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.” 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. Strobes, too — LED strobes are intensely appropriate, but they deliver a different kind of stab than a Xenon strobe. They’re not better or worse, just different! 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 definitely a large LED offering in our industry (as is the case in most industries of light right now). 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. 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. Most LEDs anymore allow you greater flexibility with 208V power too, making the power linking possibilities even better. 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. I finally found an interface that was designed the way that my brain wants to program. This has been a joyous time in my programmer life! It’s nothing like the old Avolites way, they’ve made the flow so unbelievably amazing that it is literally a joy to program. 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! 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! I was bummed that I didn’t get to see the Fox family. 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!
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