Along came a Spiider
Building upon LEDWash series, Robe has unleashed the Spiider, an LED wash luminaire that the company states ‘is set to redefine the parameters of moving LED wash light technology’. This is because in addition to functioning as a wash, the Spiider can be used as a beam or to create a ‘flower effect’, a reported first for LED wash light stage luminaires.
A single 60W RGBW LED multichip occupies the centre of the fixture, and is surrounded by 18 30W RGBW LED multichips, six of which form the inner circle, the remaining 12 creating the outer circle. This creates the visual effect of a spider’s web, from which the unit draws its name. And drawing upon its LEDWash series cousins, Spiider includes features such as a virtual colour wheel, tungsten lamp emulation, individual pixel control and in-built wireless DMX. It also boasts a zoom that spans 4- to 48-degrees and a light output of more than 50,000 lumens at 5m.
The Czech lighting manufacturer has also been working on a ‘bespoke “pixel technology” device’ that can make par cans suitable for stage and broadcasting applications. The result is Halo, a circle of encapsulated micro-pixel LEDs that can be mounted to a par 64 sized colour frame. It features six RGB LED frames and a 6-way data controller and can also reportedly produce different effects via DMX controls. The unit can also be used alone, without the need for par cans and can be rigged in various configurations with the ability to adjust speed, colour and fade times individually or simultaneously. Available initially in an RGB version, Halo is compatible with 4-pin XLR Scroller connector cables.
Finally, following the success that Robe has encountered with its small Viva LED moving light, a CMY version has been produced. It includes all of the features of Viva, with the addition of CMY colour mixing and possesses a 270W white LED light engine that can reportedly run for 20,000 hours. With a minimum zoom of 8-degrees that Robe states ‘produces a piercing beam that can be trimmed with the ultra-fast iris to give a very intense output’, Viva CMY’s widest smooth zoom us up to 40-degrees and can be softened to create gentle wash-like outputs or background projections with variable frost.
Colours can be applied on the Viva CMY fixture from its three colour wheels in addition to rotating or static gobos. Fast pan/tilt movement functionality is also a feature, as is Robe’s EMS (Electronic Motion Stabiliser) technology.