The Elation Impression LED Fixture


I’ve obviously mentioned about eleventy times already that I was at the three nights of the band Phish’s reunion concerts at Hampton Coliseum; I also mentioned that I was able to interview the lighting designer for Phish, Chris Kuroda!  That interview transcript and video is coming soon – but one of the things I wanted to talk about specifically were some of the LED sources that have made their way into the Phish lighting rig.

For the Hampton shows, Chris was using 32 Mac III‘s, 14 Mac 2000 XB Wash fixtures, 8 High End ShowPix, 14 Martin Atomic 3K Strobes with scrollers, and 38 Elation Impression LED fixtures.  Chris talked in detail about how he handles the difference between designing with the LED Impression fixtures versus the PAR64 sources he was using with a curve on the fader, and how much he likes the quickness of the LED sources.  He also had great praise for the ShowPix fixtures, which were used throughout very tastefully.

The Elation Impression fixtures were placed throughout the rig and used primarily for a toplight-esque system – but on several occasions they were used in a fan-delay tilt effect, and the brightness of the Impression fixture is amazing!  High output and low energy consumption at 60 lumens per watt through Luxeon K2 LEDs (90 of them) gives the Impression superiority over the 575W sources out there on the market.  Impression comes with a lens carrier and a choice between 10° and 25° – and it’s FAST!  660° pan moves in 2 seconds, 300° tilt in 1 second! Impression is DMX-512 controlled, taking a 3-pin XLR.  If you have a chance to spec some of the Impression LED lumainaires, I highly recommend checking them out!

25c2b0-lens-kit impression-six-pack

Elation Lighting’s Design Panel 72IP MKII Color Wash

Lighting and Sound America had an article reviewing the new Design Panel 72IP MKII Color Wash fixture – from the review, it sounds like it’s a bright and reactive fixture with lots of potential.  L+SA mentions several aspects about the fixture, and some verbage from Elation:

“Users of outdoor lighting are demanding greater brightness,” said Eric Loader, director of sales for Elation Professional. “With its 3W LEDs, the Design Panel 72IP MKII is the highest output IP-rated LED color wash we have ever developed and one of the brightest you’ll find anywhere. Its IP 65 rating makes it impervious to wet outdoor conditions. And its many design features, along with user benefits such as low energy draw, make it a great solution for a wide range of color wash applications, indoors or out.”

The Design Panel is rocking 72 of Luxeon’s K2 LEDs – 24 each of red, blue, and green – and has an IP rating of 65.  The unit is DMX controlled, or can be used in its “stand alone” mode, with 48 pre-set scenes.  You can also daisy chain 16 units together for large surfaces.


From Elation’s website on the Design Panel:

  • High Output, Outdoor Color L.E.D. Wash Panel
  • Infinite Color Possibilities (RGB Color Mixing)
  • 72 x 3W K2 LED’s (24 Red, 24 Green, 24 Blue)
  • LED Life: 100,000 Hours
  • IP 65 rated
  • Digital LED Display
  • Stand Alone & DMX Operation Modes
  • Built-in DMX 512
  • DMX Operation Modes: 3CH/4CH/6CH/15CH
  • Built-in Chase programs
  • Internal Scene & Chase Memory with Speed & Fade settings
  • Beam angle: 31°
  • Selectable Dim Modes: Standard & Linear (0-100%)
  • Unit Dimensions (LxWxH): 13.6 x 14.9 x 8 (34.1×37.2x20cm)
  • Unit weight (Lbs): 26.46lbs. (12KG)
  • Built-in Power Supply (Power Requirements: 100V-240V ~ 50/60HZ)

Check out the article at Lighting and Sound America.

LDI 2008 – Coemar’s Booth

Coemar had a pretty kickin’ booth this year at LDI. Coemar, Elation, Chauvet, and Vari*Lite had great booths. Actually, a lot of people had great booths. Barco and PRG’s booths were equally as excellent, and the people at PRG and Barco were extremely friendly and helpful. Martin’s booth was interesting as always – but in addition to the beautiful fixtures on display, I got snubbed a lot, and all I wanted to do was talk to someone about the Mac III. I’ve been using Mac 2000’s of both spot and wash flavors for years. I was bummed to get snubbed.

Rant over. Here’s Coemar’s booth. I do recommend checking out their new Infinity series luminaires. They’re pretty darned bright. Check out the Infinity Wash S, the Infinity Spot S, and the Infinity ACL.

And yeah. The Infinity ACL has a 6° spread. Crazy.

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