When you look for a strobe, the first thing you look for is power, and power is exactly what German Light Products’ new JDC1 hybrid LED strobe provides. Power is delivered in excess through a versatile and highly creative design, the likes of which are unparalleled. Already adopted by some of the world’s leading LDs, it has been flying out the door and into rental facilities across the globe since receiving its world premiere at Frankfurt Prolight+Sound in April.
The JDC1 unquestionably redefines the paradigm and creates a whole new class of strobe that goes way beyond the standard definition of a hybrid. And the market seemingly cannot get hold of them quickly enough.
Fundamentally, the JDC1 has been designed in three sections, which can be controlled independently or as a complete synchronised unit.
The fixture itself contains a traditional single tube element with an incredible clear, bright, white output, derived from 216 white LEDs, and then combines that with a surrounding, format-filling full face of RGB LED power, utilising 1,320 high quality LED’s. Whether running independently, or together these elements offer the brightest output unit its class with retina burning output.
Adding versatility to the design options, the two RGB plates can be divided into six separate ‘pixel’ sections on each plate and then operated with full pixel mapping control. This alone creates stunning effects, whilst the LED tube can pop through with high intensity flashes.
However, in a never seen before feature, the JDC1 also allows pixel mapping of the LED tube, which is broken down into 12 individually addressable sections. This enables the tube to create incredible motion effects, either when forward facing or through shadow play behind a performer. Whilst the tube is operated in this mode, the RGB plates can give a solid background colour to strengthen the effect.
With this level of flexibility, the JDC1 really offers a huge amount of colour, layering and operational effects, right up to the point of pixel mapping the entire array.
However that’s not all, along with working as a powerful strobe light, both the tube and the RGB plates can be run continuously for high output blinder and wash light effects, which never reduce output or have thermal cut-out. With their wide beam angle, this allows for wide coverage of backdrops, stage areas or audience sections.
Then to crown it all, the JDC1 also offers dynamic movement, with a 16-bit, 185° tilt range, allowing you to place effects exactly where and when you want them to be — to derive the most possible power and impact.
Functioning in any orientation and whether the operator wishes to use it as crowd effect at one moment and then as a stage focused strobe effect the next, the motorised tilt gives a level of functionality and effect that has never been seen on the market before.
The design of the JDC1 allows adjacent units to be aligned through locking pins, which also align with their award winning X4 Bar series products.
Further features include on-board menu setup with battery operation, TRUE1 power input with variable voltage for worldwide usage, quiet operation and a low weight of just 12kg.
Across the world, rental companies have been quick to jump on board, with Rent-All in the Benelux and HELi Showequipment in Germany leading the charge in Europe, and Christie Lites, PRG, Solotech and Volt Lites being the early adopters in the US and Canada. At the same time, lighting designers on both sides of the Atlantic have been lining up to specify them on shows.
Stated GLP’s Mark Ravenhill, “This has been a real success story for GLP — early adopters have been quick to pick up on the unique features of the JDC1 and we are seeing it being used in some highly creative ways in the short time since we started shipping.”