Around the time of LDI this past year, Elektralite announced the release of their newest line of moving lights, the LXE700 Spot and Wash unit. Elektralite has started shipping units with in the US through their distributor, Group One Limited. Elektralite has been kind enough to drop off one of each unit for iSquint to do a review.
Both the Spot and Wash unit use an HSR 700/70 lamp that is running 7000 kelvin and has a lamp hour rating of 1000. Both fixtures are able to operate in either 8 or 16 bit mode which is selected via the on board menu system. But fixtures have 0 – 100% dimming through the use of a shutter that is independent of the strobing effect. This makes it possible to dim the fixture while still strobing, not a feature found in a lot of fixtures.
Both the Spot and Profile fixture feature full CMY color mixing as well as a rotating bi-directional color wheel with 7 colors plus open white. The color wheel is able to produce split colors to create interesting color effects. The colors for the color wheel were chosen by a group of leading Lighting Designers in order to give those who use the fixture some of the common colors required in a moving light.
The fixtures an on board menu system found on many moving lights. From the menu system you can address the fixture, check lamp hours used on the fixture, how many hours the fixture has been on, reset the fixture and home the fixture as well as many more common features.
The Spot fixture has a step zoom from 24, 28 and 35 degrees. The spot fixture utilizes lens that are made from a solid piece of glass rather then the traditional layed lens that are glued together. Using these types of lens, the spot fixture does not lose the typical 15% or more light lose due to glued together lens but only loses 5-7%.
While both fixtures sport a frost wheel. What is interesting to note is that the wash unit is able to produce a “PAR Can” light beam with is Beam Shaper . The zoom optics on the wash fixture is also something to note as they use Fresnel lens with a glass reflector and are able to produce a field angle from 7 degree to 28 degrees
One of the Elektralite engineers mentioned that the the profile of the unit is set up to where the course pan and tilt are at the beginning of the profile while the fine pan and tilt are located near the end of the profile. This could cause a few headaches when controlled by an ETC lighting console as they like to see course and fine pan and tilt next to each other. Elektralite is able to send a custom profile for units purchased that will be controlled by ETC consoles.
Both the Wash and Profile units are well priced in the market at $4,499.00 and $5,499.00 respectively. With the features packed into both fixtures they are well suited to attack the 700 line up of movers in the current market. Visit www.myelektralite.com for more information on the LXE700 series of fixtures and to locate a dealer near you.