The Feature Feature: Chauvet Pro’s RH1 Hybrid and its Dual Prism Set

I’m trying a new series here on JimOnLight where I talk about features that I have found exemplary in certain pieces of equipment, or fixtures, or whatnot.  CHAUVET Professional’s ROGUE RH1 Hybrid gets to be first!

Welcome to The Feature Feature!

I just did a gig with a couple of handfuls of RH1 Hybrids from CHAUVET Professional, and I wanted to reach out to the product management team about what they were thinking when it came to this particular optics set.

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Generally, it’s like this — there is a 6-facet linear rotating prism on one wheel, and on another, an 8-facet rotating prism that is more of a circular configuration.

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Here’s a product video for the RH1 I programmed while at Chauvet — that was one of my favorite parts of the job, helping with pushing the fixtures over that edge of awesomeness.  Here’s the video, programmed on the Tiger Touch 2 — I obviously like this fixture, so you can’t claim bias.  I am biased!  It’s an awesome fixture:

Complete side note here…  when you’re writing palettes for this fixture, make one that has the linear rotating clockwise and the circular rotating counterclockwise, slow to medium speed, and then add some gobo shake JUST enough to see the beam wiggle.  AWESOME SAUCE!!!

I got to chat with Mike Graham, the product manager for the Hybrid (and the Rogue series), I wanted to get more information on what and how they came about the decisions.

JimOnLight:
OK, RH-1 Hybrid.  It’s awesome.  The prism set is frankly my favorite feature, having that 8-facet circular and 6-facet linear counter-rotating with a teeny bit of gobo shake just quite frankly makes my eyes tingle!!  Can you tell me a bit about where the ideas came from for that optical combination came from?  How did you arrive at the two of those together?

Mike Graham:
The idea behind the effects package in the RH1 Hybrid came from the need to step up and away from other hybrid fixtures on the market.  We already had the dual rotating prisms in our Rogue R1 Beam, and they were very effective, but we add in a few more features to really make the RH1 Hybrid special.  By adding in the rotating gobos, we were able to create another facet of motion into this already amazing effect. 

JimOnLight:
Is there anything in that fixture that you had to decide on over something else?  How do you suss out decisions like that?

Mike Graham:
The Rogue RH1 Hybrid was one fixture where we were very sure of the feature set.  We would have liked to have been able to add in CMY, but there were limitations with the optical system that prevented that from becoming a reality. 

JimOnLight:
What’s the coolest visual effect you’ve seen a designer do with your fixture?  The perfect combo of which features pushes the RH-1 over that creative cliff of awesomeness?

Mike Graham:
I have to be completely honest here and say that I am impressed every time I see these lights in action and how different designers use the feature set inside the RH1 Hybrid.  However my favorite was to see a combination of the star rotating gobo in extremely slow rotation with the dual prisms overlapped coming in and out of focus. This effect was being used as a direct view at the audience so you felt like you were inside of a tunnel of light.  On top of all of that, they were using a split color that amplified the effect that much more.  Very cool!

1992 – Soundgarden and High End Systems’ Laser Emulators

Sometimes it’s so awesome to remember where things come from.  I love High End Systems!

Check out an original High End Systems product, the Laser Emulator, out on Soundgarden in 1992.  Pretty cool, huh?

Here’s another video of the Laser Emulator, out in the early 1990s:

Ok, ok, one more, since they’re so cool! Here’s Part 3 of a High End Systems product demo video from LDI 1991, when LDI still encouraged things like this…

Make sure you know the history of our industry…  you’ll be surprised to see things pop up again and again!

 

ROGUE RH1 Hybrid, the Video

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I love programming product videos.  It is the ultimate challenge of programming specificity.

Enjoy this one, Todd Murray the video director badass was the cinematographer, Mike Graham is the product manager badass who brought this thing to market, and I designed the lighting.  It’s easy to rock when you get given such awesome fixtures to play with.  This particular bit of awesomeness is the ROGUE RH1 Hybrid.  Good work, Mikey!

The Daily Lamp – Dude Has His Leg Amputated, Turns It Into A Lamp

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This might be the best thing ever, and most definitely the best Daily Lamp I would have ever posted…  but there is a man in the Netherlands who had an accident a few years ago, got a bacterial infection, and then unfortunately had a tough choice to make due to a loss of bone…  amputation of the leg.

I can’t help but honor the man’s sense of lumen-ary dedication — the man, Leo Bonten, who needed to cop some bills money, decided to turn that leg into a “classy” lamp.  I mean, he’s asking a hundred thousand euros for it.  So, that being said, let’s look at that eBay listing!  It’s got a very catchy title, “Lamp, made out of my amputated leg.”  It kind of just falls of the tongue, doesn’t it?

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…and of course, the tweet!

Bonten had to do some negotiating with the hospital to get the leg, because, well, they usually don’t let you have your amputated leg. It’s a shame because it’s his leg and all, and I would hate to have that conversation myself.  “What do you mean I can’t have my f*cking leg?!  It’s MY F*CKING LEG!

By all means, please watch the quick video on this piece of light leg art:

eBay didn’t really find the listing too appropriate, and has since killed it deader than Amy Winehouse’s next solo album.  As you would expect, like having the warnings on the toaster about not using in the bathtub, eBay has a rule against people’s dead appendages in auctions on their site:

We don’t allow humans, the human body, or any human body parts or products to be listed on eBay, with two exceptions. Sellers can list items containing human scalp hair, and skulls and skeletons intended for medical use.

But nevertheless, if anyone wants it, and has that 100,000 euro that Bonten’s asking for his amputated leg lamp, drop me a line and I’ll see if I can hook that up.  I don’t even need any fees, I’ll do it for free.

I had to find out what was up with the odd lamp on the top of the formaldehyde-leg-vessel-thing.  It looked very similar to something called the Cola Lamp from lighting designer Willem Schaperkotter.  Like so:

Alright, it’s the same minus the Coke can and all, this is the guy’s leg for feck’s sake.  Here’s some photos of Leo, the leg lamp, and some other leg lamp related Leo photos, because details:

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JimOnLight.com Recommends the ROGUE R2 Spot for the 2014 Parnelli Awards!

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Ok, I’m blown away by this fixture, and I want to ask you, the JimOnLight.com readership, for your help in nominating this piece of lighting awesomesauce.  Meet the ROGUE R2 Spot from CHAUVET Professional, a fixture I’ve had the chance to rock on several occasions:

Check out the ROGUE R2 Spot microsite!  http://chauvetrogue.com/rogue-r2-spot.php

It has to be said, I work for CHAUVET Professional as many of you know, but no one asked me to do this or is paying me to do anything.  This is the first moving head I helped to get out into the world, and I am ever, ever so proud to work on this amazing team of engineers, developers, and industry experts.  I truly think that the ROGUE R2 Spot is one bad mamajama — it’s THE bright, quick, accurate, and fully-featured LED moving head gaining traction all over the world.  I’ve been fortunate enough in my career to see and play with pretty much every moving head out there, and the ROGUE series pretty much rocks my face.

GO HERE to nominate the ROGUE R2 Spot for this year’s 2014 Parnelli Indispensable Technology Awards.  I’m hanging my reputation on this one folks, it’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever had the chance to work on, to see born right before my eyes.

GET OUT THE VOTE!  Thanks for playing, everyone!  If all else fails, tell ’em JimOnLight sent you!

The Daily Lamp – The Satechi Touch USB Lamp for Alcoholics

Today’s Daily Lamp falls under the “phoning it in” category.  If you’re someone with a bunch of bottles hanging around, you too can have any kind of lamp you want.  Just empty the bottle, stick this lamp in before OR after you wash the nasty ol’ thing, and boom — instant lamp.  Meet the Satechi Touch USB lamp, which allows you to plug any empty bottle that’ll accept a standard width bottle at the minimum (which, consequently, is 2 3/8″):

Crazy, no? It’s only $25 bucks, so who cares if it’s ridiculous?

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You can go over to Satechi’s website and buy your own, but you have to supply the bottle.

The Daily Lamp – King Edison Pendant from Young and Battaglia for Mineheart

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Today’s Daily Lamp, albeit a little late this evening, is quite awesome.  Tobin at Barbizon sent me this quite some time ago, and it’s about time I get this one into the runnings!

From retailer Mineheart, and created by Young and Battaglia in England for Mineheart:

Small is beautiful meets a moment of genius, a perfect tiny chandelier suspended inside a glass lightbulb and hung on braided silken cable.

The ‘King Edison’ pendant lamp designed by Young & Battaglia, combines the pure simplicity of an Edison light bulb with the romance and glamour of a Kings chandelier. It consists of a miniature brass chandelier inside a hand blown clear glass shade and satin chrome fittings. Ideal for handing individually or in clusters for maximum effect.

Current lead time: 4-6 weeks

For use with a 12 volt power supply, (transformer included).
Supplied with a 2 metre braided cable and ceiling rose (longer cable available on request).

Dimensions:  15 cm diameter x 21 cm H

Theme: Miniature, Tiny Chandelier, Glass pendant shade, Globe bulb, Cluster

What do you think?  I for one submit that IT IS GREAT!

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The Daily Lamp – The Boob Lamp by Francesco Bonifazi

Today’s Daily Lamp comes from industrial and furniture designer Francesco Bonifazi — and perhaps creatively called…  The Boob Lamp:

boob-lamp-francesco-bonifazi-6Is it breast-like?  Is it a rarefaction of creativity?  Only Francesco knows.

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boob-lamp-francesco-bonifazi-5What do you think?  I’ve seen weirder Boob Lamps, quite frankly, that are definitely more boob-shaped than this.  But when talking about Boob Lamps, can one really be that specific?  I’ve seen weirder:

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Check out Francesco Bonifazi’s body of work on Behance, and the initial Boob Lamp product page.  He’s got some awesome work!

 

 

Return of The Daily Lamp – Facetada by AndreuCarulla Studio

While I was unemployed, I had to take a small hiatus from The Daily Lamp. I was spending ten hour days looking for work, and it seemed like every freaking door slammed shut when I was looking.  But now, I have not only a job again, but time to write more DAILY LAMP offerings, and this time it’s brought to you by Barbizon!

Today’s Daily Lamp is an interesting transitional design by the Spanish firm AndreuCarulla Studio.  The funny thing about this lamp is that it started out as a silly little amouse-bouche plate for food that never fills you up.  I only know that term from watching Top Chef.  Check this out, it explains what the hell I’m talking about before we get into the lamp:

FACETAT dish from ^C studio on Vimeo.

This lamp, the Facetada, is literally made of that plate from the video.  It’s like a disco ball that had bad anxiety and just needed to break loose.  What do you think?

FACETADA lamp from ^C studio on Vimeo.

From the video page:

Ceiling lamp created from the Facetat dish. We have devised a new manufacturing system; starting from a flat sheet we are able to model the geometry of the lamp to our liking.
The final result is a unique piece of lightweight appearance, which distributes the light uniformly on the bottom, while reflects spectacular patterns on the ceiling, creating a warm ambiance.

Buyable limited edition.

Video by Pau Carulla

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