Phaseshift Productions. “I like that they have a low power consumption and they make a change from standard old molefays. They also offer another option colour-wise.”