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A LDI 2018 Show Report

Check out a comprehensive list of items we saw at the 2018 LDI Show held in Las Vegas Oct 19-21.

If you'd like more information on the products posted here, or if you saw something you think we missed or that needs updating - contact us by emailing:

AC Lighting

Follow-Me is a cost-effective Art-Net based calibration software package that utilizes moving lights as follow-spots. Not only can Follow-Me be used to follow one or more performers with multiple moving heads but individual fixture selection offers the additional functionality of preset positioning for solo’s and surprise performances. Follow-Me offers a range of advantages over traditional follow spot usage. Lower labor costs, freedom in lamp positioning, improved follow-spot angles, eliminating kill seats, offering accurate timing for color bump cues, following performers with gobo effects or color chases. Follow-Me also solves weight issues on smaller roofs where typical truss seats Inc. operators are too heavy or deep to implement. Follow-Me benefits lighting designers- technical producers and event planners anywhere performers require illumination and is easily implemented on touring productions, festival stages, TV studios, and concert halls.

Vista EX- The Vista EX is a control surface that provides large amounts of physical control within a compact footprint, capable of delivering small to large-scale shows. Easy to use. Great for selling to churches, schools, colleges.

Key features:

  • 12 playback faders

  • 60 assignable buttons

  • 8 encoders

  • Dedicated master cuelist playback controls

  • Grand Master intensity fader

  • 12 user keys

  • 4 function keys

  • Unlimited pages

  • 2 physical DMX outputs

AC was also highlighting their new ProLights fixture line.

The breaks the limits of LED technology applied into ellipsoidal fixtures, offering a full spectrum chromatic reproduction and keeping high color consistency, as well as a precise white emulation from Tungsten to Neutral White tones. ECLIPSE FC features a RGB + Lime Green light source, in order to increase the lumen output in white tints and complete the color rendering with colors that were not reachable with luminaires of previous generations.

ECLIPSE FC is an exceptional multi-purpose workhorse to be applied everywhere, offering colors, white reproduction, and high brightness all in one fixture.

From their Chroma Q line, theBrute Forceis a new fixturethat is fully dimmable and utilizes multiple Chroma-Q Studio Force II engines.

The 48” length tuneable white battens with an extended CCT range between 2,000K and 10,000K and each unit features 96-way mappable pixel control with RDM, DMX and optional wireless operation.

  • LED outdoor / effects lighting

  • Realistic LED alternative to the traditional quarter ‘Wendy’ light

  • Significantly reduced energy consumption

  • No downtime due to lamp failures

  • Produces tuneable whites, as well as pastel and saturated colors (2,800K - 6,500K / 2,000K - 10,000K extended CCT)

  • 96-way pixel mapping to generate ‘effects’ - e.g. fire & lightning

  • Full creative control from a lighting desk or media server


Airstar America continues to manufacture high quality small-medium sized lighting balloons. Across three different departments (Event, Film, Safety) they provide LED, Tungsten, and HMI sources for a variety of different shapes and sizes. Debuting this year are the new NEO line. 16.4’ Long, 8.4” Diameter lighting tubes. Available in both Cool White and RGBW, they can be connected together to create complex shapes, or used separately, creating visual lines that radiate light.

Altman Lighting

Altman had their new AP-150-RGBW LED Par at LDI this year. The AP-150 is a compact, lightweight 135 Watt RGBW LED par wash light that is packed with a high feature set at an affordable price. This compact par weighs in at just 11 pounds / 5.08 kg. The AP-150-RGBW offers a number of different controls from 8 Bit, 16 Bit, RGB, and HSIC, modes allowing for a number of control choices.

Factory and custom color presets round out the AP-150-RGBW’s feature set allowing for a quick selection of factory preloaded White set points and the most widely used entertainment color choices. Also adds the ability to record color presets from the DMX controller directly to the fixture for custom color playback.

American DJ

ADJ had a couple of IP rated fixtures to add to the mix:

The 32 HEX Panel IP (also the 32 HEX Panel IP Pearl) is an IP65 rated wash/blinder fixture with 32 12w HEX LEDs. This RGBWAUV fixture has the ability to pixel map over 8 zones and has a beam angle of 24 degrees. The HEX Panel includes a removable filter frame and a magnetic diffuser.

Similarly, in the HEX family, the 7P HEX IP has the same colors as the 32, with only 7 12watt LEDs. This Par fixture has a 30-degree beam angle and communicates over 3 pin DMX.

In the non-IP rated fixtures, we start with the Hydro Beam X2, with a beam angle of 3 degrees, is a moving head fixture with a 370W LL discharge lamp with 10 colors plus color correction at 3200K and 5600K and open white. It features 8 gobos (5 glass, 3 metal) and three gobo reducers, all fully rotating. Also included in this fixture is an 8 facet circular prism and an 8 facet linear prism.

The Par Z Move is a 200W warm white LED wash unit with a zoom range of 9-43 degrees. This fixture communicates over 3 Pin and 5 Pin DMX and has an external diffuser slot.

ADJ COB Cannon WashThe COB Cannon Wash ST is a 150watt RGBA LED fixture with an 80-degree beam angle. This fixture is similar to the Wash DW, just shorter. It includes a lens kit to convert the beam angle to either 40 degrees or 50 degrees. Communication is done over 3pin or 5pin DMX and weighing only 9 pounds, its light output at 2 meters is a stunning 1970 LUX.

The Par ZP120 RGBW fixture is similar to the previously released ZP120, with now the added function of color! This modern par can has a 115w quad COB LED, output comparable to a 1000w par. Inside the housing, there is an adjustable slider for beam angle control from 7 to 25 degrees. Another great feature is that it includes 64 color macros for easy manual plug and play operation.


At this year’s show, in addition to their standard line of foggers and hazers, Antari displayed their new low fog generator –the DNG-250. Compared to its previous version (DNG-200), the DNG-250 has been upgraded to a more powerful heating element and more efficient refrigerationsystems. This helps it to produce a higher volume of fog and achieve even better low fog effects.

Apollo Design Technology

Apollo Design Technology showed their new line of SuperResolution® Gobos that double the resolution below 50mm providingblack & white or grayscale photographs or graphics with intricate detail. Apollo recently posted a video explaining the improvements.


Arri StellarARRI has introduced their new lighting control app called Stellar. It is compatible with L-Series and SkyPanel fixtures and connects wirelessly through SkyLink. The user interface is intuitive and easy to use. The app uses RDM to automatically discover and address ARRI fixtures. You can import a light plot diagram, group fixtures, and store scenes. The app is $99.99 yearly and works with iPhones (5.5” and up) and IPads (9.7” and up) and IOS 11 and up.


Astera Titan TubeTitan Tube was specially designed for the Film, Broadcasting and Cinema industries. Optimized for an ultra-high TLCI, a very high CRI and peak brightness, colors as well as Hue, Saturation and Intensity can be set directly on the tube. The Titan Tube accepts both wireless and wired DMX via a special power/data combination cable. Each Titan Tube has 16 individually controllable pixels. LED emitters offer a range of Tunable White from 1,750K to 20,000K. Within that range, users will find Ultra High Color Rendering with a TLCI =96, CRI =96, CRI Re=90 from 3200K to 6500K. A display on the back provides access to DMX setup, colors, hue, saturation, and intensity control.

Check out the entire line of compact wireless battery operated LED Pars including AX3 Lightdrop, AX5 Triple Par, and AX10 SpotMax at


Avolites was highlighting their Titan V11 Software upgrade at LDI including the Titan v11 Remote App.

The Titan Remote works alongside your Avolites Titan lighting console to provide moving light control from your iPhone, iPod Touch or Android device.
To use the Titan Remote you must have an Avolites Titan console connected to your device via a WiFi network. Titan Remote V11 works with any Titan Console running Titan Version 11 to connect to consoles running older Titan versions use the corresponding Titan Remote app.

Using this app you can connect to a console, Titan Mobile or Titan One PC and carry out the following functions:
· Select and control fixtures
· Modify fixture attributes such as Dimmer, Pan or Tilt
· Apply Palettes
· Create and update palettes
· Play Cues
· Command style fixture selection and intensity control
· Quick Sketch Legends
· View DMX Address Patch

Any number of Titan remotes can be connected to a console and another lighting designer can work on the console while the remote is in use. The remote is easy to use as the screens look and feel like the full Avolites consoles with the same buttons and workflow as the console.

Avolites was also showing the power of the new AI media server v10 that is packed with new features like:

  • AiM Codec

  • A Fully Re-designed Timeline

  • Projectivekeystone,known as 'mesh-warp'.

  • Gridwarp on screen outputs

  • BPMSync

  • Spout and8HDSDI Inputs

  • Notch support

  • NDI(Network Device Interface by NewTek)


Ayrton displayed their recently launched Bora™S and Khamsin™S fixtures, along with previewsof their new Diablo™S, Diablo™TC, Merak™S, and Merak™TC automated fixtures.

TheBora™Sis a new high output, low power LED wash light, complete with gobo projection and framing capabilities. Its optical efficiency delivers an output of 38,000lm from an 8000K white LED engine using just 750W. Ideal for large-scale venues, outdoor and indoor arenas, it features a 178mm PC front lens, 8:1 zoom delivering a beam range of 8° to 64°, full field framing, iris, rotating gobo wheel, two colour wheels, and full CMY + CTO colour system with a CRI greater than 70.

The Khamsin™S automated LED profile spotlight outputs massive 39,000lm, using the same 750W white LED engine as Bora-S. Features include two rotating gobo wheels, an animation wheel, full field framing, two prisms, iris, two frosts, one fixed color wheel, and a full CMY + linear CTO color system, plus a 9:1 zoom with a 6.5° to 56° beam range.

TC versions of both Bora and Khamsin with TM30 results over 90 are available on request so customers can choose between the “TC-version” (True Colour) with high color rendering performance, or opt for maximum output with the “S-Version” (Stage).

Diablo™TCandDiablo™S are due for release early 2019, Diablo-TC offers a 14,000-lumen output calibrated at 7000K with a CRI greater than 90; the high output version, Diablo-S, offers a 17,000-lumen output, 8000K white light source and a native CRI greater than 70. Both models have 8:1 zoom optics giving 6.7° to 53° beam range; sophisticated CMY color mixing, variable CTO, a fixed color wheel with 7 complementary colors, an indexable rotating gobo wheel with 7 glass gobos, a graphic animation wheel, iris, frost, and full framing system. Power consumption is just 300W.

Merak™TCandMerak™S wash luminaires were also previewed. Small in size, Merak-TC outputs 13,000 lumens from a 300W, 7000K white source and has a greater than 90 CRI. Merak-S is the high output version of Merak-TC and delivers a 16,000-lumen output from its 300W, 8000K source which aligns it with an 800W/1000W discharge fixtures.

Here's a video of their LDI 2018 presentation.


Barco came to LDI with some big, bright new projectors.

BARCO’s XDL-4K75 projector is a 75,000 lumens, 4k, 3-chip DLP RGB laser large venue projector. It features REC 2020 colors, signal flexibility up to 120 Hz, and reduced installation time through zero alignment. It’s compatible with existing Barco XLD+ lenses and has an expected lifetime of 20,000 hours. At the show, they featured a custom PRG rig for the unit, allowing for different installation positions.

Barco’s UDX-4k32 projector is a 31,000 lumens, 4k UHD, 3-chip DLP laser phosphor large venue projector. The projector’s Constant Light Output (CLO) functionality also guarantees peace of mind by providingconstant brightness and colorover time. The unique FLEX² feature will allow you to tune and lock your brightness and resolution to a specific show. You'll now need fewer projectors to cover a wider range of brightness levels and resolutions.

At the show, this projector was paired with Barco’s TLD+ lens 90 degree Ultra Short Throw. This lens is exclusively designed to be used on the Barco projector series UDX, HDX, and HDF. The lens output is 90° turned. This allows an optimal use of the vertical shift range when projecting to the left seen from the rear side of the projector. This lens is designed for ultra short throw video performance. Lens shift +/-150%, depending on projector type.

Baxter Controls

Best Boy 2Baxter Controls, the creator of the Pocket Console, rolls out the new Best Boy 2. The Best Boy 2 that has all the same features of the Best Boy but is lighter, waterproof, and is $200 less than the original Best Boy.

The BB2 is similar to the Best Boy in that it has the Pocket Console enclosed in the plastic carrier. The box has been redesigned to allow the 9V battery to be accessed without needing to open the Pocket Console enclosure. The case also holds the power adapter to allow the console to be powered via 120VAC power.

BB&S Lighting

BB&S introduced the Area 48 color this year at LDI this year. The Area 48 color uses 150 watts and 12,000-lumen output as well as delivers stunning saturated and tinted colors and clean white light in both ends of the spectrum with high CRI.

The Area 48 color is color tweaking with white LEDs ( bicolor ) and in addition to that, RGB has been added.

Area 48 color has an onboard touch screen for local control and of course, runs on DMX / RDM as well.

There is a full range of DOP choice softboxes, snap grids and diffusers available for the Area 48 color.

Features are:
– High CRI all through the white range
– Full (light) power in 5600K and 3200K
– RGB + white + white
– Excellent for strobing
– Lightweight
– Compact
– High-quality LEDs with extreme binning system
– White light range between 1800 and 10.000 Kelvin.
– Plus / minus green, plus/minus magenta setting.
– excellent dimming 16 bit from 0,001% to 100 %
– Totally flicker-free, can be used for real high-speed shoots.
– Superfast synced strobe

Blizzard Pro

Blizzard rolled out four new fixtures in theirWilly Wonka-themed booth at LDI.

The N-Trance is a moving head fixture with a direct view ring of LEDs on the front edge to enhance the visual impact of the unit. N-Trance's 90W white 7000k LED sports a narrow 2deg beam and the fixture's LED Ring sports bling with 86pcs of direct view RGB LEDs with Full pixel mapping capabilities

The Super G 150is a150W 7500K color temp main beam with a12deg projection angle. It has a 7 color + white color wheel, 1 static gobo wheel w/ 7 gobos, 1 rotating gobo wheel with space for 6 gobos, 3 facet prism, and can operate in auto and sound activated modes.

Blizzard also introduced the Red Stone line of fixtures. The 440 Profileis a framing CMY moving headwith a 440W 7500K cool white LED engine, full CMY color mixing, and a linear CTO color correction. There is also a7 color + open color wheel w/ half colors7 glass gobo + open. For accurate beam control, there are 8 blade framing shutters, Iris and for effects, there is a rotating prism plus frost filter.

To cut down on wires the 440 has built-in Wireless DMX , and wiredDMX, RDM, Art-NET.

There was also the 240WZ Wash moving head with RGBW LEDs, a zoom range of5deg – 70deg, rotating prism beam effects, and5 dimming modes w/ 4 dimming curves.

Like the other Red Stone fixtures, it has wireless DMX and wired DMX, RDM, Art-NET.

Canto USA

RETRO-Passive fixtures that go from 0-100% phase dimmable (forward and back) variable wattage LED 2700K-5000K, 80-97 CRI engine designed for SCR, TRIAC, or IGBT dimmers. It has been designed with a fanless light engine is a direct replacement of existing incandescent lamps in a wide range of applications. Specific socket adapters enable simple installation which can be as easy as changing a light bulb in most applications. They come in E26, E39, PAR56, PAR64 bases, and custom sizes, mounts, and for all applications.

The Retro line is a CSA listed, Energy Star 2.0 retrofit kit that quickly transforms existing inefficient incandescent fixtures into energy efficient LED fixtures. The patented technology allows the fixture to smoothly dim from 0-100% utilizing existing dimming technology. Retrofit kits are available with a variety of options for both recessed and pendant style fixtures. Installation is as easy, and the LED technology creates even fields and delivers consistent color.

The Tango is the latest addition to the line of followspots. The Tango is very lightweight that can be carried by one person. The LDR’s new long-throw fixture comes in 1200, 1500, or 2000 MSR uses the Philips Fast Fit (FF) lamp. The fast fit lamp is a rear or side-loaded system that allows the fast replacement of the lamp with no tools required. Accessories include the iris diaphragm and seven-disc color changer, plus HD tripod stand with bearing mount for stable and smooth operation. Great for schools, universities, professional theater, touring and houses of worship.

CAST Software

The team at CAST Software has been working on Black Trax for 10 years and their efforts have really paid off. The new Black Trax server is loaded with features that can be used in every production environment. Black Trax uses motion capture cameras to detect light pulses from tiny infrared beacons. The Black Trax Server uses these pulses to calculate the exact location of the subject in a 3D environment. This information can then be transmitted to all kinds of external devices such as: moving lights, audio systems, Pan Tilt Zoom Cameras, gaming consoles, and media servers. The end result is the ability to seamlessly incorporate all of these products into one spectacular high tech performance.


This year CBI had a full range of their cable products on display. Cables of note on display were the Cat6 snake where each channel is individually shielded. This offers a lot of flexibility since you can choose how many universes to carry on the line. Their line of Cat5E cable boasts being built to all the Cat6 specifications except for the jacketing, giving it more the feel of a traditional audio cable. The always useful MTPD line of cables, combining power and data, was there with jacketed and unjacketed versions. Another place their cable was “on display” was the MT4 Cat6 shielded cable used for control in the outdoor control booth.


Chamsys, a sister company to Chauvet Professional unveiled their new Quick Q series control desks. Unlike the previous Chamsys consoles, these consoles are designed for easy use, easy setup and high affordability. The Quick Q comes in three sizes: Quick Q 10, Quick Q 20, and Quick Q 30.

Chamsys QuickQ20The Quick Q10 single universe console comes with a 9.7” touchscreen, 5pin XLR and a network port for DMX communication, 20 fixture faders, two encoders for Hue/Saturation control, 2 USB ports, 1/8” jack for an audio interface, a single Grandmaster, two master faders and a cue stack fader. Other features include a full-color wheel, communication over sACN, ArtNet, and Pathport. The console does allow one external touchscreen monitor and includes visualizer software for easy visualization of programming. This console also allows the ability to connect any smartphone or tablet over WiFi for handheld operation.

The Quick Q20 is similar to the 10, however with the addition of a second universe, 4 attribute encoders, and 10 multiple function playbacks, it is designed more for the use of moving light programming.

Finally, the Quick Q30 tops off the line with a 4 universe, 3 5Pin XLR ports, 40 fixture faders, a fader for intensity control, and full MIDI and MIDI timecode support.

All three of these consoles have a scheduled availability of December 2018.


Chauvet Professional

Chauvet Professional introduced new IP65 related fixtures. The Maverick Storm 1 Wash presents itself with a blasting output of 6,000 lumens, which makes it brighter than the Rogue 2 fixture. The RGBW fixture with its stunning aerial effects, effective pixel mapping feature, and a large variety of gobos makes it a great fixture for outdoor events. With an 11 degree to 42-degree zoom, it is sure to successfully light up any size event or show.

Continuing with the IP65 fixtures, Chauvet Professional has also released the WELL Pad; a completely wireless, battery-powered up-light. This RGBA fixture communicated over W-DMX and easily stores in a drop-in case for easy recharging—6 hours to recharge for 9 hours of use at full output. A magnetic diffuser included with the fixture increases the beam angle from 22 degrees to 27 degrees. These fixtures like the previous WELL products are sold in multiples—4 units with the charging case.

With the increasing use of LED tape, Chauvet Professional has released their IP67 rated version called the EPIX Flex 20. This 5-meter strip operates with the EPIX Flex Drive, which can control up to 8 EPIX Flex strips. With the additional ability to pixel-map, this highly flexible and extremely customizable strip is sure to be a competitor in the market. It includes 10 sets of mounting brackets and screws and a termination kit.

Also drawing widespread interest were the new collection of Ovation products, including 6-inchOvation Fresnels (the RGBA-LimeOvation F-415FC, theOvation F-415VW, and theOvation F-145WW), as well as four new pars:

Cineo Lighting

Cineo introduced the Lightblade, created in partnership with NBCUniversal. Available in 24” and 48” lengths, these 2.5” wide LED fixtures offer a thin and low profile footprint for even the tightest nooks and corners of your TV and Movie sets. The modular, integrated mounting system allows gaffers and electricians to stack several lightblades together, offering as a single integrated light source, or independently for a multitude of diverse effects. The new Lightblade LB800 is Cineo/NBCUniversals new 2’x4’ aperture panel type fixture, offering an incredible 50,000 lumens with an 800 watts worth of LED inside. With White-phosphor LEDs and Phosphor-converted saturated RGB LEDs deliver consistent color across a broad spectrum, and feature both HIS and RGB control modes. The LB800 can also be controlled in up to 10 independent zones via DMX, with configurability via RDM. New users won’t be disappointed, as the LB800 features the same intuitive graphic user interface for control.

CITC Special Effects

CITC was celebrating 28 years of business with the new owners of the company Paul de la Port and Jason Wilbur.Gary and Stephany were also on hand with the wide array of special effects products the company is known for including their recently released Maniac II.


  • 15 Second SmartFog creates cryogenic or fire effects

  • Fully automated moving head

  • 24 LED lights

  • 10 DMX channels

  • Adjustable output and speed

  • Instant stop technology

  • Strobe, dim, mix colors

  • Mount upright or upside down

  • Sound activation

  • Multi-Function Controller allows use without DMX

City Theatrical

Just in time for this year’s show, City Theatrical released their new Multiverse. With the growing issues with wireless frequencies (and several other daily challenges), they have answered with the Multiverse Module. The goal was more data using less radio energy, and they succeeded. This module offers flexibility, scalability, easy use, 2.4GHz, and 900MHz frequencies, and backward compatibility. Depending on your needs/ multiverse components, you can go from one universe of control to ten universes. The Multiverse product line includes the Multiverse SHoW Baby, Multiverse Node, Multiverse Transmitter, and Multiverse Gateway. Worth noting is the Multiverse Transmitter and Multiverse Gateway have the DMXcat onboard to allow for user setup.

And if wireless control advancements weren’t enough, the QolorFlex line now has a new addition with the NuNeon. This is a sealed LED linear product that easily replaces neon lighting with is extreme flexibility and safety. This is ETL listed, RGB color mixing, and operates on 24VDC. It works with a variety of the QolorFLEX dimmers and power supplies and can easily installed with accessories specifically for the NuNeon. The outdoor rating tops off the functionality making this a nice solution to a number of design needs.

Clay Paky

Distributed in the US by ACT Lighting, Clay Paky had the world premiere of theirSHARPY PLUS. TheSHARPY PLUS is the first true 100% HYBRID unit, able to be a beam light and a spotlight.

The SHARPY PLUS uses the new, Osram Sirius 330W X8 lampand weighs only 47.6 lb. Its body is slightly larger than the Sharpy's, to house an updated optical unit featuring a3° to 36° zoom range. The SHARPY PLUS has two independent operating modes.In BEAM mode, the aerial effects are enhanced by the way the Sirius lamp is made. It is capable of extraordinary power output (over 300,000 lux at approximately 30-feet), which the optical unit enhances through a marked hot spot.In SPOT mode, the light is diffused for creating visual effects can be projected with uniformity. Its3° to 36° (1:9) zoomcoversthe entire rangelinearly, both in spot mode and in beam mode.

The Axcor Spot 400 provides the medium-power applications with a compact, bright, LED moving spotlight, complete with every device you need for exceptional projected visual effects. Featuring 2 rotating dichroic glass gobo wheels, with a total of 14 rotating gobos, an animation disc, a rotating prism, a power-driven iris, and a 16-bit dimmer. In addition to these, it features highly advanced color management tools based on a CMY system with linear CTO and a 6-color wheel. Another outstanding feature of the Axcor Spot 400 is the incredible 5.5°- 55° zoom, with an extremely uniform light distribution at every beam aperture.

Axcor Profile 400 is packed with advanced lighting, mechanical, and electronic features like:

  • 300W white LED module

  • 6°-42° linear Zoom

  • CMY+linear CTO+6-color wheel

  • An effect section with animation wheel

  • Patented framing system, mechanical iris

  • 16-bit electronic dimmer

Featuring an extraordinarily compact body,it is extremely quiet, and has three operating modes, which can be chosen according to needs: Silent, Standard and Auto.

Featuring a 500W white LED engine, Axcor Profile 600 has a 5.3°-47.2° zoom (1:9 ratio), a complete color system, an effect section with animation wheel, patented framing system, and mechanical iris, and a 16-bit electronic dimmer.The luminous efficiency is among the highest for this power category, and can be further increased by about 25% if necessary thanks to the exclusive “boost mode”.

Axcor Profile 600 and Axcor Profile 400 are offered in two models: one that enhances the high light output or alternatively a model featuring very high color rendering (CRI = 90).

The Hepikosis an innovative Hybrid Wash/Beam light that combines low power consumption with color quality, in a highly compact body. The light is built around a bright 440W Osram discharge lamp, and features a 5-40° zoom, CMY color mixing, two color wheels. Thanks to its 185 mm diameter plano-convex front lens and its narrow 5° beam angle, it can produce a sharp, full-bodied beam, which may be used for striking aerial effects with saturated colors.

Clear Com

FreeSpeak II is a five-channel, full-duplex wireless intercom solution, ideal for large-scale, complex designs or specialized applications–requiring team members to be untethered and talking in independent channels of communication. After years of field experience and refinement, FreeSpeak II has become the de facto standard for wireless intercom operation in the 1.9GHz and 2.4GHz band across various markets. The exceptional RF performance and reliable connections across the system give users the peace of mind they need for staying connected at every major event, programming, stage performance, critical or mass area operation.


Coemar was highlighting their Phantom Fresnel/ PC fixture. This unit is available with three different LED arrays: Tunable Daylight, Variable White, and Full Spectrum (Red, Green, Blue, Cyan, Lime, and Amber). The fixture is DMX/ RDM controlled with a motorized zoom from 14-84 degrees, 3 selectable dimming curves (exponential, logarithmic, and linear), and 4 fan settings (low, auto, studio, and DMX regulated). The fixture is targeted at both entertainment and broadcast applications.

They also showed their ReLite LED retrofit. This bi-pin based module is designed to extend the life of existing stocks of 1K and 2K Fresnels by converting them to LED. Currently available in a Tungsten (3200K) or Daylight (5600K) color temperature, the retrofit is compatible with Triac or IGBT dimmers over a dimming range of 2-100%. Sources are 90CRI/ 160W or 97CRI/ 115W COB LEDs in a module that integrates the driver and fan and is supplied with an adapter to fit the existing lamp socket.


Dazian’s new product, Stretch Shapeswhich are constructed from IFR Trapeze® Plus fabric and can be reused with no puckering or bagging. They are machine washable, fade resistant, durable and easy to install. Ideal for Theatrical, Event, Retail and Commercial environments.

Their new Vector HD Tiles are multi-faceted, dimensional surfaces that create unique visual effects available in chrome and white. These innovative 3-dimensional tiles really “pop” when used with theatrical LED lighting. Velcro to one of their CD2 modular frames or glue to a wall.


DeSisti has updated and expanded their well-regarded SoftLED Series of fixtures with the SoftLED 1XL, SoftLED 2XL, and SoftLED 8XL. These fixtures are a response to requests from Lighting Designers for wider, brighter sources and offer roughly double the output of the existing SoftLED 1, 2, and 4 fixtures. It is important to note that they are not discontinuing the existing fixtures to be able to offer a wider range of sizes and outputs. Fixtures are available in Tungsten, Daylight, or Variable White with Manual and Pole-Op fittings. The SoftLED 1 is also available in a track-mount configuration for smaller studios and briefing rooms.

disguise (formally d3)

disguise Media Server systems have been getting a lot of notice this year in the entertainment industry. With tours like Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, and The Rolling Stones it is hard for them to go unnoticed. However, media servers are no longer just for concerts and big events like the Grammy's. disguise media servers are also being used in Broadcast, Fixed Installs, and Live Theatre. disguise has built a reputation that has quickly carried them to the top of the industry. This reputation is built on two things: Rock Solid Hardware and a Community of Users. All of disguise's media servers offer 3D visualization and set up, stunning effects and robust programming features. The disguise product line is scalable from a single 4K output to as many as 16 outputs. And every media server is sold with formal training from disguise's dedicated support team. The collaborative nature of the disguise organization is what draws users with new ideas to them. They work tirelessly to include existing technology and add new technology to their software every day. A great example of this is their implementation of Notch, a real-time graphics generator which provides users with stunning visual effects. A second example is the collaboration between disguise and Black Trax, a 3D tracking systems which enables disguise users to project on any moving surface, object, or subject. New for LDI disguise introduced the VX 4 a new piece of hardware completely redesigned from the ground up. It includes:

  • 16 x 3G-SDI inputs (4 x 4K@60fps max)

  • 16 outputs via 4 x VFC Output Slots (4 x 4K@60fps max)

  • Support for 10-bit color and HDR

  • Network connectivity: 2 x 1Gb/s, 2 x 10Gb/s, 2 x 25Gb/s

  • New version 15 software

Also new for this year is OmniCal. Omnical is a system of proprietary cameras that allow end users to calibrate all of the projectors to their corresponding projection surfaces in mere moments instead of minutes or hours.

Doug Fleenor Design

Doug Fleenor DMX DoohickeyDr. DMX has long been the go-to guy for all things DMX. His products are used industry wide for testing and stable reproduction of DMX Signals. But now we can also turn to the team at Doug Fleenor Design for all of our sACN & Artnet needs. New for this year is the DMX doohickey - the name is the only thing funny about it. This tiny device is designed to detect the address on channel 512 of a DMX universe. With hundreds of DMX universes available in sACN range people are beginning to identify them by parking channel 512 at the same value as the universe they are using. (universe #1 = channel 512 @1%) The DMX doohickey quickly identifies that DMX universe.

Preset 10 Ethernet Architectural - EthernetPreset 10 Ethernet is a new 10-button station for Snapshot Capture and Architectural Playback of up to four (4) universes of DMX. These universes are collected from the sACN stream via RJ-45 with support for POE switches. Multiple stations may operate on the same network. Also new for this year is the 8 Channel Ethernet to Analog Interface. This device will accept sACN or ArtNet protocols and convert them into 0-10V outputs for control of analog equipment and lighting. Another product that has made the jump from DMX to Ethernet-based protocols is the famous 1 Channel Relay Pack. This product is used to quickly control the power to simple devices such as fans, hazers, projectors, practicals, and non-DMX products.

Doughty Engineering

Doughty continues to expand the compatibility of their Space Saver Omega clamp. This unique folding option can be used with Chauvet, Clay Paky, Elation, Martin and Robe products. Made of high tensile strength aluminum, these brackets allow for many styles of clamps to remain attached to the fixture within its case.

Also of note was Doughty’s Modular Rigging System. Using sets of drop arms, t- bars and stirrup hangars, anyone can quickly assemble a custom lighting tree or lighting ladder within minutes. With the large line of Doughty clamp solutions, this system can easily be hung from a truss, permanently installed, or fashioned into a floor standing assembly.


Elation also had a couple of very powerful IP rated fixtures as well as a couple of console surprises.

First up, the PIXEL Bar LED IP, which comes in three varieties—30 IP (.5 meters), 60 IP (1 meter), and 120 IP (2 meters) with a rating of 65. Each fixture has the noted number of LEDs, a 120-degree beam angle, and an outstanding refresh rate of 44,000Hz for flicker-free operation. Each fixture can be connected together with the built-in magnetic end caps and have an adjustable mounting bracket, square and round frost attachments and a safety cable loop. These fixtures are able to communicate over Kling-Net, ArtNet, and sACN. The units receive power and data through rated IP 4pin cables and can be purchased in varying lengths between 2 and 50 meters. Control for these bars is through the Pixel Driver 4000, which allows for simple onboard control and full pixel mapping. The Pixel Driver has 4 outputs and also allows for multiple control units to be linked together through RJ45. The unit allows for a maximum of 4,080-pixel mapping through Kling-Net or 680 max through Art-Net and sACN.

The Artiste Van Gogh is a 16,000 lumen 380W LED wash fixture with a 16bit CMY color mixing plus CTO and a dedicated UV filter. Unlike most wash fixtures, this fixture includes a 4 blade internal barn door and an optional Fresnel lens which increases the zoom range from 7-55 degrees to 11-66 degrees.

The Artiste Monet is at the top of the class with a 950w 6,000K LED engine, emitting a powerful 45,000 lumens. This fixture contains not only CMY, and CTO, but also has RGB flags for even more intense color mixing. One of the more interesting features is the High CRI Filter that boosts the CRI from 70 to 82. Some of the Monet’s other features include 360-degree framing shutters, 7 rotating and 7 fixed glass gobos, animation wheel, 4 facet and linear prisms (rotating), Light and heavy frost, motorized iris, and zoom from 6 to 50 degrees.

Another exciting new fixture from Elation is the Rayzor 760 wash effects unit. This fixture features the new patent-pending technology called TwinkLED—28 white LEDs placed in the lens of the fixture to allow for visual eye candy. The Rayzor has 7 60W LEDs for 8,000 lumens of output and a zoom range of 5 to 77 degrees. This RGBW fixture also has CT presets from 2700k to 8000k, with 16bit dimming.

Finally, the Smarty Hybrid boasts all the qualities of a moving light—wash, spot, and beam. With a lumen output of 11,000, this fixture takes it to the next level. The lamp for this fixture is a Philips MSD Platinum 200 Flex lamp with “FLEX” technology—a technology designed to use a discharge lamp and ballast package to “produce high output and compact performance”. In its various beam, spot, and wash modes it has a 1 to 18-degree zoom, a 3 to 27-degree zoom and a 5 to 33-degree zoom. Also included in this fixture is CMY color mixing, CTO, CTB, UV, and 13 dichroic colors including a quad-color filter. There are 8 fully rotating and interchangeable glass and 12 static gobos, as well as a 16 facet and 5 facet linear rotating prisms. Last but not least, this fixture also contains Elation’s own E-Fly internal WIFI transmitter for wireless capabilities.

Recently purchased by Elation was the Martin M series consoles. These consoles have been rebranded under the name Obsidian. While some of the consoles still exist under the old name, there were two consoles that were presented under the new name: Onyx NX2 and Onyx NX Wing.

The Onyx NX2 console contains a full HD touchscreen, 8 encoders, full keypad and command buttons, with 4 assignable buttons, a single grandmaster and 10 full playbacks. This Windows 10 based system also contains 64 universes out of the box—without any external hardware needed. Other specifications include 2X External 4k touch displays, 4 DMX ports, MIDI, and 5 USB ports (1 @ 2.0).

The Onyx NX2 Wing is the control surface for the ONYX platform. This allows you to run ONYX on any PC platform and control your rig over USB connection. This wing includes a fully unlocked license of 128 universes. Key features of this item are: 4 DMX ports, MIDI, 10 playbacks, 4 encoders, and keypad.


elektraLite exhibited this year at LDI with updated versions of theirStingray Profile 4‐color with a newly designed 250 watt COB LED. The ellipsoidal provides the same clean, rich, beautiful light audiences have grown accustomed to, making the Stingray Profile 4‐colorideal for any show or event. The built‐in accessory clip and included color frame allow for diffusion and color media to be used. Features include:

  • single COB 250 watt LED giving rich, vibrant RGBW light with no hot spot.

  • 100% no step dimming and no pop or bump at beginning or end of dimming curve.

  • 19-degree lens installed. Available 26, 36 and 50 lens tubes with no chromatic aberration. Also fits existing lens tubes from other manufacturers.

  • double slot gel frame holder with safety clip for accessories and supplied gel frame

  • exclusive “cool to touch” housing features rotating barrel assembly, rear handle, pattern holder slot, and four shutter blades for perfect in‐focus beam cuts.

  • easy to use display menus for DMX or static control

  • on/off switch and Powercon in and out connectors, 5‐pin XLR connectors in and out

The elektraLite Fresnel is a newly designed 300 watt COB LED. With a balanced 3,200K or 5,600K color temperature, and a CRI of 94 with amanual 15 to 50-degree zoom.

A very simple to use onboard control interface allows for easy control by either DMX or console‐free static operation. The elektraLite Fresnel has 5‐pin XLR DMX connectors (both in and thru). A single yoke, safety eye bolt, and safety cable are included. Power is via industry standard Powercon in and out connectors allowing for quick daisy chaining of the fixtures. Exclusive “cool to touch” housing makes this fixture a whole lot in a small package.


ENTTEC’s Pixel Octo is an 8-Universe DIN pixel controller, which allows you to drive up to 1,360 pixels without compromising the refresh rate. The Pixel Octo allows you to create and edit presets via virtual faders, has a web interface, and is DIN-rail mountable. It also features an accessible reset button, ArtNet, sACN, KiNet, and ESP protocols, and Direct and Preset modes. It uses a single power supply and takes variable input from 5V-60V.


The PT1-13 DOT is a direct-view RGBW light for high-output day and night visibility in both indoor and outdoor conditions. Rated IP66, it’s built for harsh conditions and offers a multitude of mounting options. It goes up to 20W / 1200 lumens and features a Black PCB with three diffuser options. Available in 16-bit or 8-bit smart LED dimming and comes with a 3-year warranty.

The S-Play is ENTTEC’s next generation Smart Player that combines all your show needs into one product. It allows the user to create, set, and record shows using a user-friendly web interface is easily rack mountable and features an onboard LCD menu and SD card reader. It has 2 universes of DMX output, and supports ArtNet, sACN, and DMX Data In and Out, as well as PoE.

ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls)

The Relevé Spot from ETC brings the color quality, control, and consistency of the ETC LED product lines to the automated lighting world. Relevé builds on the legendary color control of ETC’s LED products and provides a reliable, full-featured automated fixture of the highest quality.

If you have an under-utilized space that is crying out to be turned into something amazing, ETC has a product to help you do just that. Prodigy FlyPipe is a compact, budget-friendly, zero fleet, self-climbing hoist that requires minimal structural support. This means you can add lighting, sound systems, projection, and other theatrical elements to spaces previously overlooked. Combine this with ColorSource raceway and you have a complete and diverse package.


Fiilex displayed it’s Q8 Travel, a 340W tunable LED Fresnel. It’s precisely designed 8” Fresnel lens produces a smooth light field at all beam angles (12-60°).

The Q8 Travel includes three other key features that address the needs of many film and video productions. First, the tunable CCT and hue enable the Q8’s output to blend seamlessly with existing lighting. Second, the robust construction ensures that the Q8 can withstand rough transportation and rigging conditions. Third, the intuitive LCD display and manual control knobs allow filmmakers to make quick adjustments on set.

With 48V DC battery compatibility and a weight of only 16 pounds, the Fiilex Q8 Travel is a great LED lighting fixture for on-location use.
- 340W power draw
- Unmatched focus/flood range of 12-60°
- Smooth dimming down to 0%
- Flicker-free at any frame rate
- IP-24 Rating (water-resistant)
- Tunable CCT (2800-6500K)
- Hue control (±0.25 green/magenta)
- High CRI at any color temperature, 97 typical.
- Broadband full-spectrum LED source
- Designed in the USA. Assembled in USA/Taiwan

Filex also displayed The Matrix II RGBW. This fixture brings full-color control to Fiilex's Matrix line of soft-source LED punch lights. The Dense Matrix LEDs in the Matrix II RGBW boast multi-wavelength color groups.

The Matrix II RGBW fixture draws 340W of power and produces an output greater than a 1K tungsten soft light. This output is generated by the four Dense Matrix LED clusters that are set into a custom-designed reflecting chamber and enclosed by a layer of diffusion. With its four LED sources, the Matrix II supports additional optics and accessories that can easily reshape the fixture’s illumination. The fixture is compatible with light banks from Chimera as well as DoP Choice when using the speed ring accessory. It can also be used as a front-focused light with the optional Quad-Fresnel, which increases beam intensity by 3x.

The Matrix II is also available in an alternate Tunable White model. The Matrix II Tunable White and the RGBW both have an improved mechanical design, smoother dimming down to 0%, magenta/green hue adjustment, and tunable CCT (2800-6500K and 2800-10000K respectively).

The housing of each Matrix II RGBW fixture is constructed of high-grade aluminum along with ruggedized rubber at the impact points making them extremely hard-wearing and shock-resistant.
- Full RGBW control
- Custom multi-wavelength LED groups deliver rich, bright color
- Smooth dimming down to 0% without flicker
- RDM/DMX512
- 5V/1A USB powers wireless DMX
- IP-24 weather resistant
- XLR power input compatible with 48V battery power
- Unique Fresnel accessory for increased punch
- Future-proof: the ability to upgrade firmware in the field
- Compatible with industry-standard softboxes and octabanks via speed ring accessory
- Extreme durability with high-grade aluminum housing and a ruggedized exterior

Gantom Lighting and Controls

Gantom Storm SeriesGantom has brought out their new Storm Series of fixtures and cable. The fixtures and cables are IP65 rated and include four of their most popular types.

  • Storm Z – Micro Spot Light / Floor Light

  • Storm DMX DW – Dynamic White Spotlight / Floor Light

  • Storm DMX RGBW – RGBW Spot/ Flood Light

  • Storm Form – Profile Spotlight

Cables for the Storm series are their PRO Cable line of 5 conductor cable with IP65 rated connectors and carry fixture power and DMX to each light. Cables are available in standard lengths of 2m and 5m and custom lengths are available.

Gantom also offers a T Connector that allows up to 72 Storm Z fixtures, 24 Storm DMX or 12 Storm form at the 24V input voltage.

For indoor applications, Gantom recommends their G8 Distribution box and Pro Cables.The G8 will distribute DMX and power to 8 fixtures and comes in a variety of options for hard wired connections or plug and play models.

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