Entertainment technologists found an oasis of new products in the Arizona desert at the 11th annual Lighting Dimensions International, held November 13-15 in downtown Phoenix at the Civic Plaza. Sponsored by Lighting Dimensions, Entertainment Design (formerly TCI), and Sound & Video Contractor, with support from the Entertainment Services & Technology Association (ESTA), the show attracted more than 10,087 attendees who came to eyeball the thousands of new products on display from more than 420 exhibiting companies, attend the numerous seminars and classes, and generally catch up with friends and colleagues.

Two new events were in evidence at this year's LDI. First, the show sponsored its first large-scale party, LDI Rocks, featuring local bands, a DJ, and a laser show. And in lieu of the usual backstage tours held every year immediately following the show, four days of pre-show training were offered. Dubbed LDInstitute, the sessions were held November 9-12 and included topics such as Fundamentals of AutoCAD Design, Principles of Show Control for Theatre and Permanent Attractions, Technical Fundamentals of Audio, and the Black Magic of Ultraviolet.

Of course, LDI also offered its regular series of sessions November 12-15, ranging from mini-courses on fiber optics to tutorials on moving lights to product breakfasts to computer labs. Highlights included sessions such as Rigging in Non-Theatrical Spaces, New Sources of Playback, and Specifying and Designing with Neon.

LDI98 was in a way the final stop of a decade-long road show. Beginning this year in Orlando (November 19-21), LDI will have two permanent cities as it becomes a bicoastal event, switching back and forth between the themed capital of Florida and Sin City, Las Vegas. Some attendees and exhibitors had expressed initial concern over Phoenix as a site for the show, since it is not exactly a top tourist or entertainment spot. But the fact that the attendance exceeded projections proved that the show has become more important than the destination.

Or perhaps it's more accurate to say that the promise of new toys, products, and gadgets is stronger than any destination, and at LDI98, attendees were not disappointed. Product award winners were honored in a champagne ceremony on November 15, as were the ESTA Dealer's Choice Award winners, and this year's Wally Russell Award winner, Bran Ferren.

Ferren was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment lighting technology. His credits range from some of the most unique special effects on Broadway and in Hollywood films, to breakthroughs for companies ranging from Strand Lighting to Revo Sunglasses. In 1993 he joined Walt Disney Imagineering, where he is currently the executive vice president for creative technology and research and development. His thoughtful, intelligent acceptance speech was one of the highlights of the show.

Other artisans honored included the architectural lighting designer of the year Rogier van der Heide, for his work on the new Natural History Museum in the Netherlands; themed lighting designers of the year Jay Winters and Ed Kaye of JK Design Group, for the SpaceQuest Casino in Las Vegas, and Ted Ferreira of City Design Group and Michael Finney of Ruzika Lighting Design, for Star Trek: The Experience; and entertainment lighting designer of the year Jules Fisher, for his body of work on Broadway. Sound designer of the year was Jon Gottlieb, for his work in both LA and New York.

Booth awards this year went to George & Goldberg, Martin Professional, and Vari-Lite Inc. Laser Production Network won best laser show, while American DJ Supply won for best light show, which featured music, appropriately enough, from The Grand Canyon Suite.

Sound product of the year went to Eastern Acoustic Works' KF750 loudspeaker, designed by Jeff Rocha and the team at EAW. Honorable mention went to Wireworks' TEC256 Multipin Cable Tester. Rigging and hardware product of the year honors went to Protech Theatrical Services' Nysteel Sheave. The EFX Plus2 from City Theatrical won the best scenic effects product, while the RE2 Variable Beam Fan from Reel EFX received honorable mention.

Lightwright 3, developed by John McKernon and distributed by City Theatrical Inc. was given the nod for lighting tool/software product, while the Focus Finder System by Avolites America and the Micro-Scope 3 from Artistic Licence received honorable mentions. Widget of the year went to the Ver Lock, a one-step adjustable suspension device from Ver Sales, and the Rite-Lock from Silver State Wire Rope & Rigging.

The architectural lighting product of the year award went to Philips Lighting's CDM lamp; honorable mention went to DichroX Color Lenses by Special FX Lighting Inc. On the entertainment front, there were two lighting products of the year--the Source Four Zoom from Electronic Theatre Controls Inc., and the Vari*Lite(R) VL7(TM) automated luminaire. ESTA's second annual Dealer's Choice Awards honored TileMount from Future Light in the expendable/widget category, and Gray Interfaces' DMX Ultimate Converter in the equipment category.

For more information on these products or on any other equipment from the show floor, check out the following booth-by-booth report, and/or circle the corresponding number after the company name on the reader service cards located in the back of the magazine. This year's edition was compiled by staff members David Barbour, Leanne Boepple, John Calhoun, Robert Cashill, Liz French, Jane Hogan, David Johnson, and Catherine McHugh, with additional assistance from Hannah Kinnersley and Joy Marie Lofton.

A & J MANUFACTURING First time anywhere: This case manufacturer was showing its new XP expandable shipping container system, made of lightweight, weather-resistant, roto-molded plastic.

A BULB LIGHT & ELECTRICAL First time at LDI: A Bulb Electronic Energy Saving Bulbs, for architectural applications, are EPA-recommended and provide continuous lighting for indoors, hallways, stairways, and outdoor lanterns.

A.C. LIGHTING First time anywhere: Version 3 software for the Wholehog II console, and a preview of macros and virtual masters. Also, the WYSIWYG program now features rendering software.

First time at LDI: Three new additions to the popular Chroma-Q range of DMX color changers: The Chroma-Q M 1K fits 1,000W-size fixtures, the Chroma-Q M 2K fits 2,000W-size fixtures, and Chroma-Q M 8Lite fits eight-light blinder units. Also, The Jands Echelon-1k has 1,000 control channels, with a featured version of the Wholehog II operating software, including its Effects Engine.

ACT ENTERPRISES First time at LDI: Its Safer Sidearm Jr. keeps C-clamps secure quickly and effectively. Also the Safer Sidearm in an aluminum version for trussing applications. The units nest together and can be rotated for flexibility; lights can be hung up to 3' away from a vertical truss structure at any angle.

ADB In prototype: ISIS (Integrated Software for Intelligent Systems) is a software platform structured around a real-time, 32-bit operating system, providing multi-user and preemptive multitasking capabilities with a very short boot-up time. ISIS will be offered as an upgrade to all owners of Vision 10, ADB's high-end control system. ADB also showed three new control systems: Phoenix 2, Phoenix 5, and Phoenix 10, all of which run on the ISIS platform. All three systems share an external processing unit based on an industrial Siemens PC, and feature integrated color and motion control capabilities.

Company news: This was the first North American appearance of this Belgian company, which is well-known in Europe.

ADVANCED DEVICES First time at LDI: A unique two-piece housing installs easily and without special tools. A built-in strain relief covers wire from #6 to 4/0, and copper contacts run 20% cooler than brass and are less susceptible to corrosion. Mateable with all existing cam-type connectors. Inlines and panel mounts available. UL- and CUL-listed for 400A service.

AEROLITE INTERNATIONAL First time at LDI: This new balloon lighting company for movies and special events introduced itself with the Aerolite AT-8000, the first dimmable helium-filled lighting balloon with DMX512 control capabilities. The heat-sealed balloon skin is made of laminated ripstop nylon with a polyurethane coating. Internally, the eight 1,000W 240V lamps are suspended by four equatorial lines. Externally, four tag lines enable the balloon to remain stable in winds up to 15mph. Operating height ranges from 15' to 75' (5-23m), and the illuminated area is 30,000 sq. ft. (2,700 sq. m).

AIR DIMENSIONAL DESIGN First time anywhere: The special effects Air Flame is made of a porous fabric that suggests flames when air-propelled from its base. Available in gold, silver, and custom metallic colors, the Air Flame is suitable for day or night usage with spotlights, and will shoot up instantly to 18' (6m) or 32' (10m). The Sky Tickler is another new special effect, comprising a single column that splits into nine separate tentacles.

Company news: ADD has recently gotten into the custom design business in air tubes.

AIRSTAR LIGHTING BALLOONS First time anywhere: The Airstar Crystal is a self-inflating light-diffusing balloon that fits on any stand for windproof applications. Fitted with a halogen, 700W HMI, or 1,200W HMI, its internal continuous fan inflates the balloon in minutes. Unlike floating lighting balloons, it does not require a technician, and provides bright and uniform light with minimal glare or shadows.

ALCONE CO. Featured products: Paramount Theatrical Supplies, stage blood, and Motorola intercoms; Alcone is also the national distributor for Flo Paint super vinyl, latex flat, and gloss paints.

ALCORN McBRIDE Featured products: The DMX Machine, which offers 512 DMX channels and scripted control of dimmers; and the LightCue Real Time DMX Recorder, which records 512 DMX channels in real time and the output of any lighting board.

ALL ACCESS STAGING AND PRODUCTIONS First time at LDI: The V2 Tower System is a self-erecting tower system with a four-ton lifting capacity. Coupled with the Versa roof truss, which offers a 100' (30m) span, the system can replace traditional scaffolding.

ALL BULBS lighting & luminaires Featured products: All Bulbs ships all major brands of bulbs to the wholesale/ retail industry. They also supply three brands of gel sockets, gaffer tape, and mag lites. Company news: Its website is www.allbulbs.com.

ALLEN PRODUCTS CO. First time at LDI: This manufacturer of fully articulating wall and ceiling mounts for electrical gear introduced the Multimount MM-024. This product provides three axes of rotation and locking for lighting, loudspeakers, and cameras. New adjustable yoke mounts can be used for any object up to 60lb (27kg).

ALTMAN STAGE LIGHTING First time anywhere: The 575W Star PAR die-cast spotlight/floodlight is designed to be a rugged, lightweight alternative to conventional PAR-64 luminaires. The Master Ellipse is designed for architectural applications; this 70W unit is billed as having 10 times the light output, and can project a gobo image 65' (20m). Other features include lamp life of 9,000 hours.

Company news: Altman has reached an agreement with the KATIE Group Inc. to exclusively distribute Altman's new range of architectural lighting products. KATIE will be responsible for all sales and marketing efforts, including the hiring and management of a national and international representative sales team. KATIE has been formed by Keith Gillum and Tom Folsom, most recently of Strand Lighting. It is based in Long Beach, CA.

AMERICAN DJ SUPPLY First time anywhere: Master Blaster Foggers with electronic temperature control, rather than a mechanical thermostat. This is said to provide greater precision in controlling a fogger's heating unit, producing a thinner, lighter fog. Featured products: Its range of special effects lighting, plus contributions from Elation Entertainment Products, were the basis of its themed light show, "Images of Arizona." Control was off its Show Designer board.

AMERICAN HARLEQUIN First time at LDI: Activity Sprung Floor Panel Systems, popular with many major dance companies, feature stable interlocking panels for fast setup. Also Harlequin display floors available in different patterns and colors for designers, and industrial finishes for trade shows and product launches.

Company news: The company has opened a new office in Fort Worth, TX, run by John Daniels Jr. This spring it plans to open a 25,000-sq.-ft. (2,250 sq. m) warehouse in New Jersey to provide overnight East Coast service.

AMERICAN LIGHTING First time anywhere: The company imports and distributes Fiber Twinkle Star Kits (with which you can create your own twinkle star curtains and ceiling), Electronic Blackboards, and heavy-duty Light Strings, which were recently UL-certified for indoor/outdoor use.

Company news: Last November American Lighting moved from Aurora, CO, to a 10,000-sq.-ft. (900 sq. m) space in Denver.

ANVIL CASES/MAJECAL PLASTIC CASES Featured products: Anvil's Pro Tour Cases, birch cases with custom designs, were displayed, as well as the company's ATA, Armorlite, Forge II, and Fibre cases. All Anvil casters feature double ball-bearing races and rotate 360 degrees. Majecal products, including the Globe Case, are used for transporting special 12k bulbs, such as those made by Arri.

APOLLO DESIGN TECHNOLOGY First time at LDI: The Glass Series, Four-Color, and Crushed Dichroics offer a variety of color to fit any intelligent lighting fixture. This company has added more than 50 designs to its collection of metal patterns, and also added standard lithos to this year's catalog.

APPLIED ELECTRONICS First time at LDI: TR20.5 x 20.5 spigoted box trusses featuring 1.375" OD aluminum bracing and 1.9" OD 6061-T6 aluminum tube.

Featured products: Manufacturer and distributor of the L-11, L-16, L-25 Mini-Tower Lites; aluminum trusses (triangle 8", 14", 18"); box truss (8', 12', 18', 201/2', 24'); pre-hung club truss, single-hung and double-hung; stage roof systems up to 60' (18m); DMX512 digital touring, and architectural dimmers.

Company news: The company is moving into a 20,000-sq.-ft. (1,800 sq. m) facility in Newport News, VA, early this year.

ARABESQUE SOFTWARE & CONSULTING Featured product: RPM (Rental and Production Manager) for Windows 95 is an order entry and inventory management package with flexible order entry view for equipment availability, many invoice production options, and automatic invoice generation from orders.

Company news: Its website, www.arasoft.com, provides information and a list of companies currently using RPM.

ARRIFLEX CORP. First time anywhere: The Arrilux 21/50 Minisun with specially designed coated glass reflector and matching lens set is the company's smallest dual wattage daylight fixture, for use in cramped areas. The cylindrical lamp head can be quickly detached from the ballast and connected by a special head/ballast cable. The system includes a color-coded lens set, glass CTO filters, barndoor, mounting brackets, battery adapters, and a power pack for both 120/220V operation and battery charging. Also its line of tungsten and HMI theater fresnels, specially enhanced for theatrical application, including coated glass reflectors and a new lens door to eliminate spill light and offer a secure mounting for scrollers or louvers, with an adjustable yoke for balancing these accessories. Tilt and focus reference marks are included for ease of setup. The fresnels range from 1,200W to 6,000W HMI and 1,000W-5,000W tungsten.

First time at LDI: The Ruby 7 multi-PAR tungsten fixture uses axial focus technology to out-perform nine-lights. Six outer PAR-64 lamps up to 1,200W each pivot in unison around an axially tracking center lamp. All seven beams can be focused on a point from 16' (5m) to several hundred feet distant. Retracted, the beams crisscross to achieve a flood pattern within a short distance.

ARTISTIC LICENCE First time anywhere: DMX-Hub, an ethernet-to-DMX translator, enables standard ethernet cabling and transceivers to receive DMX512 data. The source code for the protocol is available on its website, at www.ArtisticLicence.com.

First time at LDI: Chain Link is an eight-channel motor controller that operates chain hoist motors without encoders by monitoring the amount of time each motor has been in motion.

ASA PRODUCTIONS First time at LDI: Besides its line of cases, including the Reasonable Rax, ASA also showed the Club System, a line of speakers consisting of an active three-way ported trapezoidal medium power speaker, which is arrayable or stackable, and a mid-power twin 18" sub.

ATLAS SPECIALTY LIGHTING First time at LDI: HMI and xenon power supplies (for HMI and xenon lamps). Featured products: Domestic and imported lamps used for projection and followspots, including xenon arc lamps.

ATM GROUP Featured products: Manufactures and distributes overhead suspension systems, hardware and rigging accessories, and related design and engineering services.

AUTOMATED ENTERTAINMENT HD DICHROIC Featured products: A catalog listing the products displayed at the booth, including HD Dichroic Color Filters, the HD Fiber-Optic Illuminator, paints and pigments, expendables, and numerous special effects.

AUTOMATIC DEVICES First time at LDI: Corded and cordless motorized master carriers from Triple E.

AVAB TRANSTECHNIK First time anywhere: The Solaris system, with a touchscreen that adds a degree of user-friendliness to the VLC lighting control system, and the company's Safari software range.

Company news: Ove Jonsson is managing Avab Scandinavia AB, recently formed by the firm. All Avab hardware production has shifted from Gothenburg, Sweden, to an ISO9000-standard facility in Buchleburg, Germany.

AVOLITES First time at LDI: The Borealis range of LED lamps includes an underwater version, as well as the SL (stage lights) and the DL (display lights) version. Full-color LED displays are available for billboards, video, and a host of other applications both indoor and outdoor. Also, the Focus Finder is a compact box that can be placed onstage anywhere the lighting needs to be focused. The focus button on top of the unit allows the fixtures to scan the stage and locate the Focus Finder. Also shown was the Sapphire 2000, a completely new lighting control desk based on the company's Pearl and Azure technologies; it features 2,048 channels, displays on memories, labeling on all attributes, and 100 preset faders. The Stage Visualizer is a Windows-based software program that allows operators to simulate lighting programs in real time and offers 1,000 channels of DMX.

B&H PHOTO-VIDEO-PRO AUDIO First time at LDI: A major reseller of professional photo and video equipment and studio and location lighting, B&H made its LDI debut. It promoted the expansion of its lighting department in its new 45,000-sq.-ft. (4,050 sq. m) store in New York City.

BANDIT LITES Featured products: This multifaceted entertainment lighting company provides services for concert touring, special events, corporate events, film and video, and sales specification and design. With offices in Knoxville, Nashville, San Francisco, Dublin, London, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, the company is able to offer worldwide service 24 hours a day.

BARBIZON First time at LDI: Barbizon had new products from various manufacturers, including new gobos from Lee; Cal-Color calibrated color filters from Rosco; Chinese lanterns and window patterns from Chimera; 60 and 100A stage pin connectors from ADI/Bates; and portable dimming equipment from Magic Gadgets. Check out the Barbizon catalog for lots of useful technical information.

Company news: Mike Griffith has been appointed director of sales for the company, managing its systems division and coordinating national accounts. Griffith's career includes stints at Wybron and ETC.

BISHOP & BISHOP First time anywhere: White Magic Fluid, optical cleaning fluid that is safe to use on dichroics, first-surface reflectors, and lenses. Black Magic Filters may be placed on existing lighting equipment, including intelligent lighting, to reduce fog fluid and dust buildup and light leaks.

BOGEN CINE First time anywhere: The Baby Boom Stand combines boom and stand functions, converting within seconds. As a stand, the three risers will go up to 324cm (10.8'), and a simple release action will cause the two top sections to tilt and become a telescopic boom. It is available in either black anodized aluminum or chrome steel.

BOGEN ENTERTAINMENT First time anywhere: This new division of Bogen showcases products that have developed beyond the traditional Avenger grip line into the entertainment staging industry. Staging mic stands and speaker stands were among the products featured.

BRIDGESTONE ENGINEERED PRODUCTS First time at LDI: The company showed its side-lit, solid-core, acrylic fiber-optic cable, used in Japan for stage design, architectural, interior design, and highway applications.

BRIGHTLINE First time at LDI: Its energy-efficient lighting systems for studio and location lighting applications. These include the double/triple racking system, with a 10-gauge fully encompassing extruded aluminum yoke, a rack that can be oriented horizontally or vertically, and a power daisy-chaining feature allowing for different dimming options; and the triple/quad cyclorama racking system, which has many of the same features. With both, fixtures pan individually and tilt as a complete unit via the yoke.

BRITISH OPTICAL First time at LDI: A range of UV/blacklight fresnel lenses, available in 4.5", 6", 8", and 10" diameter. Also on display were new multi-element lenses for LCD projection, as well as multi-array lenses.

BROWN UNITED Featured products: Post load-bearing roofs, staging risers, national and worldwide touring services, rental, and sales.

BUBBLE TECHNOLOGIES First time at LDI: The Bubble Dragon high-output bubble machine is fully electric with variable speed controls to allow the operator to determine the amount of bubbles produced. It provides continuous bubble production for approximately two hours on three gallons of bubble solution and water, and is designed with heavy-duty stainless-steel construction for weather resistance and durability.

BUHL ELECTRIC First time at LDI: New fresnels and softlights feature metal-halide fixtures for cool, dramatically lit studios. With a lamp life of 10,000 hours and 80% energy savings, the lamps offer constant-color dimming with manual and DMX shutter control. Add accessories, adjust, and move with lamp on, no gloves needed.

BUEHNENBAU SCHNAKENBERG First time anywhere: This first-time exhibitor premiered a new generation of platforms, including the Nivoflex Lite, which weighs less than 30kg, is easy to set up, and can be constructed with a variety of different legs.

First time at LDI: The company presented the Nivoflex Airstage which features a servo support for manual height adjustments.

Company news: This German staging manufacturer is seeking US distributors.

BULBMAN Company news: Bulbman will be moving to Dallas this spring.

BULBTRONICS Featured products: A range of OEM and replacement bulbs, sockets, ballasts, transformers, batteries, and ignitors from various manufacturers were on display. Bulbtronics is now supplying DeSisti lamps besides its many other replacement bulbs.

Company news: Bulbtronics has added a Seattle-Northwest regional office.

CALZONE CASE CO. First time anywhere: The Hydraulic Lift Case has a 550lb-capacity weight life, is motorized, and has interior foam to protect any product that needs to be lifted into the air. Calzone also showed the ETC Obsession II Case and the 4-in-1 Technobeam Case, which fits four High End Systems Technobeams(R) in one.

Company news: Its website is www.calzonecase.com

CAMCO/TITAN TECHNOLOGIES Featured products: Three truss systems feature both conical and forked connectors. Combining compact design and large load capacity, the M-type system is a universal truss. D-type is low-priced, and is characterized by its low dead weight, high versatility, and safety. Aluminum tubes with an outer diameter of 48.3mm (2") make up the straight L-type truss.

CHAUVET AND SONS First time at LDI: New products included blacklight paint, X-citer centerpiece, a 12-channel DMX512 controller, Mood Beam liquid light, and a micro effects line offering full-size performance in a compact case. Compact DJ series lights Comet, Alien, and Octopus, and the 53" Water Column with eight dichroic lenses, were also on display.

CHECKERS INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS First time at LDI: Checkers Cable and Hose Protection Systems come in orange and yellow polyurethane; two-, three-, and five-channel sizes; and heavy-duty T connector interlocking modular sections.

CINEMA XENON INTERNATIONAL First time at LDI: The company is the exclusive distributor of the Japanese-manufactured Yumex line of 700W-7,000W xenon arc lamps. The Yumex is the lamp of preference for Strong Ballantyne and Lycian motion picture projection instruments.

CINEMILLS CORP. First time anywhere: The 700/575/ 400W three-way, all-weather Silver Bullet head features a specially designed reflector for adjustment of punch, to a maximum spot output that exceeds the standard 1,200W SE. The three-way electronic flicker-free world ballast is quiet and durable, and features dimmer capabilities of 700W, 575W, and 400W.

CITC First time anywhere: The GyroFan is an unlimited-position, DMX-controlled stage fan that promises optimal distribution of fog and special effects. The Transformer bellows lots of fog, using either oil- or water-based fog fluid. The Little Blizzard SP snow machine now comes in a soundproofed version. The Haze-Max creates long-lasting dry haze from Water-Vapor Haze. The Jungle Mist System turns water into a fine, foggy indoor or outdoor mist. CITC also featured a number of improvements to its other products as well.

CITY THEATRICAL First time at LDI: The Auto Yoke remote-controlled DMX yoke for the ETC Source Four weighs 5.75lb and can pan 360 degrees and tilt 180 degrees; the EFX Plus2, a moving effects projector for ETC's Source Four, has two planes of linear motion and silent operation.

Company news: The company will begin distributing John McKernon's feature-packed Lightwright 3, a software product in Windows and Mac formats, in February.

CLAY PAKY First time at LDI: The Clay Paky Stage Line of luminaires, seen in prototype at last year's show, includes four washlights--the Stage Color 100, 200, 300, and 575--and two effects projectors--the Stage Light 300 and Stage Zoom 1200. The series is very adaptable--one can change the Stage Color 1200 into the Stage Zoom 1200 and back, because the two projectors share identical bases. The color system uses cyan, magenta, and yellow, plus amber, to increase the range of possible colors and pastel shades. The line's GTC (Gradual Temperature Control) feature enables stepless gradual color temperature correction from 6000 to 3200K, directly from the control desk. The new frost system on the washlights uses optical glass spherical filters treated on one surface, to create numerous tiny lenses for uniform washes. All projectors feature 450-degree pan and 252-degree tilt. The compact projectors also feature the HMD 300 discharge lamp, which is interchangeable with the HTI 300.

CLEAR-COM INTERCOM SYSTEMS First time at LDI: The MicroMatrix is a compact digital intercom system designed for smaller broadcast facilities, postproduction houses, and theatres. The 2-RU card frame is expandable from eight to 24 full-duplex audio/data ports, and supports all Matrix Plus(R) intercom stations and interfaces. Two onboard slots support any of the five available interface modules, enabling the linking of the system to telephone lines, two-way radios, camera or party-line connections, and other wired or wireless communications systems.

COAST WIRE & PLASTIC TECH Featured products: This company manufactures multicables, DMX cables, color changer cables, alpha/Belden equivalents, custom cables, coaxial cables, composite cables, speaker cables, and audio cables. Coast also distributes entertainment-type SC cables (4/0 to 6 AWG), UL/CSA hookup wire, high temperature wire and cable, heat-shrinkable tubing (cut to length and hot stamped), and portable cords (SO, SJO, SJOW).

Company news: Last July, Coast started an entertainment division for cable manufacturing in that arena.

COFFING HOISTS First time at LDI: This manufacturer of electric chain hoists improved its product with a new chain bag and support system, creating a sturdier bracket for the 1/2- to two-ton hoists. Also available are the light-duty electric chain hoists, which handle 500 and 1,000lb. Beam clamps are one- to three-ton, with one- to five-ton wire grips.

COHERENT-AUBURN GROUP Featured products: This dichroic and hot and cold mirror manufacturer showed its parametric color crossfading system, and its 16 standard dichroic colors; the company can match any color at its color-matching facility in Leicester, England.

COLOR CORP. First time at LDI: This first-time LDI exhibitor showed the Color Kinetics C-Series fixtures, which generate colored light with LEDs using a microprocessor and additive RGB color mixing, and PowerYoke mounting devices for them. Other products included the Magicball, a smoked perspex ball which exhibits a bright moving text, and Data Track, which provides a specification-grade track platform for mounting high-quality fixtures.

COLOR KINETICS First time anywhere: A new addition to the company's popular C-Series is the C-200 WaterColor, a new waterproof fixture for color-changing illumination in fountains, pools, landscaping, and exterior architecture. The C-200 is powered by the company's Chromacore technology, which uses variable-intensity LEDs to generate a wide spectrum of colors and effects. Also, the Multi Outlet Power Supply, designed to support various sizes of C-Series fixtures.

Company news: The company announced a new MR-16 lamp technology with color-changing abilities, slated to be shipped this spring. The new technology will allow technical power and data control over the same line and can switch from 10 to 20VDC to accommodate different power supplies. It also named Cleveland-based Color Corp. as a North American distributor and London-based LT Projects as an authorized distributor in Europe.

COLUMBUS McKINNON CORP. Featured products: Manufacturer of electric chain hoists, shackles, and theatrical alloy chain for rigging in the entertainment field.

COMPULITE First time at LDI: New software on the Spark 4D, the Micron 4D, and the Sabre 192 provides the following features--FX effects engines, palettes, and wireless remotes. The company also manufactures CompuCAD, a conceptual lighting design software product for moving lights.

CREATIVE INDUSTRY HANDBOOK Featured product: Published by GMM Inc., the handbook comes out in winter and summer editions. Listings are by region, with chapters that include film commissions, production/locations, costumes, props, stunts, transportation/ travel, and lighting.

CREATIVE STAGE LIGHTING First time anywhere: A line of Dura-Flex cable products featuring fine stranding copper, and a new paper tape design that eliminates talc as a slipping agent.

CROSBY GROUP First time anywhere: Its new Sling Saver line of fittings for use with web and round synthetic slings are designed to ease the connection from synthetic slings to standard Crosby products.

CROUSE-HINDS MOLDED PRODUCTS First time anywhere: New, improved Cam-Lok Connectors J Power Three-Fer Tapping Tee. The males have been extended to facilitate easy mating with existing E1016 Cam-Lok J Power products and distro boxes.

Company news: Jerry M. White was hired last September as product marketing specialist.

CRYSTALITE INDUSTRIES First time anywhere: Lightning Light is electronically controlled, which allows bulbs to illuminate starting at one end and shooting to the other--the control can be set to make the light move slowly or at speeds of over 200mph. Visual effects it produces include shooting stars, explosions, fireworks, etc.; the unit can also be bent and shaped into letters so it gives the effect of continuous writing. Also Star Lite, a commercial grade lighting string for indoor or outdoor use with extra-small bulbs.

Company news: Crystalite celebrated its 25th year last year.

CUSTOM CABLE Featured products: Wire and cable for the entertainment industry, in all specifications.

CUSTOM RIGGING SYSTEMS First time at LDI: The Intelli-Q motor control system for motorized sets. The Magic Loc prevents runaway sets by holding and securing sets up to 1,000lb out of balance.

DADCO Featured products: The DAD S62 FT3 moving light power distribution center features two- to six-circuit Socapex outlets (240V), solid copper bus bars rated at 460A, and Cam-Lok feedthrough power feeders.

DALFA INTERNATIONAL Featured products: Fiber optics, rope lights, PVC neon, and string light.

DAZIAN First time anywhere: 120" stretch flame-retardant polyester is two-way stretch, semi-opaque, available in white plus colors and chromakey colors; deluxe 118" iridescent sheer fire-retardant polyester in a white iris color, which gives a luminescent look; 130"-wide polyester silk is fire-retardant, lightweight, and semi-opaque sheer.

DELTA GROUP Featured product: The Purelite flicker-free magnetic ballast, suitable for film and studio lighting applications requiring high-speed cameras.

DESIGN & DRAFTING First time anywhere: LD Tools with 2D and 3D. Designers can draft truss, box, triangle and I-beams, projector/screen arrangements, and other set elements.

DeSISTI LIGHTING/DESMAR CORP. First time anywhere: The Cine-Magic Wand is a 15", 36W compact fluorescent fixture that can be easily hidden in cramped quarters such as cars, elevators, and telephone booths. The fixture comes with an electronic flicker-free dimmable ballast and can use both tungsten and daylight fluorescent tubes. The Cine-Magic Mini-Lite Tube is a 12"-tall fixture with fluorescent tubes in both daylight and tungsten, powered by a 12VDC battery pack, ideal for cramped locations.

DEXEL LIGHTING First time at LDI: Dexel, an Argentina-based manufacturing, distribution, and design consultation company, introduced a full line of luminaires and accessories for television studios, film, theatre, and location.

DIEHL GRAPHSOFT First time at LDI: MiniCAD's Vectorworks merges CAD technology with next-generation object-based design. Designers can undo and redo a number of recent actions, create different wall styles that automatically assign class and graphic information, block out spaces using polygons, and align objects without having to worry about accidentally reshaping them.

DIGI-FLASH First time at LDI: This radio control company has only recently gotten into the lighting control business. Products include an eight-channel Remote Power Relay, with a 2,400W capacity; a handheld Programmable Radio Transmitter for control of an entire light rig, with LCD menu, programmable lock-out, four-bank programmable traits, and live editing features; a 16-channel DMX Digital Data Receiver; and an eight-channel DMX-Controlled Strobe System.

DIRECT LIGHTING TECHNOLOGIES First time anywhere: The Silencer, a handheld laser pointer/light show, and the CE TL-022-S4 Bibell Light, which features 360-degree rotation, eight color beams horizontally projected, 16 color beams horizontally projected, and 16 color beams reflected vertically.

DISCOTECH PRO LIGHT First time at LDI: The Colortech 150 changer's EFR 150W/15V halogen lamp combines seven colors and five gobos to create patterns that mix with its strobe effect and sound-animated master/slave mode. This model uses two DMX channels. The manufacturer also introduced the Scantech 150, which uses four DMX channels to operate its 13 patterns, 7Hz strobe effect, 180-degree pan, and 100-degree tilt.

DIVERSITRONICS First time at LDI: Strobe Runner controls from four to 126 strobes through DMX lines including intensity, speed, and audio gain. Buttons select number of strobes, programs, and effects. This controller automatically programs chase, auto reverse, and audio chase.

DOUG FLEENOR DESIGN First time at LDI: A single-channel DMX512-controlled relay pack. Shipping since June, the unit is designed to switch up to a 20A line voltage load and uses a 30A relay. Recommended applications include fog machines, power to moving light fixtures, motorized disco effects, strobe lights, and fans. A DMX512 to 0-10V Analog Connector is now available for 96 channels in a 19" rack mount. As usual, the company provided a few laughs, with a "Reebox" DMX sports shoe, which received a nod for comic relief at the LDI Awards.

DOUGHTY ENGINEERING First time at LDI: The Trigger Clamp, a lightweight unit (made from high-tensile aluminum extrusion) with a safe working load of 450lb (250kg) that clamps completely around a tube and can be operated by one person. The weight of the luminaire automatically closes the trigger and the bottom half of the clamp; it can then be positioned and locked using its large tee handle.

DOVE LIGHTING SYSTEMS Featured products: The StarPort PC Memory Lighting Control plugs into a printer port, is palm-sized, and has 96 channels x 480 dims; TechMaster lighting board is a two-scene by 12, 24, 36, 48 or more channels, or one-scene by 24, 48, 72, or 96 channels board.

DURALINE Featured products: Electrical distribution systems and components.

EASTERN METAL SUPPLY First time at LDI: This first-time exhibitor showed its extruded aluminum tubes, custom aluminum housings, and heat sinks.

EIDE INDUSTRIES Featured products: Eide manufactures custom laser-etched glass gobos and patterns as well as framing and tubing. The company applies large-scale graphics to exterior fabrics.

Company news: Eide celebrated its 60th anniversary last June. The company has a website at www.eideindustries.com.

ELASCO Featured products: Lightweight cable guards protect on-site electrical cable with an abrasion-resistant urethane structure, button lid fasteners, flush hinges, and non-slip surface design.

ELECTROL ENGINEERING First time anywhere: An architectural control system requiring no interface panel to communicate with house/stage dx dimming cabinets. Available with four or eight push-button presets and with or without master level control. Other features include 100 presets, timed crossfades, unlimited stations per system, and simultaneous analog.

Company news: The company shared a booth with Titan Technologies, a dealer of Electrol products that reps close to 100 products, manufactures trussing, and provides production services.

ELECTRONIC THEATRE CONTROLS First time anywhere: The Source Four 750 has all the features of the Source Four, plus 27% more light output. It also sports the new Source Four thermally insulated rear handle that makes fixture handling easier and safer. The Sensor GFI (Ground Fault Interrupt) is designed for use near water--any GFI fault is reported back to any ETC Link-compatible console. Also, the 19-degree Source Four now offers more than 30% more light output than before.

First time at LDI: The Source Four Zoom, winner of the LDI Product of the Year Award, features a new, one-handed focusing system that is designed for ease of use. With one hand turning a single knob, designers can change the beam angle; slide the same knob forward or backward to sharpen or soften the beam. Special graduated scale markings on the fixture make pre-focusing quicker and easier, and the locking level on the focus mechanism fixes the focus solidly in place.

Company news: This was the first time that Irideon, the architectural lighting line, was on hand as part of ETC.

ELECTRONICS DIVERSIFIED First time anywhere: EDI premiered its Bijou console in a movie theatre setting, complete with popcorn and seating. Operable at the push of a go button or with one of three two-scene/single-scene configurations, its features include 512 control channels, multiple DMX patch tables that allow 1,024 DMX devices to be addressed, and 2,500 user-programmable macros. With Amazing Controls, the firm has broken I.C.E. (Integrated Control Environment), an ethernet-based system for smart buildings that can work on a variety of software and hardware platforms and handle applications of all sizes.

ELEKTRALITE First time at LDI: A new line of fog machines. The 1,000W model holds a one-liter fog fluid container, while the 1,5000W model accommodates a five-liter container. Both models are 120V and function at extremely cool temperatures. Also a comprehensive SVGA package for the CP100 automated lighting controller, which makes all the features of the controller viewable through a monitor in a multiple screen format, and a new version of software for the CP10XT Universal Lighting Controller, allowing one-touch accessing of fixtures through the controller.

ESTA Association news: ESTA's annual dinner, held at LDI98, included the presentation of the Eva Swann Award, which went to former ESTA president John McGraw, of JTM and Associates.

ETA LIGHTING SYSTEMS Featured products: With an emphasis on power distribution, ETA featured the 20A Pro Series models. The standard equipment package includes 20A/ 2,400W/120V, overload protection, and always-on protected panel outlets.

ETIL DESIGN First time anywhere: U-View aims to simplify finding the right fader on any lighting console by showing the colors it controls. Clear plastic holders show gel filters associated with each fader.

EUROTRONIKS First time anywhere: The SL2000 is a programmable architectural spotlight for outdoor use. Completely made of stainless steel--even the motor parts--the SL2000 will not rust and has an expected lifetime of 25 years. Weighing around 60lb (27kg), the unit is compact and programmable from any laptop.

Company news: Its new website, www.eurotroniks.com, was launched last month.

FAL/MEGA SYSTEMS Featured products: Besides manufacturing Mega cases, this company distributes a line of factory-automated lighting products, which include the Innovation 1200, Modulo, 360, Roulette EB, XL2500 scanner, centerpieces, and followspots.

FEHR BROS. INDUSTRIES Featured products: Cutting/crimping tools, rigging hardware, turnbuckles, eyebolts, clips, and shackles.

FIBER-TEC CASES Featured products: Cases that can be custom-designed and are available carpeted or laminated.

FLUO-TEC First time at LDI: Fluo-Tec showed the Petite2 and Petite4 exterior and location portable fluorescent lighting fixture series. They are light, modular, compact, resistant, and stackable.

FLUTTER FETTI Featured products: All manner of confetti, streamers, and launchers, including the RC-2 cannon, were shown in this company's booth, which it shared with sister company Parti-Line.

FOCAL PRESS Featured products: Recent books include Stage Lighting Controls by Ulf Sandstrom; Set Lighting Technician's Handbook, Second Edition, by Harry C. Box; and Motion Picture and Video Lighting by Blain Brown.

FORWARD TRADING CO. First time at LDI: The A-9806 Laser Light-50 is a portable 5mW green laser effect with 10 holographic lens patterns with an optional 10m (33') wired remote control. The B-100 Bubble Machine is mini-sized, and creates instant bubbles in a stainless inner chamber to avoid rust. A built-in water drain switch allows for liquid disposal after use.

FRESHFORDIGITAL First time anywhere: The Flame12 is a box generating a DMX512 data stream that brings 12 channels of flame information to fixtures for use in theatres, theme parks, etc. The flame effects are digitally generated with one processor for each flame channel; each channel may be set independently using a thumbwheel switch with positions for Base, Range, and Rate, providing 1,000 different effects.

FULL COMPASS Company news: This company has launched Compass Express, an ordering and information service open 7am to midnight seven days a week.

FUTURE LIGHT First time anywhere: TileMount is a structural panel which replaces the standard ceiling tile used in a drop ceiling and supports a hanging fixture using either a 1/2" bolt or 5/8" stud. An optional electrical box with receptacle can be mounted directly into the panel to eliminate unsightly wiring. The SwivelPar 20 combines the styling and function of a theatrical PAR can with the simplicity of a screw-in extension.

GALA First time at LDI: The Hybrid Vertilift system is a variable-speed motorized rigging that can be run with hand line or automatic computer control, and can be switched from one mode to another. The system features a motorized variable speed, with ramped starts and stops possible in any control mode; PC control can mimic the manual hemp line control.

GAM PRODUCTS First time at LDI: Naked Cosmetics are color filters that enhance skin tones. GamFloor self-adhesive decorative vinyl floor covering comes in 16 colors and covers concrete, wood, plaster, glass, vinyl, and more. TwinSpin Jr. is a new version of the popular TwinSpin double pattern rotator, which has been especially designed to fit the ETC Source Four jr.; GamSpin/FX is a super-quiet version of its popular variable-speed, double disc drive effects machine. The company also has 24 new Great American Patterns, ranging from oblique windows to bamboo foliage, water, stars, and breakups.

GE LIGHTING First time at LDI: Its HP602 (300-hour life) and HP603 (1,500-hour life) High Performance lamps for ellipsoidal spotlights, with performance-enhancing planar filament design and the allowance of up to four lamps on a 2.4kW dimmer.

GECKO ENTERPRISES First time anywhere: The Gecko-Star illuminating flashing diode has seven different colors, three levels of brightness, a flasher and spare light, and an SOS Morse Code transmitter. The light emitter coordinates with microprocessor software control; the unit has a lifespan of at least 50,000 hours. Also premiering in the Gecko booth was a 20V/175W blacklight with screwbase.

GEMINI SOUND PRODUCTS First time at LDI: LyteQuest Pro lighting products were featured, including intelligent lighting, fog machines, and linkable lasers. Party Packages include several mirror ball and lighting setups in an easy-to-handle package.

GENI ELECTRONICS First time at LDI: Shiva, billed as "the scanner to win with," features the first die-cast aluminum scanner case made in Asia, along with high lumen output, smooth movement, exact X/Y placement, rotating replaceable gobos, pure dichroic colors, strobe, and dimming.

GENIE INDUSTRIES First time at LDI: The Z 20/8N, an electric self-propelled articulating boom, can rotate 180 degrees either way. It has a 32" (81cm) total width and can drive through standard single doors. Featured products: Genie showed its Super Tower, which telescopes theatrical lighting and scenery weighing up to 800lb (363kg) to heights of up to 24.3' (7.4m).

GEORGE & GOLDBERG DESIGN ASSOCIATES First time anywhere: The Tracker motion control system, which can handle 192 chain hoists. Also, an exterior sensor package, the Chain Track, which ensures incremental accuracy and a load cell for safety, can be added to an existing system. An optical and an absolute encoder for the servo system can turn the controller on or off without recalibrating.

First time at LDI: A programmable DC or AC servo system that uses a standard DMX512 lighting console as the operator interface.

GEPCO First time at LDI: GFC-style multi-pair cable with color-coded pair sockets.

GILDERFLUKE & CO. First time at LDI: The KP-300 operator panel, which can be used in a motion-base or other "Smart Brick" application. With the addition of a three-slot card cage on its back, the KP-300 can become a complete motion-base control system in just 5-14" of 19" rack space. A membrane-style keypad can select and play up to eight different shows, start and stop a hydraulic power unit (if there is one), log unoccupied seats, and pause or "unpause" shows.

GLANTRE ENGINEERING Company news: Glantre's latest project is Royal Caribbean International's cruise ship Voyager of the Seas. Onboard the Voyager, the company is supplying lighting, sound, and trussing in two areas--the Royal Promenade, a shopping/entertainment space that is four decks high and two football fields in length, and Studio B, a 900-seat arena that converts into an ice rink. The ship sails from Miami in November.

GODDARD DESIGN First time at LDI: New software for its Lil'DMXter DMX512 test tool. Version 1.73 is a moving-light-friendly software that allows designers to define a fixture type using two to 99 channels and the number of similar fixtures in a contiguous block. For multichannel fixtures with an external dimmer, it allows patching of the intensity control channel to any dimmer. Its DMX/One single-channel decoder cards ease the interface of individual items to a DMX512 system.

GRAY INTERFACES First time anywhere: The DMX Ultimate Converter is designed to convert AMX, DMX, CMX, K96, ECMUX, and AVAB from a single unit. The unit uses an LCD display to choose input and output protocols, and features 10 snapshot cues, user-assignable minimum and maximum levels, and a security lockout function.

GREAT PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS First time anywhere: Mini-300 short-throw followspot, FS300-HO high-output 300W followspot, and FS400 high-output medium-throw followspot featuring achromatic lens, unique folding stand, and 125fc at 100' (30m).

GRIVEN First time at LDI: The Colorliner disco and theatre light; the Kolorado, an architectural lighting projector for small buildings; and the Beast, an outdoor searchlight.

GROUP ONE See Clay Paky, Pulsar, MA Lighting, and Elektralite.

H & H SPECIALTIES Featured products: Besides curtain tracks, rigging products, and Atlas Silk products, this manufacturer was showing Toolkit 6.0, its CD-ROM with product specifications and CAD drawings.

HARDWARE XENON First time at LDI: The Optimal Light System projector for large-format slides. Features include a scroller that uses perforated 18.5cm (7.4") film in up to 30m (100') strips, with safeguards to protect the film from scratching and strain on the splices, a xenon lamp said to provide the same projected image quality at short or long range, and a mobile crown (controlled by DMX512) that rotates a single or double scroller or a manual slide changer.

HIGH END SYSTEMS First time at LDI: The Studio Spot(TM) automated luminaire, designed as a hard-edged beam complement to the Studio Color(R) luminaire. A custom MSR 575/2 lamp provides a high color rendering index and a high color temperature of 6200K. Its moving yoke achieves up to 370 degrees pan and 225 degrees tilt and high-definition lenses provide 13-degree, 18-degree, or 30-degree beam projection angles. Other features include variable frost effect, remote focus, variable speed iris, instant blackout, and strobe effects. The light is targeted for television, live, and architectural applications, especially where lack of space precludes using a moving-mirror luminaire. Also, The Studio Color 250 and the Studio Spot 250 feature a cooler light source, but optical enhancements allow the lamps to surpass 700W. The units use less energy and are aimed at retail, architectural, and small show markets.

Company news: Richard Belliveau has left the firm. Mike Wood is now vice president of engineering, directing new product development, with Steve Tulk appointed senior engineering director and Kelly Kellams vice president of operations. Grif Palmer is now part of High End's executive management team.

HOLLAENDER MFG. CO. First time at LDI: Queue Line Components for queue gates, picket systems, specialty theme rails, and turnstiles, in many colors and finishes. Company news: Hollaender is the exclusive North American supplier of Doughty and Prolyte products. Its website is www.hollaender.com.

HYDREL Featured products: The Series 7100 architectural lighting system, with eight standard distributions (five uplights and three downlights), multiple mounting capabilities, and the ability to add color with segmented glass filters. Also the company's M-9000 in-ground, flush-up architectural floods.

ILLUMINATING ENGINEERING SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA (IESNA) First time at LDI: A new publication, Lighting and the Visual Environment for Senior Living, addresses the lighting needs of the aging population, in terms of vision, photobiological, psychological, and physical effects.

INDUSTRIAL ELECTRIC WIRE & CABLE First time at LDI: Marinco three-wire housings in new colors, including all black.

INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGIES Featured products: MicroTech DMX is a handheld DMX troubleshooting and remote focus tool with 30-scene memory, automatic console backup, dimmer testing, scrolling alphanumeric display, and console channel finder. The RadioDMX wireless DMX distribution system was also shown.

INTERESTING PRODUCTS Featured products: This company designs, manufactures, and installs LN2 effects systems for theme parks, theatres, casinos, and cruise ships. Projects include The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, Carnival Cruises, the Cirque du Soleil theatre in Orlando, and the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LIGHTING DESIGNERS (IALD) Association news: The IALD made its call for entries for the 16th Annual Lighting Design Awards, which were established to increase awareness of quality lighting design. Anyone may enter a project, which must be a permanent architectural lighting design solution, interior or exterior, for which construction was completed after June 1, 1996. Submissions must be received no later than February 1. For more information, contact the IALD Awards Program, International Association of Lighting Designers, Merchandise Mart, Suite 487, 200 World Trade Center, Chicago, IL 60654; phone: 312/527-3677, fax: 312/527-3680, e-mail: iald@iald.org.

INTERNATIONAL COMPONENTS PROFESSIONALS Featured products: CEEP multipin circular connectors. They are compatible with other leading brands, are watertight, and incorporate safety features such as leading contacts for first-make/last-break ground.

INTERNATIONAL THEATRICAL TRUSS CORP. Featured products: A 30'x20' (9x6m) roof with a half-circle wing attachment, a double-hung box truss with spigot connections and new lighter bars, seven different lines of different weight truss, and two lines of crank stands.

J CUSTOM SUPPLY Featured products: Crouse-Hinds' Cam-Lok connectors and cable-terminated 3-Fers, and Carol Brand's stage lighting cable.

JAMES THOMAS ENGINEERING First time anywhere: Fold Flat Supertruss is a new addition to the company's line of trussing; it is available in 20.5", Superlite 12", 15.75", and Superlite 15.75". The company also introduced its line of UL-listed PAR cans.

JAN-AL INNERPRIZES Featured products: Cases made for both air and ground transport.

Company news: Todd Morgan was named vice president last September. Its website is www.janalcase.com.

JEAMAR WINCHES First time at LDI: Thirteen new models of hand winches are now available in stainless steel, seaworthy aluminum, aluminum, and steel. Automatic braking is standard.

JLG INDUSTRIES First time anywhere: The 450A articulating telescopic boom lift features greater up- and over-reach clearance and faster drive speed.

First time at LDI: The 20VP, a driveable personnel lift, features a push-out basket, pothole protection system, and 20' (6.1m) platform height. The lift can be driven from full height.

JOHNSON SYSTEMS First time anywhere: The CD2000 is a full-featured control retrofit for a Strand CD80 dimmer rack featuring ease of installation and more than 20 software menus.

First time at LDI: The JSI Handheld DMX Console is designed for use with the QD-2000 expanded architectural control system or standalone DMX in/out applications.

JR CLANCY Company news: Clancy will launch a website, www.jrclancy.com, this month.

KABUKI ROCKEFFECTS CANADA Featured products: The Kabuki CO2 Component Electric Launchers with detachable barrels for quick reloads, as well as flameproof confetti and streamers.

KINETIC ARTISTRY First time at LDI: The KIN-16, a new architectural/stage manager and console, provides eight selectable presets that can be recorded live from the console and recalled from the KIN-16 remote. Also the ArcFader Slider Station, which consists of four sliders that can be configured to control four scenes on the SS911DXR or three scenes with a master fader. It also featured the ArcConnect Audio/Visual Interface, which allows for show control systems to integrate with the lighting system, and the Quad-Opto-Card, which plugs directly into the wiring harness in Strand Electro-Controls QD Series dimming systems. Kinetic Artistry says no additional modification is required.

KINO FLO Featured products: Fluorescent lighting systems for film and video production, including the Diva-Lite 400, a portable fixture for digital video production.

KOTO CORP. First time at LDI: DIS-120H, a single-ended light new to its collection of tungsten-halogen specialty lamps. The compact arc metal-halide and halogen lamps are used in the Japanese stage, studio, and film marketplace.

KW/2 LIGHTING PRODUCTS First time at LDI: MVP Studio Series video location kit illuminator features lightweight aluminum construction and high frequency operation available with unit dimming.

LASER FANTASY INTernationaL Company news: Promoted its capabilities in the production and design of laser spectaculars for an array of markets.

LASER POWER CORP. Featured products: Series MLM/OEM DPSS blue microlasers, which draw 100W of power and weigh 12lb (5.4kg) total (head and power supply). Solid-state laser systems weighing less than 15lb (7kg) and operating from standard 110V outlets were also shown.

LASER PRODUCTION NETWORK First time at LDI: Lasermax 4, the latest version of the Lasermax graphic software program. New features include geometric correction, multilayered animation, automatic animation, morphing, and automatic vertical text and text sizing.

LASER MEDIA First time anywhere: StingRay is a new line of compact and affordable laser systems using solid-state laser diode technology. The system produces a monochromatic green laser beam that requires only a 110V power source and is air-cooled. It operates with DMX512 or phantom control. Also, the LM10 Micro Projector features graphics and volumetric effects, a rotating starfield diffraction, motorized multiline diffraction, seven 2-beam positions, and operates with DMX512 or phantom control.

LD SYSTEMS Company news: Specializes in production, sales, and installation of professional sound, lighting, and video for the entertainment industry.

LE MAITRE SPECIAL EFFECTS First time anywhere: The Neutron pro hazer uses Le Maitre's patented Sequentially Traced Auto Re-issue technology to produce a translucent blanket of haze without the use of a compressor or heating block, providing virtually silent operation.

LE NELSON First time anywhere: This Thorn EMI distributor showed Thorn's new HPL 575 lamp, which was designed for use in ETC Source Four luminaires. Also premiering was Thorn's HX-602 tungsten-halogen lamp, designed to improve the performance of older ellipsoidals and to provide efficient light output in new ellipsoidals introduced by Altman and Strand.

LEE FILTERS First time at LDI: The 700 Series features 13 new colors for the Lee swatchbook: 711 Cold Blue, 719 Colour Wash Blue, 724 Ocean Blue, 725 Old Steel Blue, 728 Steel Green, 735 Velvet Green, 746 Brown, 763 Wheat, 764 Sun Colour Straw, 776 Nectarine, 777 Rust, 779 Bastard Pink, and 789 Blood Red.

First time at LDI: Lee also showed a 38-color palette of dichroic colors; the Lee Heat Shield #269, a transparent flexible film used to extend the life of a filter; and Acrylic Panels, which are 1/8"-thick 4'x8' sheets, available in seven technical colors.

LEHIGH ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS Featured products: Millennium manual memory control is a theatre control console running on Windows 95 with up to 250 channels and moving light control. Also, the Solitaire preset dimming system, in a wallbox format.

LEPRECON First time anywhere: The MX Series of dimmers feature DMX512 and analog control, front-accessible electronics, single-phase/three-phase, reliable power modules, choice of power, and load panels. Can be standalone or in a rack. The LP-3000 Series Console follows up on the LP-2000 console to offer the flexibility of running a variety of moving lights. The board includes 20 pages of 18 playbacks for a total of 360 playbacks and the 48-channel version offers outputs for 2,048 DMX channels. Also, the LP-1600 Console comes in a 24/48, 36/72, or 48/96 channel format. The Plus version is equipped with disc drive and monitor output, which makes it suitable for installations or touring.

LEVITON/ECT Featured products: Single-pole cam-type connectors available in many colors.

LEX PRODUCTS First time anywhere: The Distro Tech line includes rubber electronic distribution boxes for the entertainment industry. The boxes range from 20 to 600A, and offer ground-fault protection, weatherproofing, and branch circuit-rated breakers. The Multi Flex multiconductor cable for stage and set lighting uses a thermoplastic rubber jacket to provide flexibility and durability.

LIDO SYSTEMS First time at LDI: Hollywood Inventory Tracking System, HITS 1999, is now available as a Windows application.

LIGHT SOURCE First time anywhere: The Mega Grid Lock, which can be fastened at any intersection; pipe does not have to be pushed through the connection point. The Cranky Pole, a pole-operated telescopic hanger used for remote vertical positioning of lighting fixtures in TV studios, theatres, motion pictures, or architectural applications, allows designers to change the height of lights without having to climb a ladder. Also Mega Claw, which holds a light while it is being fastened to a pole.

Company news: Its website is www.thelightsource.com.

LIGHTING & ELECTRONICS INC. First time anywhere: A 75W PAR-16, available in new brass and chrome housing.

LIGHTING SERVICES First time at LDI: This manufacturer of track, accent, display, and fiber-optic lighting systems introduced the BP-75 pattern projector and other new architectural/entertainment lighting fixtures. The BP-75 pattern projector provides clean, crisp or soft focus imaging with zoom capabilities from 10 degrees to 40 degrees. In addition to projecting an unlimited variety of metal and glass special effect/gobo templates, the BP-75 has integral framing shutters to produce geometric, straight-sided cutoffs and patterns. Using a 75W MR-16 lamp, the sleek, low-profile unit is ideal for entertainment and architectural environments without the large dimensions and mass of typical theatrical lighting units. Also introduced was the metal-halide series (magnetic and electronic ballast units), blacklight series (metal-halide and mercury-vapor spotlights and fluorescent flood), and a complete line of accessories, including colored glass and dichroic coated glass filters.

LIGHTRONICS First time anywhere: The DB-612, a truss-mount dimmer designed for all stage applications. The DMX512-controlled unit has magnetic circuit breakers, six channels (1,200W per channel), and is truss-ready.

LIGHTS UP! Featured products: Lighting balloons said to deliver soft diffused light with no hard edges.

LIGHTTECH GROUP First time anywhere: The CFL 1655N is an 880W non-dimmable compact fluorescent softlight, suitable for motion picture location applications. The 1655N draws less than 20A while giving an output of 400fc at 10' (3m).

LIMATE CORP. First time at LDI: The MiracleBeam Laser, a bright red 645nm laser for pointing at presentations or for use in the classroom (Limate claims dogs like it too).

LINK SNC First time anywhere: A first-time LDI exhibitor, Link showed three new lines of connectors: rugged LKS lighting connectors featuring seven central grounding contacts, the availability of military standard pins with retention spring, and easy handling locking ring and back shell design; LKH head-to-ballast connection, which covers a complete power range (575W to 18kW) for use with all major lighting products; and LKM mains power connectors featuring audible "snap in" lock for safe coupling, three- and five-phase wires for mono and three phases, and heavy-duty plastic back shell.

LITE-PUTER ENTERPRISE CO. First time anywhere: The PX-815 is an eight-channel chaser giving one random and nine preprogrammed chase patterns with a wide range of time settings from one second to 20 minutes. One independent channel operates for direct output, and a remote control is available.

First time at LDI: For a better dimming curve onstage, the six-channel DMX dimmer pack DX-625 offers 20A per channel and a total of 120A.

LITTLITE/CAE First time at LDI: Littlite Gooseneck Lamps are now available in a new package; transparent rectangular boxes allow the customer to easily view the product.

LMG Company news: LMG is an audiovisual, staging, and presentation company for corporate meetings, conventions, trade shows, and teleproductions. Based in Orlando, the company opened a 20,000-sq.-ft. (6,096 sq. m) office in Tempe, AZ, last November.

LOWEL-LIGHT MANUFACTURING First time at LDI: The LowelDimmer is an intelligent portable location dimmer with four preset dimming and flicker levels and four storable levels. The circuitry allows gradual dimming as well as on/off switching, and the flicker generator can vary in rate and intensityto simulate firelight, water reflections, TV screen light, and so on. An LD-10 Remote is available for use with the dimmer. The company's new Go Kits, lightweight, compact kits that can travel as carry-on baggage, now feature a short, collapsible Uni-Stand for easy fit. The Uni-Stand can be used with a Tota or Omni light.

LP ASSOCIATES/LIGHTNING STRIKES First time at LDI: The SoftSun Direct 3.3K system provides broad, soft output directly from the source. The long arc lamp, with a daylight color temperature of 5600K, is flicker-free and also free of color spikes, with color remaining constant even during dimming. The NightHunter System XN01 is an ultra-high-intensity illumination system with internal rechargeable battery and smart battery charger, waterproof carrying case, 6' power cord with male adapter, tripod mount, camera mount, and shoulder strap. >From Lightning Strikes, the Firefly is a flicker box for fire/TV flicker and paparazzi flash which can run continuously up to 5k and will pulse momentarily up to 40k. The remote control box, which can run four Firefly lights, is programmable.

LTM CORP. OF AMERICA First time anywhere: The 18W DayCam is an AC/DC HMI camera light designed for analog and digital ENG professionals who require a tiny camera-mount fixture that is powerful enough to be their sole light source. The light includes electronic ballast and standard four-pin connector, and gives six times more output with three times less power than similar halogen fixtures. The Cinespace 575W S/E and 200W S/E are HMI modular lights that can be used as traditional HMI PAR sources with a set of directional lenses controlling the beam, or modified into a 360-degree fill light with frosted globe. The 24W MiniPAR is a mini AC/DC HMI parabolic light adaptable to many daylight location situations.

LUMENYTE Featured products: Sta-Flex optical fiber, made from a special polymer formulation; and Linear Emitting Fiber (L.E.F.) for indirect lighting applications. Company news: Super L.E.F. has been used to increase the brightness of the New York-New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

LUTRON ELECTRONICS First time at LDI: The company has added DMX capability to the Grafik Eye lighting control system. Intended for architectural spaces with theatrical fixtures, the system has found applications in houses of worship.

LUX ENTERTAINMENT Featured product: Lux is a distributor of S.A. fog and haze fluid; on display in the booth were S.A.'s Standard, Pro-Stage, and Haze Fluids.

LUXART CONCEPTION First time at LDI: Microlux 98, a Windows version of CAD lighting design software that produces plans and schedules and also programs cues and controls light performance.

LYCIAN STAGE LIGHTING First time anywhere: The company featured its 3,000W followspot for arenas and stadiums, and other large-event applications.

MA LIGHTING Featured product: The GrandMA lighting console is designed for large-scale events. Features include three full-color TFT touchscreens mounted on an angle-adjustable viewing panel, motorized faders, and ergonomic design for ease of use. Also decorating the MA booth were Picos(R) illuminated inflatable coloring cones created by Atelier Fur Dreidimensionale Gestaltung, in Heidelberg, Germany.

MAD LIGHTING LTD./LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY First time anywhere: The Image Plus Mk1 image projector for low voltage offers both metal and glass gobo projection with framing facilities. First time at LDI: Mad Lighting unveiled the IMP (Image Marketing Projector) family of professional luminaires for the architectural/retail market. Designed for point-of-sale/brand awareness using D- or E-size gobos or 35mm slides, the unit is programmed by its unique onboard controller.

Company news: Mad Lighting has opened a US office and warehouse; the address is P.O. Box 560846, Charlotte, NC 28256-0846, phone: 704/372-0153, fax: 704/372-6121; Michael Klugar is its operations manager. Action Lighting Manchester is now known as Lighting Technology Manchester.

MAGNUM COMPANIES Company news: This company provides full production services, from design to technical services, labor management and crews, for touring, trade shows, and special events.

MARTIN PROFESSIONAL First time at LDI: Martin showed a whopping 25 products that were either completely new or improvements over an existing line. The MAC 250 is a compact version of the MAC 500 and features rotating gobos, dichroic colors, variable focus, and rotating prism on a moving head luminaire. The RoboScan Pro 918 scanner features both a rotating five-position plus open gobo wheel and a fixed gobo wheel with nine positions plus open. The TrackPod is a single-operator, multiple-followspot controller designed for large arenas and stages that tracks performers in three dimensions and automatically directs intelligent lights to follow performers where they move. The Martin Exterior 600 is a weatherproof architectural fixture with convection cooling that features CMY color mixing, motorized zoom, extremely fast shutter, and a non-corrosive aluminum housing. The Case+ controller is an add-on wing for the Case Pro I and Pro II controllers, featuring 32 extra playbacks to control fixtures or conventional lights.

MATTHEWS STUDIO EQUIPMENT First time anywhere: The Baby Wall Banger is an extendable bracket that can be positioned on the side or top of a set wall for vertical or horizontal use up to 16". Also, the Cheater Plate and Adapter is similar to the 3" Baby Plate, but contains a Baby pin set at a 45-degree angle to eliminate barndoor interference when positioning a fixture. Matthews also introduced the JK Clamp, which combines a pipe clamp and Magic Finger for use with theatrical fixtures.

MC LIGHTS AND MANUFACTURING First time anywhere: Rubber stage plugs that are watertight; stainless-steel power distribution systems that are water-resistant and have 100% rated breakers.

Company news: Its website is www.mclights.com.

MDG FOG GENERATORS First time at LDI: The Ice Fog is a noiseless, low fog generator featuring low fluid consumption, easy adjustment of output, and three safety options. The Atmosphere APS (automatic purging system) Haze Maker promises the finest haze with the longest hang time and lowest fluid consumption. It is also noiseless. The Max 3000 APS fog generator promises the same for fog. Both units have an automatic purging system.

MEDIA ART SCIENCE CO. Featured products: SEB-575, SEB-1200, SEB-1200CB, SEB-2400, and SEB-2400CB ballasts are available with either a white body and blue heat sink, or black body with black heat sink. To be used for a 1,200W/575W-loaded HMI lamp application, the unit gives a continuous operation rate with no condensation, dust, or corrosive gas.

MESHTEL/INTELITE First time anywhere: Laser-Lumia Lite-800X, a dynamic holographic image projector which runs in two modes, steady rotation and sound-activated variable speed.

MILLIKEN & CO. First time anywhere: Encore! 100% polyester velour fabric designed for stage and theatre features durable flame resistance (no retreating), lot-to-lot color consistency, easy-care cleaning, and maximum opacity.

MINOLTA Featured products: Instruments that measure luminance, illuminance, absolute chromaticity values, color temperature in Kelvin, and ambient and flash light.

MOBOLAZER First time at LDI: The I.M.A.G.E. laser graphics projector uses solid-state lasers to produce 40mW of multicolored laser light. Operators have the option of using the new graphics compact disc system or a computer-based system.

MOLE-RICHARDSON First time anywhere: The Wireless DMX512 Transmitter & Receiver replaces long DMX cable runs, with the transmitter set up at the control console, and multiple receivers positioned in remote locations to operate dimmers. The company also introduced a 24-channel DMX512 Relay Box, 48-channel DMX512 Switch Box, and a Remote Box that cues practicals for DMX.

MOONLIGHT ILLUMINATION First time at LDI: The Mini Pilot, Auto PAR-16, and Auto PAR-36. The Mini Pilot programs eight fixtures to work together with built-in programs, sound action, and beam scanning. The Auto PAR-16 can move smoothly on two axes at once. The PAR-36 is designed to create a sharp beam through the 12V/100W high-output halogen lamp.

MORPHEUS LIGHTS First time anywhere: Mini Flip Box Truss can hold 90 moving lights in 10' (3m) of truck space. The Power Spot and Power Soft are now available with indexable rotating gobos in weatherized versions. Also, the DMX512-compatible Sub Fader features one billion available colors, 90 preprogrammed colors, and provides a color-fading system for conventional lights. The Wet Fader is a weather-resistant color-fading system operated via DMX512, and is now available for architectural applications. The UV Beam, created with UV/FX Scenic Productions, is a moving, repositionable light for UV applications.

MOTION LABORATORIES First time anywhere: Cell-Mate, a load-monitoring system with universal two-ton cells. Cell-Mate has remote features.

Featured products: Server Control System, a PC-based motor control system (Windows 95 application). The Server Control System can control up to 64 chain hoists. Company news: Motion Laboratories moved to a temporary location in Peekskill, NY, in August 1998.

MUSICALEMENT VOTRE First time at LDI: This French light and sound equipment company specializes in the production and distribution of equipment including lasers, lighting effects, fog machines, flight cases, followspots, strobes, blacklights, lamps, and accessories.

N & N PRODUCTIONS Featured products: Custom brass gobos to fit all instruments are manufactured to customer specifications. Gobos are cut from 15mil (.015") brass for fixed luminaires and 10mil (.010") for most automated fixtures. Fast turnaround; no hazardous waste products; 98% of post-consumer waste is recycled.

NATIONAL SPECIALTY LIGHTING First time at LDI: Brite Strip low-voltage linear lighting is now available in 12-gauge wire; LED Light Rope, with runs of up to 1,000' (305m) and a diode life of 100,000 hours; and Race Light, which the company says is the only fully computerized chasing light rope.

NAVIGATOR SYSTEMS US First time anywhere: HireTrack, the multiple location version of the HireTrack Inventory System. The HireTrack Production Management System is designed to assist rental companies in equipment scheduling, packaging methods, word processing, trucking and labor schedules, and more. This latest version allows the user to share rental information among several locations.

Company news: The London, UK, and Mount Dora, FL-based Navigator Systems recently were joined by a West Coast office in Phoenix. Navigator has a website at www.navigator.co.uk; HireTrack has a website at www.hiretrack.com.

NEUTRIK USA Featured products: Knobs, board housings, waterproof combination connectors made of stainless steel, and various knobs, adapters, TT jacks, and transformers used in the film trade.

NEXT! First time at LDI: Next! Lite Truss triangular aluminum truss features a wide range of standard lengths and corners.

NITENDAY INDUSTRIES First time anywhere: Fiber-Optic Carpets, available in a starfield pattern or with customized names and logos. Carpets are tread-worthy, vacuum- and steam-cleanable, and available in 20 colors at a standard size of 2x10m (6.6'x33'). Also debuting was the Sun Spot fiber-optic fixture, with a 2-5-degree beam angle that can project up to 200'; available in standard colors, black, gray, and white.

NORTHERN STATES METALS Featured products: This custom aluminum extruder for lighting companies showed a range of light fixtures, light casings, and aluminum heat sinks.

NSI COLORTRAN First time anywhere: NSI premiered its DS modular dimmer systems, with ease of use in front panel access, a key feature for touring groups and permanent installations. A 16-character LCD provides intuitive access to features that include 0-10VDC analog input control and soft patch of DMX and NSI Micro-Plex control signals. Colortran showed its I Series Quad Rolling Rack Systems, which inserts its I Series e dimming features in a compact package that is particularly suited for touring.

NUTECH INDUSTRIES First time at LDI: This first-time LDI exhibitor showed its Clearview power distribution panels, UL-listed lightweight distro boxes with clear covers.

Featured products: Stringers, doghouses, cord sets and adapters, and portable transformers; the company also offers free consulting.

the OBIE CO. First time anywhere: As the exclusive US distributor for Coemar, this company introduced the NAT TM4000, which features 4,000W of Osram HMI power to provide throws of half a mile with 10 variable speed, bi-directional spinning gobos, CMY color mixing, color wheel, and prisms. The unit has DMX protocol with three- and five-pin connectors and a 16-bit stepper motor to control all functions. Also, Coemar's CF1200 uses a Philips MSR 1200/SA light source and a CMY color changing system with superimposable wheels. Its body is constructed of very light carbon fiber and the articulated movement pans to 370 degrees and tilts to 270 degrees.

OLESEN Company news: Olesen and its associate companies ESS, Four Star Lighting, Hollywood Rentals, Canadian Staging, and Duke City Video are part of the Matthews Studio Group. They are all full-service providers of production equipment and supplies for the entertainment industry.

OLYMPIC CASE CO. Featured products: Diamond Series Cases are available in all sizes and shapes and also in aluminum and diamond-plate. The eight-drawer LDI Workbox features a table and shelves.

Company news: Its website is www.olycase.com.

OMNIMOUNT SYSTEMS First time at LDI: The ARC (Aesthetically Refined Components) Connections I television mounting and framing system can be used in wall-to-ceiling, light truss, and residential applications. The adjustable framing support system is engineered with both hidden aircraft cables and interlocking framing sections to present an inconspicuous appearance.

OMNISISTEM LIGHTS AND EFFECTS First time at LDI: The sound-activated Omniscan HQI 150 compact DMX scanner features 19 gobos, and is fully programmable via DMX512. The Star Craft rotating centerpiece fills the room with nine colored light beams that move and rotate in sync to the music.

OPTI-FORMS Featured products: Standard conic reflectors and computer-designed and optimized aconic reflectors. Also on display were multilayer thin film dichroic cold mirror coatings for IR heat rejection and maximized visible reflectance at specific color temperature.

ORC LIGHTING PRODUCTS/ WOLFRAM ELECTRIC Featured products: Orc showed bulbs for Strong Super Troupers. Wolfram displayed its metal-halide bulbs.

OSRAM SYLVANIA Featured products: Studio and TV tungsten-halogen lamps such as the HP 600, HPL 575, and GCD high light output models, and performing, FX, and spotlight metal-halide lamps, including the HTI 152, SSD 250, and the compact HMI 1200 models.

Company news: The Photo-Optic division of Osram GmbH celebrated its 10th anniversary last October, while the US division of the Photo Optic group celebrated its one-year anniversary under the direction of Paul Caramagna, vice president and general manager.

PC LIGHTS In prototype: The Turbo 700, an all-weather washlight for the entertainment and architectural markets. Scheduled to be released this spring or summer, the Turbo uses an MSR/MSD 575W or 700W metal-halide lamp and can be designed as either a moving or a fixed light.

PCM/PFAFF SILVERBLUE In prototype: A new CM Lodestar hoist, available in Europe as SilentStar and adapted to reduce noise level by 40%, will be available in North America by the first quarter of the year.

PEARL RIVER LIGHT AND ACOUSTICS Featured products: The UFO-01 Roller Laser is a new effect that uses a long-life 5mW red laser with three modes of operation: auto, sound-activated, and manual. Also new to the Pearl River lineup are the Tornado and Rainbow. Made of high-intensity, high temperature-enduring plastics and components, they have increased luminous efficiency by 30% with the high efficiency illumination system of dichroic filters and anti-reflecting lenses.

PENN FABRICATION First time at LDI: Gable Roof System, a double-hung truss upstage and downstage; chain-hoist ready; 5,000lb load-bearing capacity. The Penn Performer is an outdoor shade roof for entertainment and corporate events.

Company news: The company recently established a new sales arm in the US, Penn Industries, to handle trussing and lighting products.

PERFORMANCE PYROTECHNIC ASSOCIATES Company news: This first-time exhibitor, with offices in St. Louis and Toronto, has designed and supplied pyro and effects shows for clients including the Rolling Stones, Disney, and the Sky Power Over Houston shows. Also at the booth: Toronto's Source Shop, which supplies film gear and accessories of all kinds to the local and international markets, and The Gel Store, an Internet resource (www.gelstore.com) for purchasing Rosco gel products.

PERFORMANCE SOLUTIONS First time at LDI: Launched last May, the Twister is a DMX-controlled effects fan featuring 120V rating, variable speed, and lightweight tubular steel frame.

PETERSON SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL Featured products: Cable protector lines, including the Yellow Jacket, available in basic or configurable (left- and right-turn models) for motion picture and architectural applications; and FOX Fiber-Optic X-Overs, used for telecommunications cables.

PHILIPS LIGHTING First time at LDI: Entertainment lamps, including the long-life MSD 250/2 and the MSR 1,200SA short arc unit, plus The Sink, in a new die-cast version designed for the ETC Source Four lamp holder.

Company news: Its CDM won the LDI98 Architectural Product of the Year Award. The compact, long-lasting ceramic discharge metal-halide lamps were in use at the Altman, Buhl Industries, Lighting Technology, NSI Colortran, Times Square Lighting, and White Light booths.

PHOEBUS MANUFACTURING First time anywhere: The SkyWarrior Silverbeam Searchlight is now fully self-contained, with continuous 360-degree motorized rotation. Available in 14", 2kW or 20", 4kW or 7kW sizes, the SkyWarrior features auto-strike ignition.

PLASA Association news: The PLASA Shanghai show returns April 13-15, after its successful debut last year. Another important date is the annual PLASA show in London, which this year takes place September 5-8 at Earls Court.

POWER GEMS CORP. First time at LDI: The Power Gems 1200 electronic ballast, designed for HMI followspots, is lightweight and flicker free. Also the Power Gems 425CDP electronic ballast, the lightest 4k electronic ballast to feature power factor control. Infrared Data Key records list running times and faults during operation.

POWERSOURCE TRANSPORTATION Featured product: Its power-only transportation service, moving empty or loaded trailers, entertainment vans, generators, cryogenic tanks, rocket launchers, carnival rides, or trailer-mounted portable equipment anywhere in the continental US or Canada.

PREMIER LIGHTING & PRODUCTION First time at LDI: Besides its own line of lighting products, the company now distributes Cotech lighting gels, available in rolls measuring 4'x25' (1.2x8m).

PRO-TAPES & SPECIALTIES First time at LDI: Cable-Path is gaffer tape with no adhesive down the center of the strip; the non-transferable adhesive is only along the edges, so that cable can move back and forth even after being taped to the floor.

PRODUCTION RESOURCE GROUP In prototype: Light & Sound Design announced the introduction of the Icon M Series, the latest in the Icon(R) line of automated luminaires. It is the first to use digital light processing technology from Texas Instruments to create full electronic imaging at the gate of the fixture (see "Futurewatch," page 66).

First time at LDI: The rotating PIGI projector features double scrolls that can hold up to 100' (30m) of media and can rotate continuously at 360 degrees. The projectors can be programmed off a PC; up to 20 projectors can be run off one computer. The DHA Digital Light Curtain has been seen on some Broadway shows (including Show Boat) but has not been distributed in the US until now. The unit features a pitching yoke with 320 degrees of rotation and a 20-color scroller. The Digital Beamlight 2, also from DHA, was designed for the musical Martin Guerre but had previously been unavailable. The unit features 360-degree pan, 320-degree tilt, a 20-color scroller , and is DMX-controllable. New from Robert Juliat is the Korrigan HMI 1200, a 1.2kW 120V HMI followspot.

PROLYTE PRODUCTS Featured products: Truss systems including the Multi-Purpose Tower, and the box and flexible book corners, plus the Conical Coupling System (CCS). Company news: Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

PROTECH First time anywhere: A hybrid nylon and steel head block and 8"-diameter nylon loft block sheave were on display. Both products are injection-molded at the Protech factory in North Las Vegas.

PULSAR In prototype: The Masterpiece 216 has features that include 216 PMX channels patchable to control 512 DMX channels, the ability to switch between eight shows stored internally, memory cards with capacities for one to eight shows, and a "maths" unit for quick generation of effects and efficient use of scenes.

First time at LDI: The Pulsar Masterpiece 108 has been upgraded to control 2,565 DMX channels. The software upgrade is available free of charge.

PYROTEX Company news: Its pyro products and capabilities were amply displayed in a three-minute presentation that ended the LDI Rocks concert with a bang. President Randy Beckham says 673 effects were programmed for the spectacle, held on the roof of Phoenix Symphony Hall and set to music from the films Deliverance and The Fifth Element.

QSP OPTICAL TECHNOLOGY Featured products: This manufacturer of custom dichroic filters offers more than 24 stock colors as well as rapid custom color development services, and dichroic flood filters. All filters are vacuum-deposited on heat-resistant glass and available in standard sizes from 1" diameter to 6"x6" squares and custom sizes up to 18" in diameter.

R & S SOLUTIONS First time anywhere: Stardraw, a design drawing program. It comes with 3,000 lighting and truss symbols, plus 10,000 audio symbols.

RADIANT IMAGING In prototype: An integrated set of tools for illumination system design, analysis, and testing. Radiant offers licenses for its comprehensive tools: ProMetric, ProSource, and Radiant Sources. ProMetric is a photometric tool that allows quick measurement and analysis of illumination systems.

RED POINT Featured products: RP-1, glycol-based fog fluid suitable for use with High End, Clay Paky, Martin, and American DJ water-based fog machines.

REEL EFX In prototype: The RE2 Variable Beam Fan is an advanced version of the RE Fan with adjustable speed control, one-touch blast, and beam focus.

First time anywhere: The Concussion Cannon is a special effects cannon that uses gases instead of pyrotechnics, and will refire once a second.

REMOTE SOURCE LIGHTING INTernationaL Company news: Project installations manager Gary Hagen says RSLI is emerging from a period of intense consolidation, including significant staff downsizing, the closing of a branch office in North Carolina, and the training of new sales reps. RSLI will refocus efforts on core applications, including the themed entertainment market.

Featured products: Its Light Pump fiber-optic illuminators, which the company is again focusing on.

RIGSTAR Company news: Specializes in the rental and sales of chain hoists, motor control systems, and concert tour rigging.

ROSCO First time anywhere: The Horizon Playback Controller is the latest addition to the Horizon control system; it supports multiple cue lists and the Active Magic Sheet feature creates HTML documents that can be easily changed. Also new from Rosco/Entertainment Technology is the IPS Silent Hollywood Line, a chokeless dimmer, with no magnetics or buzzing and, thanks to convection cooling, no fan noise. Also on hand was a new wireless remote for the Alpha 900 fog machine, which can work up to 30' (9m), as well as new fog fluids--the Clear Fog Fluid has no color or scent, and the Light Fog Fluid produces a lighter fog.

First time at LDI: The Permacolor Architectural Series is a line of subtle, pale color tints, designed for accent lighting. Also available are a new line of Cine Dichroics, nine new Image Glass deeply textured glass patterns, and Prismatics, a new range of glass gobos which combine tiny chips of Rosco's Permacolor dichroic glass with the textured effect of Image Glass.

ROSE BRAND Company news: Rose Brand now represents Live Wire, the flexible cable lighting system. Several fabrics and scenic materials were also presented, including 56"-wide Trevira Silk, an inherently flame-retardant polyester with the look of silk; and 66"-wide Poly Knit, a durable, wrinkle-resistant polyester with a slight stretch.

SACHTLER Featured products: Open face, fresnel, and tungsten lights, from 20W to 5k, including the Compact series 5" 1k, 6" 1.5k, and 8" 2k in tungsten fresnels.

SAN DIEGO STAGE & LIGHTING Featured products: The company promoted its sales, rental, and production services for theatre, television, industrials, conventions, and special events. Jim Roth is its general manager.

SECOA Company news: Now the exclusive distributor of CCT Lighting. Besides showing its standard range of portable staging, the company featured the CCT Freedom ellipsoidal with optional onboard dimmer.

SELECON First time at LDI: The Pacific is the world's first base-down axial profile. The active heat management system (AHM) puts the lamp base and wiring out of the heat flow. Cold-mirror technology removes most of the infrared energy from the light beam, taking the heat away from the performers. According to Selecon, the Pacific delivers the same amount of light as traditional luminaires of twice the wattage and three times the size.

SGM ELECTRONICS First time at LDI: Represented at the show by Albuquerque, NM-based Image Lighting & Sound, SGM showed the Giotto Wash 1200, a new moving-head wash projector equipped with an MSR 1200 discharge lamp and a new optical system that can generate over 22,000 lux at 5m. Also, the ColourDynamic 575 color changer, which uses a 575W discharge lamp and accepts DMX512 control signals.

SHOWMASTERS THEATRICAL PRODUCTS First time at LDI: The three-strand Samson Pro Master synthetic handline, which handles rigging systems with a higher abrasion factor than its nearest competitor. The rope has low stretch for greater load control, and will not rot or mildew.

SHRINK MARKERS First time at LDI: Heat shrink tubing for 19-pin stage connectors.

SICO NORTH AMERICA Featured products: Mobile folding and folding leg risers and platforms, portable indoor/outdoor dance floors, and mobile folding tables with and without attached seats.

SILVER STATE WIRE ROPE & RIGGING First time anywhere: With Rite-Lock, an adjustable pick point can be put anywhere on a cable. It is an 1/8"-diameter wire rope that adjusts to any number of lengths. Silver State also showed the Fire Fighter sling, a steel spanset for use in situations where high heat or pyrotechnics come into play.

Company news: The company started an entertainment division, Jack Rubin & Sons Inc., last June; it deals exclusively with the TV, film, and theatre industries.

SKJONBERG CONTROLS Featured products: This company showed its full range of motion control, load monitoring, and power distribution equipment. UL-listed equipment is available for touring and installation applications.

SKYVIEW First time at LDI: The Dominator searchlight is now available in an 18k version, featuring 360-degree rotation, variable speed control, and a 60" reflector. Designed for outdoor use at casinos, theme parks, and stadiums, the Dominator can be wired to house power for daily automated operation.

SLICK SYSTEMS Featured products: The company, along with its distributor Blackhawk Lighting, erected a 20'x30'x18' Super Beam Aphex roof. Dominating the front entrance of the booth, the large-scale Mega Beam system grabbed attention as did Slick's line of light-duty trussing, including the Lite Beam and Lite Mast, a one-ton tower with circular sleeve block.

SMS ENTERTAINMENT CONNECTORS First time at LDI: An all-rubber, three-pin connector that is rated 600V, 25A, 60A, and 100A.

SOLUTIONS BY COMPUTER First time at LDI: The new ProStar Open Access allows complete access to a CounterPro database using Windows tools like Microsoft Excel and Visual SQL. No point-of-transaction speed or functionality is said to be compromised, ensuring fast transaction processing and a flexible method for ad hoc queries.

SOUTH EAST STAGE RIGGING & CURTAINS (SSRC) Featured products: The SL Series Connector Strip, with standard features including .095" black extruded aluminum wireway with interlocking cover sections; 15, 20, 30, 50, and 60A connectors and receptacles, flush receptacles or 18" pigtail-mounted connectors. The company also showed the BAL Series Connector Strip; standard features include 0.125" black extruded aluminum wireway with interlocking cover sections, 15, 20, 30, 50, 60, and 100A connectors and receptacles available, flush receptacles or 18" pigtail-mounted connectors.

SPACE CANNON First time at LDI: The Ireos Pro, an outdoor xenon automated searchlight. Features include full electronic dimming of the lamp, a patented electronic strobe that operates up to 20Hz, a built-in dichroic color mixer, variable frost, shutter, and variable beam shaping, plus a built-in power supply.

SPECIAL EFFECTS SYSTEMS First time at LDI: The Radio Remote Firing confetti launch system eliminates long cable runs and reduces setup time and is used with the company's line of electric launchers, prop launchers, Floral Funtastic, and balloon detonators.

SPECIAL FX LIGHTING First time at LDI: DichroX color lenses or multiple color lenses for architectural and theatrical applications.

SPECIAL PROJECTS Company news: This audio supplier is now the exclusive distributor for KLS Lighting products.

SPECTRA-PHYSICS LASERS First time at LDI: The Chroma Series Ion Lasers are workhorse systems designed for use in material processing, laser subtitling, laser video, and light show entertainment. The small (Chroma 5) and midframe (Chroma 10) models come in a spectrum of configurations--argon, krypton, and mixed gas--to cover deep ultraviolet to infrared.

SPECTRUM LIGHTING Featured products: Large mirror balls, manufactured in the US, ranging from 18" (45cm) to 18' (5.4m) in diameter.

Company news: The company launched its online store, featuring lighting, sound, and special effects, at www.spectrumlighting.com.

SPEED OF LIGHT CREATIVE LIGHTING SYSTEMS First time at LDI: Crystal Clear Rope for tree lighting and architectural outlining. The rope is completely clear, with crystal-clear connectors. Bulbs run at 10A rather than the standard 6.9. The company also showed the Crystal Cube, a smooth exterior casing.

STAGE TECHNOLOGIES First time at LDI: The Nomad is a lightweight, portable motion control system that can be installed in a modular fashion to allow plug-in positions in different sites. Up to 16 Nomads may be used simultaneously as part of a single system.

STAGELINE MOBILE STAGE First time at LDI: This Canadian manufacturer presented its Stageline SL Series, formerly the Stagevan Series, which was featured at LDI Rocks. Easy to set up and transport, the series offers several different sizes of mobile stages.

Featured products: The Stageline SAM 550 mobile stage was displayed outside of the Phoenix Civic Plaza for a nonstop demo. The 50'x40' (15.24x12.2m) stage includes 20 tons of sound and lights and can be set up in four hours by four technicians.

Company news: Star Hire Event Services, the company's distributor in the UK, won a 1998 Entertainment Technology Award for Best Staging Innovation in the UK for the Stageline SAM Mobile Unit.

STAGESTEP First time at LDI: Stagestep featured the Sigaway Release Adhesive System for installing flooring. It works like double-faced tape but has no toxic adhesives. It is reusable and can be temporarily neutralized by water.

STAGING CONCEPTS Featured products: Portable stage equipment, including performance stages, seating risers, ADA-accessible seating, custom applications, and raised flooring.

STAR LIGHTING Featured product: This Chinese manufacturer's products include luminaires, suspension systems, and dimming equipment.

STARDRIVE DESIGN CORP. First time anywhere: The Ribbon Lift, an electrically extended stainless-steel column for drive, lift, or extension requirements. The 25'-tall (8m) column deploys from a 1'-high drum. The Ribbon Lift can carry lighting and speakers with it and has a 115/230 AC drive motor and 25' power cord.

STEELDECK Featured product: A staging and riser system is available for sale and rentals. The modular units make flat stages, ramps, and seating risers. Custom designs available. Company news: Steeldeck is celebrating its fifth year of manufacturing in the US.

STRAND LIGHTING First time anywhere: The Quartzcolor range of HMI fresnels and PARs is designed for studio and location use. It is billed as the first complete range of luminaires for use with single-ended HMI lamps. A full range of accessories is available. Also, the series 500 consoles have received their first major update. New ergonomic keys, a larger trackball, and more space around the motion control section of the console add to ease of use. Other features include enhanced support for 16-bit automated luminaire operation, new fixture libraries, and a new 3,000-event SMPTE timecode cue sheet. Also, system capacity has been expanded to a maximum of 6,000 channels, 2,000 attributes, and 8,192 DMX outputs using Strand's ShowNet ethernet system. Strand's new Relay racks are available with 24 or forty-two 30A relays; all racks feature relay status reporting, dual DMX inputs, SWC, and Outlook presets. Two rack versions are available, with or without processor.

STREAMER EFFECTS INTERNATIONAL Featured products: The Celebration Launcher, the 18" Wand Launcher, rainbow streamers, metallic streamers and confetti, and bubble confetti.

STUDIO DUE First time at LDI: The CityColor patented system of indoor/outdoor architectural light is a square projection floodlight that uses an 1,800W lamp. Instead of using traditional colored gels, the system diffuses through dichroic filters. Outdoors, one fixture at a distance of about 10m (33') can cover a surface of 15x10m (50'x33'). It is not necessary to use a controller, as the unit has pre-stored programs.

SUDDATH TRANSPORTATION Featured product: STS and its affiliated company, Tour Transportation, specialize in air-ride transportation services. The company provides equipment and drivers for transportation, one-way movements, air freight, and flatbed freight.

SUPER VISION INTERNATIONAL Featured products: Its range of fiber-optic cable systems, including the DMX512-controllable DMX Series 2000 system.

Company news: Cooper Lighting has exclusive marketing and distribution rights in North America for the company's architectural lighting products. Super Vision chairman and CEO Brett Kingstone says this is "the first major agreement where a lighting company has teamed with a fiber-optic partner, which signals that fiber optics is now entering the mainstream lighting industry."

SURETY MANUFACTURING & TESTING First time at LDI: The Gravity Riggers harness is a seat harness suitable for rappelling/controlled descent, positioning, ladder climbing, rescue, and fall arrest.

SYNCROLITE In prototype: The SX7K lighting system is billed as the only high-powered xenon lighting instrument that can be used in any spatial configuration, including ground mount, truss mount, side mount, or down operations. It uses a 7,000W xenon lamp from Ushio.

First time anywhere: The SX3K lighting system is similar to the SX7K, but uses a 3,000W xenon lamp from Ushio.

SYNTRILLIUM SOFTWARE Featured product: The Cool Edit Pro 1.1 is an OEM upgrade digital audio recorder, editor, and mixer for Windows, which can mix up to 64 tracks together. Allows special edition and light edition users to upgrade to the full edit program.

SYSTEMS WIRELESS First time at LDI: The System 800 UHF Wireless Intercom system can stand alone or interface with most existing intercom systems. It operates in the UHF band between 457 to 500MHz, and potential RF interference is further reduced via a tone-coded security system. Circle 378 on Reader Service Card

TECHNI-LUX In prototype: The Tracker-HO, a high output version of the Techni-Scan Tracker series of automated lights.

First time anywhere: The Leader 2000 LCD Scanner, which generates all imagery via an LCD screen and can be used as a large-screen projector and a moving-mirror intelligent scanner; the DX-1220 12-channel modular dimmer pack for numerous applications; and the water-based Hazer MkII haze generator. Also, a new iris for the Techni-Scan DX, for nightclubs and medium-sized touring bands.

Company news: Facility expansion to accommodate growth has reached about 19,000 sq. ft. (1,710 sq. m).

TEI ELECTRONICS Featured products: The UVMax, Bubblepalm, and Duocannon are part of its lineup of special effect and theatrical lighting products. UVMax is a 400W UV projector that weighs only 22lb. The Bubblepalm, for tropical-themed environments, uses an air pump to generate bubbles that travel through the acrylic trunk. And for foam and snow, the stainless steel Duocannon projects up to 25' (8m).

TELECAST FIBER SYSTEMS First time at LDI: The Digital Viper simultaneously carries high-definition serial digital video at speeds up to 1.5Gbps, and NTSC/PAL analog video, audio, intercom, and control data over a single lightweight fiber cable. The fiber-optic systems provider also showed its Adder 882I intercom multiplexer, which uses one optical fiber conductor to transmit 10 intercom channels plus eight bi-directional data channels.

TEMPEST LIGHTING First time anywhere: The Hurricane Lighting Enclosure for moving-mirror head fixtures is designed for outdoor use. The unit has a digital controller that monitors internal temperature.

THEATRE EFFECTS First time at LDI: The company is the exclusive US distributor of the German-made FG90 Tiny-Fogger. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the fog generator is microprocessor-controlled, features cordless operation, and can be incorporated easily into props, puppets, costumes, and backdrops. Also new are economical gobo and slide projectors made in Taiwan. Features include two adjustable lenses for variable zoom and focus, a black or white finish, and MR-16 38-degree halogen lamp.

TIMES SQUARE LIGHTING First time at LDI: The Vision-Lite showlight scanner from Light Visions, for retail applications. A handheld wireless remote controls beam movement, color changing, pattern, or 35mm slide selection, or a special DMX control input can be installed for larger venues. Company news: Now distributing products from Italy's SGM Light Technology.

TIR SYSTEMS First time at LDI: The 4150 IPM outdoor architectural image projector, a wet location luminaire, for White Light and Enliten. Featured products: Light Pipe linear lighting systems with hollow prismatic light guides and remote HID sources.

TMB ASSOCIATES First time anywhere: The Grapple is a multipurpose truss clamping device that will fit on any size truss. ProPlex ethernet cable is the first of its kind durable enough (to CAT 5 specifications) for portable applications, including touring. The Creative Structures Inc. (CSI) range of trussing features rounded extrusions and also rounded-off holes--the angle of the V, or apex, can be changed for all different lengths and pressure points. Company news: Buyers looking to find used equipment can do so quickly at www.lightmanager.com.

TOLEETO FASTENERS INTERNATIONAL Featured products: Cord-Lox, a complete line of Velcro cable wraps, available in a variety of sizes, styles, and colors. The line includes its most frequently used model, the Closed Loop design. The Rivet Series is geared toward the rental industry and designed to stay on the cord permanently; the straps are attached to the cord by a snap-rivet. The loop side can then be wrapped around and fastened to the hook side.

TOMCAT USA First time anywhere: IT, or Intelligent Trussing, which includes an electronic mounting structure that attaches to luminaires and can then be flown into the truss. Also comes with a manual hand crank.

TOOLS FOR STAGECRAFT First time at LDI: The Universal Socket Kit fits everything from 1/4" to 3/4" and features a flexible stubby ratchet. Spot DotII followspot aiming site eliminates the need to "ghost," is dot visible under all conditions, and has a high and low power setting.

TOTAL STRUCTURES First time at LDI: Intelligent Pre-Rig (IPR) truss is designed to carry three moving-yoke fixtures in the truss for transport. The fixtures' heads and yokes are supported during trucking and storage by custom-designed bungee nets, which provide additional shock absorption. The truss' overall dimensions are the same as conventional PAR can truss and the bolt plates enable standardized compatibility. Accessories include a dust cover and the Intelligent Side-arm, which allows the attachment of moving-mirror lights or other fixtures, drapes, or effects, at any point on the IPR truss span. The Arena Deck features a lightweight, gated centerpiece, and a removable piece for quick reconfiguration and assembly.

TOUCH-PLATE TECHNOLOGIES First time at LDI: The BACnet Gateway allows companies to control the MCP network of panels over a serial, twisted pair of wires, eliminating the need for lots of dry-contact relay inputs and outputs to and from panels built by different manufacturers. Control Plus Series DMX Panels handle all the non-dim, DMX-controllable loads associated with theatrical and architectural control systems.

TPR ENTERPRISES First time at LDI: A broad range of fiber-optic lighting equipment, from components to curtains, including microbullet lenses for 0.75 and 1mm polymer fiber, and a 150W metal-halide illuminator using the Osram 150W HTI lamp.

TRANSFAB TRANSFORMERS First time anywhere: The Purelite flicker-free magnetic ballast is suitable for location and studio work using high-speed cameras. Purelite minimizes electronic components to deliver a reliability rate exceeding 100,000 hours. Transfab is distributed in North America by The Delta Group.

TRANSVERSE INDUSTRIES First time at LDI: A portable laser disco light with manual and automatic modes. More than 60 patterns can repeat automatically.

TRIDENT LIGHTING Featured products: Space Rose, Dancer, Peacock, Star, and Color Butterfly fixtures for bars, stages, halls, and discos. Laser programs and scanner control, as well as spotlighting options are also available.

TUBEWORKS First time at LDI: ConfettiStorm is a continuous blast confetti launcher that uses a 200mph air stream to blast confetti up to a 50' (15m) spray indoors and outdoors. Features remote operation and DMX capability.

ULTRATEC FIBRE OPTIC Featured products: This Canadian company showcased its fiber-optic products, which it says maintain their projection past 100' (30m). Products are available in designer finishes and styles.

UNION CONNECTOR Featured products: Standard three-pin connectors, including a line of non-melting connectors, and electrical distribution equipment.

UNI-PAR LIGHTING First time anywhere: A track adapter is now available for the company's UP-2 (PAR-56 size) and UP-3 (PAR-20) lighting fixtures. Uni-Par ABRs (adjustable beam reflectors) make it possible to use medium-base E26/27 single-ended halogen lamps or convert any UP-2 into a versatile luminaire.

Company news: President/CEO Randal Wimberly has invented a new lamp line, which another company will manufacture.

UNIQUE BUSINESS SYSTEMS In prototype: R2, a 32-bit, Java-based Internet rental management webware program, should be available in the summer.

Company news: An upgraded version of RentTrace, the company's rental management system, should be available in the first quarter of the year.

UNIVERSAL MANUFACTURING Featured product: Structural aluminum truss. Universal's specialty is custom configurations for any space.

US INDUSTRY CO. Featured products: PAR cans (64, 56, 46, 38, 20, and 16), lamp and ACL bars, connector strips, pinspots, connectors, cheeseboros, clamps, wire and cable assemblies and connectors, lamp sockets, light bulbs, and stage cables.

USHIO AMERICA First time at LDI: A line of HPL lamps for ETC Source Fours, including wattage ranges from 350W to 750W, 2,000-hour life, and European versions.

USITT Association news: USITT heads to Canada for its annual Conference and Stage Expo, to be held in Toronto, March 24-27. For more information, call USITT at 800/93USITT, or check out the organization's website at www.culturenet.ca/usitt.

UV/FX SCENIC PRODUCTIONS Featured products: Design, fabrication, painting, and installation of UV scenic drops, murals, sets, props, and costume treatments.

VANTAGE LIGHTING In prototype: The Image 2000, a 3D holographic projection system featuring image projection up to 4', 8-16" image size, full-color, and moving 3D images.

VARI-LITE INc. First time anywhere: The Virtuoso(TM) control console is the successor to the Artisan(R) console and features a fully integrated 3D graphics display, designer's remote functions, 30 submasters with a variety of playback modes, an effects package, timing and delay values on a parameter basis to allow unlimited multipart cues, and preview and off-line programming. The VL7(TM) spot luminaire, the LDI98 Product of the Year, has an HTI 600W Osram metal-halide arc lamp and features an 8:1 zoom for high-quality imaging and constant focus, and the 2:1 beam fall-off ratio remains constant at any magnification. The unit's CVF(TM) system allows the light to achieve full spectrum color crossfades. Also, the VL7B(TM) spot luminaire provides full image framing and individually controls each of the shutters on two axes, and the framing system can be rotated 50 degrees to facilitate rapid programming. The VL6B(TM) spot luminaire is an upgrade of the VL6(TM) spot luminaire, which adds a 3:1 optics system to provide a field angle range from 36 degrees to 12 degrees. A five-position rotating indexable gobo wheel is also provided.

VEAM, A DIVISION OF LITTON SYSTEMS First time anywhere: The 80A Single Pole Quick Disconnector is small and environmentally seals on the cable (it is guaranteed in up to 10m (33') of water for 12 hours).

Featured product: The 80A Four-Pole Quarter Turn Quick Disconnect, which has a right angle for a straight back shelf and a cable clamp for strain relief.

VER SALES First time anywhere: The Mountain Box System is a catwalk system that attaches to the truss and allows the lighting technician to have access to lights and cabling when the truss is in the air. It is OSHA-rated, ultra-lightweight, and resists weathering.

First time at LDI: The Grip Strip Belt System is designed so that lighting technicians have a place to store their gear, from grip equipment to fresnel lenses, film to videotape, cell phones to battery packs. The Thern Stage Hoist is a self-tracking, self-winding hoist designed to raise and lower green beds and fixtures weighing up to 300-350lb. Company news: Its website is www.versales.com.

VERLINDE Featured products: Lifting motor including the Stagemaker Compact, a low-weight, cast-aluminum chain hoist suitable for tight spaces, and the Euromotor. The Stagemaker Compacts are CE-marked and also conform to North American CSA regulations.

VIDESSENCE First time at LDI: Its SRGB fluorescent technology and products, for cool, energy-efficient lighting in media production applications. Products like Koolites (available in Koolkits) and Icelites are available in configurations from turnkey studio packages to components for miniature luminaires.

VISUAL EFFECTS First time at LDI: The Phonic Verbifex Digital Reverberator is a full-rack processor offering studio-quality digital processing and an array of more than 250 effect programs. Sixteen presets offer reverb, delay, echo, flanger, chorus, and panner effects and combinations.

VPLT Association news: VPLT invites one and all to the annual Frankfurt Musikmesse, to be held March 3-7.

WALT DISNEY WORLD Company news: Recruiters were on hand looking for experienced stage technicians in audio, lighting, rigging, special effects/lasers, and props, as well as production managers, stage managers, and technical directors. Interested parties should send their resumes to Disney Worldwide Services, Inc., Entertainment Recruiter, P.O. Box 10,000, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830.

WENGER First time at LDI: Typically used by municipalities, parks, and recreation departments, Encore Showbile is now being marketed to entertainment professionals. It takes only 15 minutes to unfold a full-scale, thrust-style stage with cantilevered canopy, overhead lighting, and acoustical shell from within a 28' (8m) trailer.

WHITE LIGHT First time at LDI: The FX/DMX is a new control accessory for White Light's VSFX range of animated cloud, snow, flame, and water effects. The FX/DMX allows analog VSFX animation disks to be controlled using DMX lighting consoles. Also new from Enliten, White Light's specialist architectural lighting division, is the Callisto, an exterior wet-location ellipsoidal spotlight using a 150W, 9,000-hour metal-halide lamp. It is available with beam angles of 10-55 degrees. It can be fitted with gobos or masks, for exterior logo projection, framing, or effects work.

WIDE LOYAL ENTERPRISES Featured product: Flexilight, decorative rope light available in 10 colors, is UV-protected and suitable for outdoor use. Various voltages, in AC or DC, are available: 12V, 24V, 100-120V, 220-240V, and 250V.

WIKO First time anywhere: A new daylight task lamp has been added to the Solux line of lamp technology. Designed to simulate daylight, the lamp is available at 3500K, 4100K, and 4700K in four beam spreads.

WILDFIRE First time at LDI: The WF-600S/F 600W spot flood has a 200' throw, with DMX control capabilities, state-of-the-art focusing, universal voltage ballast, and remote capability to 180'. The WF-600F 600W flood also has a 200' throw, DMX control capabilities, and universal voltage ballast, along with long lamp life and an extra wide field. Both units are hot-restrikeable. Also new is a series of UV-sensitive invisible clear coat paints, in eight colors. The Effects Master blacklight fluorescent fixture series consists of four models available in 2' and 4' sizes.

WING ENTERPRISES Featured product: The telescoping, multi-purpose ladder is made from aircraft quality aluminum alloy and meets or exceeds all OSHA standards for an extra-heavy-duty rating (300lb/135kg capacity). Unique flared leg design adds stability. The "pushbutton" hinge can be easily operated by anyone.

WIREWORKS First time at LDI: The TEC256 Multiple Pin Tester is a computer-based cable tester for large-scale multipin testing. The PC-based software can check 256 points for shorts, opens, cross-wiring, and resistance in less than a second.

WYBRON First time at LDI: CXI Color Fusion uses just two color scrolls with graduated frames of cyan, yellow, and magenta to create a color palette which is billed as being far beyond that of any color changer. The Proscenia Projection System is an entry-level alternative to high-end scene and effects projections, offering four-color scene projection, a scene changer, rotating pattern effects, and various lens packages. The Image Express digital library has more than 80,000 images that can be turned into 4"x2.67" (10x6.8cm) transparencies for a Proscenia project and shipped on the same day. The Eclipse is a DMX-controlled dowser that can be used to dim HMI and other non-dimmable lamps. The product comes in three sizes, to fit the most common discharge fixtures: 1k, 2k, and 5k.

X & Y SYSTEMES First time anywhere: The Zaptatoo 1,200 HMI has DMX-programmable acceleration and auto focus. A full CYM color mixing system, fixed color wheel, and progressive CTO color corrector are featured in the product, along with a dimmer, strobe, and rugged fiber composite, all packed into a modular design.

XENOTECH-STRONG INTERNATIONAL First time anywhere: The TrussTrouper 1.2 is a 1,200W double-ended metal-halide followspot that features lightweight switching power supply and exterior-mounted lamp focus control. The fixed-focus unit may be provided with three interchangeable lenses, adapting the spotlight for long-, medium-, and short-throw applications. The company also introduced the ChromaScope from WWG, a 20"-diameter trichromatic dichroic color changer for the Britelight 4000 and 7000. Also featured in the company's booth was the P3 Pattern Profile Projector, which plastered a giant Batman logo on the face of the Phoenix Hyatt Regency Hotel at LDI98; it will soon be available with optional DMX-controlled dowser and color scroller or electronic dichroic color changer, and DMX-controlled zoom optic system.

YA GANG STUDIO STAGE LIGHT First time anywhere: The Yx-223 Scan Cartoon Laser is a ball and stage light with control systems in Chinese and English. The Guangzhou, China-based company also featured the Good Luck Computerized Scanning Laser Light and the Little Cockchaser.