The Inside Scoop on Wireless Fixtures

July 27, 2012 by CHAUVET DJ

by Nick Airriess, CHAUVET® DJ Product Specialist

Wireless DMX provides mobile entertainers with a simple and convenient DMX solution without the hassle, time and expense of DMX cables. The best way to enhance a fixture with built-in wireless DMX is adding battery power and an infrared remote control (IRC) — imagine the possibilities with a 100% wireless fixture. Need to setup uplighting in a historic building or location with limited sources of power? Not a problem. Have a limited amount of time to setup/breakdown and don’t want the added cost of extra labor? It doesn’t matter, because you won’t need the extra help. Need to instantly change the color of all your fixtures? You can easily make the switch with the press of a button. Investing in fixtures with wireless DMX not only saves time and money, it is worth its weight in gold just for the convenience of easily controlling your lights. Read on.

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Fixtures with built-in wireless control and battery power eliminate the need for spending extra money on cables and gaffe tape. Built-in wireless DMX allows you to change the look of your entire setup with the press of a button. Additionally, an infrared remote control gives you easy access to individual fixtures. If you want to control all of the fixtures at once using an IRC, be sure to set your fixtures in master/slave mode. Fixtures can be setup almost anywhere and your lighting design doesn’t have to revolve around the location of power outlets. Additionally, you will save time not having to tape down wires and hide cabling.

Wireless DMX allows you to control your fixtures with the press of a button. For example, you create an uplighting design and place your fixtures throughout a room for a wedding reception. At the last minute, the bride comes in and decides she wants to change the color of the fixtures before the reception starts…in roughly two minutes. Now is not the time to panic. Imagine what happens when your fixtures don’t have built in wireless DMX and are only controlled by an infrared remote control. You’re forced to run around the entire room and individually “point and shoot” at every fixture to adjust the color. When you have fixtures with built in wireless DMX, you can easily change the color from your DJ booth simply by pressing a button.

The majority of fixtures with built-in wireless DMX operate on a 2.4GHz frequency. However, 2.4GHz is an open frequency utilized by a lot of devices including internet routers, cell phones and home phones which can cause frequency interference. When choosing a fixture with built-in wireless DMX, be sure it includes the auto-scanning feature which automatically searches for an open and clear frequency.

Investing in fixtures with built in wireless control (both DMX and IRC capability) and battery power saves time and money by eliminating the need to run cables to and from each fixture, reduces unsightly strips of taped cables and gives you the freedom to place your fixtures anywhere. Technology is a beautiful and ever-evolving thing.

Filed Under: Lighting for Mobile DJs