Philips Vari-Lite Introduces 5 Smaller Luminaires
Posted on Thursday, March 31st, 2011
Based upon the technologies inside two of their most in-demand fixtures, Philips Vari-Lite is proud to announce the new VLX3 LED Wash, VL400 Spot, VL440 Spot, VL770 Spot and the VL880 Spot luminaires.
“We constantly strive to strengthen our product portfolio. Over the past few years, we received numerous requests to create smaller and more affordable versions of our most popular fixtures,” said Bob Schacherl, Philips Vari-Lite Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Since we are generally recognized as the pioneers of the modern automated luminaire, we knew we could not sacrifice any of the performance qualities expected with the VARI*LITE brand. After listening to dealers and designers from around the world, we identified the characteristics they wanted and created what we feel are four fantastic product lines.”
Based on the award-winning VLX Wash luminaire technology, the VLX3 Wash uses three powerful LED engines to offer stunning colors and intensity, a multi-year source life and high reliability. The three, replaceable 120-watt RGBW LED chipsets provide output that offers three times the efficacy of comparable tungsten sources and the total system provides approximately 6,000 lumens of white light output, and the 10,000 hour source life of the chip ensures that lamp replacement costs are a thing of the past.
Additionally, the VLX3 offers a dynamic CRI adjustment, a continuously adjustable color temperature white range between approximately 3000 and 9000 Kelvin, and seamless color mixing that all combine to create a single source that behaves like familiar arc or tungsten luminaires without the associated costs and inefficiencies inherent in those systems. Beam size control is achieved by the use of an optical zoom system that offers a zoom range from approximately 15° to 55°. All movements are smooth, silent, and accurate with a full 540° of pan and 240° of tilt control. Accessory mounting points are also included allowing the attachment of additional, aftermarket beam control devices such as an extendible top hat.
The VL400 Spot luminaire uses a 400-watt MSR Gold 400 MiniFastFit lamp to provide 9000 lumens of output, plus 14 fixed colors on two independent color wheels for rich color projection and snap color changes. In addition, a dual-purpose mechanical blade system provides smooth timed fades or variable strobe effects.
The VL440, VL770 and VL880 Spot luminaires all provide brilliant color mixing through the three-wheel CYM color assembly based on the widely praised Series 3000 color system. Plus they each have eight standard colors on a fixed wheel, a coated glass dimmer wheel, a separate dual-blade strobe system.
The VL440 Spot has a 400-watt MSR Gold 400 MiniFastFit lamp providing 9000 lumens of output. The VL770 Spot is complete with a 700-watt MSR Gold™ MiniFastFit lamp producing an impressive output of 15,100 lumens. And the VL880 Spot has an 800-watt MSR Platinum 35 lamp providing an output of 19,000 lumens.
The VL400, VL440, VL770 and VL880 Spot luminaires all have an independent armature with frost glass and a second, independent armature with a rotating and indexable prism; plus both the frost and prism glass are interchangeable. Each luminaire also has one gobo wheel with seven rotatable and indexable positions, and a second gobo wheel with ten fixed positions; powerful pan and tilt motors that provide smooth, fast time-controlled continuous motion capable of 0.3° resolution with a pan range of 540° and tilt of 260°; has a zoom range from 15º to 36º; a mechanical iris for continuous beam size control, and built in mounting points on the front of the luminaire provide for easy attachment of after-market accessories such as top hats.