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1. Showman as always, Peter Johansson of SGM launched the outdoor suitable G-Spot IP 65 moving head, by pouring water into the fan housing whilst the unit was powered up. Fantastic; at last an answer to having to have covers for moving heads, all achieved by designing from the ground up (not trying to waterproof an existing design). www.sgmlight.com


2. My personal guide on the ETC booth was the ubiquitous Fred Foster who gleefully demonstrated his new baby, the ETC Source Four Mini, which is a beautifully engineered profile light with various replaceable beam widths, a superb lighting instrument for display, retail visual merchandising, and theatre usage with provision for gobos and colour etc. Without doubt my favourite product of the show! www.etcconnect.com


Frankfurt Prolight+Sound has gained


in stature over the last few years and must make several other shows look to their


laurels, and try and understand what Frankfurt is doing right. It’s certainly not hotel prices (which were as always astronomical). The restaurants were busy, and the out of hours business deals were prolific, as with all good exhibitions. My interest was in looking for genuinely innovative and new answers to old questions, so in no particular order, here are some of my personal treasures from the show. With the ever growing technical abilities of LED, the divisions between Lighting and Audio Visual products are becoming more and more blurred especially control systems, and some of the newer LED small pixel pitch screens are extremely impressive. However, I have kept them out of my review as I wanted to search out some of the impressive, innovative, and more unusual lighting products that were on offer at the show.


3. Robe, had a beautifully designed lightshow, cleverly rigged to show a contrast between all the six new fixtures, and really giving the new Robin and Pointe a serious workout. Good to see Robe appearing on more riders (unless you are the competition). A brilliant piece of exhibition lighting design by Nathan Wan of Robe UK. Not often in these jaundiced times that a lightshow is greeted with rapturous applause. www.robe.cz


4. Mobiled of France had an impressive array of their battery powered wireless DMX products and LED furniture, including a custom 500mm diameter colour changing column, and colour changing giant polypropylene planter. Of special interest to the hotel and catering market was the battery powered Totem white spot unit designed to light food islands without the need for cables. www.mobiled.fr


5. Core Lighting were showing off their new Colour Point battery powered LED uplighter on the White Light stand, as well as the latest version of their high power uplighter. www.corelighting.co.uk


6. Long established company Stanley had an LED narrow beam array that they bounced off 2 mirrors to light up their stand logo, great use of their own product to show exactly what it was capable of. Very bright and accurate LED cluster. www.stanley.co.jp


7. I was impressed with Schabus of Germany who were demonstrating their range of remote control movable yokes for use with any pole operated lamp housing. All DMX controlled to run off and DMX control panel. Also showing, a useful cold start long life module for discharge lamps, and a phone app for DMX; a lot of great ideas on a small stand. www.elektrotechnik-schabus.de


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