On display at the ACT Lighting booth this year was the GDS Stage Managers Panels. The GDS SMConsole range offers versatile, scalable Stage Management control systems catering to applications in small studio theatre’s to the world’s largest opera houses in three different flavors, desk mount, rack mounted or free standing fiberglass. Utilize either a 3-pin XLR microphone wiring scheme or tie into your existing computer network wiring to transmit both data and power to the SM Console Cue Lighting system.
Also featured at the ACT Lighting booth is the newly released V2 GrandMA software. This upgrade includes some extensive advancement in features and add on effects. If you’re an owner of one of these systems, RUN, don’t walk to the closest computer and down load this free upgrade immediately, it’s that cool.
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ACT Lighting was showing the GrandMA, but there was little new about that. The buzz in the ACT booth was over GDS’s new LED House Lights. They have direct replacement options for pendant and high hats. The fixtures include wireless data receivers so adding control cable for a retrofit is unnecessary. They didn’t have published photometrics, but the fixtures output looked substantial. The LED’s are recessed in deep reflectors that prevent peripheral glare. They are still several months from market availability but highly anticipated. This was the Green Product of the Year at LDI.
The ACT team led by industry stalwart Bob Gordon had all the lines they distribute packed into their booth front and center at LDI. On display were distributed lines including Clay Paky, Wireless Solution's W-DMX G4, GrandMA2 with a separate display for the PC Wings, the GDS line of products including LiteWare RGB Uplighter and the the CueSystem, Rainbow Color Changers for those who are still buying gel scrollers.Two new lines were introduced– Elidy, a series LED strips and Chromlech with theirrange of halogen arrays. Yes, halogen audience blinders are still the way to go if you want to blind the audience without using LEDs.
The ACT Lighting team was in full force showing the new Chromlech fixtures including the Gleamer low voltage lighting dimmer. It allows control of any low voltage lamp individually and without external transformers. Nine DMX channels provide independent control of any low voltage lamp within a fixture. Handles any set of low voltage light sources from 6v – 28v.
MA was showing the onPC Command Wing. A control wing that is used in conjunction with their free grand MA on PC software. It is a portable 2,048 parameter control wing that enables the look and feel of the software to be as close to a real grandMA2 console as possible.
ACT is the North American Distributor for: MA Ligting, Clay Paky, MDG, Wireless Solutions, GDS, Tourplex/Datasure cables, and Chromalech.
The latest from Airstar is their new self inflating LED lighting balloon named the Sirocco 2-S. It is a 100% autonomous, all-in-one package, portable & multipurpose unit. Driven by 6 - 10w LED with a lamp life of 40,000 hours at 60W, the Sirocco 2-S has a battery life of 8-24 hours depending on use.
Color temperature is DAYLIGHT 5500°K-6500°K - 4 dimmable levels FULL, 2/3, 1/3, strobe mode
SAFETY KIT: Lighting balloon with reflective envelope, battery, battery charger, telescopic column, repair patch kit, user manual, carrying case
INDUSTRIAL KIT: Lighting balloon with reflective envelope, battery, battery charger, repair patch kit, user manual, metal carrying case.
Airstar, a leading provider of inflatable structures and lighting balloons for the event industry, announced the enhancement of its successful Crystal range with the launch of two brand new innovative products – Sunshade and Crystal White 50k lum – at the 2016 LDI Show.
Following a successful pilot test at music festivals in France this summer, Airstar introduces Sunshade to the Crystal range: a large lighting umbrella which transforms the Crystal lighting balloon technology into a new envelope shape. Measuring 2.2 or 2.6 meters in diameter, it features the same RGB LED lights that can be found on the Crystal balloons and is DMX controllable.
In addition to Sunshade, Airstar introduced the Crystal White 50k lumen lighting balloons (available in 130cm, 160cm, and 200cm diameter), which feature innovative LED lamps enabling eight times less power consumption versus halogen technology for the same luminous intensity. In addition, the LED lamps boast a lifetime of 50,000 hours vs 300 hours for halogen.
Crystal White 50k lum is also dimmable, with options including cold white, warm white or daylight that is fully DMX controllable. The Crystal White features an extremely quiet fan to cool the LED engine and is flicker free (tested up to 150 frames per second) making it suitable for use at broadcast events
The Sunshade is currently shipping while the Crystal White 50k lumens will be available worldwide on 7th November 2016.
Airstar America specializes in small to large scale lighting balloons and has been leading this market since
Airstar has three different departments - Event, Film, and Safety Lighting. They provide many lighting solution options - including LED, Tungsten, and HMI. They can also brand their inflatables with a company logo or the name of a specific event. At LDI, they were showcasing a prototype of their newest product, a battery-powered RGB inflatable.