Based south of PARIS FRANCE, AYRTON Headquarters and Research & Development centre combine and organize the highest competence in engineering, software, electronics and optics, aiming to create highly innovative fixtures.
Since 2010, AYRTON has developed strong partnerships with French companies, notably including research and development of specific optical components dedicated to the entertainment market. Since 2011, these partnerships have enabled AYRTON to push the boundaries of imagination and offer innovative products to lighting designers.
AYRTON fixtures are created to answer any demanding installation and criteria, distributed through devoted and exclusive worldwide teams. AYRTON uses reliable, flexible and avant-guard technologies linked to innovative design, providing the AYRTON customers with wide range of pioneer lighting solutions to be installed in Stages, TV Studios, Showvenues and Architectural schemes
Ayrton is the creator of lighting solutions such as EasyColor, ModuLed, DreamPanel, ArcaLine, IceColor, WildSun, RollaPix, MagicPanel, MagicBlade, IntelliPix, MagicDot, CosmoPix, AlienPix and Merak. Now, after Ghibli and Mistral, the company has launched two more electrifying products: Bora and Khamsin.
GHIBLI™ was Ayrton’s first LED spot luminaire factory-equipped with a framing system designed to offer lighting designers unlimited creative possibilities without any compromise. Fitted with a LED module using a high-output, low-etendue monochromatic light source calibrated at 6500 K, GHIBLI could deliver light output of 23,000 lumens in a highly compact format. The proprietary optical system, equipped with a 137 mm frontal lens, had 13 high-quality lenses, delivering an 8:1 zoom ratio and a zoom range of 7° to 56°. The optics produced an extremely uniform flat beam with no hot spot. The gobos were selected in collaboration with lighting designers to meet the needs of the entertainment industry. Ayrton concentrated its expertise into one, single, versatile fixture to offer a maximum of creative possibilities.
Ayrton’s MERAK™ was a powerhouse of technology that featured a 10:1 optical zoom system, combined with a 250-Watt low-etendue, RGBW multichip LED module. The 7° to 70° zoom employed light pipe technology paired with a new textured Fresnel lens designed to ensure perfectly homogeneous colour mixing regardless of the colour combination selected. With its single-source transmitting lens, MERAK could cast wonderfully crisp light and shadows. The fixture was equipped with a de-focusable rotating beam-shaping optic. A new liquid cooling system was also employed, permitting the fixture to operate in all positions. These innovations would allow the LED emitters to be run at full power continuously without any loss of performance. To celebrate Ayrton’s 15th Anniversary, MERAK presented a sleeker, updated, industrial design, with perfectly straightened yoke arms and minimalist base, as well as a new menu navigation system using a single clicking jog wheel.
The versatile MAGICBLADE™FX was an exciting new iteration of Ayrton’s award-winning MAGICBLADE-R, which had been sold by the thousands for use on major musical tours worldwide. The latest MAGICBLADE was equipped with the revolutionary FX optical zoom system that had no visible moving parts and a fixed transmitting lens. With a 15:1 zoom ratio, the beam angle of this proprietary system ranged from 3.6º to 53º. It featured seven squared 65 mm transmitting lenses, each with an optical surface equivalent to a round lens with an 80 mm diameter, combined with a ultra-powerful, low-etendue, LED emitter, enabling MAGICBLADE-FX to project intense beams for creating 3D volumetric effects. The MagicBlade-FX had seven next-generation RGBW high-output LEDs that could be individually controlled to create airborne virtual scenery or illuminate sets and performers. The crisp, clean separation between LED sources helped designers to develop innovative graphic effects.
INTELLIPIX™XT was a refined and evolved version of Ayrton’s original INTELLIPIX-R. In the same creative spirit, this versatile luminaire was fitted with nine ultra-powerful, low-etendue, multichip LED emitters, which could be controlled individually. They were coupled with Ayrton’s proprietary 126 mm diameter optics. This configuration pushed the limits even further with a 2° full beam and a centre-beam luminous intensity of 580 candelas per lumen – six times greater efficiency than its predecessor. INTELLIPIX-XT was equipped with a next-generation power supply unit that ensured efficiency of over 95%. This technology enabled the highly compact luminaire to run continuously at full power without any loss of performance. Given the diameter of the optics, Ayrton’s challenge was to create a minimalist physical design to reduce the visual footprint, essentially making the luminaire semi-transparent.
MAGICBURST™ was the first high-power graphic LED strobe with continuous, unlimited, rotation on pan and tilt. A 384 x 384 mm squared face supported 3,840 high-output LEDs grouped into 64 pixels on an 8 x 8 matrix. The strobe duration, speed and intensity of each 60-LED pixel could be individually controlled to create breathtaking stroboscopic effects. A library of fixed images and pre-programmed dynamic effects were accessible from fixture memory. With a new, state-of-the-art, ultra-compact 1300-Watt power supply, MAGICBURST could deliver peak light output of over 240,000 lumens for several seconds. With a smooth design and reduced dimensions, MagicBurst had the form factor of the DREAMPANEL™ product family, allowing you to create giant graphic arrays with no visible structure.
DREAMPANEL™ TWIN was a hybrid luminaire with the MAGICPANEL on one side and the DREAMPANEL SHIFT on the other. Capable of continuous double rotation on the pan and tilt axes, the DREAMPANEL TWIN could alternate between displaying high-definition video images and 3D volumetric lighting effects. The 6 mm pitch of the video side offered the perfect balance of definition required to display video media on stage, of screen size for enabling full HD, and of overall system brightness. The MAGICPANEL side had improved resolution with its 8 x 8 matrix featuring patented 45 mm diameter collimators that could obtain a full 6° angle and centre-beam luminous intensity of over 73 candela per lumen, a record achievement.
The COSMOPIX™R was an entirely new luminaire based on the concept of the famous double-rotation spheres with PAR36 lamps, dating back to the early ‘80s. Using the latest technology and a variety of options for controlling the new multi-chip RGBW LED emitters, Ayrton equipped this luminaire with new high-efficiency 94 mm optics and revamped this legendary product design, endowing it with a continuous combination of potential effects. Like the RADICAL™ product line, the COSMOPIX-R had a powerful beam of under 5° with a centre-beam luminous intensity of over 100 candela per lumen. Fitted with 12 separately-controlled 60-Watt light emitters in a 12-face arrangement and continuous double rotation on the pan and tilt axes, the COSMOPIX-R would inspire lighting designers to create revolutionary new effects.
A new member of the RADICAL™ product line, MAGICDOT™R was the first professional moving head LED luminaire with a single optical collimator. The new high-efficiency optical system measuring 94 mm in diameter and weighing over 200 grammes required more than two years of development and perfection. The result was an intense beam of less than 5° using a multi-chip RGBW LED with a light-emitting surface of 8 mm2. With its minimalist cylindrical design, the innovative MAGICDOT-R, capable of continuous double rotation on the pan and tilt axes, would allow the user to create groups of luminaires and control each light emitter individually in all directions. Leaving a minimum amount of space between multiple luminaires made it possible to create configurations never before dreamt of.
INTELLIPIX™R was a semi-transparent modular beam projection panel with twenty-five independently controllable 4.5º LED emitters in a 5 x 5 array that could project volumetric colour graphics and media far into the air. Combining revolutionary 67 mm optics with 15-Watt Osram Ostar RGBW LED emitters, INTELLIPIX-R exhibited more power than has ever been imagined by projecting 100 candela per lumen – two and a half times more than that of a 45 mm collimator. Unique in the RADICAL™ Series, INTELLIPIX-R was the only non-moving fixture in the product line. Multiple panels could be connected together to form a giant screen or, with the aid of a conversion kit, placed under glass to create a 3D projection floor that would wrap a performing artist in dynamic columns of light.
MAGICBLADE™R was a new design that offered continuous double rotation on the pan and tilt axes. Its unique feature was the layout of its seven RGBW LED sources in-line, paired with the highly intensive angle of the optics, which allowed the creation of light curtains with genuine overall consistency. On stage, MAGICBLADE-R’s very high centre-beam intensity enhanced visual perception of the beams in an environment saturated with light – vital in the creation of virtual décor. Ayrton opted for a compact design for MAGICBLADE-R, with the primary objective of reducing the visual footprint of its luminaires. This compactness allowed the MAGICBLADE-R to be installed in all sorts of unique positions and – coupled with its seven individually controllable RGBW LED sources – used to create countless new effects.
The first-born in the Creative Solutions family, MAGICPANEL™602 was a modular LED luminaire that could deliver a broad range of visual effects. Equipped with continuous unlimited rotation in pan and tilt, this fabulous fixture could not only display numbers, letters, graphic effects or images, but also act as a dazzling projector. MAGICPANEL-602 integrated the new Ayrton technology allowing individual control of each LED source in expanded Full Colour mode. Its display was made up of 36 15-Watt RGBW LED emitters in a 6 x 6 array, fitted with high-output 7.5° 45 mm optics. The overall luminous flux exceeded 14,000 lumens, with maximum energy consumption of 600 Watts. The square shape of the panel and perfect alignment of the optics, combined with the continuous double rotation movement, allowed lighting designers to create entirely new three-dimensional effects.
ROLLAPIX™100 was the first motorised linear LED luminaire fitted with a 4:1 double zoom system. This new generation of luminaires was designed for the entertainment industry in collaboration with Dimitri Vassiliu, a leading French lighting designer. The distinctive capability of ROLLAPIX 100 was to integrate eight independent 10-Watt RGBW LEDs using two zoom systems that could be controlled independently in order to create a multitude of effects. Using the luminaire’s tilt axis motor, designers could create additional effects such as partitions, barriers or moveable virtual doors. The broad zoom range of each LED group enhanced the visual effects of the light as it appeared and faded in the fog. Pre-programmed dynamic effects accessed from fixed memory could be combined with complex image reproduction and colour macros. The ROLLAPIX 100 was the ideal tool for creating virtual lighting décor or highlighting theatrical scenery.
WILDSUN™ 500C was provided with a four-colour LED source, but its cold white component calibrated at a conventional 6500 K was replaced with neutral white calibrated at 4000 K, thus reproducing a tungsten effect sought after by many lighting designers. WILDSUN 500C was a wash light in the true sense and its optical zoom system was selected for its ability to emulate a Fresnel-type beam. With 37 RGBW 13-Watt LED emitters, the WILDSUN 500C was fitted with an active cooling system using heat transfer fluid with phase change, allowing for heavy use under extreme conditions. The fixture’s independently controllable central LED and rings could generate a multitude of graphic effects. Leading lighting designer Jeff Ravitz judiciously chose WILDSUN 500C for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on their 18-month Wrecking Ball world tour.
Ayrton launched its new ICECOLOR™ product line, consisting of three models of luminaire: ICECOLOR 250, ICECOLOR 500 and ICECOLOR 1000. These versatile static LED fixtures designed for dynamic architecture applications and the entertainment market incorporated a brand new RGBW multi-chip light emitter and revolutionary optics that could obtain an 11° native beam with a perfect colour mix. A holographic filter with a range of 20° to 80° would enable lighting designers to adapt to a wide variety of applications. Ultra-silent, ICECOLOR luminaires were equipped with a highly advanced phase-change liquid cooling system that used a heat pipe and no fan.
ARCALINE™2 was the latest development in the Ayrton family of linear LED luminaires. It incorporated an entirely new four-colour multi-chip LED source whose white component was calibrated at 4000 K, reproducing the desired tungsten effect. Its RGB components had been rigorously selected to allow users to create an infinite palette of rich, saturated colours. Equipped with LED sources with primary optics and 45 mm collimators specially developed for wall-washing applications, ARCALINE 2 instantly offered a perfect colour mix. The unique mono-block technical profile of the ARCALINE 2 contained a new generation double linear power supply that allowed intensive use of the fixture in all conditions. ARCALINE 2 was a versatile luminaire that could adapt to all types of indoor and outdoor environments. It was the ideal fixture for architectural illumination, as well as stage, television, theatre, and trade show applications.
The new modular LED imaging display, DREAMPANEL™ GHOST 256, was the latest development in the DREAMPANEL line. With resolution of 1820 pixels per m2, 23.44 mm pixel pitch, 5100-nit brightness and transparency of over 50%, DREAMPANEL GHOST 256 offered a new performance standard for each screen segment dedicated to special effects. Measuring 37.5 X 37.5 cm, DREAMPANEL GHOST 256 was made of highly resistant and exceptionally transparent polycarbonate with a V-0 rating. Robust, lightweight and easy to install, the luminaire was ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. An optional framework system was provided for the DREAMPANEL GHOST 256 fixtures to be quickly installed as suspended screens and assembled into a giant lighting panel up to a size of 24 X 9 meters. Ayrton added dedicated cables for power and data connections ensuring neat and tidy installation. Calibration of each pixel could achieve perfect colour evenness across the entire panel.
The ARCALINE™ LED static luminaire, the latest creation in the Ayrton family of linear units, used the new Lumiled Luxeon K2 High-Power LEDs as a light source. With a stunningly smooth and sophisticated profile, ARCALINE LED range was designed for all kinds of steady applications. Ayrton introduced ARCALINE in 12 versions and two distinct colours (carbon or platinum); in two sizes (with 18 or 36 LEDs); and available with RGB, AWW or AWB light sources. As an enhancement to the linear luminaire family, ARCALINE could be directly powered through an own on-board power supply unit. The highly innovative ARCALINE series matched any surrounding environment perfectly, whether indoor or outdoor, and offered a wide range of scene solutions.
AYRTON launched the DREAMPANEL FLOOR™ 256 as the first modular floor-standing LED video screen. The patented internal design of the video tile was specifically developed to withstand heavy loads without altering the displayed image. For the occasion, Ayrton created its own digital video controller, DREAMPANEL DV-384, which would be used in its future line of modular LED video screens. DREAMPANEL FLOOR 256 was perfect for the most spectacular stage design concepts – it was used as stage floor lighting for Canadian singer Celine Dion’s world tour in 2008.
With the highly successful EASYCOLOR line and experience in implementing LED sources AYRTON introduced, at the London PLASA Show, the MODULED™ 318, a static modular luminaire with three independent arrays, each equipped with 18 Luxeon-powered LEDs. Several EASYCOLOR units could be assembled together to create different shapes, presenting the lighting designer with a variety of options. This luminaire continued to evolve over the years by incorporating the latest technology and inspired the creation of the INTELLIPIX™ product line.
Introduction of the AYRTON brand at the Prolight + Sound trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany, and introduction of EYECOLOR, the first professional LED-based moving head fixtures. Equipped with 192 20 mW LEDs, EYECOLOR could generate a vast palette of rich and saturated colours without resorting to a complex mechanical system. From the time of its launch and despite its limited power compared to contemporary standards, EYECOLOR proved a great success, paving the way for a new type of fixture in the entertainment industry.
Yvan Péard created the Ayrton brand. He chose the name and colour yellow as a tribute to the outstanding Brazilian racing driver, Ayrton Senna.
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