January 07, 2013, by Peter Patrick
Intense beam effects are changing the way lighting is designed at nightclubs, stage shows and music concerts. Cutting like a knife through washes and other effects, these high-impact narrow beam fixtures crate vivid swaths of light that add an eye-popping layer of drama and visual excitement to any venue or event.
Now DJs, bands, small clubs and mobile entertainers can become part of this hot lighting trend. American DJ has introduced the Inno Color Beam 12, an ultra-compact, affordable RGBW LED intense beam moving head effect that weighs just 12 lbs. and is only 9” in length.
Powered by 12 high quality 3-watt CREE LEDs (3 red, 3 green, 3 blue and 3 white), the Inno Color Beam 12 produces super-bright, concentrated beams of colored light, and can also be used in all-white for a truly stunning effect.
Whether in color or white, its razor-sharp narrow beams will pop out like brilliant searchlights, filling the room with spectacular shafts of light—and taking your visual show to a new professional level.
“With the Inno Color Beam 12, American DJ has brought intense high-impact beam effects, like those used by the top lighting pros, within reach of DJs, mobile entertainers and small clubs,” said Alfred Gonzales, national sales manager for American DJ. “Intense beam effects are one of the hottest things happening in entertainment lighting today – you see them everywhere from world-class nightclubs to major concert tours to TV productions. Now you can add these powerful high-impact beams to your show, and look like a pro, with this easy-to-use, affordable and very mobile fixture.”
Everything about the Inno Color Beam 12 has been designed to professional-quality standards, from its smooth, precise RGBW color mixing, to its 15° beam angle, which is narrow enough to shoot brilliant rays of light through any performance environment. It’s loaded with tons of other pro features too that will help you create an unforgettable light show, such as full 540° pan and 270° tilt; smooth stepper motors with micro-stepping; 0-100% dimming; LED strobe
and pulse effect; and 12 built-in color macros.
The Inno Color Beam 12 can be run in two DMX channel modes (9 or 16-channel) for versatile programming options. Not a DMX user? No worry – this versatile fixture can also be operated manually in Sound Active mode running to its built-in programs, or with American DJ’s easy-to-use UC3 Series controllers (sold separately), which give fingertip command over basic functions.
Multiple units can also be linked together Master/Slave for creating high-impact beam effects throughout larger venues and events. Each Inno Color Beam 12 unit includes 3-pin XLR In/Out and IEC AC In/Out, as well as multi-voltage operation: 100V-240V, 50Hx/60Hz.
As intense as its high-impact beam effects are, the Inno Color Beam 12 is strictly “laid back” when it comes to its maintenance-free operation and low energy requirements. Its LEDs have a rating of 50,000 hours, so users won’t have to deal with lamp burnouts and replacements. With a maximum power consumption of 53 watts, you won’t be faced with circuit overloads or high electricity costs either.
Compactly designed for easy portability, the Inno Color Beam 12 measures 9”L x 8.75”W x 12”H/ 224x219x302mm and weighs 12 lbs./5 kg. It is priced at an affordable $699.95 MSRP.