LED technology not only turned the industry on its head, it also created new complications in power-control system design. ETC has developed the ColorSource® ThruPower cabinet for 230V lighting systems with this concept in mind. ColorSource ThruPower gives customers a relay and dimmer on every one of the cabinet's 12 or 24 circuits.
Changing settings from switched to dimmed power, or vice versa, can be done locally with the cabinet's user-friendly interface, while remote configurations are possible with integrated Remote Device Management (RDM) functionality. Customers can also expand the cabinet's capabilities by adding DIN-rail accessories - such as Ethernet, Echo Control Stations or Mosaic Show Controllers -- for added system functionality.
ColorSource ThruPower is a great solution for transitioning lighting systems between tungsten and LED on a daily or weekly basis. "Smaller venues and installations are very motivated to upgrade their lighting rigs to LED and moving lights, but they may not initially have the budget for it," explains ETC Senior Product Manager Erik Larsen. "The ColorSource ThruPower provides the right kind of infrastructure that small systems need to support new - as well as old - technology."
Smaller systems will also benefit from the simplicity of designing with a single-contact input -- for single-look playback - and patchable DMX512-A technology. In addition, its fan-free, quiet operation allows it to be conveniently installed backstage and on catwalks and flyways in small spaces where noise and space can be an issue.
"Our goal is to never limit the art of our industry due to restrictions of system infrastructure," explains ETC Vice President of Marketing David Lincecum. "We are pleased that ColorSource ThruPower opens up small systems to professional lighting at any level. Customers will have the freedom to use any type of lighting instruments in their creative landscaping with this product."
ColorSource ThruPower is not available in North America.