The Official Post-LDI-2014 Post


LDI 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada took place this year, as it does every year.  Lots of lights, lasers, video wall, consoles, and people!  Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we’re all doing the last month hop to finish up everything before Christmas break.  Well, I mean “break” as in the 25th and 26th probably, most of us will be working during that time anyway.


A little Vegas sun shining through the LDI haze

This was a bittersweet LDI for me.  Some drama, lots of friends, a little more drama, SO much light, more friends, and hopefully lots of great stuff on the horizon.  One thing I noticed this year was the massive amount of moving heads that break the mold of a “professional” moving head — lots of stuff with split heads, heads that rotate and tilt on their own, heads that have multiple light sources on them, all that kind of stuff.  It’s interesting to see how the industry innovates itself…  or rather how the industry *thinks* it’s going to innovate itself.

Lots of stuff to see, lots of booths to visit, and tons of beautiful photos!  Check them, out, I’ve tried to break them into company names.  None of this is in any particular order, and I didn’t have much time to roam so I didn’t see lots of stuff.  I never got to the EDM arena, for example, which looked pretty awesome!  I also never got to D3 to see BlackTrax’ progress, I’ve been really looking forward to that.

What I’ve learned over the years at trade shows is that you have to measure your experience by what you did see and who you did hug; if you spend your time counting the things you didn’t get to see and the people you missed, your experience will be less rich.

Here’s the list of companies I was able to shoot a few photos of, not in order:

PRG, High End Systems/BARCOAesonEpsilonSGMChristieNewstarElation ProfessionalAmerican DJX-LaserDuratrussTMBPhilipsTheatrixxDTSGLPAyrtonVERLEXFroggy’s FogAbsen, CHAUVET Professional (obviously, haha), ETCCooluxMartin LightingBarbizonModTrussAOTOAirStar, Applied Technologies, AvolitesCity TheatricalClay PakyDazianICDRobert Juliat, and MA Lighting.

 PRG’s Booth at LDI 2014








High End Systems/BARCO








Aeson’s Booth


Epsilon’s Booth













Christie’s Booth




Newstar’s Booth


Elation Professional’s Booth





American DJ’s Booth








X-Laser’s Booth





Duratruss’ Booth



TMB’s Booth



Philips’ Booths





Theatrixx’s Booth



DTS’s Booth


GLP’s Booth


Ayrton’s Booth




VER’s Booth





LEX Products’ Booth


Froggy’s Fog


Absen’s Booth



ETC’s Booth



Coolux’s Booth





Martin Lighting’s Booth





Barbizon’s Booth


ModTruss’ Booth



AOTO’s Booth


AirStar’s Booth



Applied Technologies’ Booth


Avolites/Group One’s Booth


City Theatrical’s Booth



Clay Paky’s Booth




Dazian’s Booth





Inner Circle Distribution’s Booth



Robert Juliat’s Booth



MA Lighting’s Booth


LDI 2014 – some general shots










Wanna check out the 2013 LDI Show photos?  Click here!

How about a 2012 LDI Walkthrough?  Click here!


It’s dropping at PLASA in London in just a few short weeks, but we here at JimOnLight got the skinny on some masked detail photos of the upcoming Avolites Quartz from a secret source deep inside Team Avolites that we refer to as DEEPFADER, in an attempt to sound less like a porno than it already would have.

Check this out, I have to get my hands on this or I might just wilt into a crying ball of ridiculous:


From my source…

The Quartz is the most cost-effective fully featured console in the Avolites Titan range. Offering all the power of Titan in a super-portable package. A bright built-in touchscreen, the latest on-board processing and all the flexibility of Titan Net connectivity mean the Quartz punches above its weight.

More details:
12.1” high brightness touchscreen (similar performance to that in TTII) 1 x Gigabit ethercon port
4 x 5-pin DMX connectors
ArtNet and S-ACN support
Compatible with Titan Net backup, multi-user and DMX expansion
Up to 16 universes from console alone
10 playback faders
3 optical encoder wheels
Front and rear-mounted USB ports
5-band sound to light support (implementation from v9 onwards) Expand control surface with Titan Mobile Fader Wing

…and from LSi Online:

UK – Avolites is going down the ‘size matters’ route at this year’s PLASA London, showcasing new wings to enlarge its industry-leading consoles, and unveiling a brand new, compact console aimed at the touring market.

The Avolites team will be on stands M10 and M20 at London’s ExCel for PLASA, which runs from 5-8 October 2014. First up, they will be offering hands-on demos of the new Quartz console.

“Quartz is the newest addition to the Titan Mobile family, complete with on-board processing and a bright, vibrant 12.1″ screen,” says Avolites sales manager, Stephen Baird Smith. “Super compact, measuring only 42.5cm wide, the Quartz is positioned as the ideal companion for lighting projects ranging from touring and festivals to clubs and one-offs. It is Avolites’ smallest fully-featured console.

“Featuring the same high quality faders and hardware you’ve come to expect from Avolites, the Quartz can go anywhere you can, ideal for life on the road.

“Offering full compatibility with Multi user, the Quartz is also perfect for use as a back-up or extra programming surface, cutting your programming time. Quartz is ready to benefit from multi band Sound to Light Triggering functionality, offered in Titan version 9.”

Also on stand will be the Avolites Tiger Touch Fader Wing, which has the same profile as the Tiger Touch II and features 30 playback faders all electronically labelled with an LCD screen.

Avolites will also be exhibiting its ‘ultimate in live control’ Sapphire Touch and new Wing, offering an additional 30 motorised faders and a third hi res touch screen.

The full Titan range is also available for demo and hands-on experience, running the amazing software features of the new Titan Version 8, packed full of the latest features to enhance the Titan experience and take your shows to the next level!

As well as the entire Titan range, Avolites will be showcasing the Ai S2 media server, which offers all the benefits of Avolites’ powerful hardware in a server drastically reduced in size and cost. Also on the stand will be latest Ai Infinity EX servers, and the Sapphire Media.

The team has spent 12 months listening carefully to what users felt they needed from the next installment of Ai. The results of this user led development process are illustrated in an impressive version 8 feature set and a more unified workspace that delivers ‘everything you always wanted’ in a media server. It’s truly a game changer.

Too.  Freaking.  Cool.

Friday Afternoon Awesome – Pink Floyd Doing “Great Gig in the Sky” at Earl’s Court


Sometimes all you need is some Pink Floyd to get by.  Here’s The Great Gig in the Sky from Earl’s Court in London – from the Pulse tour!  LOOK at all of those VL2s!!!  NICE!

Now go pick your face up and go back to finishing up your Friday.  If you’re really bored, go check out Earl’s Court as it stood during PLASA 2012…  it’s going to be torn down soon.

PLASA Made Their Technical Standards FREE FOR ALL!

PLASA_Standards ProSightLogo

Tobin from Barbizon posted this on the Barbizon Blog on Monday — in a move of complete awesomeness, PLASA (the Professional Lighting and Sound Association) has teamed up with the specialty insurance carrier ProSight Specialty Insurance to bring us all the PLASA Technical Standards, completely free, for instant download.

With everything that has gone wrong in the last few years in our industry, it’s awesome to see that an organization has dedicated itself to each and every one of us and our collective safety in Production.  Thank you so much for this, PLASA and ProSight!

Get downloading your FREE Technical Standards NOW!  GO!  GET OVER THERE!

Thanks, Tobin!  You rock!

What Do You Want in Light in 2013?


It’s an interesting question to ponder because it requires you to not only think about what you *think* you want light to do over the course of a year, but it requires you to know what it is you think you *thought* about light and imagine where it *should* go.  Right?  Right.


“What the f*ck is this guy talking about?!”
“I have no idea,” said someone.

It’s simple if you work with light; what is it you want to see from light this year?  Do you want to see something change in the industry?  Do you want to see something develop, like a new technology?  Or is it time for an old technology to get a new set of dentures?  For me, I want to see someone come out with a full-spectrum replacement light source for incandescent lamps.  Notice I did not say LED necessarily.  Also, I want to see the Entertainment Lighting Industry as a whole get behind PLASA, because I think that PLASA is the future of everything we will see blossom in what I call the brave new world of Entertainment Lighting.  I think it’s coming, and it’s just around the corner.  Will it be this year?  I tell ya, that would be pretty cool.  But who knows — as I see in software development pretty much all the time, it is amazing how quickly a technology you think you had mastered says “oh, I don’t think so, sailor” and shows you that you didn’t really have anything mastered at all, besides maybe your sleep schedule.

Richard Cadena, in his latest release of the Academy of Production Technology News, says that all he really wants in 2013 from the Lighting Industries is “an accident-free year in the live event production industry. After that, everything else is just gravy.”  I definitely agree.  “But it’s the gravy,” Richard writes, “and maybe some dessert, that make things interesting.”  Check out Richard’s whole post here, he’s hit the nail right sqwar on the head as is usual with his foresight.

Someone else who I shall keep nameless told me at a recent trade show:  “All I want to happen in 2013 is for the lighting companies to quit trying to f*ck each other out of money and just get along.  You don’t have to own the entire world, all it does is make those who could potentially improve our industry and give them absolutely no room to improve the way we do things.”

Do you agree?  What do you want to see happen in 2013 in Light?  Architectural light?  Medical light?  Fun light?  Naked light?

(Ooh, naked light sounds illuminating!)

Leave a comment below, we really want to know what your insights on light are for 2013!

Come See Jim at PLASA Focus Stamford, November 11-12, 2012

Hey, are you in Stamford, Connecticut – or anywhere near?

Are you a fan of light and lighting?

Do you love going around to trade shows seeing what’s new and hip in the world of light?

Then hop the albatross and get to PLASA Focus Stamford!!!  It’s today and tomorrow, November 11-12, 2012.  I’ll be in the CAST Group booth for this show, come get a free hug while you can!  I’ll be in Booth 121 — or as soon as you come into the conference room, just look for the big CAST stand!

I’m also going to be giving my presentation called The Birth, The Childhood, and The Apparent Adolescence of Lighting Design Technology at 1:30pm Monday and 12:30pm Tuesday.  Come check it out, it’s free!  It’s also not a sales pitch, I really hate that at these shows.  PLASA Focus shows are all about the manufacturer and maker NOT hiding behind their huge Vegas-sized booths and have to actually answer questions and talk to people.  The room is tiny, and it is 10000% worth it.  Come check it out!

I also HIGHLY recommend checking out the following seminars, all available at PLASA Focus Stamford’s Seminar Schedule site:


  • John Huntington’s What Is A Network, and Why Should I Care? — 1pm Monday
  •  Richard Pilbrow’s Architecture and the Art of TheatreDesign — 5pm Monday
     PS, he’s also signing his book then too — and that book is AWE-SOME.
  • Wendall Harrington’s Is Video Killing Theatre? 9am Monday
  • Don Holder’s Lighting Design:  The Past, Present, and Future — 10am Monday
  • Bill Sapsis‘ Heads Up!1pm Monday


  • TMB’s The Art of Wireless Control by Lumen Radio — 1030am Tuesday
  • The Tribe’s Visual Design for Live Performance — 11am Tuesday
  • Steve Shelley’s A Practical Guide to Starting A Career in Technical Theatre — 1pm Tuesday

This is going to be a great show!

JOL Sunday Flickr

it’s another Sunday, everyone!  I’m in Stamford, Connecticut this week for PLASA Focus Stamford, one of the smaller PLASA shows that are gaining a lot of popularity.  I have to admit that these PLASA Focus shows are pretty awesome — smaller booths, smaller rooms, and the knowledge of the people attending that a manufacturer or lighting company can’t hide behind their huge LDI-sized booths at these smaller shows.  Things are right out in the open, and we as lighting technology and equipment makers are under a tighter scrutiny to perform without the glitz and flare.  I absolutely love it.  It’s like putting up or shutting up for two solid days.

This week’s JOL Sunday Flickr is pretty beautiful — I dug down deep for this one!


Pocket Universe

Rocca Calascio

LightMen Above Manhattan


Lollapalooza 2011

Tap Kids! 2011 Showcase

Glorious Morning Startrail



Ploumanach Phare

World's Largest Disco 2010

Chicago Airport - 1

E = m c²  [Explored]

Have an excellent week, everybody!

Which Trade Shows Have You Done This Season?

I do a hell of a lot of trade shows, as you all know already because mostly I see a lot of you there, and I’m curious as to what the readers of do in your respective individual trade show seasons.  I’d love to know, so if’n you don’t mind, would you leave a comment on this post and let me know?  I’ll love you fo sho!

So far this year for me:

The Special Event 2012, Tampa
ProLight and Sound 2012, Frankfurt
the National Association of Broadcasters Show (NAB) 2012, Las Vegas
PLASA Focus 2012, Austin
PLASA Focus 2012, Nashville
PLASA 2012, London

Shows coming up for me:
LDI 2012, Las Vegas
EIBTM 2012, Barcelona
PLASA Focus 2012, Stamford

Howzabout you?  Leave a comment below!


PLASA 2012: Pick Up Your Face, It’s Over

Now that I’m back in North America AND I am all but caught up with sleep, I want to share some of my photos from the fun that was PLASA 2012 at Earl’s Court, right off the Earl’s Court tube stop and only a moment’s tube ride from a great Indian restaurant that really ended up hating about ten of us after a wild night of eating some delicious tandoori.  WHEW — that was a huge sentence!

It was a pretty busy show for me and for the CAST Group booth (Hall 1, E-27), but the load-in went smoothly, Steve and his guys from Intexco took really good care of us, and a big thanks to Mickey, Shane, and Paul for making our booth look outstanding!  I even got some carpenters to run cable and hang lighting fixtures!  Brilliant work, boys, and thanks again!

Let’s check out some of these photos — I tried to snap shots everywhere I went, so I have a bit of everything here and there!

from the plane, on the way to London

more hotels

hotels along the street

Earl's Court Road

beautiful windows

build up at PLASA 2012

build-up at PLASA 2012

Earl's Court

the view of Earl's Court from the Earl's Court Station

exhausted Igor


thumbs up!

Jim talking at PLASA 2012

END of the Clay Paky demo, PLASA 2012

DTS's booth at PLASA 2012

Robe Explosion


drape and video

trade show porn

Rob, Jim, Justin

Walter from Swisson!

multi-surface video

more sexy ROBE booth

looking at the PIXLED booth at PLASA 2012 from Hall 1

Don't Rig Shit.

Pulsar's awesome booth at PLASA 2012

cool five-sided moving head, like Medusa

White Light Zone

This is SOME of my photos — I have a heck of a lot more over at my Flickr page — JimOnLight on Flickr.  Stay tuned, I’ll be posting more very soon!