In recent years, the Adam Hall Group has provided real breakthroughs in production technology, developing high quality products that now cover almost the entire audio, video and lighting sectors.
We have already seen many innovations in the support and stand markets, with the original and extremely functional designs attributed to their Gravity range, as well as in the audio sector from the LD Curve system, right up to the collaboration with Porsche Design Studio and the elegant MAUI P900 column.
It seems that now is the turn of lighting, with ZENIT® W600, an interesting static Wash Light proposed by the brand Cameo that – according to some rumours – anticipates many other upcoming devices dedicated to the lighting industry. ZENIT W600 was presented for the first time at Prolight + Sound 2018 and has been available on the market for the past few months.
It’s time for us to try it and, as always, take a deeper look…
ZENIT® W600 is a flexible, high-power LED wash light with IP65 protection rating, ideal for both outdoor and indoor applications, featuring 16-bit high resolution technology with forty 15W Cree RGBW LEDs, with a brightness of 21,000 lumens.
Thanks to the Cameo Light’s innovative SnapMag® technology, the diffusers and filter holders can be replaced in few seconds without any tools, to achieve maximum versatility with 25 °, 45 ° and 100 ° projection angles and 60° x 10° ellipsoids.
In addition to the common DMX and RDM connections, the ZENIT W600 also features a 2.4 Ghz integrated W-DMX™ on-board transceiver.
Number of LEDs: 40
Type of Led: 15 W Cree
Luminosity: 21.000 lm
Light Intensity @ 1m, without diffuser: 120,000 lx
Efficiency: 37.2 lm/W
Refresh rates: 800Hz, 1200Hz, 2000Hz, 3600Hz, 12000Hz, 25000Hz
Dispersion without diffusers: 18° Beam, 35 ° Wash
DMX mode: 4-channel, 3-channel, 2-channel, 15-channel, 10-channel, 8-2 Channel, 8-1 Channel
DMX Functions: RGBW, Dimmer Response, Dimmer Fine, Dimmer Curve, Dimmer, CTC (Color Temperature Correction), colour macro, strobe, automatic programs, RGBW Fine
Display Type: OLED
Total consumption: 565W
Grade of protection: IP65
Dimensions: 463mm x 291mm x 161mm
Accessories: 4-way barn door, 100 ° circular beam filter, 25 ° circular beam filter, 45 ° circular beam filter, 60 ° x 10 ° elliptical filter, flight case
I tested the ZENIT® W600 outdoors, in order to understand the functionality of the filters, as well as the coverage and power capacity. I have to say, the quick filter replacement system speeds up the decision-making phase, giving the possibility to quickly see how the light falls upon an object. Moreover, the range of filters available is ideal for a multitude of applications and leaves freedom for experimentation and imagination. The fixture has a linear, robust, clean and essential look, with a precise tilt adjustment system and a power/signal supply layout – both IP65. There’s DMX In + Power In on the left and DMX Out + Power Out on the right side. The display is clearly legible and intuitive, with a rich set of possible configurations that can be selected using the special “mode”, “enter”, “up” and “down” touch keys. Completing the physical characteristics is the excellent metal case and the three IP65 fans, for a total weight of 13Kg.
Let’s move on to the operation and the different possibilities of use with the stand alone mode, which allows you to decide between the following configurations:
- Auto, with 6 customisable programs available
- Colour Macro with which you can select one of the 15 pre-set colours
- Static, which allows you to set a single scene composed of the dimmer, strobe, RGBW and colour temperature values
- Tuneable White, with the possibility to adjust both the colour temperature, from cold white to warm white (CTC), and brightness
- User Colour, which allows the user to set up to 5 custom colours.
The ability to set the refresh rate of the LEDs is also useful, choosing between 800 Hz, 1200 Hz, 2000 Hz, 3600 Hz, 12 kHz and 25 kHz. This is a fundamental parameter if you are in the business of television productions.
The DMX modes are similarly well designed, perfect for different uses (television, architecture, live, etc.), allowing for flexible use of the fixture even when the channels available seem to be limited. These are as follows:
- Two-channel mode with dimmer and white variable from 3200K to 8500K
- Three-channel mode with dimmer, strobe and colour wheel; four-channel mode with RGBW control; eight-channel mode, similar to the previous mode but with additional fine colour adjustment
- Eight-channel mode with dimmer, strobe, RGBW, macro colours and a setting channel that allows you to set the fan speed, emulation of a halogen source and LED refresh rate
- Ten-channel mode, similar to the previous mode but with the addition of two channels for adjusting the colour temperature and the type of dimmer curve
- Fifteen channels mode with, in addition, the fine dimmer and fine RGBW control
As for the quality of light, I noticed a constant homogeneity, not only in presence of saturated colours but also in the mixing phase, with a hotspot slightly present only in the absence of a filter.
With the 45° and 100° opening range, I was able to use the fixture as a brilliant wall-washer, one able to cover large surfaces perfectly. The was similarly achievable with the 60° x 10° elliptical filter, useful when you want to make so-called light blades.
Also interesting is the Tuneable White mode, with which is possible to vary the colour temperature of the white, obtained with RGBW mixing. Finally, the fixture proved to be consistent both on uneven surfaces such as a brick wall, and when applied to spatial elements such as trees and hedges.
For the precision-focussed, there is a function for calibration of the LEDs, which in few minutes allows you to set the colour balance.
From static operation (and consequent master/slave operation via cable or wireless) or via DMX, ZENIT W600 demonstrates its potential for a wide range of applications, ranging from architecture to entertainment, through to television and more.
It is a projector that reflects and confirms Adam Hall’s desire for growth in quality, one on which important innovations have been introduced both in terms of software, for example the different DMX modes that are cleverly designed for particular applications, and hardware that gives the possibility to quickly apply 4 different magnetic filters.
Last but not least, within the entertainment field where the LED refresh rate is not always as important but it is instead the power of the fixture and mixing possibilities, this is an outstanding fixture. Even knowing that it would otherwise be possible to manage different areas of the fixture, or even the single pixels, I appreciate avoiding the need to work with 20, 30, 50 channels. Instead, I can work with a simple, pure, innovative and functional fixture.
Walter Lutzu – main tester
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