ADJ has expanded its portfolio of professional stage lighting fixtures with the addition of the new Encore FR Pro Color. Combining motorised focus with a potent LED light engine that offers enhanced colour mixing potential and a high CRI, it is a versatile Fresnel fixture designed to illuminate all kinds of stages, including those found in theatres, houses of worship and concert venues.
Positioned behind a 7” Fresnel lens, the unit’s 400W LED light source delivers a total lumen output of 9237. It combines red, green, blue, amber, cyan and lime LED chips to allow the creation of a huge gamut of colours as well as white light with a variable colour temperature of between 2400K and 8500K. The inclusion of the lime LED chip helps certain colours to appear more vivid and also boosts the CRI to in excess of 94.
As experienced lighting designers will know, a high CRI is essential to achieve the best possible skin tones for performers and to deliver deeply rich subtlety to props and scenic elements. The unit’s light source also offers an average life expectancy of 50,000 hours, removing the worry of a lamp blowing mid-performance and the inconvenience of having to replace it.
To aid with programming in a variety of different situations, the fixture offers a virtual CMY colour mixing mode which allows it to be controlled using CMY colour palette tools alongside native CMY fixtures. It also features a Tunable White colour temperature control, which allows a single DMX channel to be used to fade through the fixture’s white light colour temperature range. In addition, it also features 62 preset white colour temperatures, 60 virtual colour wheel presets and 64 RGBA colour macros, in addition to full independent colour mixing control over the LED source’s six primary colours.
The Encore FR Pro Color offers motorised zoom, with a variable beam angle of between 9 and 37°, allowing the same fixture to be utilised to create a broad wash or tight pool of light at different moments in the same production. It features a robust hanging bracket secured by two convenient bar handles as well as a large rear positioning handle, allowing for the fixture to be conveniently focused and then tightly locked in place ready for a performance.
The fixture is supplied with a gel frame that can be used to neatly attach a Light Shaping or Diffusion Filter, should a wider beam angle or uneven coverage pattern be required. A set of four-leaf rotating barn doors is also available as an optional accessory, which can be used to alter the shape of the light output. The fixture offers the choice between five different DMX channel modes depending on the type of control required. It also features both three-pin and five-pin DMX input and output sockets, allowing for easy integration into any existing lighting system. Power is supplied to the unit via a locking input socket and there is also a power output socket allowing for multiple fixtures to be connected to the same outlet.
Offering a variety of customisable operating modes, the Encore FR Pro Color can be easily configured for a variety of different applications and to meet the preferred workflow of any lighting designer. It offers a choice of six preset dimming modes, four dimming curves and a variable dimming speed of between 0.1 and 10 seconds. To ensure flicker free operation for TV, streaming or video recording purposes, the LED refresh rate can be also adjusted using 68 presets which range from 900Hz to 25kHz.
An easy-to-use menu interface for DMX addressing and mode selection is facilitated through a 32-character backlit LCD display on the side of the unit. The menu is navigated via four push buttons and is intuitively designed to make setup and alteration of operating parameters quick and easy. For added convenience, it also features manual dimming and zoom control knobs that are located on the side of the fixture. Finally, a USB service port is included to allow quick and convenient application of future firmware updates.
With dimensions of 414.5mm by 360.1mm by 490mm, the fixture’s compact form belies its output. Meanwhile, its easily manageable weight of 9.45 kgs minimises rigging load in permanent installations and makes it easy to manage when used for touring productions or one-off events. It is also CE and cETus approved, providing both peace of mind the it adheres to the strictest safety standards and assurance that it will be up to code when used as part of a permanent lighting installation.
“Despite the difficulties effecting the whole industry over the past couple of years, here at ADJ we haven’t wavered in our commitment to product development,” stated ADJ USA National Sales Manager, Alfred Gonzales. “We are therefore pleased to be able to introduce the latest addition to our Encore Series of LED-powered professional stage lighting tools. The Encore FR Pro Color is a versatile unit that offers lighting designers all they could want from a Fresnel: a potent light engine with a very high CRI, immense colour mixing potential with a useful virtual CMY control option and motorised zoom from a compact and customisable fixture.”
The Encore FR Pro Color is available now from ADJ USA and will be available from ADJ Europe from the middle of April 2022.