Altman – This year’s Altman booth was built around their core LED products.
Spectra Cycs and Chalice units provided wash and down light accents. New to the booth this year were a few notable products which include the Altman PHX1 150w, the Pegasus, and the recently released Gallery series fixtures.
The Altman PHX1 150w is the convection cooled version of the PHX2 250w. For those environments where fan noise is a deal breaker, the PHX1 150w solves this issue. The unit is available in all the same configurations as the PHX2 (RGBA, RGBW, 3k, 5k, 3k/5k variable) and with the same options for 5, 10, 19, 26, 36 and 50 degree barrels. The light output is comparable to slightly less than a HPL575 source.
Speaking of the HPL lamp, did you know you can convert many of your older Altman fixtures including the 65Q to an HPL source? If you have Altman fixtures that you would like to change over to HPL lamps, contact your Barbizon sales person to check if there is a retrofit kit available for your fixture.
For those who missed the Pegasus Fresnel last year, it was on display again this year. The Pegasus is a truly versatile fixture with its 15-85 degree zoom and ability to function as either a mains dim or DMX dim unit. The Pegasus is available in 2700k, 3000k, 4000k and 5000k. The 6” and 8” will take the standard 6” and 8” Fresnel accessories including barn doors and top hats that may already be in your stock.
Finally, the newest fixture to the booth was the new Gallery series. Available in a profile, beam wash or flood option and the standard variations of color temperatures. The profile units come in either a 15-35 degree or 25-50 degree zoom. The Gallery series provides a sleeker looking fixture for those museum or upscale architectural projects. Dimming options include mains dim, DMX/RDM, 0-10v or DALI. The Gallery series can be used along with Altman’s Smart Track or in a portable, pendant or surface mount set up.
Altman – This year’s Altman booth was built around their core LED products.
BB&S featured their Force 7 LED Leko. This single source LED delivers smooth even light from edge to edge, 97 CRI, and draws 180W at maximum output, with no hot spots or double shadows when using a gobo. Available in 3000K, 5600K, and 6500K color temperatures, with 0-100% flicker-free dimming.
Also on display was the K-7 Twist, a compact magnetic LED ball light with a diameter of 35mm. Using a neodymium magnet, this light can be focused in any direction, with beam control obtained by the use of quick-change lenses and honeycombs. The K7 comes with a 3W LED available in 2700K, 3000K, or 4000K color temps. Dimmable power-supply and distribution PCBs are part of the K7 range.
BBS Lighting’s new LEDFLYERis a portable lightweight boom light available as a full kit that produces variable-color 3000K to 5600K overhead soft light. The complete kit includes a Molded Case, Light head, Diffusor; Diffusor Skirts, AC power supply, AC Cord, DC Cord, Integrated Belt Pack for Remote Controller and V-Lock battery plate. Additional Options include a Gold Mount battery plate, as well as DMX 512 control.
BB&S Lighting of Denmark showcased it’s Force 7 this year at NAB. The new single source LED technology provides a CRI of 97 with an output that is equivalent to 750 watts. They are also accomplishing this while only drawing 180 watts from an externally mounted 48-volt power supply. The dimming is very smooth from 100%-0% with no hot spots or double shadows while using gobos or effects. The demo that was set up at NAB confirmed the manufacturer's claims! The edge to edge light is very clean. The fan is also extremely quiet which makes it a great option for studio use.
The Force 7 is compatible with all ETC Source 4 barrels and lenses and is available in custom colors and comes with a Powercon True-1 AC Power Cable.
Aria is Blizzard’s new Ellipsoidal with 180w COB, RGBW, and 200w, 3200K, with a 90 CRI. The body and lens tubes are made out of a composite plastic, making the fixture lightweight. Available in 19°, 26°, 36°, and 50°, the lens tubes are also sold separately to be able to create whatever mixture of degrees you wish. The fixture body is also compatible with ETC S4 Lens Tubes. There is an LCD control panel on the back of the fixture for set up. Power in and out is powerCon and DMX in and out is via 3 pinXLR.
Hypno Beam is a relatively new moving head for Blizzard. I sports a 1x60x RGBW 8° LED as the main source and two rings of 60 RGB SMD5050 LEDs. There is individual control of each ring and the Beam source for a myriad of possibilities for effects. There are dozens of built-in effects to get you started. There is also built in auto/sound active programs. Power is supplied in and out via powerCon connectors, while DMX uses 3pin XLR.
Hypno Spot is also relatively new using a 30w white LED, creating a 4.7° spot. There is a 9 color + open color wheel for coloring your effect, and a gobo wheel with 9 gobos + open. It also has two effects rings of 76 RGB SMD5050 LEDs. The main source and the effects rings are controlled separately giving you the maximum control for your effects. Both of there Hypno fixture had a Pan of 540/630° and a tilt of 200°.
Wink is Blizzard’s new Moving Head Beam FX fixture. Sporting a 60w RGBW LED with a 5-45° motorized zoom and a ring of 4 RGB5050 LED segments with pixel control. This incredibly fast has an infinite pan and tilt making it fun to watch it spin around. There are dozens of built-in macros. Power in and out is via powerCon and DMX is 3pin XLR.
IRIS by Blizzard is Blizzards new Video panel. ETL listed the IRIS R3 is appropriate for indoor use only, permanent or rental. Each panel features a 128x128 resolution with a 3-in-1 SMD2121 blackbody for vivid color. There is a 3.9mm pixel pitch with 1200nits of brightness and 1920HZ refresh rate. Power in and out is via powerCon and data via Ethercon.
The panes connect via IRIS’s sophisticated quick lock system, allowing for a curvature of 10° concave and 5° convex maximum. The video panels work with the Novastar®VX4S professional LED display controller, making an external scaler unneeded. Each 250mmx250xx panel weighs less than 17lbs.
On the Pro line Chauvet has developed a whole array of new lights in pretty much all areas including; Pars, Ellipsoidals, Batten lights, and Movers.
For the Pars, they now offer the “COLORado Solo Series” with the designation of “1”, “2”, and “3”. Each using the equivalent of LED RGBW 60 Watt Chips these fixtures are bright but consistent across the line. They all have motorized zooms on them which is handy when you do not want to get up on a ladder to swap lenses. Depending on the unit you should expect to get between 8 thru 55 degs range. Their faces are completely homogenized so gone are the days of looking at all those different colored LEDs. The best part is that these fixtures are outdoor rated (IP65) which is great if you are using them for events outdoors.
In the Ellipsoidal line they have greatly added to their selection. Most units still use their RGBA-Lime LEDs which give you lots of possibilities for color, but their newer models now boast an output of close to a 750 Watt equivalent HPL lamp! Units can now come with HD lenses designed by Chauvet in 14, 19, 26, 36, and 50 deg options. They were proud to say that their lenses perform as good if not better than anyone’s on the market right now.
The “Ovation B” series fill are new batten fixtures that boast a bunch of groundbreaking features such as an RGBA-Lime color system and the incorporation of RDM, Art-Net™ and sACN plus standard DMX for programming and networking options. A 60 deg holographic filter is included and locks into place so the fixture can be used in any orientation with no worry about the filter sliding out. The units come in a variety of lengths from 1’-6’ long.
Their new moving light line is called “Maverick” and it includes a Spot, Wash, and Hybrid fixtures. Depending on your needs you have a lot of options at your fingertips. Fixtures are powered by either a 440 or 480 watt engine and boast advanced optics, dazzling effects, and stunning output. You can choose from DMX, sACN, Art-Net, or W-DMX for control.
Chauvet’s latest showstopper remains the Ovation series, now in available in variable white—the OvationE-930VW (ellipsoidal) and Ovation F-915VW (Fresnel). This proprietary LED engine works differently than one might expect. Chauvet uses a 6-color system to create exceptional color consistency in a flat and even field from 2800K to 8000K, as opposed to the more traditional method of mixing warm white and cool white LED’s. The independent color control also creates the ability to add a dash of color when desired. With the ability to change color temperature at 100K increments without losing intensity, it is all about consistency. Other functions include onboard manual control or DMX control, +/- green adjustment, 16-bit dimming, near silent operation, and adjustable Pulse Width Modulation to avoid on-camera flicker. As an added bonus, the Fresnel also features a motorized zoom. Overall, these fixtures provide simplicity and power at once, an ideal solution for studios and theaters alike. Most importantly, they are now shipping!
Chauvet's presence at LDI continues to grow with their line of fixtures for both touring and theatrical applications. The Ovation series has been overhauled a bit and there was some excitement regarding their new features on the Ellipsoidal and Fresnel fixtures.
The Ellipsoidals (Ovation- E*****) now have 3 LED versions (260WW, 260CW, and 260 WWIP) that all have a 230 W output that claim to exceed the output of a 750W tungsten source. They are all single source LEDs. They come in Warm White, Cool White and Warm White IP 65 rated.
There was also their newOvation E-930VWis a high-performance, variable white ellipsoidal style fixture that utilizes a unique 6-color LED system. This fixture projects a bright, beautifully flat field of light in nearly any temperature of white with high CRI and CQS. Each color temperature can be further adjusted for +/- green to perfect the field of light. For times when a splash of color is needed, the fixture can also give you full control of each color of LED as well.
In theirFresnel line, the big news was the Ovation F-915WW. It is a single source, Warm White LED with an output of 230W that is supposed compete with a standard 2K Fresnel’s output. It does have a motorized zoom of 27 to 68 degrees. They also have the multi-source/color LED options with a virtual color wheel that matches popular gel options. (RGBA+Lime)
The last bit of excitement regarding new fixtures would be the Ovation SP-300CW LED follow spot. It is a single source 260W LED that is quiet, and has all the standard options that you would find on a traditional follow spot. I was also told that this would work well up to a 100ft throw distance. The price point is also quite favorable when compared to its competition.
On Chauvet's video wall side, there were two new video panels at LDI: TheF4IPandF3. A high-performance outdoor-rated panel with brilliant SMD, a pixel pitch of 4.8 mm, a refresh rate of 3,840Hz, and high contrast 5,500 NITS, the VIPF4IPdisplays clear crisp images even in broad daylight, making it well-suited for festival applications. The user-friendly IP65-rated panel features magnetic LED modules for quick and easy installation and maintenance.
TheF3is a 3.9 mm pitch 1 m x 0.5 m LED video panel is equally suited for installations and rentals. Running on the Novastar control protocol, it also features magnetic LED modules that make it easy to install and service. The panels may be mounted directly on a flat wall, thanks to their front-service option.
In moving lights the newMaverick MK Pyxis featured a unique design that includes an outer ring of RGBW LEDs, a powerful zooming center pixel, 360° continuous pan and tilt movement and a host of other performance features, the new fixture produces an seemingly endless array of looks and can fill a variety of roles from beam, to wash, to set piece effect. A built-in virtual gobo wheel with background colors can be used to make the outer ring appear as if it’s spinning. With a combined center pixel and outer ring illuminance of 27,560 lux at 5 meters, the fixture has the output needed for arena applications.
Also in the Maverick series is the newMaverick MK2 Profile, the first profile light in the Maverick series. A 440W LED fixture with a high (90+) CRI, the newest member of the Maverick series has been designed to perform a wide variety of functions in theatrical, house of worship, touring, and event applications. With an illuminance of up to 14,981 lux at five meters and a zoom angle of 14° to 36°, the new fixture has the output needed for large venues and the ability to produce a range of beam sizes. For applications when less output is needed, the fixture has a low-volume “Eco Mode.”
For wash applications there is the Maverick MK3 Washraises the bar on output, color consistency, and pixel effects. Powered by 27 (40 W) Osram RGBW LEDs, it has the muscle to handle any application, including long throw situations with ease. Pixel mapping effects, built-in color macros and gobos, along with a CTO color mixing option make this powerhouse fixture the complete wash package. Control options includeDMX, sACN, Art-Net, Kling-Net or W-DMX.
This year Coemar debuted their new 6-color LEDko engine: Red, Green, Blue, White (5600K), Lime & Phosphor Corrected Amber. Thegoal in mind is an all-in-one fixture for Studio & Theatrical applications - a fixture capable of intensely saturated colors without sacrificing the punch of the whites. The purpose of the Lime and PC Amber is to help flesh out the Red, Green and Yellow spectrum as well as producing high CRI's above 94 throughout the range of whites. Depending on the mode it's used in, the new LEDko FS6 can be used as a color changing, variable white (2700K - 6500K) or an all-in-one fixture!
Also new to the product line are an LED Spot and Fresnel moving head. The LEDko TM FS6 uses the same 6-color engine as in the LEDko F6 in addition to the characteristics expected in an intelligent profile: Zoom (13-38 degrees), Internal Framing Shutters, Iris, Frost Filter, Pan & Tilt. The LEDko TM Fresnel is available in either Tunable Tungsten (2700K - 4100K) or Tunable Daylight (4100K - 6500K), both of which include RGBW LED chips, Green/Magenta manipulation, Proportional Zoom (13-65 degrees), Internal Barndoor Framing System, Pan & Tilt. These will begin shipping in Q1 2018.
Coemar had several products come out more suited to the architectural markets, including the Pixel LED, ParLite ACL and LEDko EXT II. The idea behind the Pixel Light is a RGBW IP65 rated fixture that can be quickly assembled through either magnetic or mechanical connection to form any kind of composition. Think legos with lights! The ParLite ACL is a very punchy parlite with a 3 degree narrow beam for uplighting from a distance. The LEDko EXT is a completely IP65 rated LED profile with 13-40 degree zoom, gobo holder and internal shutters, available in RGBW, Daylight or Tungsten.
Last but not least, Coemar came out with an economical solution for upgrading tungsten fresnels to LED while preserving your existing dimming system. Coemar's 1K retrofit is available in Tungsten or Daylight with CRIs above 90 and flicker-free dimming from 100-10%. Though only available in a 1K engine with an optional G38 adapter for use in 2K, Coemar plans to introduce a 650w engine by the end of the year and a true 2K retrofit sometime in 2018.
At this year’s NAB, Coemar debuted their new 6-color LEDko FS6 LED light engine and it is a winner. The new LED chip on board includes Red, Green, Blue, White (5600K), and now Lime & Phosphor Corrected Amber. Their goal was to create an all-in-one fixture that could address both Studio and Theatrical markets with the capability of producing intensely saturated colors without sacrificing the output punch of the whites. The purpose behind adding the Lime and PC Amber is to help “beef up” the Red, Green and Yellow parts of the color spectrum as well as adding the ability to produce a high CRI (above 94) throughout the range of whites. Depending on the mode you select, the new LEDko FS6 can be used as a variable white (2700K - 6500K) or an all-in-one, color changing fixture. All LEDkos can be controlled via DMX, RDM or locally at the head.
Also new to the Coemar product line are an LED Spot and Fresnel moving heads. The LEDko TM F6 uses the same 6-color LED light engine as in the LEDko FS6 in addition to all the characteristics you would expect in an intelligent profile fixture: Zoom (13-38 degrees), Internal Framing Shutters, Iris, Frost Filter, and Pan/ Tilt. For the Fresnel crowd, the LEDko TM Fresnel is available in either Tunable Tungsten (2700K - 4100K) or Tunable Daylight (4100K - 6500K), both of which include RGBW LED chips, Green/Magenta manipulation, Proportional Zoom (13-65 degrees), an Internal Barndoor Framing System, and Pan/Tilt. These will be available for sale shortly.
In addition to the new, evolved logo reveal at LDI - ETC had some interesting new things to show off.
Gio @5™ brings the high-end control of the larger Eos® family consoles to venues with smaller booths – or smaller budgets.
This portable console packs all the control necessities into a compact footprint, so external monitors and accessories are optional. With an articulating, 17-inch, multi-touch LCD display, five definable and page-able motorized faders and a master fader pair, Gio @5 is the perfect step up for Ion® users who want expanded hands-on access to playbacks, color control, touchscreen Magic Sheets and more.
Key features of the Gio @5 console include:
- The Gio/Eos Ti® facepanel layout, including the backlit keys, master fader pair, and fader controls keys
- 5 60mm motorized faders and associated controls/displays
- 1 integral, 17-inch, articulating multi-touch monitor
- 2 sets of controls keys along the left side of the display
- 2 network ports (Non-PSE) and 4 Hardline DMX/RDM ports
- 1 Littlite port
- Contact closures for remote triggers
- Output capacities from 2K to 32K, upgradable in 1K increments
- Support for up to two external high-resolution multi-touch monitors
- Compatibility with all Eos family accessories
Also in the booth was the ColorSource Consoles - including the AV version that does basic audio and video cues.
Sensor IQ277V brings the function and form-factor of the current 120V Sensor IQ to a broader market. With options for 15-, 20-, and 30-amp one-pole hydraulic-magnetic breakers, this panel is ideal for commercial facilities such as arenas, stadiums, and convention centers. These panels will soon be available in 240V models for the non-CE international markets.
Also making its first appearance at LDI was be the Source 4WRD™retrofit, which transforms full-sized conventional Source Four® fixtures into LED luminaires.
In fixtures, there was the brand-new ColorSource® Linear striplight. LDI show attendees also got demos of the Irideon™ FPZ architectural luminaire, the GDS CueSystem cue light system, and the Prodigy® P75 Self Climber hoist.