Studio Color Quick Reference Card – Blast from the Past!

This is so totally random – but yesterday I was sorting through some old lighting stuff in my toolbox, and I ran across this Studio Color reference guide!  Those of us who used the living craps out of Studio Colors know this guide!

I have also made a PDF for convenient printing, in case anyone really wants a copy of this pamphlet.  I just thought it was cool to reminisce!

VLX – Inside the New LED Marvel of Moving Lights

MMM.  VLX!  Sexy!  I cannot WAIT to see this at LDI 2009.  Hey, did I mention I am going to LDI 2009?

I just found some pictures of the inside of the VLX from Vari*Lite, and a few of the outside of the casing.  Check this stuff out!

A light engine chip from the VLX – Phlatlight anyone?


More light engine goodiness:


Even more lighting engine goodiness:


Front lens side view with motors:


Front lens with motors:


VLX with its clothes off – I mean covers:


Front view:


Rear view:


Thanks, Vari*Lite!

Vari-Lite is Touring Some New Products


A press release from Vari-Lite tells of the in-progress tour of new Vari-Lite gear – the VLX LED wash luminaire, the VL500 and VL1000 Ceramic Discharge fixtures. I am in Sweden, and I will miss out on this fun. I want to be there so badly I can taste the smell from the inside of old VL2Cs. Damn!

You are invited to join Vari-Lite as we bring you the latest in lighting technology featuring the debuts of the much-anticipated VARI*LITE® VLXTM Wash, VL500CDTM Wash, and VL1000CDTM automated luminaires. Plus as an added bonus, now is your chance to get a first-hand glimpse of the unmatched VL3500TM Wash FX automated luminaire.

The VL3500 Wash FX luminaire is the newest member of the Series 3000TM family of luminaires with an output that exceeds 50,000 lumens, as well as varied new options for color and beam control featuring internal zoomable beam optics, an interchangeable front lens system, and a four position plus open rotating FX pattern wheel.

The VLX Wash luminaire is the next generation of solid-state lighting which gives you all the benefits of LED technology and the best visual performance characteristics of both arc and tungsten sources. VLX offers stunning intensity, incredible color gamut, multi-year source life and upgradeability. VLX. Only from Vari-Lite. Accelerating LED lighting.

Energy-efficient, long-lasting and virtually maintenance free, the new ceramic discharge (CD) automated luminaires have a 315W ceramic discharge lamp offering 3200K color temperature of tungsten, a 95 CRI, and an incredibly long-rated lamp life of 8,000 hours.  Based on the Emmy® Award-winning VL5TM Wash luminaire, the VL500CD Wash luminaire maintains a light output greater than 7,000 lumens. Combining the functionality of the ellipsoidal reflector spotlight with the versatility of an automated luminaire, the VL1000CD luminaire maintains a light output greater than 8,000 lumens.

New Product Demo Dates, Times, and Locations…

August 26, 2009:

SEAL – Miami
12250 NE 13th Court
Miami, FL 33161
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

August 27, 2009:

PRG – New York
7777 West Side Ave.
North Bergen, NJ 07047
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

August 28, 2009:

456 West 55th St.
New York, NY 10019
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

August 31, 2009:

SoloTech – Las Vegas
7465, Dean Martin Dr., Suite 108
Las Vegas, NV 89139
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

September 1, 2009:

PRG – Las Vegas
6050 S Valley View Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89118
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

4Wall Entertainment – Las Vegas
3325 W. Sunset Road, Suite F
Las Vegas, NV 89118
2:30PM – 5:00 PM

Barbizon – Atlanta
101 Krog Street
Atlanta, GA 30307
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

High End Systems Births the ShowBeam 2.5


One of the things about High End’s latest fixtures that I have really enjoyed seeing is the effort to add a little less utility to new fixtures, and actually make them look pretty great.  ShowGun, StudioPix, ShowPix, and now the ShowBeam 2.5 – these fixtures provide an advanced function while giving a new form to the fixture.

High End Systems and Barco have released a new bright monster luminaire, the ShowBeam 2.5.  ShowBeam features something that High End is calling the Twin Beamâ„¢ effect, which does look pretty cool.  Don’t forget the ring of controllable LEDs around the lens.  Here’s some info from the ShowBeam 2.5 product page:

The SHOWBEAMâ„¢ 2.5 is a new dedicated automated wash luminaire with a revolutionary Twin Beamâ„¢ effect.

The SHOWBEAM 2.5 features a jointly developed Philips MSR 2500-watt lamp source. A smooth field, soft-edge illumination is produced using a new radial lenticular homogenizing lens system that provides a signature look on stage. In addition, the dedicated wash light includes a user changeable fixed color wheel, a variable CTO, a full CMY color mixing system, and the ability to produce an 11-degree fixed hard-edge profile with fast color change and Electronic Strobe. The profile can be rapidly zoomed from 11 to 33 degrees.

More than just a washlight, SHOWBEAM 2.5 offers users a revolutionary patent pending effect, the Twin Beam. In this effect, two discrete hard-edge beams exit the fixture on command, with variable control over the Twin Beam deviation and rotation speed — all with little brightness degradation. Users may vary the Twin Beam by adding incremental color using the CMY color mixing system.

SHOWBEAM 2.5 also includes the renowned LED tracking system that encircles the lens, a feature that debuted with its SHOWGUN predecessor. Users may choose to use the LED tracking system alone or as a complementary ring of color to their set.


  • Proprietary Short Arc Lamp and optics produce 140,000 center lumens of light
  • 2500W wash light
  • Innovative Twin Beam effect
  • Electronic strobe
  • Quick zoom range from 11 °-33°
  • Full optical dimming and fade to black
  • Innovative LED Tracking Ring produces over 5000 lumens of RGB color. Homogenously mixed RGB LED circular array eliminates the multiple colored RGB look when white or mixed colors are produced.
  • Smooth CMY color mixing provides and infinite palette of color tracking and Independent modes selectable via DMX
  • Optical encoders automatically correct the head’s position if manually moved


  • 420° pan and 216° tilt movement
  • Auto-switching power supply
  • 200v-240v
  • DMX/RDM Connector: 5-pin XLR
  • Compliances: ETL, CE


  • Modular construction
  • Fast service design for Reflector, Condenser and Output lens
  • Electronic cooling system control
  • Stunningly fast, smooth and quiet yoke movement using proprietary multi-phase technology
  • Performance oriented exterior design prevents stray light scatter
  • Pan and tilt locks for easy transportation.

Electrical Specifications/Light Source
Power Consumption: 18 Amps at 208 V, 15 Amps at 240V

Fixture Rated Power: 2500 W
Lamp: PHILIPS MSR 2500/2 SA

Color Temperature 7000K
Barco rated Lamp Life: 1250 hrs
CRI >80
CIE X=.320; Y=.330

Mechanical Specifications:
Fixture Dimensions: mm: 596 x 605 x 925 (in: 23.5 x.23.8 x 36.4)

Road Case Dimensions: mm: 749 x 724 (in: 29.5 x 47.25 x 28.5)

Fixture Weight: 66.2kg (146 lbs.)
Shipping Weight (Road Case + fixture): 120 kg (266 lbs.)

Feaat your eyes upon the ShowBeam 2.5’s Twin Beam effect: