In addition to movie shoots and television studios, the bulbs can be used on theatrical sets and scenic elements on tour shows and live events.
Wireless LED lighting manufacturer Astera has launched the NYX Bulb, the first colour-tuneable LED bulb for professional film, stage, and event productions.
NYX Bulb, the same size as a standard LED bulb, comes complete with a CRMX receiver for wireless DMX, plus RF and Bluetooth modules for control via the Astera app on a smartphone or tablet.
NYX Bulb is designed for gaffers, DoPs, lighting and set designers, visual artists and anyone needing stunning ‘practicals’ or outstanding feature lighting bulbs. In addition to movie shoots and television studios, it is useful for theatrical sets and for scenic elements on tour shows and live events.
NYX Bulb can be powered via an E27 socket (E26 in the US version) or with a standard power bank. Due to its compact form, it is the first Astera light source with external battery options (rather than inbuilt).
Its Titan LED engine delivers precise colours and authentic white tones with an ultra-high CRI and TLCI and it emits an impressive 750 Lumens, comparable to a conventional 60W bulb, yet drawing just 10W of power!
The RGB + mint + amber LED engine is the same as that of Astera’s Titan Tube. NYX Bulb offers the same colour rendering – with CRI and TLCI at 96-98 and 3200 to 6500° Kelvin respectively, and a full range of colours unlocked through digital calibration.
The tuneable white range goes from 1750 – 20,000K and a full range of precise gel filter numbers can be accurately reproduced. Control includes inbuilt LumenRadio wireless DMX which can be run via any lighting console, as well as more locally from the Astera app.
The inbuilt Bluetooth receiver is a new feature allowing users to control NYX bulbs directly from their smartphones without needing an Astera ART7 Box, and will be available via a software update in the second half of the year. The first Astera NYX Bulb that is connected via the Bluetooth signal enables the control of all the other NYX Bulbs in the range.
It also features a dual power option which can be either 90-240V AC via an E27 socket (E26 in the USA) or a DC socket is available for connecting external batteries or power banks, for which a USB cable is included with the NYX Bulb.
The Astera PowerStation has an inbuilt battery unit for powering NYX Bulbs. The PowerStation can also be used to programme the NYX Blubs with parameters like DMX addresses, colours and other settings via its display and keyboard, and when the NYX Bulb is disconnected, these settings are retained.
Rear-side magnets for hanging the NYX Bulb together with an integrated airline track where several mounting grips and accessories can be connected all enhance the practical options for how and where NYX can be installed.
Currently available through Astera’s global distribution network, NYX Bulbs are available as single units or in sets of eight, complete with a PowerStation inside the case for charging and programming the Bulbs.