“ Here's the compilation of reports from Team Barbizon members who scoured the floor to find the latest products and releases featured at the LDI 2014 Show held November 21-23, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ”

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Clay Paky

Clay Paky won the LDI 2014 award for the Most Creative use of light in a booth.

Clay Paky LDI 2014Showed 3 new fixture products

  • Super Sharpy – Building on the popular Sharpy fixture, the Super Sharpy boasts a 470W, 7800K lamp compared to the 190w of the original Sharpy, Making it 3 times brighter than the original. There is a larger 170mm diameter lens with an adjustable field angle of 0 – 4 degrees.

  • Mythos – The Mythos is an advanced hybrid fixture with a 470W, 7800K lamp. It has zoom capabilities of 4 – 50 degrees, indexed visual effects that can be used along with all of the gobos either in or out of focus. There is a 5° aperture and “pipe” effect (Beam mode), CMY color mixing with gradually fading color wheels, 11 special color filters on three wheel, 2 CTO filters (3200 K and 2500 K) + 1 CTB filter, Wheel with 6 HQ dichroic rotating gobos, Wheel with 18+1 fixed metal gobos, 6 beam reducer filters on the gobo wheel, Advanced visual effect disc (animation disc), 2 indexable rotating prisms (8-facet and linear 4-facet prism), Frost filter for soft-edge projection.

  • Stormy – Stormy is an LED Strobe light but much more. It allows for continuous light making it a viable wash light as well. The all white LED strobe has 3 channels of control, 980w max in pulsed mode and 720w max in continuous mode. There is also an RGBW model, The Stormy CC, which has 7 control channels.

We're still looking for a YouTube vid of the LDI show, but the one from PLASA is pretty close..

Clear Com

Clear Com LINQ

The gold standard for intercom communications over standard mic cable - LINQ is Clear-Com's new IP interface equipment. The devices are available in two-wire (LINQ-2W2) or four-wire (LINQ-4W2) versions. The LINQ-2W2 is both Clear-Com and RTS TW compatible, while the LINQ-4W2 can interconnect with devices such as analogue ports of any matrix intercom system, analogue telephone circuits, two-way radio gateways and audio consoles. As many as six LINQ IP interfaces can be linked together in any two or four-wire combination.


Da-Lite – While not introduced at LDI, Da-Lite has new HD Progressive screen surfaces. These are ideal for HD, high output projectors. It allows for cleaner, crisper images edge to edge. Typically used for video. They are available with Electric or fixed frame models.

Da-Lite ViewShareOne other interesting item that Da-Lite had was a new screen that incorporates a HD camera into the apparatus for video conferencing applications called View-Share. It comes in several options including retrofit models.


Daktronics ProPixelDaktronics’ ProPixel freeform products allow designers to turn any structures into eye-catching video displays. The flexible mesh mounting platform is thin, lightweight, and can be mounting from either the front or rear. The IP67 rating makes the ProPixel ideal for outdoor locations, even in a wet environment. The ProPixel Freeform is offered in two forms, the video stick (PSX) and the video puck (PCX).

PSX has pixels set at specific intervals along its length making it ideal for extremely tight radius corners, weight restrictions, see-through display, or where long, thin lines of pixels are desired. The pixels are configured with two red, two green, and two blue LEDs, giving designers 16-bit imagine processing, with a horizontal viewing angle of 110⁰ and vertical viewing angle of 50⁰.

The PXC is ideal or curved shapes or spheres, where variable spacing is desired, and see-through applications. The pucks are configured with one red, one green, and one blue LED providing 10-bit image processing, a horizontal viewing angle of 140⁰ and vertical viewing angle of 70⁰.

Dazian, LLC

DazianDazian recently expanded product offerings by adding a metal shop & creating a division that specifically works to add LEDs into their products. Some of the cool new things that they can do is create metal flats that can receive digitally printed backdrops... wooden flats are a thing of the past!

Need something more customized for your next event? They can customize many different 2D & 3D objects. As an added bonus, they can even add LEDs into them to give you a one of a kind element that can change colors!

New this year as well is Dazian’s ability to do custom projection screens. An added benefit to having that metal shop is that they can even fabricate the custom frames.

DeSisti Lighting

DeSisti LED Softlight SeriesDeSisti has added to their LED softlight range with the new Soft LED 3 and Soft LED 4. Like the Soft LED 2, the units use remote phosphor technology combined with a reflector surround to provide smooth, soft fill light. The model number indicates the number of rows of LEDs behind the remote phosphor panel and, comparing rows of LEDs to lamps in a compact fluorescent fixture, they are almost twice as bright. They are DMX controlled for 0-100% dimming and boasts a >95 CRI. Construction is the solid, metal body construction we’ve all come to expect from DeSisti and the units are available with both manual and pole-operated yokes.

DeSisti Super LED PiccoloDeSisti also introduced their new “Super” Series of LED Fresnels. More than 50% more light output in the same housing offering mid 90 CRI, full spot to flood focus range as the Standard Series. Available in Tungsten and Daylight CCT.

On the other side of DeSisti’s booth, were the Coemar fixtures including an exciting new moving-head, profile fixture the LEDko TM. With this fixture Coemar has given us motorized pan, tilt, zoom, and shutters in a smooth, quiet package. We look forward to more details as this unit is brought to market.

Coemar Carbon Fiber LED Image ProjCoemar also had an interesting prototype LED Display projector made from carbon fiber to reduce weight. Looks like there is a lot of R&D forthcoming - stay tuned.

Doughty Engineering

Doughty modular rigging systemDoughty showed their new Modular Rigging System. The system uses parts fabricated of 48mm aluminum tubing that are joined together using spigoted fittings. The system includes straight extensions in 250, 500, 1000, and 2000mm lengths as well as a TV style stirrup hanger and three styles of “T” which are intended to be used to make light ladders or to support larger moving light fixtures. Assemblies can be joined to existing support structures using Doughty’s wide range of couplers and a half connector installed in the top of the tubing. All of the tubing sections include a pass-through slot for safety cables to finally solve the problem of how to safety a fixture.

Elation Lighting

Elation always has a wide variety of new products introduced. They also won the show's Best Large Booth award and more industry recognition for theBest Debuting Product award winner Sniper.One item of particular interest is the Sniper 2R. Powered with the Philips 132W Platinum 2R lamp, this fixture offers a multi effect beam, scanner, laser simulator. The fixture has liquid sky, laser wave and cone effects, 14 dichroic colors + white, and 17 static gobos.

Elation Platinum ProfileAlso new, the new Platinum Profile LED is a profile / framing shutter LED spot luminare that features a 180W LED engine, 6,500K, >85CRI, 9,000 total lumens, 18° beam angle, 4 rotating framing shutter blades, 2 color wheels with 11 total dichroic colors including UV, CTO, and white, 2 gobo wheels with 7 rotating-interchangeable and 7 static-stamped gobos, 3-facet rotating prism, frost, iris, and motorized focus, Art-NET (DMX Over Ethernet) support 5pin DMX, RJ45 Ethernet and powerCON in/out connections, (6) button control full color 180° reversible menu display, a multi-voltage universal auto switching power supply (100-240v), and flicker free operation for broadcast TV and FILM.

An upcoming product that should be available early next year is the Protron 3K LED Strobe. It has 202 CREE 3W LED’s, 120 degree beam angle, 2 power modes, and strobe effect macros including burst, pulse, lightning, and full on. 3/5 pin DMX and powercon in/out. 890W maximum power consumption.


Electronic Theatre Controls

ETC Booth at LDI 2014The ETC booth was busy the entire LDI show and the company known for their innovative products and superior customer service even walked away with several awards.

ETC's Nomad™ dongle earned a PLASA Members Choice Award in the Gadget category. The device plugs into a user's computer, allowing it to program and run lighting shows using Cobalt® or Eos®/Element™ software. The Source Four® LED Series 2 Lustr® luminaire picked up an LDI Best Debuting Product Award. The judges called it a game-changer, and commended the luminaire's unique mix of LED emitters and its brightness. ETC also got a special mention during the LDI awards ceremony for the color control in all Eos®-family lighting consoles. The judges explained that ETC has focused on the needs of designers with its commitment to the development of solutions for real problems in the industry.

ETC showed other products at the show, that included the recently acquired Vortek rigging products , and GDS architectural luminaires that ETC has a manufacturing agreement with GDS for the Americas for which will make for improved manufacturing and shipping lead times.

ETC ColorSource ParReleased at PLASA ETC also had the new the ColorSource™ PAR LED luminaire on display. While most budget LEDs use red, green, blue, and possibly white and/or amber emitters, a combination that results in a limited color range. In contrast, the ColorSource PAR benefits from ETC's extensive experience in LED color-mixing, by using the proportionate recipe of red, green, blue, a twist of lime and an extra dash of red. ETC ColorSource Par Lime

The lime and double-red emitters expand the ColorSource PAR's color range, allowing users to get a richness only possible from ETC LED luminaires. The unique blend also adds depth, making a more natural, flattering light. And, when ColorSource PAR fixtures are used at any intensity, they maintain their color quality.

ETC Source 4 Series 2 Tungsten & DaylightFor broadcast / film he Daylight HD and Tungsten HD arrays were designed for the studio and other applications where high-definition lighting is a must. With flicker-free operation - even at high speeds - the Source Four LED Series 2 Daylight HD and Tungsten HD arrays look great on screen. The Daylight HD array produces the coolest (4000 to 6500K), variable-white light that looks just like natural sunlight, and the Tungsten HD array creates warm (2700 to 4500K), adjustable-white light that mimics the performance of tungsten fixtures. Their temperatures and tints can be tweaked to perfectly illuminate individual skin tones, so they look great in person and on camera. Both arrays output an incredible amount of lumens, for the brightest light in their respective color-temperature ranges.

ETC Unison EchoOn the architectural side there was the the Unison® Echo™ architectural system which enables users to independently-controlled power within your lighting system that is easy to use and doesn’t break the bank. Sometimes all you need is to turn lights on and off; other times you may need an occupancy sensor or daylight sensor to meet local energy codes and increase your energy savings. That’s where the Echo control system comes in.
The Echo control system requires minimum commissioning and offers a low overall cost. Designed specifically to meet energy codes, such as ASHRAE 90.1, CA Title 20/24 and IECC, Echo has an immediate return on investment. This intelligent distributed power control system also has a flexible infrastructure with topology-free wiring so you get the most from your system with the least amount of hassle.

Elektralite - Group One

Group One LTD -Elektralite

EyeBall OutdoorAt the heart of the elektraLite eyeBall Outdoor are seven 12‐watt quad LED’s, consisting of a red, green, blue, and white component. The quad LED uses diffraction lensing, eliminating “rainbow” color spots which are typical when individual LED’s are exposed in lighting a cyc or similar background. By mixing color internally, the eyeBall Outdoor’s sophisticated diffraction lensing system provide true, blended, single‐color output. Because of this, the white is perfectly blended and balanced, so as not to emit a blue‐white so often seen in LED fixtures.

All of these features are packed in an IP65 housing to allow for use in outdoor extreme weather conditions like sun, sand, snow and rain. And a user‐friendly onboard control interface allows for multiple control options in addition to DMX, including RGB, strobe, and console‐free master/slave operation.

The Elektrolite MJ Parcan – This is a traditional style Par 64 fixture with state of the art LED technology. It is available in white and RGBAW. It has a true Par 64 style, utilizing a standard Par 64 body. The white provides 3200K at more than 4500 lumens. The color has RGBAW has a single 5 in 1 LED source for optimal blending and smoothness of color.

Electralite ElectraBarThe elektraBar is a 43-inch linear LED fixture that can be linked end-to-end or side-to-side for seamless, continuous coverage. Sporting 18 12-watt, 25-degree LEDs (10- and 40-degree lens kits available), the product's six-in-one LEDs (RGBAWI) deliver the full color spectrum - including Amber for truly fresh tones - as well as a greater color palette than gels can provide. Combining high-performance with very little power draw (300VI), the elektraBar doesn't generate any heat, unlike conventional current fixtures that can turn a downstage area into an oven. With no lamps or gels to replace, the elektraBar offers full-range dimming, strobe, DMX control, built-in auto program features, silent operation and an IP65 rating. An optional four-inch adjustable glare shield and beam trim flange is additionally available.

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