The History of Chroma-Q
Color Block DB4 - Revolutionising the LED Market
In 2004 we launched our first LED product, the Color Block DB4™.
Revolutionary at the time, the unit's unique modular 'building block' design and comprehensive range of fixing options allowed users to easily create a complete LED system using stock of just one generic fixture type.
The fixture's versatile design proved extremely popular with both rental companies and end users worldwide, enabling them to get the maximum return on their investment by providing the Color Block DB4 to clients for a wide range of entertainment applications including touring, TV, theatre, tradeshow, as well as indoor architectural applications.
It also provided new creative possibilities for lighting designers, who could create fully bespoke LED lighting solutions in a wide variety of shapes to use as battens, blinders, footlights, side fills, cyclorama floods, truss toners, discreet set piece lighting and interior architectural lighting applications.
Color Web - An Innovative Approach to Visual Effects Surface
In 2005, we launched the Color Web™ LED matrix system in response to high profile show lighting designer Paul Normandale's request for a low resolution display product that had modularity, transparency and flexibility - enabling it to be layered on stage for unique low resolution lighting and video effects.
With our own R&D already committed to another product at the time, we approached Artistic Licence to design and manufacture the Color Web by adapting it from one of their existing LED products.
Featuring a unique modular design, the 1m² panels clip together on all four sides and can even be joined over distances using separately available interlinking cables, giving designers and users complete control over the size and shape of their display area.
Available in a choice of 125mm and 250mm LED cell pitches and controlled via DMX, the low resolution LED effects system has proven to be an ideal cost-effective solution for lighting companies looking to take their first step into video effects.
Color Block 2 - Second Generation Fixture Sets New Standards Again
In 2009, after five years of enormous success with the Color Block DB4 LED fixture, we looked at every aspect of the product's LED features and improved upon it with the Color Block 2™. The unit combines the original model's core elements of modularity and versatility with an all-new feature set to create a truly second generation LED fixture which has re-defined LED lighting.
New features and enhancements include 530 lumens output, (almost double the original model), extended RGBA colour palette, a high CRI of 90, single colour-mixing LED cells and theatrical grade dimming. In addition, the Color Block 2 can be used alongside the original Color Block DB4, for maximum return on investment.
Color Force - A True Successor to Conventional Tungsten Lighting
Based on everything we had learnt with the development of the Color Block 2, we wanted to create a product which offered a true replacement for conventional tungsten lighting fixtures and was capable of lighting large areas.
In 2010, we launched the Color Force™ 72 / 48 LED battens - the first in a complete range of Color Force complementary RGBA creative LED tools.
The Color Force provides power across the spectrum, from deep cold blues to red hot lava looks all from a single fixture. The fixtures easily wash up to an 8m drop with smooth, theatrical grade dimming, and feature individually controllable LED cells.
The range has since been extended to include the smaller Color Force 12™ multi-purpose version and Color Force Compact™ cost-effective, slim profile workhorse fixture. Both models feature a choice of optional accessories, providing a huge range of applications from just one fixture.
Studio Force - Extreme Output White LED Lighting Solutions
Following the success of the Chroma-Q Color Force range, in 2011 we launched Studio Force™ - a complementary range providing a choice of extreme output Daylight white 6,100K CCT and Variable white 3,000K - 6,100K CCT lighting fixtures utilising the same core technologies, and available in the same choice of models.
High performance white LED optics provide an even more powerful output ranging from 5,300 up to 25,400 lumens across models, and are specifically designed for TV, film, studio, broadcast and other applications requiring a high output white light source for area or scenic illumination.
Backward Compatibility with Old Models
With the costly business of keeping up with today's constantly evolving professional entertainment technologies, our philosophy is to provide customers with the maximum return on their investment.
As a result, many Chroma-Q LED products have been designed to be upgradeable or backwardly compatible when used alongside previous generations of the same fixture, and share the same accessories.
We have therefore continued the evolution and longevity of the Color Block range by introducing the Color Block Plus Replacement Engine and the Color Block 2 Plus fixture. The original Color Charge is also complemented by the higher output Color Charge Plus model.