Lighting Controllers

Lighting controllers, also known best as DMX controllers are used to give you full control over a single or multiple linked lighting fixtures.

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  1. BeamZ BBP Wireless DMX Transmitter/Receiver
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    BeamZ BBP Wireless DMX Transmitter/Receiver
    • Compact wireless DMX transmitter and receiver
    • Works with any DMX controller
    • Operating frequency 2.4~2.525GHz
    • 7 DMX universes
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  2. BeamZ DMX192S Lighting Controller 192-Channel DMX
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    BeamZ DMX192S Lighting Controller 192-Channel DMX
    • Ideal to control up to 12 light effects
    • Auto mode or as a stand-alone unit
    • Music controlled via a built-in microphone
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  3. BeamZ SUSHI-DS DMX Lighting Interface
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    BeamZ SUSHI-DS DMX Lighting Interface
    • DMX interface with software
    • Includes SUSHI BeamZ USB DMX interface
    • DMX channels: 128 (expandable to 512)
    • Stand-alone capacity with memory: 1,266 steps with 12 channels / 8 scenes
    • Create your own fixtures with the Scan Library Editor
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  4. BeamZ DMX-384 DMX Lighting Controller 384 Channel
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    BeamZ DMX-384 DMX Lighting Controller 384 Channel
    • 384 DMX Channels
    • 12 fixture with 32 channels each
    • 30 banks of 8 programmable scenes
    • 6 programmable chases of 240 scenes
    • 16 faders for manual control of channels
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  5. BeamZ DMX60 Lighting Controller 6-Channel
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    BeamZ DMX60 Lighting Controller 6-Channel
    • 6 Channel DMX lighting console
    • 9V adaptor
    • XLR DMX output
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  6. BeamZ Light Rider ESA2 USB DMX Interface
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    BeamZ Light Rider ESA2 USB DMX Interface
    • USB DMX interface for controlling DMX devices with a computer or Android Tablet
    • Includes Light Rider/ESA2 interface
    • DMX channels: 128 (expandable to 512)
    • Operating system: Windows (Mac OS and Linux are optionally available)
    • Powered via USB
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  7. BeamZ Light Rider ESA2 USB Wi-Fi DMX Interface
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    BeamZ Light Rider ESA2 USB Wi-Fi DMX Interface
    • USB/WIFI DMX interface for controlling DMX devices with a computer or Tablet
    • Includes Light Rider BeamZ edition/ESA2 BeamZ edition Express mode software
    • 128 DMX Channels
    • DMX channels are expandable up to 2 x 512 channels (via www-dmxsoft-com)
    • Operating system: Windows and Mac OS
    £239.00
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  8. BeamZ DMX-240 DMX Lighting Controller 192-Channel
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    BeamZ DMX-240 DMX Lighting Controller 192-Channel
    • 192 DMX channels
    • 12 Scanners with 16 channels each
    • 30 banks of 8 programmable scenes
    • 6 Programmable chases of 240 scenes
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  9. Lighting Controller - BeamZ DMX-192S Wireless Transmitter/Receiver
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    Lighting Controller - BeamZ DMX-192S Wireless Transmitter/Receiver
    • 192 channel DMX controller
    • 12 Groups of max. 16 channels
    • 30 Banks to Program 240 Patterns
    • 6 Chases to program and master blackout control
    • 2.4GHz wireless transmission/reception
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  10. DMX Lighting Controller - BeamZ DMX65W Wireless Battery System
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    DMX Lighting Controller - BeamZ DMX65W Wireless Battery System
    • Wireless DMX transmitter
    • Built-in rechargeable battery with battery power indicator
    • 30 DMX channels
    • 7 DMX universes
    • Timer function for automatic on and off switching of the light fixtures
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  11. BeamZ DMX8 8-Way DMX Splitter / Booster
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    BeamZ DMX8 8-Way DMX Splitter / Booster
    • 8-way DMX signal splitter/booster
    • Isolated input and passive loop output
    • 8 separate isolated 3-pin signal outputs
    • Rack-mountable housing for space efficiency
    • Simple on/off switch and LED indicators per channel
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  12. BeamZ STICK-CW4 WiFi DMX Software Wall Control Interface
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    BeamZ STICK-CW4 WiFi DMX Software Wall Control Interface
    • In-wall DMX standalone controller
    • Touch-sensitive buttons and colour wheel
    • Built-in flash memory to store custom DMX scenes
    • Clock and calendar with sunrise and sunset triggering
    • WiFi network and smart device app control
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  13. BeamZ Pro WTR10 Hybrid Wireless DMX Transceiver
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    BeamZ Pro WTR10 Hybrid Wireless DMX Transceiver
    • Wireless DMX transceiver
    • Compatible with WDMX and EazyLink protocols
    • Features 32-bit ARM high-speed processor
    • Simple one-button set-up
    • Includes XLR 3-pin input and output
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  14. BeamZ STICK-GU2 DMX Wall Mount Interface
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    BeamZ STICK-GU2 DMX Wall Mount Interface
    • The dimmer switch of the 21st century is here and is one of the most exciting developments within the architectural lighting market.
    • The STICK-GU2 provides a simple yet powerful solution for your RGB lighting control needs.
    • The lighting levels, colours and pre-loaded RGB effects can be programmed from a PC, Mac, Android, iPad or iPhone using the included software.
    • The GU2 has a simple interface with basic touch-sensitive buttons that include a: power button, mode changer, and easy switching between the colour/scene/dimming aspect of your installation.
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  15. BeamZ DMX-024 DMX Controller
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    Regular Price £199.00 Special test Price £190.00
    BeamZ DMX-024 DMX Controller
    • DMX light control panel with 24 channels. Ideal to control spots for e.g. at live stage applications.
    • With 48 memories for light sequences up to 99 steps each. Suitable for mounting in a 19 inch rack.
    Regular Price £199.00 Special test Price £190.00
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  16. SUSHI-Z1 DMX Interface Lighting Controller
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    SUSHI-Z1 DMX Interface Lighting Controller
    • Compact DMX interface with software
    • 128 channels of DMX (expandable to 512)
    • 15,000+ supported fixtures with a scan library editor for custom fixtures
    • Operates via Android, MacOS, iOS, and Windows
    • USB-powered design with a 3-pin DMX output
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  17. BeamZ DMX-512 DMX Lighting Controller
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    £55.00
    BeamZ DMX-512 DMX Lighting Controller
    • Stream-line design
    • Internal rechargeable battery
    • Storage up to 30 patterns
    • IP20 protection rating
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  18. Pangolin Beyond Essentials Lighting Software + FB3
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    Pangolin Beyond Essentials Lighting Software + FB3
    • BEYOND is the professional level software platform, used for creating the world's highest quality laser and multimedia shows.
    • The softwares advanced programming and live show capabilities have revolutionized laser displays for entertainment applications.
    • This BEYOND Essentials System includes both the BEYOND Essentials software and your FB3QSUSB based hardware.
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  19. Pangolin Beyond Essentials Lighting Software (Quickshow Upgrade)
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    Pangolin Beyond Essentials Lighting Software (Quickshow Upgrade)
    • BEYOND is an all new professional level software platform, used for creating the world's highest quality laser and multimedia shows.
    • The softwares advanced programming and live show capabilities have revolutionized laser displays for entertainment applications.
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  20. Pangolin Quickshow Laser Lighting DMX Control Software
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    Pangolin Quickshow Laser Lighting DMX Control Software
    • Cues: Nearly 2000 graphics, animations, beam effects and abstracts are included
    • Live controls
    • Preview: On-screen preview of all graphics and beams using Windows OpenGL
    • Control: DMX devices Set up to 512 DMX channels per cue. Unlimited number of cues or "looks"
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  21. BeamZ 4-Channel DMX Switch Pack II
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    £125.00
    BeamZ 4-Channel DMX Switch Pack II
    • A 4-channel DMX switch pack switching light effects such as PAR lights on and off through the built-in programmes standalone or in DMX mode. The speed of the 16 built-in programs can be controlled.
    • Channel-control takes place via the easy access menu.
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Lighting Controllers, also known best as DMX Controllers are used to give you full control over a single or multiple linked lighting fixtures. This can be done via computer control using specialist software or by using a DJ Controller. Though not all are compatible with everything we stock, the LED lights that are, ensure a powerful display again and again.

Great for harnessing refined control of multiple lighting units and full synchronisation, a DMX lighting controller is ideal for larger stage shows and productions where accurate lighting control is a large component in the overall look and feel. DMX can be tricky so be sure to teach yourself a few things with free online tutorials before you begin.

ElectroMarket offers a range of lighting controllers and DMX software to suit lighting setups of different sizes and complexity, including wireless DMX systems for connection even in the most awkward locations. Our moving head lights are almost all DMX compatible making them a great choice for creating custom DMX displays

DMX Lighting Controllers enable technicians and event organisers to manipulate lighting effects with precision, creating an atmosphere to complement any event. Explore our extensive range of DMX controllers and software to discover how you can enhance your lighting setup.

Understanding Lighting Controllers

At their core, lighting controllers serve as the command centre for lighting fixtures, allowing operators to manage and customise lighting effects with precision. The DMX (Digital Multiplex) protocol facilitates communication between the controller and lighting devices. This universal standard ensures compatibility and simplifies the integration of a range of lighting equipment.

Lighting controllers vary in complexity and functionality. From basic systems to advanced software-based controllers that offer intricate programming capabilities for elaborate displays. Wireless controllers have also gained popularity, offering flexibility and reduced clutter by eliminating the need for extensive cabling.

The choice of controller depends on the scale and complexity of the event. For small venues or simple setups, a basic controller may suffice. However, large-scale productions with dynamic lighting changes benefit from more sophisticated systems capable of handling numerous fixtures and complex sequences. Understanding the capabilities and limitations of different types of controllers is essential in selecting the right tool for your lighting needs.

Choosing the Right Lighting Controller

Choosing the right lighting controller for your event or installation is an important decision that can significantly affect the outcome of your lighting design. Consider several key factors to ensure the controller not only meets the current needs but also offers flexibility for future projects.

Firstly, assess the complexity of your lighting setup. Events requiring numerous lighting fixtures with intricate programming, such as timed sequences necessitate a controller with advanced features and capabilities. Conversely, for simpler setups, a basic controller might suffice, offering ease of use without the complexity of unnecessary features.

The type of fixtures being used is another crucial consideration. Ensure the controller is compatible with all your lighting equipment. DMX controllers are widely compatible with various fixtures, but verifying compatibility is essential, especially with specialised lighting or proprietary systems.

Venue size plays a role in the selection process. Larger venues might require controllers with longer range capabilities, especially in cases where wireless controllers are employed. The controller's capacity to handle the scale of your lighting setup without compromising performance is key to a successful event.

Ease of use and user interface are also important. A controller with an intuitive interface can save considerable time during setup and adjustments, making it easier for technicians to operate under the pressure of live events. For installations where the controller will be operated by individuals with varying levels of technical expertise, usability becomes even more critical.

Mastering DMX Lighting Controllers

Mastering DMX Lighting Controllers is a key skill for anyone involved in the technical aspects of event and installation lighting. DMX, standing for Digital Multiplex, is a communication protocol that allows lighting equipment and controllers to interact seamlessly. Learning the fundamentals of DMX is the first step towards effective lighting control.

A DMX controller sends signals to the lighting fixtures, dictating their behaviour—whether it’s changing colours, adjusting brightness, or orchestrating complex sequences. Each fixture is assigned a unique address in the DMX universe, enabling precise control over individual lights or groups of lights. Understanding how to set up and address these fixtures is crucial for creating the desired lighting effects.

Programming a DMX controller involves creating scenes or sequences that can be triggered manually or set to operate automatically. Familiarity with the controller’s interface and features is key to efficient programming. Practising with different lighting scenarios can help refine your skills and enhance your ability to adapt to various event requirements.

Troubleshooting is an inevitable part of working with DMX controllers. Common issues include addressing errors, signal interference, and connectivity problems. Learning to diagnose and resolve these issues quickly is essential to maintain the smooth running of an event’s lighting.

Efficiency in using DMX controllers comes from both technical understanding and creative experimentation. Combining technical skills with a creative approach to lighting design allows for the realisation of captivating and dynamic lighting environments. As technology advances, staying updated with the latest features and capabilities of DMX controllers will ensure you can fully exploit their potential in your lighting projects.

Understanding DMX Software

DMX software provides the ability to control your lighting and effects with a computer. It allows users to program, control, and synchronise lighting fixtures via a computer interface, transforming a laptop or desktop into a powerful lighting console.

One of the key benefits of using DMX software is its flexibility. Users can design lighting sequences beforehand, adjusting timings, intensities, and colours with a few clicks. This pre-programming capability is invaluable for rehearsals, allowing for tweaks and changes without the need for manual reconfiguration of hardware controllers.

Moreover, DMX software may offer a visual representation of the lighting setup, providing designers with a virtual stage to experiment with different effects and configurations. This visual aspect helps in planning the lighting design more effectively, enabling a clearer understanding of how the lighting will interact with the physical space.

You will need a basic understanding of the DMX protocol and familiarity with the software interface. Training and practice are essential to leverage the full potential of this technology, making it a valuable tool in the arsenal of modern lighting designers and technicians.

In conclusion, effect light controllers and DMX software offer a variety of creative possibilities, transforming lighting in events and installations. As technology advances, the capabilities of lighting controllers and software continue to expand. Whether it’s a concert, festival, corporate event, or theatrical production, the strategic use of lighting can captivate audiences and enhance any event.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Does A Lighting Controller Work?

A lighting controller acts as the command centre for managing and manipulating lighting fixtures within an event or installation. It sends signals, typically via DMX protocol, to connected lights, instructing them on when to turn on or off, change colour, move, or create effects.

The user inputs desired settings into the controller, which then translates these into digital signals understood by the lighting equipment. This process allows for precise control over the lighting environment, enabling the creation of dynamic and atmospheric spaces through coordinated lighting effects.

What is a DMX lighting controller?

A DMX lighting controller is a device used to operate and manage stage and event lighting fixtures through the DMX (Digital Multiplex) protocol. It allows users to adjust the brightness, colour, movement, and effects of lights to achieve desired atmospheres and visual displays.

By sending out digital signals over a network, the controller can synchronise multiple fixtures, enabling complex lighting arrangements and sequences tailored to specific event requirements. DMX controllers range from simple manual desks to sophisticated computer software, offering versatile solutions for lighting designs in various settings.

Do you need a DMX controller?

Whether you need a DMX controller depends on the complexity and scale of your lighting requirements. For basic setups with a few lights, simpler solutions or standalone modes available on many lights might suffice. However, for more intricate lighting designs involving multiple fixtures, dynamic effects, and precise synchronization, a DMX controller becomes essential.

It offers unparalleled control, allowing you to create professional-looking lighting displays. In essence, as your lighting design grows in complexity, the need for an effect light controller increases.

How many lights can a DMX controller handle?

A single DMX controller can manage up to 512 channels in one universe. Each lighting fixture may require multiple channels for full functionality—such as colour, intensity, and movement—so the total number of lights controlled depends on their complexity.

For example, simpler fixtures might use just one channel, while more sophisticated lights could need upwards of 30 channels. If your setup exceeds 512 channels, you can use multiple universes, either by employing additional controllers or using a controller capable of handling multiple DMX universes, to expand your control capabilities.

How does a DMX controller connect to lights?

A DMX controller usually connects to lights using DMX cables, typically with 3-pin or 5-pin connectors, depending on the equipment's requirements. The connection starts from the controller's output, linking to the first light's DMX input. Lights are then daisy-chained together: the output of the first light connects to the input of the next, and so on.

This series connection forms a DMX chain, allowing the controller to send digital signals to each fixture, instructing them on how to behave (e.g., brightness, colour, movement). Alternatively, wireless DMX controllers are available which send signals wirelessly to compatible lighting units.

What does DMX stand for?

DMX stands for Digital Multiplex. It's a digital communication network commonly used in lighting technology to control stage lighting and effects. DMX allows for the management of up to 512 channels per network, enabling the precise control of multiple lighting fixtures and the ability to synchronise them in complex lighting designs.

This protocol has become the industry standard for facilitating communication between lighting controllers and various lighting equipment, offering a reliable and efficient method for orchestrating dynamic lighting environments

Can you use DMX without a controller?

Using DMX without a traditional controller is possible through alternative means such as DMX software or automated DMX interfaces that can be programmed to run lighting sequences. These options rely on a computer or a smart device to send DMX signals to the lighting fixtures, allowing for control over the lighting setup without a physical controller.

While these methods offer flexibility and can be suitable for various applications, the choice depends on the complexity of the lighting design and the user's preference for hardware versus software control solutions

Do I need 3-pin or 5-pin DMX?

The choice between 3-pin or 5-pin DMX cables depends on the compatibility with your lighting fixtures and controller. Generally, 3-pin DMX cables are commonly used for DJ and smaller entertainment lighting, while 5-pin cables are popular in professional and theatrical environments.

It's essential to check the specifications of your equipment; some devices might only support one type, while others support both. If you have a mix of 3-pin and 5-pin devices, adapters are available, though it's preferable to maintain a consistent type throughout your setup for optimal signal integrity.

How do I choose a DMX controller?

Choosing a DMX controller involves considering your lighting needs and the complexity of your setups. Firstly, assess the total number of channels your lighting fixtures will require; each light may need multiple channels for full functionality. Look for a controller that can comfortably handle your current setup and future additions.

Additionally, consider the controller’s interface and ease of use; it should match your technical proficiency and make programming intuitive. Factor in the venues you typically work in, for instance, larger spaces might benefit from wireless capabilities. Lastly, think about compatibility with your existing equipment to ensure seamless integration.

How do I connect multiple lights to my DMX controller?

To connect multiple lights to a DMX controller, start by linking the controller's DMX output to the DMX input of the first light using a DMX cable. Then, connect the first light's DMX output to the next light's DMX input. Continue this daisy-chain process for all your lights.

For larger setups exceeding the cable length or device limit, use a DMX splitter to manage the network efficiently. Always check the compatibility and specifications of your lights and controller to ensure a smooth setup.