A fun show happened this year in Las Vegas — lots of beams, lots of friends, and I met my goal to share hug karma with 20 new people!
I’ve heard a few people now call LDI something like “LED-I.” Â After making me giggle like a dumbass like I’m known to do, it’s not like it’s far off the mark — the industry is dominated with LED wash fixtures, LED pixel mappers, LED moving head spot AND wash fixtures, and all kinds of other diode-powered light makers. Â Strobes, too — LED strobes are intensely appropriate, but they deliver a different kind of stab than a Xenon strobe. Â They’re not better or worse, just different! Â The industry still has the gamut of discharge, incandescent, and other non-LED sources as well, but there is less push generally on these types of fixtures.
I find that such an interesting paradigm at the LDI show – lots of companies have non-LED stuff and they show it, but there is Â definitely a large LED offering in our industry (as is the case in most industries of light right now). Â Sometimes I wonder if there are less non-LED beams bouncing around because that’s what the industry wants or if it’s because of the cost savings of NOT having those non-LED sources en masse. Â Power is expensive stuff at these shows, and so is drayage on all of the heavy gack that goes along with larger draw 208 gear and dimming. Â Most LEDs anymore allow you greater flexibility with 208V power too, making the power linking possibilities even better. Â I only had one 48-way PD for the CHAUVET Professional booth, and that powered everything I had designed into the rig, video panels and all.
I programmed the booth I designed on the Avolites Sapphire Touch, which has become my new favorite desk. Â I finally found an interface that was designed the way that my brain wants to program. Â This has been a joyous time in my programmer life! Â It’s nothing like the old Avolites way, they’ve made the flow so unbelievably amazing that it is literally a joy to program. Â I just had it again on the Concert Lighting Master Classes this last week, but I’ll be writing a separate post about that this week.
Check out some photos from the show, and I was glad to see you if I saw you at this year’s show! Â If I didn’t see you, I’m sorry — we’ll see each other next go round or soon, you know how this business goes! Â I was bummed that I didn’t get to see the Fox family. Â This show kept me busy, I barely made it out of the booth except for about an hour to walk the floor.
Click on any photo below for the larger images in an *awesome* light box!