This article is dedicated to professional lighting, which has seen many new products at this year’s fair. There was much talk about a new technology, LED COB. As far as all the rest is concerned, the Italian excellence is confirmed and there are also some new entries. Let’s go!
Avolites for the first time this year introduced a whole new range of products called Ai, and among them a powerful media server.
Ai is a a division of Avolites that was born a few years ago from the collaboration of Avolites and Immersive Ltd, a company working in lighting and scenic design.
Ai Media Server is the flagship product of the series and it was designed to integrate the lighting and the video naturally, to make the light designer’s work easier. Ai media server is equipped with a node-based software developed by Immersive that allows the programmers to create a personalized configuration.
Clay Paky’s booth this year was visited by many and was always full of people and crowded since at their booth, they organized some demos,which could be assisted in the rear of the booth. The name that has already become famous worldwide, as one can read from the company’s press releases, is that of Sharpy, the well-known beam fixture that at this year’s fair was accompanied by his younger brother, Sharpy Wash.
Sharpy Wash 330 is an extraordinarily compact, lightweight 330 W washlight, with the luminous efficiency, graphic and optical performance of a 1000W fixture. It is extremely silent and quick, and is fitted with a complete CMY color system, special colors, 6.5°-48° zoom, mechanical dimmer, beam shaping filter and motorized top-hat. It is an eco-friendly light, allowing considerable running and consumption cost savings. Click to see the teaser:
The Alpha Profile 800 ST is a compact, light, silent unit with an extremely bright light and a zoom capable of producing an extraordinarily sharp, perfectly uniform beam. Among its features we can find a miniaturized four-blade framing system, 11°-55° Linear Zoom with additional narrow 7,6° angle; exclusive Autofocus system; Dyna-Cue-Creator function; 6000 K light beam; top-of-the-class operating silence.
GlowUp Strip 100 is a LED bar for professional stage lighting, with mixed battery/mains power supply and mixed cable/wireless control. 10 powerful RGB-W multi-chip LEDs are arranged in a line inside a 100 cm linear aluminium housing suitable for outdoors use (IP65). The fixture creates a curtain of brightly colored light, with a beam angle adjustable from 14° to 70°. The original “white power saving” function helps optimize power consumption.
Chauvet displayed an assortment of fixtures: Nexus 4×4 LED wash light, Legend 230SR Beam moving yoke, Ovation series of theatrical luminaires, Q-Wash 436Z-LED zooming LED wash light, COLORado 4 IP pixel-mapping batten and more. Chauvet’s architectural and architainment brand ILUMINARC was represented by outdoor and indoor lighting solutions such as Ilumipanel 40 IP, Ilumipanel 180 IP, Ilumipod 18g2 IP, Ilumiline 36 IP, Ilumiline Inground Tri 12 IP, Ilumiline Logic 12, Ilumipod Logic Tri 4 and more.
The first product that deserves attention is Nexus 4×4, a tour-ready wash light that uses RGB COB LED technology, combined with a reflector that delivers a soft and visually pleasing light. The fixture is set up to run in almost any system utilizing Art-Net, Kling-Net or DMX, with on-board power and data linking that can be used as an Art-Net to DMX converter. Nexus 4×4 utilizes integrated mounting hardware, which makes for an easy setup whether it’s one or an array of 100 fixtures.
The Ovation series, for the theatrical use, seemed to be very interesting. Its features are as follows: Ovation F-165WW and Ovation E-190WW: Powered by 16 10-watt LEDs, Ovation F-165WW delivers over 1,730 lux at 5 meters (13 degrees). Its innovative LED source produces smooth, even washes from 9 to 52 degrees with a color temperature of 3100 K and a beautiful soft field. Selectable dimming curves and 16-bit dimming control make it compatible with older, traditional theater Fresnel lights. Powered by 19 10-watt LEDs, Ovation E-190WW delivers over 3,446 lux at 5 meters (using the 26-degrees lens tube). Ovation E-190WW has standard beam shaping shutters, separate gobo and effect slots and lens barrels that are interchangeable with other ERS fixtures. Ovation E-190WW has a color temperature of 3100K, a beautiful flat field, 16-bit dimming control, allowing for smooth fades at the lowest levels.
Q-Wash 436Z-LED is a zooming LED wash powered by 36, 10-watt quad-colored RGBW LEDs and a versatile zoom of 17 to 39 degrees .
Coemar celebrated its 80th anniversary, a true record. Along with the celebrations, some new products were launched. The new, small, fast and extremely powerful Infinity ACL XS, thanks to its specially designed optics and a particularly performant 330W lamp (Osram Sirius HRI). The smallest fixture of the Infinity series, produces a highly bright beam that can be confronted to a 1500W fixture. The beam angle of the ACL XS varies from 1.7° to 3.3° and produces moonflower effects and wash mode (up to 35° in frost).
Infinity Spot L, mounting a 1000W lamp, was designed for use on stages of big dimensions, thus having a compact body. The Spot L has an HD quality, dimming and CMY colour mixing, new, fast and a powerful zoom (1:5 in 0.4s), morphing effects and digital ballast (with PFC) that includes a complete diagnostics programme. Infinity Spot L has 2 gobo wheels, rotating prisms, narrow and dynamic iris effect, proportional frost effect and CCT control. Internal battery for the display and Artnet options are also available.
Chroma-Q officially launched two new innovative products at Prolight & Sound:
The already award-winning Chroma-Q Inspire LED house light and the new AutoLED II moving head fixture.
The Inspire house light is a powerful multi-purpose creative lighting tool that provides a choice of beautiful whites, soft pastels and bold saturates. With fully homogenised colour mixing and a choice of three different lens options, the Inspire provides a selection of mixed colours and ‘true’ whites, with no unsightly colour separation shadows. It also features an energy-efficient compact LED design providing reduced maintenance and running costs.
The AutoLED II is a 6,500K* CCT daylight white LED moving head fixture that boasts an extreme 16,430 hot lumens output for ultra bright, long distance throw. It was told to us that it was specifically designed for providing precise daylight illumination of motor industry tradeshows, fashion events and retail environments. The fixture incorporates DMX control, allowing it to be operated from any DMX enabled lighting console.
The products of the Italian manufacturer DTS follow the innovation philosophy that is applied to all the product lines manufactured by the company. The company has worked a lot in research and development to maintain the dimensions and the weight of the fixtures that become more and more reduced, to ease the installation technicians’ work. Among new products we can find the new and powerful Raptor that with its dimensions of just 37 cm x 50 cm seems to be the most compact Beam moving head on the market at the moment. Its 17 gobos can focus at any distance. The ‘Smooth’ filter eliminates the hot spot typical of Beam projectors, evenly diffusing luminosity at any point of the light beam. Raptor is equipped with the patented FPR (Free Pan Rotation) system, introduced a few years ago by DTS, which allows a limitless rotation on its vertical axis in both directions, without any need to reverse the motion. This is a very interesting feature that makes the DTS product particularly suitable for light designers seeking for dynamic solutions.
MAX, a moving head that features a unique optical group in which for the first time enables 4 different types of projection with a single moving head: Beam, Spot, Wash, and Theatre, were also presented at the fair. The special long excursion motorized zoom allows any application from long-throw projections to large wall washes. MAX also features the patented FPR system.
At the stand we had an opportunity to talk about the market situation and learn about some plans of the company, in which at the moment we cannot reveal. The small talk was made even more pleasant due to a glass of rosè classic method, branded DTS for the occasion.
ETC at this year’s Prolight + Sound launched a new lighting control desk, new software and some new ETC lighting fixtures.
The Eos Titanium control desk, aka the Eos Ti, takes the place of Eos as the company’s flagship Eos line desk. Eos Ti incorporates new hardware and features that make designing and programming even easier.
Also on the stand and available for demonstration were the new 50W ETC Source Four Mini and Source Four LED Studio HD; and the new ES1 dimmer, which brings the same power control and efficiency behind ETC Source Four Dimmer to any other tungsten lamp.
The new Source Four Mini deserved particular attention since it is 23cm long and weighing just 740g and works on a 50 watt lamp. The Mini is designed with the DNA of the Source Four family, with crisp optics, crystal-clear image projection, a bright, even field, and user-friendly operation.
At this year’s Prolight & Sound, Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands has unveiled three new Platinum lamps that provide unrivalled brightness. The lamps are specifically tailored to the demanding requirements of the Touring/Stage, Studio/Theater and DJ/Club segments.
The new Philips Platinum MSD 16 R lamp is a reflector lamp that further builds on the benefits of the current 15 R lamp in terms of compactness, but offers 18% increased brightness (16000 lumen at 330W) for increased impact. The lamp has been successfully designed-in the fixtures of both Clay Paky (Sharpy Wash 330) and DTS (Max).
The new Philips MSR Platinum 35 ST, with a color temperature of 6000K, a high color rendering of 80 and an unrivalled brightness from a compact light source (54500 lumens) is the perfect solution for Studio/Film segment. The Platinum 35 ST lamps can be used in the fixtures of Clay Paky (Alpha Spot QWO800 ST and Alpha Profile 800 ST), Elation (Platinum Profile 35 and Platinum Spot 35), PR Lighting (XR 800 Spot), Robe (MMX Wash Beam and MMX Spot) and Terbly (PT800S and PT800P).
The club scene is focused on energizing the crowd and therefore requires powerful light from compact moving-heads that rotate fast and create an uplifting environment .With a miniature arc size of only 0.9 mm, the new Philips MSD Platinum 2 R is by far the most compact reflector lamp system available yet.
JB-Lighting has become one of the keyplayers in professional lighting. At PL+S the German manufacturer showed two new products expected to be available from autumn 2013.
A novel and groundbreaking product is the LED Washlight A6 (see pic on the left). The design and the arrangement of the lenses produces a circular light beam requiring only small bars between the lenses. The optical impression emphasizes the state-of-the-art LED technology and is nonetheless a pleasing eye-catcher. The A6 is equipped with 19 RGBW multi-chip LEDs in the 15W class and as a matter of course comes with the superior technology, which is characteristic of the A8 and the A12 movinglights. This includes, inter alia, a unique cooling system allowing maximum power consumption at a minimum noise level, integrated radio DMX and 3phase stepper motors for rapid and precise movements. The LEDs of the A6 can be controlled individually. Via a macro-channel, the user has access to a multitude of patterns and colour combinations.
The new LED-Spotlight Varyscan P8 is equipped with 21 high-performance RGB LEDs and has a maximum total power consumption of 800W. The arrangement of the LEDs combined with the optical system ensures a comparatively compact construction as well as excellent illumination. The RGB colour mixing allows smooth and homogenous transitions without the use of mechanical components. This also applies to the high-speed strobe and the dimmer. The effects unit consists of two gobo wheels each with seven rotatable, positionable and exchangeable gobos. In addition, an animation wheel is available which is able to rotate horizontally and vertically in both directions. 4-facet rotating prism, iris and frost effect complete the effects palette. The optical system is completed with zoom and focus.
High End Systems
The Hog 4, the new flagship console, replaces the famous Wholehog III. It embraces the latest technology, while retaining the Hog’s familiar control surface. Users will be able to walk up to the Hog 4 and start programming without having to learn a whole new interface.
The console provides three monitor outputs, MIDI input and output ports, 8 USB ports, 2 Fast Ethernet ports on a rugged Neutrik Ethercon connector allowing total flexibility. Among its features one can also find: a built-it DMX Processor 8000, unlimited number of simultaneous crossfades, 10 motorized playback faders, one motorized Grand Master, 48 Soft-Keys for quick toolbar selections. The console can be networked with other Wholehog console systems, as well as being controlled remotely when networked with a tablet PC running Hog 4PC software.
During the PL+S 2013 Highlite presented the new catalogue Showgear 2013/14, in which more than 200 new products were introduced. Among numerous LED products by Showtec, there are the spots Phantom 75 and Phantom 225, the PixelSquare 16 and the PixelBar 8, both featuring the new LED COB technology (Chip on Board), the Expression 6000 and the LED Tracker Q4, as well as the new Performer series of theatrical fixtures (Fresnel, spot, profiles) with Led light source.
We concentrated on Phantom 75 LED spot (the video is featured below), which we found was proposed at a very interesting price. It is a 75W moving head of medium dimensions with a white LED light source. The fixture is complete thanks to 7 gobos, 8 dichroic filters and many extra functions, e.g. gobo shaking, gobo rotation, prism, divided colours and rainbow effect. The shutter is mechanical, the focus system is motorized and features a mechanical zoom. It is possible to choose from a DMX configuration of 8 or 14 channels. The other products can be browsed in the on-line catalogue on the internet site of the manufacturer.
Many new products presented by Litec, in which in the occasion of the PL&S2013, made official the collaboration with Carmen Savarese as Business Development Manager. 6 new truss: QX30SA, QX40SA, QH30SA, QH40SA, QH30SL e QH40SL. They substitute the older truss versions maintaining the ultimate dimensions- weight- cost relation, but with higher resistance thanks to a different design of cross sections.
EXE RISE are the new chain hosts completely made in Italy. They are the only chain hosts that fully respect the German norm BGV, according to the directive VPLT SQP2. These chain hosts were designed for theatrical and entertainment world use. Light and compact, they are very silent and reliable.
Following the tradition, Martin Professional presented a whole lot of new products which were demonstrated to us by Martin’s PR coordinator Larry Beck. The new brand of products created for the occasion, RUSH, was being discussed frequently. The new series was designed to satisfy the needs of the reality that “Martin knows very well”, the world of discos, clubs etc. in which the market that seems to be living a return of success with the manufacturers.
MAC Viper Profile: With over 26000 lumens of power from a 1000-watt HID source, this award-winning profile workhorse is convincingly brighter than 1200-watt fixtures and also outperforms them in terms of speed and compactness. The family is completed by the new MAC Viper Performance, MAC Viper AirFx (photo ndr), MAC Viper Wash, MAC Viper Wash DX.
The new M6 console is the new flagship of Martin’s M-Series consoles. M6 offers power, flexibility and the renowned ease of use of the M-Series software. Among its features we can find 44 direct access playbacks, onboard processing for up to 64 DMX Universes, 2 multi-touch screens, 2 additional touchscreens, 17 encoders and the newly designed FastBlend T-bar module. VC-Strip: VC-Strips are fully pixel-level calibrated on brightness and colors for optimal uniformity and quality and are driven by Martin’s award-winning P3 System Controller family for smooth playback . They are available in various lengths and can even be cut to required length on-site.
Music & Light
This year’s Music & Light introduced a few new products, and the fact that this young Italian company (born in 2001) walks along with other famous world brands are really encouraging.
At the 3000mq all-in-white booth with rationally disposed furniture, we had the pleasure to meet Fabio Sorabella who told us about his vision of the market. It is a difficult moment that awards those who have worked with a clear idea in mind and continue to invest in research, technology and image. It seems like a commonplace to repeat but, as we can see, it is and remains a winning formula.
We got to know the new Reflex series. The LED wash beam Prolights, with compact dimensions,single lens with pre-mixed colours and a wide angle fast-zoom. The optical system consists of a single lens with a plain-convex glass combined with a 19x10W Osram Ostar LED FullColor lamp with a reflex system that allows the pre-mixing of colours in the optical channels, with a convincing chromatic naturalness as a result.
REFLEX features a 10°-60° zoom passing from an intense and defined Beam to a soft Wash.
REFLEX offers a ca 4000 lumens output in a compact 9 kg body and its price is very attractive thanks to its performance/dimensions ratio.
The fastness and precision of the movement is guaranteed by the ultra-light frame structure and thanks to its cooling system and highly efficient optical compartment, REFLEX results in being very silent, also for such rumour-sensitive environments such as theatres and TV studios.
The power consumption of only 240 W allows to cable more units to the same power line, reducing the installation costs and the technical issues.
With Moby 40 Music&Light offers a product that follows one of the recent trends. It is a small Led fixture working independently thanks to the incorporated lithium battery and Wireless DMX.
Philips Vari-Lite exhibited the new VL3015, VL3015LT and VL3515 luminaires and the newly released software for the popular VLX Wash luminaire that enables individual cell control of the seven powerful 120-watt RGBW LED light engines inside. The software update is applicable for all existing VLX fixtures and now gives lighting designers the creative freedom and can be easily programmed from any lighting controller.
The VL3015LT Spot luminaire provides 42,000 lumens of output and also offers an unmatched 10:1 zoom optics system. It comes complete with CYM color mixing, a variable CTO wheel, two five-position color wheels, three gobo/effects wheels, a beam size iris, a separate dimmer, ultra-fast strobe mechanisms and a standard palette of gobos, effects and colors.
VL3015LT Spot contains an independent rotating and indexing 3-facet prism as well as an independent frost glass.
Also using the double-ended Osram 1500W lamp, the VL3015 and VL3515 Spot luminaires feature a 6:1 zoom optics system along with CYM color mixing, a six-position color wheel, variable CTO color temperature correction, gobo/effects wheels, and ultra-fast strobe mechanisms.
This is the second year for Red Lighting in Frankfurt, an Italian company that in only one year managed to become well-known and appreciated on the market with its high quality products at competitive prices.
As Franco Natali explained to us, it is very important for the company to follow the technology and the development phase that is completely run in the internal R&D office. It was very interesting to understand how Red Lighting implements in some of its fixtures a particular dissipation system made of blades that in a very simple and efficient way contain the working temperatures, prolonging the LED lifetime and boosting its efficiency. We will soon get back to it…
As far as new products are concerned, we find two moving heads BS3 and S400 and the followspot EYE that take advantage of the characteristics of the new discharge lamp MSD Platinum by Philips. PIXEL is a whole range of LED fixtures with the COB (Chip-On-Board) technology, that allows to mix the colours in an excellent way. The possibility to singularly control the colour of every LED guarantees an extreme flexibility, to create complex graphic images and personalized letterings. PIXEL CUBE is another new product, with 25 LED 3 in 1, 30W each. In the video below Franco Natali presents the new controller Red Mx, ready for sale.
Robert Juliat officially launched its extended TIBO range, a comprehensive range of modular fixtures that introduce the idea of the Creative Concept Light.
The Tibo range offers a ‘mix and match’ choice of light source (LED, tungsten halogen and discharge), lens type (Fresnel and profile) and body colours. The new additions launched at Prolight & Sound include two new profiles offering a choice of dynamic variable white LED or HID sources, and a Fresnel version available in all types of Tibo light source. The choice of Tibo 75W LED sources, already available in cool white (6500K), neutral white (4000K) and warm white (3000K) options, has been expanded with the addition of a new variable or dynamic LED source which ranges from 2700K to 5700K for precise colour temperature control. All profiles in the Tibo range have a 360° rotating body and an optical system, which offers the choice of two zoom ranges (30°/45° and 15°/ 35°) in one single unit.
The 150W ZEP 340LF LED Fresnel was designed to complement the ZEP 640 profile spot. Available in two colour temperatures (6000K and 3200K), the ZEP Fresnel offers a very wide, even beam and long 50,000hr LED life.
Le Cin’k is a versatile lantern with interchangeable lamp bases. A single lamp house can accept any of the four types of lamp bases – accommodating either 2500W tungsten, 5000W tungsten, 1200W discharge or 2500W discharge lamps – and can therefore be quickly turned into a new spotlight according to requirements.
At the SGM booth we got to know Claudio Zampini who is in charge of the SGM distribution in Italy and demonstrated to us the new product that aroused much interest at the fair. The product’s name is G-Spot, with an allusion to another “G-Spot”, as Peter Johansen explained to us with a bit of humour. Peter told us that, as he was trying to find a name for the new spot, typing “spot” in the search engine, the search results contained a whole lot of links to the articles on “that” g-spot, and he started to seriously think of naming the new fixture like that. No other moving head has had such a name till now and it is very easy to google it. Finally, the decision to name the fixture like that was unanimous.
The real novelty is that it’s the first water-resistant moving head IP-65 and it is, in fact, a development of considerable importance. From the quality point of view it seems to be a valid product. SGM should manage to introduce this new product, which we saw al PL+S 2013 at the pre-series step, to the already saturated market. The idea is great!
Spotlight offered various products from the well-known Green Line, thanks to new developments, is one of the most complete LED fixture series for theatrical use, TV studios and architectural installations.
This line including PC, Fresnel, profiles, followspots and beam lights, is enriched with a few new products. Thomas Nell offers an overview of some of these products in the video below, among which we find the new profile spot VedetteLED 250 RGBW. This is the first profile spot with the LED technology and with the local control and DMX for the colour selection. The rendering of the fixture seemed to be really convincing even on the fairground where the conditions are certainly not ideal.
Other new products included a 600W Fresnel fixture with a beam similar to a traditional 2500W luminaire and the ProfiLED 250W RGBW.
Designed specifically for the architectural market, the Beam LED is a linear 50W and 100W module in three different colour temperatures, with symmetric interchangeable optics with different aperture grades, scalable to achieve greater power.
At this year’s PL+S 2013 it happened more than once to think “why didn’t anyone think about it before?” It happened with the audio (article) and it happened with the lighting. The L&S moving head is the first moving head to incorporate a double LED and fog technology. Practically it is a led fixture that has a fog nozzle. This product, developed by an Italian company, has a 1500W resistance for the fog generation and 24 3W leds each that enable spectacular fog and haze effects. Great idea, we’ll see if the light designers like it, too.
It was in 1998 when Studio Due presented City Color, an architectural fixture of success. Today, in the LED era, we find the new City Color LED that is based on the philosophy of the original fixture with the implementation of the LED technology. The fixture mounts 168 3W leds available also in RGBW for a powerful 30000 lumens beam, which makes the City Color LED suitable for different types of use such as touring applications and architectural installations. The research and the care for the materials were given a great attention, to make a high quality and environmentally friendly product with competitive costs.
For the first time at PL&S 2013 another Italian company attracted the attention of the visitors for the products, based on the LED technology, simple and functional, presented at the booth.
Teknosign has been producing sign boards and illumination systems based on the LED technology for years; this year the company decided to enter the professional lighting market.
Three new products were launched by Teknosign in which has been working as a three-party company in the field of lighting for DJs, discos and clubs for 20 years now.
An old friend of Zio, product specialist Italo Lombardo who had joined the staff not long ago, took care of the realization of the control software for the LED panels personally.
Autowall is a modular system for led matrix lightwalls. Every single Autowall is 50x50cm and can be connected to a number of other modules creating spectacular animated walls of great impact. Special fixing system makes the installation of the lightwall very simple. A big number of special effects is available through DMX.
AutoFloor is a concept similar to Autowall; it is a 50×50 module made with highly resistant glass. The installation is simple and fast, the modules can be connected in a simple way with one another. The AutoFloor is suitable for stages, fashion shows, television, discos, clubs, and stores.
Autostage is a self-bearing module realized in different sizes that can be used as a front panel for modular stages resolving the problem of covering the empty spaces under the stage. Do you remember the unaesthetical black curtains? As the other products of the line, Autostage features many special effects that can be chosen using the DMX protocol.
Visual Productions launched two new products at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt this year: CueluxPro software lighting control and the B-Station, networked button interface.
CueluxPro is an advanced and scalable software lighting control application. The software is designed to control medium to large lighting installations, for both architectural and live entertainment situations. CueluxPro works in combination with the CueCore and IoCore as its DMX and IO interfaces and with the new B-Station user-interface. CueluxPro is cross-platform for Windows, Mac or Ubuntu Linux, which works with an industry-standard Cuelist system and is 100% touchscreen compatible. The CueluxPro software supports many protocols including DMX-512, Art-Net, MIDI, UDP, OSC, MTC, SMPTE, RS-232 and GPI.
The B-Station is a wall-mounted button panel with 6 push-buttons. The B-Station can remote control any function within the CueCore solid-state lighting controller. The buttons are back-lit and can provide visual feedback, for example, to indicate the selected cue or active show. Multiple B-Stations can be networked together. The button station supports various open protocols like OSC, UDP and Art-Net. This allows it to be integrated with other 3rd party network-based systems as well, e.g. audio, video or show control systems.
That’s all for now, see you in Frankfurt next year!