Tech & Design Debuts Light Up Las Vegas Show
Las Vegas – According to organizers, over 9,700 show-technology and design professionals converged at the Las Vegas Convention Center this past Nov. 17-23 for LDI, America’s top entertainment-lighting exhibition/convention.
The show presented six days of instructional seminars and three days of exhibits, which included the EDM@LDI track of workshops and exhibits, which focused on the event-technology side of the exploding EDM scene.
Of course, lighting-product debuts for DJs and nightclubs were plenty. Los Angeles-based supplier ADJ introduced more than 25 products at LDI. They included: the 12P Hex LED par fixture, which offers 6-in-1 LEDs and an innovative “lie-flat” design that makes it perfect for lighting dancefloors; the Illusion Dotz 3.3 moving-head wash fixture, which includes nine 30-watt COB pixel-controllable TRI LEDs; and the Fog Fury Jett high-velocity vertical fog machine that mixes color into the fog from 12 3-watt RGBA LEDs.
Related company Elation Lighting released a number of new products, as well. They include: the Sniper 2R scanner/laser simulator; the Platinum SBX 3-in-1 luminaire; and the Platinum BX beam luminaire.
Waukesha, Wis.-based Blizzard Lighting debuted: the Lil’ G mini moving-spot head, which includes a 40-watt light source with nine gobo patterns and seven colors; the G70 moving-head fixture that includes an LCD 4-button control panel; the Nova multi-beam LED moving head, which offers pulsating effects, rotating narrow LED beams, and split beam colors; and the SkyBox Chroma up-light fixtures.
New products at LDI from Sunrise, Fla.-based Chauvet DJ included: the EZgobo, a battery-powered, wireless projector that allows DJs to create their own removable gobos with transparency film; the Funfetti, a wirelessly controllable confetti launcher that does not require CO2 or compressed air to run; and the EZwash Hex IRC, a mini LED colorwash fixture that uses versatile 6-in-1 RGBAW+UV LEDs.
U.K.-based manufacturer elektraLite—distributed Stateside by Group One Limited—introduced three products at the show. They included: the elektraBar, a 43-inch linear LED fixture that can be linked end-to-end or side-to-side for seamless, continuous coverage; the Dazer RGBA fixture, which features 36 5-watt LEDs; and the MJ Parcan, available in 200-watt output in Warm White or RGBAW color options.
Another Group One company, the U.K.-based Avolites showed its Quartz console. The latest addition to the Titan Mobile family, the Quartz measures 16.7 inches wide and features onboard processing and a bright 12.1-inch screen.
The Montebello, Calif.-based Epsilon Group of Companies showed a slew of lighting fixtures, including the high-power CREE LED moving-head beams, like the first Linear DUO Q-BEAM BAR with single-cell control. Epsilon also debuted the PixBeam, an ultra-compact, 100-watt, beam fixture that produces pure color mixing and individual LED cell control, and the Mini Z-Beam, a compact Zoom LED moving-head fixture.
Largo, Fla.-based Flutter FETTI introduced its Baby Gerb continuous-flow confetti gerb launcher that comes with a push-button launching-control unit. Its hopper can hold one pound of Flutter FETTI and can launch 25 feet.
Lutz, Fla.-based Gator Cases pushed several new products, including custom-fit G-TOUR Road Cases for Pioneer DDJ-SZ and Numark NS7II DJ controllers. These heavy-duty wood road cases provide protection with laminated panels, sleek hardware and thick EVA padding. A removable front panel allows access to the front controls and headphone jack, and the case includes a rubber gripped metal tow handle and wheels.
At LDI, GLP celebrated its 20th anniversary and expanded its impression X4 series of products. GLP showed the impression X4 Bar 10 and impression X4 20, both high-performance battens that incorporate 15-watt RGBW LEDs packed tightly to give a full line of light. GLP also debuted the impression X4 XL, a high-output, yet compact fixture that throws lots of light for long distances, plus the latest version of AirDMX, a WiFi-based wireless DMX system that runs from a standard Apple iPad.
Related company Cosmic Truss premiered its U-Torm system, a flexible solution to the problem of suspending drop fixtures and finding tormentor positions.
Denmark’s Martin Professional—a Harman International company—broke out three new lighting units from its RUSH Series. They included: the RUSH DC 1 Aqua compact, 75-watt, LED water-effect light; the RUSH MH 1 Profile Plus moving-head LED light, which has two gobo wheels and two color wheels; and the RUSH Wizard effect light that includes a powerful “full-house” club effect that produces more than 80 chasing beams.
Kent, Wash.-based manufacturer OmniSisten introduced its new line of moving yokes—the OnyxPro Series. Four units highlight the line: OnyxPro40 (40W RGBW Quad LED); OnyxPro75 (75W White LED fixture with color wheel); OnyxPro101 (LumiEngin COB-2011600M-W LED); and the OnyxPro132 (OSRAM Sirius HRI 132-W discharge lamp).