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Ayrton at PLASA London 2015

Ayrton at PLASA London 2015
Ayrton at PLASA London 2015

French LED lighting manufacturer, Ayrton, is supporting the Knight of Illumination Awards for the second year running. The glittering celebration of light will take place during PLASA London 2015 at the Troxy on Sunday 4th October. “The evening is an opportunity for Ayrton to show its support for the skill and talent of lighting designers and digital content designers who will be acknowledged and celebrated in true style,” says Ayrton’s Valère Huart-Gyors.

Ayrton will be bringing six new products to PLASA London 2015, all which have been launched this year. MagicDot-R and CosmoPix-R were first shown in the UK at PLASA Focus Leeds but now make their first appearance in London on the stand of Ayrton’s exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions (B10).

MagicDot-R and CosmoPix-R are part of the Creative Solutions line, into which Ayrton has incorporated a totally new technology – the first 94mm diameter narrow beam angle collimator combined with the latest generation high-power (40W or 60W) Osram multi-chip LED to create tighter beams with an unrivalled centre beam intensity.

MagicDot-R has proved an unbelievable hit from the moment it was released and is currently appearing on the Foo Fighters international tour. The latest member of the RADICAL series, MagicDot-R is the first professional moving head LED luminaire with a single optical collimator. The 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 exhibiting the Creative Solutions’ continuous pan and tilt rotation, MagicDot-R’s totally round head fits within the diameter of its cylindrical base in all positions to allow bold new configurations with barely a centimetre of space between two luminaires. The entire unit weighs in at only 5.3kg.

CosmoPix-R has sparked the imagination from dance halls to television shows. 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, Ayrton has revamped this legendary product design, and endowed it with a continuous combination of potential effects. 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.

CosmoPix-R has extended series connectivity and can be controlled by DMX-RDM, Art-Net or with a wireless DMX-RDM link via a new generation TiMo module by Ayrton partner, LumenRadio.

The third new member of the Creative solutions line, VersaPix-RS will be shown for the first time in the UK. VersaPix-RS puts Ayrton’s new 94mm diameter optics in combination with a 4mm2 40W RGBW multi-chip to produce 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.

The cooling system for the three new products is also a wonder of technology: a new copper circuit board on the heat pipe along with a one-piece aluminium heat sink allows better, more efficient thermal conduction.

PLASA London also marks the UK premiere showings of 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 which uses 4,096 RGB LEDs on a pitch black background to provide prodigious contrast and definition. Mounted on a moving head, DreamPanel-Shift defines the magic blend of two technologies: the continuous pan-tilt rotation of Ayrton’s MagicPanel with the new control system from the HDMI DreamPanelHD-Box. An innovative 48-circuit rotating connector enables the smooth, undisturbed transmission of video signals through pan and tilt rotation.

DreamPanel- Twin is a unique hybrid luminaire displaying an optimised MagicPanel on one side and the DreamPanelShift on the other. Incorporated into a motorised head capable of continuous double rotation on the pan and tilt axes, the DreamPanel-Twin can alternate between displaying high-definition video images and 3D volumetric lighting effects. The DreamPanel-Shift side has 4,096 RGB LEDs on a pitch black background that provides extreme contrast for video rendering while the MagicPanel-R side has an improved resolution of 64 emitters (arranged in an 8x8 matrix) to produce finer detailed volumetric mapping effects. The 6mm pitch of the video side offers the perfect balance between the definition required to display video media on stage, the optimum screen size to enable full HD, and the greatest overall system brightness.

DreamPanel-Twin’s two sides are controlled completely separately – the video side through Ayrton’s new HDMI DreamPanelHD-Box control system, and the MagicPanel by Art-Net or sACN through an Ethernet link.

Ayrton’s DreamPanelHD-Box control system has been specially developed to drive the video panels in HDMI. 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 ensures each DreamPanel-Shift tile receives the entire HDMI 1080P image but displays only its allotted portion of the image. It is used with the DreamPanelManager, a PC-compatible software that lets the user configure a matrix, orientate the tiles individually with 1° accuracy, and adjust brightness.

Finally, Ayrton’s Automated Luminaires range has been expanded to encompass the WildSun™-K25 which will be shown for the first time in the UK at PLASA London.

Designed as a replacement for conventional 4000W HMI Fresnel projectors, WildSun-K25 is a new-generation moving head luminaire with no equal on the market. Working in collaboration with cinematographers and operators specialised in video production for major sporting events, Ayrton dedicated over two years to the development and perfection of this marvel of technology, innovation, and light. WildSun-K25 is the only LED luminaire capable of measuring up to the classic 4000W HMI Fresnel in terms of pure output, yet consumes only 2600W of power. 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 perfectly created for sporting events in stadiums and large arenas.

Full details of these latest creations from Ayrton can be found in the new Ayrton brochure which will be available on stand B10.

In picture: Ayrton MagicDot-R and DreamPanel-Twin make their London debut at PLASA London 2015.

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22nd September 2015

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