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Chromlech launches the Elidy LED matrix

Andrew Brister 16 October 2012
Chromlech launches the Elidy LED matrix

Chromlech has launched Elidy, an LED matrix fixture capable of projecting volumetric graphics. The French manufacturer is targeting television, touring, theatre, architectural and event applications. Elidy is a matrix of 5 x 5 very high power LEDs, driven by state-of-the-art electronics to provide what French manufacturer Chromlech is claiming is the world’s first LED wall capable of projecting light. It combines high-output, warm white LEDs with specific optics to generate extremely narrow beams that far exceed the intensity of LED screens. Elidy’s modular form is based around a single projector of 25 LEDs (1 square foot), which can be assembled to form up to 225 LEDs (1 square metre) and arranged into screens, columns, or even angled forms. Fully re-skinnable, the surface of Elidy can be instantaneously customized to any colour or texture, using innovative magnetic covers. Each cover can be customized and printed individually or joined together as a composite picture if bigger images are required.  The Elidy panels can therefore take on virtually any aspect, not just different colours, but also textures including wood, metal, mirror, leather, stone…or even grass. Covers can be produced as ‘full frame’ to form a solid backdrop, or ‘open frame’ to match the exact shape of the Elidy panel and thus become a ‘transparent’ light projector. While many LED screens offers some degree of transparency, no light-projector gives the 50% level of transparency of Elidy, claims Chromlech. Elidy’s LED driver design ensures smooth dimming over the complete dimming range, with no stepping or cut-off on ignition or fade out. Elidy’s dimming mimics traditional tungsten sources in a way that makes it perfectly suitable for use in theatre or studio alike where such high LED dimming quality is necessary. Following the launch of Elidy at PLASA 2012, Lionel Garraud, sales director at Chromlech said: “I have never experienced such a reception for a new product in my life. The Elidy was an instant hit and many lighting designers already want to use it. Elidy has already been specified on some great tours and new television programs for 2013. We took many orders on the stand with the first production run selling out in three days.“We believe Elidy has made such an instant impact because it can be adapted for such a wide variety of uses in different environments,” continued Garraud. “It is modular, extremely user-friendly and has vast cross-market potential within television, touring, theatre, architectural and event applications. With Elidy, the frontier between video and conventional stage lighting is gone. It can create effects never seen before and we believe there is no equivalent on the market.” 

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