Astera Launches AX2 PixelBar

Astera has launched AX2 PixelBar – a linear wash lighting fixture with wireless control, onboard battery, individually addressable LEDs, colour rendering, digital colour calibration and a 21° beam.

AX2 PixelBar was developed to meet demand for wall, backdrop or surface washing luminaires offering the same practicality and quality lighting options as pre-existing Astera products and is compatible with the AX and Titan ranges.

AX2 features a high CRI and TCLI and can produce a refined range of colour temperatures from 1,750 to 20,000K. The digital calibration allows the fixture to reproduce any colour or gel filter.

The quick connect system is designed to maintain a consistent pixel pitch between conjoined fixtures and feet can be loosened to assist in angling a row of AX2s uniformly along its entire length for illuminating larger surfaces like walls and set pieces.

With the press of a button, AX2 fixtures in a string of connected units can auto DMX address via their integrated IR modules. They communicate with each other and each fixture knows its position in a ‘flow set’. This can be controlled via the AsteraApp and inbuilt Lumen Radio wireless CRMX, in addition to a physical five-pin XLR socket and Powercon in / out connectors for running a wired option, making it easy to daisy-chain the fixtures.

Astera Sales Director, Sebastian Bückle commented: “Ten years ago, we offered a battery-powered LED bar which was one of our most popular products at the time, and some people are still using it while others have asked us for years when we will offer another wash fixture. I am happy to announce that we now have a worthy successor, packed with the latest technology such as the Titan LED engine and auto-addressing which detects all the connected lights and assigns individual DMX addresses. The AX2 was well worth the wait!”

SuperClamps and a TrackHangar facilitates hanging the fixtures and enables the attachment of safety bonds, while the FlyBar suspends up to four metre lengths of connected AX2 PixelBars. There is a quick-release clamp for demounting; TrackPins for ‘gobo heads’ and multifunctional feet.

Bückle concluded: “We believe AX2 will appeal to lighting professionals working across a broad range of sectors and will also be appreciated by those currently using other Astera products in their lighting designs and schemes.”

Jump Cable is a hybrid solution to link two AX2s with power and DMX data, and Astera’s famous integrated charging flightcases are available in four and eight-way versions for combining charging with safe and secure transportation of the fixtures.