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InfoComm 2014 – The JimOnLight Tour!

I just combed through photos from the last six months, and I found a ton of photos from InfoComm 2014 as I walked the floor.  Check these out, we had a lot of fun at that show!  Well, except for the heat exhaustion/upper GI thing during that trip, but I guess that’s just the way she goes, as Ray would say.

Check out the virtual JimOnLight InfoComm 2014 photo tour below!
Click on any individual photo below to get the full-size David Fox badass lightbox!

UPDATE – Ultra Music Festival LED Wall Accident

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I got some new information last night from an anonymous source that I trust — I am happy to report that the remainder of the people injured in the fall of a 30 foot long LED wall have been released from the hospital.

I AM SO GLAD TO HEAR THIS!

I also got some information on the kind of gear used on the Ultra stage:

  • The panels that fell were VER’s Everbrighten BR15‘s, provided by NEP Screenworks
    what this means is that video panels that happen to the VER’s model Everbrighten BR15’s, and they happen to have been supplied by Screenworks.  THAT IS ALL THAT MEANS, people.  We know nothing of what happened and why at this point.
  • There were some Robin 600 LED Washes from Robe and some Atomic strobes on the bit of equipment that fell

As is the modus operandi in our industry, the show must go on, and it is — check out the Live streaming at YouTube.com/umftv

Congratulations to ALL of the families who get to hug their loved ones tonight!

Robe Lighting and Inner Circle Distribution News

Update:  August 6, 2010:

I got an email from Harry von den Stemmen, the Sales Director from Robe with an update on the US side of the business:

We have just signed the lease for a new fully air conditioned warehouse nearby the old location in Fort Lauderdale. To achieve this, we had to negotiate a termination of the current lease agreement, which has probably sparked some ideas that we may disappear.

The crew remains the same, but we will keep our stocks as low as possible for the time being. In order to compensate the lead time, the factory will treat US orders with highest priority.  We ensure to always provide the latest brand new equipment. Lead times should be no longer than 2-3 weeks. A reasonably small demo stock will be kept in the new facility.

Robe Lighting Inc. will exhibit at LDI as every year, this time it will be both 2324 at the LVCC in Las Vegas. This will follow the annual Plasa exhibition, where we will present  a series of new products – which will also be shown at LDI. Moreover, we will have our usual demo room for a detailed presentation of the novelties.

We believe that this decision is good for our customers as well as for ourselves. Continuity is important, and we trust that the customer will understand, that saving on expenses is vital and guarantees that we can keep our prices reasonable.
We have just received some new orders, which may already indicate a positive change in buying trends.

Also:

I was just emailed a link to this article at LSI – the breaking news on some of this isn’t so breaking, but some of it is, so I don’t feel like too terrible of a moron!  ICD is going to be joining with Martin.  Hell, I’m thrilled to see that ICD gets to keep on truckin’!  Frankly, I’m proud to have missed this article, because now I get to report that ICD gets to keep on truckin’.

From the article:

USA – Martin Professional has confirmed that a deal has been reached between Inner Circle Distribution (ICD) and Martin Professional, Inc. (MP) that sees industry veterans and ICD owners Nick Freed, Noel Duncan and Gary Mass trading in their circle for a yellow triangle and rejoining the Martin US team.

During their time at Inner Circle Distribution, Freed, Duncan and Mass, all of whom have previous work experience at Martin US, emerged as key players in the US rental market.

Inner Circle Distribution has been involved in the entertainment industry since 2005 as a distributor of primarily moving head lights throughout the USA, Canada and the Caribbean.

“Through this agreement, a circle has been closed (no pun intended) as all three owners have worked for Martin in the past, effectively earning their stripes here,” stated Brian Friborg, president of Martin Professional’s Florida-based US subsidiary. “We are very happy that we have succeeded in concluding this deal, but are even more ecstatic at the prospects it entails. Combining such well-connected and knowledgeable guys with the best and broadest product portfolio in the market, I think it’s safe to say we have a winner.”

UPDATE YET AGAIN – July 12, 2010:

Just got an email back from Harry von den Stemmen about the health of the company, and Robe is officially doing fine.  There is a US factory in Sawgrass that is still being staffed, but like all other companies in the US, times suck.  I have been assured that the company is doing fine, which is great news to hear!

Original post:

BREAKING NEWS from the JimOnLight.com News Desk (otherwise known as my office) just now – I have it on good authority from a source close to the situation that Robe Lighting and Inner Circle Distribution (ICD) are in trouble. Actually, Inner Circle Distribution has folded according to my source, and Robe is on the brink. This leaves lighting company Coemar unrepresented in the United States, and Robe’s US interests are now gone.

More on the situation as it develops. It’s a shame, Robe just developed the ROBIN series LIFI plasma moving head.

UPDATE:
Robe US is folding, not Robe CZ. Regardless, this still sucks.

UPDATE AGAIN:

News on the other two as it develops.  I hope it’s not bad news.  Quite frankly, I hate bad news so much that I’d rather write stories about puppies who carry flashlights around in their mouths or something equally less sucky.


Robe’s ROBIN 3 Plasma Fixture UPDATE

So, a few days ago I interviewed Tony McGettican of Luxim for the JimOnLight.com Podcast (which is almost ready, by the way), and I asked him about the LIFI lamp and if he could tell me about any partnerships or joint ventures with moving light companies.  Tony politefully declined to comment because the news of the ROBIN 3 Plasma Spot hadn’t come out yet.

However, another source has shared that the ROBIN 3 Plasma Spot actually debuted privately at LDI 2008 and PLASA 2008 – to apparently really positive reviews.  Damn, I gotta find out how to get invited to stuff like that!

Luxim LIFI-ENT-31-02 Lamp

What I have been told is that the lamp being used in the ROBIN 3 Plasma Spot is the Luxim LIFI-ENT-31-02 lamp, which is geared and designed towards entertainment lighting.  Some specs on the LIFI-ENT-31-02:

  • 17,800 lumens
  • Forward emitting intensity pattern
  • Useful lifetime more than 6X longer than HID lamps
  • High CRI of 94
  • Rugged and impact resistant
  • Small form-factor
  • Digitally controlled for fastdimming
  • Operates in all orientations

Here’s a link to the LIFI-ENT-31-02 spec PDF.  Check it out.

This is a major innovation to entertainment lighting – I will report as much as I can discover, and I am really interested in seeing how this goes!  If you’ve used a ROBIN 3 Plasma Spot, please drop a comment below!

Feast Your Eyes on Robe’s LIFI Lamp Fixture – ROBIN 3 Plasma Spot

GO LIFI!  I was waiting for this day to come!

Robe used Luxim’s LIFI lamp in a moving light.  Remember LIFI?  It’s the tic tac sized HID that is electrodeless and works on RF; it’s also got a long life, collimated beam, and high CRI. I spoke with Tony McGettican the other day on the phone for an upcoming JimOnLight.com podcast, and asked him about any partnerships with moving light companies.  He wouldn’t say anything – I heard a rumor a few days before about Robe having a LIFI fixture.

Check out the ROBIN 3 Plasma Spot – from the press release:

Robe Launches new Robin moving light range at Prolight + Sound 2009 – 27.3.2009

Robe lighting launches it’s amazing new Robin (Robe Innovative Concept) range of moving light products at Prolight+Sound Frankfurt.

Robe will once again have a colourful, beautifully designed, highly visual and welcoming booth D59 in the middle of Hall 9, as well as running an active demonstration area away from the booth. This will offer the opportunity to show the new products close up in a calm and relaxed environment.

The first fixtures in the revolutionary Robin series are the Robin 3 Plasma Spot, the Robin 300E Spot & the Robin 300E Wash.

Robe continues it’s drive to be at the forefront of technical innovation with these fixtures, which are designed to maximize the amazing features, functionality and opportunities offered by the new Lifi Plasma lamp and the Philips MSD Gold 300/2 MiniFastFit lamp.

Fantastic results are achieved in the colour rendering output using plasma lamp technology, whilst the punchy output of the Philips lamp is multiplied by a unique Hot-or-Not-spot reflector solution allowing remote hot-spot control. (patent pending)

The Robin 3 Plasma Spot is the first in a new generation of fixtures, coming complete with the features of every designer’s dreams – An extreme light output of 18,000 Lumens, a perfect colour rendering index (94), an extremely flat and even light beam (1 : 1) and a lifespan of 10,000 hours.

These are all made possible by the fantastic new plasma lamp light source – which is just being introduced to the market. The Robin® 3 Plasma SpotTM also offers a 20 – 100% dimming capability and a semi-hot re-strike facility of less than a 20th of a second for the full lamp brightness to be restored after shutting off.

There is an exceptional optical efficiency of 54% and a lamp luminous flux of 22,000 Lumens, giving the fixture an incredible output of 10,000 Lumens – never previously achieved from a 266W light source!

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Robe and The Pussycat Dolls

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I just finished a few articles about the latest Pussycat Dolls tour, and Scott Warner’s work on the tour.  Scott is using a ton of Robe gear – from the article at TPI Mag:

Warner first used Robe fixtures on a PCD show in St Petersburg, Russia last year.

With the timing of Doll Domination, he was keen to try out Robe’s new Digital Series, so added 6 DigitalSpot 7000DTs, 36 REDWash 3.192 LED wash lights and 12 Robe REDBlinder 2.96s to the spec – all of which were newly purchased by HSL for the tour. The rig also includes 60 Robe ColorSpot and ColorWash 2500E ATs.

The 90 minute PCD performance is a highly visual, all-action extravaganza encompassing the genres of pop, hip-hop and cabaret, for which Warner’s light show needed plenty of multiple-choice options.

His creative scope has to cover all avenues and keep the new looks coming and the excitement and anticipation pumping right to the final chords. He achieves all this with a relatively expediently sized rig in terms of fixtures.

The lights are distributed all across the rig. This features an innovative trussing design based on 4 Octopods – two static underneath the front truss and two moving ones over-stage left and right, plus a 4.5 metre circular truss stage centre, and a smaller semi circular truss. In the upstage left and right corners are two 20ft runs of SwingWing truss, flown diagonally, and there’s also a back truss running the full width of the stage.

TPI has great articles – check them out!

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LDI – Robe’s Booth

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to spend much time checking out Robe‘s booth this year.  I went and got my badge scanned, and then I got whisked away by old friends.  Robe has been getting some good press with new product releases.  I’ve not ever had the chance to design with Robe fixtures, but I’d be open to a try.

In addition to the one pathetic image I took, there is a nice gallery on Robe’s website of LDI 2008.

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