Ayrton has unveiled the first luminaires in a new range of stage lighting products – Zonda 9 Wash and Zonda 9 FX. The new products fit within Ayrton’s Multi Sources 9 Series category; they have a 40W LED source with RGB+W additive colour synthesis.
Ayrton developed a silent ventilation mode specially for Zonda 9 Wash to accommodate the quieter environment often required by stage lighting. The company said careful colour mixing of the sources allows for perfect colour reproduction. Each concentric circle can be controlled independently to adjust the size of the emitting surface and the luminaire’s power. A complete library of pre-programmed colours – created in collaboration with lighting designers – is instantly accessible.
Meanwhile, Zonda 9 FX is a fully equipped luminaire designed for a multitude of applications. It borrows from the main features of the Wash version and offers infinite continuous rotation on the pan and tilt axes (I.R.S.). Individual control of each LED enables 3D volumetric effects. Zonda 9 FX can produce a high-definition liquid effect from between its main lenses to create complex graphic effects, known as LiquidEffect. This effect can be used alone or in combination with the main LED matrix.
Zonda 9 Wash and Zonda 9 FX share the same proprietary optical system, which consists of a 384mm (15.1in)-diameter dial of 37 lenses in PMMA, combined with 37 glass light guides with an output surface made of an optical micro-structure. Ayrton said this LED/optical system combination can produce a light output of 25,000 lumens and a perfectly homogeneous mixture of pastel and saturated colours, regardless of the colour mix chosen, with a CRI of <86.
The company added that crisp separation between the light sources helps to reinforce the level of contrast. Featuring a 50mm (1.9in) truncated transmitting lens with an optical surface Ayrton said is equivalent to that of a 70mm (2.8in) round lens, Zonda 9 Wash and Zonda 9 FX can obtain a beam with a zoom ratio of 14:1 and a wide zoom range of 4° to 56°.
A new optimised cooling system, simplified lens guidance systems, and smarter design of the internal structure have made it possible to reduce the size and weight of these luminaires considerably, in keeping with Ayrton’s Slim-21 programme.
Zonda 9 Wash and Zonda 9 FX will make their tradeshow debut at Prolight+Sound, to be held in Frankfurt, Germany, on 26-29 April 2022.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022, Ayrton will have a VIP stand at the show. The company will launch several new products there, including the first long-throw IP65-rated fixture in its 9 Series, Domino LT. Domino LT is an all-terrain LED luminaire designed for intensive outdoor use in long-distance applications that require high precision. It combines the minimalist design of Domino Profile with the colour mixing capabilities of Huracán Profile and the IP65 weather-proofing of Perseo.
Ayrton will also reveal Cobra, which is designed to deliver “astonishing beams of light with unprecedented power and contrast ratio in a compact, stylish and IP65 enclosure”. The company said Cobra offers 42 times zoom, continuous pan and tilt rotation and a comprehensive effects package.
Ayrton is also supporting Women in Lighting (WIL) for the second year and will have a dedicated area in its VIP lounge where visitors can relax, find out more about WIL’s work and how to get involved, and watch a selection of WIL’s online interviews.
WIL is an international project that provides an inspirational digital platform that profiles women working in lighting and lighting design, and celebrates and promotes their work and career paths. WIL challenges the underrepresentation of women within the industry and aims to support and encourage the next generation.
Ayrton stated its primary aim is to spread awareness and broaden the reach of WIL across the entertainment lighting industry to match the well-established status it enjoys in the architectural lighting industry.