GLP: JDC1 LED Strobe

by Michael Eddy

GLP’s new JDC1 hybrid LED strobe delivers power through a versatile and highly creative design. Fundamentally, the JDC1 has been designed in three sections, which can be controlled independently or as a complete synchronized unit. The fixture itself contains a traditional single tube element with a clear, bright, white output, derived from 216 white LEDs, and then combines that with a surrounding, format-filling full face of RGB LEDs, utilizing 1,320 LED’s.

Adding versatility to the design options, the two RGB plates can be divided into six separate ‘pixel’ sections on each plate and then operated with full pixel mapping control. This ability creates stunning effects, while the LED tube can pop through with high intensity flashes.

However, in a never seen before feature, the JDC1 also allows pixel mapping of the LED tube, which is broken down into 12 individually addressable sections. This enables the tube to create motion effects, either when forward-facing or through shadow play behind a performer. While the tube is operated in this mode, the RGB plates can give a solid background color to strengthen the effect. With this level of flexibility, the JDC1 really offers a large amount of color, layering, and operational effects, right up to the point of pixel mapping the entire array.

However, that’s not all, along with working as a powerful strobe light, both the tube and the RGB plates can be run continuously for high output blinder and washlight effects, which never reduce output or have thermal cut-out. With their wide beam angle, this allows for wide coverage of backdrops, stage areas, or audience sections.

Then to top it all, the JDC1 also offers dynamic movement, with a 16-bit, 185° tilt range, allowing you to place effects exactly where and when you want them to be. Functioning in any orientation and whether the operator wishes to use it as crowd effect at one moment and then as a stage focused strobe effect the next, the motorized tilt gives a level of functionality and effect that has never been seen on the market before.

The design of the JDC1 allows adjacent units to be aligned through locking pins, which also align with GLPs award-winning X4 Bar series products. Further features include on-board menu setup with battery operation, TRUE1 power input with variable voltage for worldwide usage, quiet operation, and a low weight of just 26.45lbs (12kg).

The unit has already been adopted by some of the world’s leading LDs since receiving its world premiere at Frankfurt Prolight+Sound in April. Across the world, rental companies have been quick to jump on board, Christie Lites, PRG, Solotech, and Volt Lites being the early adopters in the US and Canada; and Rent-All in the Benelux and HELi Showequipment in Germany leading the charge in Europe. At the same time, lighting designers on both sides of the Atlantic have been lining up to specify them on shows.

“This has been a real success story for GLP—early adopters have been quick to pick up on the unique features of the JDC1 and we are seeing it being used in some highly creative ways in the short time since we started shipping, stated GLP’s Mark Ravenhill.”

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