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Ayrton reports its most successful LDI show to date
USA – Ayrton has returned triumphant from its annual visit to the LDI show in Las Vegas, where it was exhibiting with exclusive US distributor, Morpheus Lights, to promote its six new product releases, all of which were extremely well-received by the viewing public.
“This year’s LDI show was clearly the best ever for Ayrton,” says Ayrton’s Valère Huart-Gyors. “We found LDI visitors really intent on discovering our new fixtures and they were more than satisfied by what they saw. All our new releases were incredibly well received and the ambiance on the show floor was fantastic with enthusiastic, smiling people all around the booth.”
Ayrton introduced six new fixtures at the show, which were shown to full advantage in a new light show designed specifically for the LDI booth by lighting designer, Stéphane Migné:
MagicDot-R is the first professional moving head LED luminaire with a single optical collimator. A new high-efficiency 94mm diameter optical system uses a brand new 60W RGBW multi-chip LED with a light-emitting surface of 8mm2 that delivers an intense 4.5° beam with a central beam intensity of 180,000 candelas.
Lightning fast and with continuous pan and tilt rotation, MagicDot-R has a totally round head that matches the diameter of its cylindrical base in all positions to allow bold new configurations with barely a centimetre of space between two luminaires.
CosmoPix-R is an entirely new luminaire based on the concept of the famous PAR36 double-rotation spheres that date back to the early 1980s. Using the latest technology, this little powerhouse takes 12 of the highly efficient new 94mm optics and generates 12 shafts of coloured light that can be separately controlled in all directions and driven in continuous pan and tilt rotation to create exhilarating, original effects.
VersaPix-RS puts Ayrton’s new 94mm diameter optics in combination with a 4mm2 40W RGBW multi-chip to produce a fan of five 3.5° beams (the narrowest in Ayrton’s portfolio) with a record-breaking central beam intensity of 200 candela per lumen. This makes the new VersaPix-RS three times more powerful than the original VersaPix, with a central beam intensity six times greater than before. Truly spectacular 3D volumetric effects can be achieved with this Ultra Radical development.
LDI also marked the US premiere of Ayrton’s DreamPanel-Shift and DreamPanel-Twin, two exciting new moving head fixtures developed from the inspiration behind Ayrton’s original innovative DreamPanel Series.
DreamPanel-Shift is a 384 x 384mm video panel with a 64 x 64 RGB LED display at a 6mm pitch, set in a flat black background that provides prodigious contrast and definition. Mounted on a moving head, DreamPanel-Shift has an innovative 48-circuit rotating connector that enables the smooth, undisturbed transmission of video signals through continuous pan and tilt rotation.
DreamPanel-Twin is a unique hybrid luminaire displaying a DreamPanelShift on one side and an optimised, 8 x 8 emitter MagicPanel-style beam projection luminaire on the other, with the two sides controlled completely independently. Incorporated into its motorised head, which is capable of continuous pan and tilt rotation, the DreamPanel-Twin can alternate between displaying high-definition video images and 3D volumetric lighting effects. The video display on the DreamPanel-Twin has 4,096 RGB LEDs on a pitch black background that provides excellent contrast for video rendering, while the RGBW beam projection side has an improved resolution of sixty-four 6.5°emitters that produce finer detailed volumetric mapping effects.
Ayrton’s DreamPanelHD-Box control system has been specially developed to drive DreamPanel video panels via a proprietary HDMI protocol. The controller manages the image, the positioning of the panels, and the rotation between the media server layer, which generates the signal, and the display layer. It also resizes and positions the media in real-time in a matrix of video panels regardless of their orientation. DreamPanelHD-Box sends each DreamPanel tile the entire HDMI 1080P image with a control parameter so that it only displays its allotted portion of the image. DreamPanelManager, a PC-compatible software, lets the user configure a matrix, orientate the tiles individually with 1° accuracy, and adjust brightness.
Finally, Ayrton’s WildSun-K25 was shown for the first time in the US at the show. Designed as a replacement for conventional 4000W HMI Fresnel fixtures, yet consuming only 2600W of power, WildSun-K25 was developed in collaboration with cinematographers and operators who specialise in video production for major sporting events. With an output in excess of 100,000 lumens, a 10°-50° zoom and individually controlled rings to modulate the emission surface according to ceiling height, WildSun-K25 is the only LED luminaire capable of measuring up to the classic 4000W HMI Fresnel in terms of pure output, and is perfectly created for sporting events in stadiums and large arenas.
“Everybody enjoyed the light show and the video footage of it is already proving a big success on Vimeo,” says Huart-Gyors. “We are extremely happy that Ayrton’s innovative and creative new fixtures have excited and attracted so many lighting designers, production and rental companies. It is this energy and excitement which inspires us.”
Morpheus Lights, the exclusive US distributor for Ayrton products, executed the 270-fixture booth design with the assistance of Ayrton’s product and application manager, Vincent Billard. “The design community response was immediate and enthusiastic. Ayrton continues to innovate and deliver exciting new tools for visual artists,” says Mark Fetto, Morpheus’ chief operating officer. “The DreamPanel, CosmoPix-R and MagicDot-R fixtures were incredible hits at the show! Watch to see them very soon on high profile events and installations.”
4th November 2015
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