Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Another new Chip on the block!

The King PAR 10 from Stagg

We had a visit last week from Jeff Davenport of EMD Music who wondered if we might be interested in seeing some LED lighting he was showing around.

Not being one to refuse the offer of seeing something new, we said "Of course - yes please!" and what he bought to show us was actually quite special. The unit that surprised us most was the King PAR 10 - a 60w COB unit that performs almost the same as a conventional small Fresnel lantern. COB (for those of you who are new here) stands for Chip On Block whereby the LED's are mounted on a small square die without any plastic encapsulation. The resulting assembly is then mounted on the bottom of an aluminium dish reflector - the result being a bright and very even spread of light.

The King PAR 10 from Stagg Music
It runs in 3 or 6 channel modes under DMX or has standalone & Master/Slave modes with a super quiet fan, so you're not conscious of the thing working. The beam angle is about 38 degrees so would work nicely on a small wash rig or even as a wall washer perhaps - it's not IP rated though so you'd have to limit yourself to indoors. It was also a pleasant surprise to discover that the "street price" for the King PAR is £235. It also comes with a 2 year warranty and the COB is warrantied for 3 years!

We've already quoted a couple of jobs with it, where the customer wants LED but we know they don't have the budget for the bigger and  brighter eLumen8 Alu Tri RGB. As we've talked about it amongst ourselves here, we feel it would make nice complement unit too for houselights where the eLumen8 units do the bulk of the work lighting the performance area.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Let the Eventlite light your world

The HighLite EventLITE 6/3

We had the first visit of the year from Dave of HighLite yesterday, as well as calling in to say "Happy New Year", he brought us a new piece of kit to look at - the EventLite 6/3.

It's a battery operated RGB LED fixture with WirelessDMX on board - you can see the aerial tucked in for transport on the right side of the base - and it stands about 12 inches high. The mains inlet you can see on the side is used to charge the unit, so you don't need dedicated charge bases or cases - just plug it in to the mains until it's ready.

It runs on 2,3 or 5 DMX channels if you want to control it by DMX or it has onboard colour programs so you can set it down and leave it running through a series of colours or just leave it static. The onboard wireless only receives DMX so although the unit can run in a Master/Slave configuration that has to be with cables. Mostly, we think folk would use them freestanding or wirelessly linked to a DMX console.

EventLite isn't inherently waterproof (though from the look on Dave's face when we asked - that might be on HighLites wishlist) but there is a rainproof cover available as an optional accessory - which given this years weather so far could well be needed.

Battery life is around 7 hours, so probably enough for most events - obviously if you don't run all the elements at full power then you may get longer.

List price is around £422 (+VAT) but we think that price wise this compares nicely with other rechargeable LED floods if you're not looking for long reach or ruggedness. If you'd like to see a demo then give us a call and we'll arrange something. If you'd like to look at the spec's then they're here on the HighLite site.