Main Light, LLC, a preeminent dry hire rental partner, has added the new S-Tribe™ linear scenic luminaire from Portman Lights to its inventory in all three Main Light locations across the U.S. Long a proponent of the European-based Portman Lights innovative luminaires, the acquisition continues adding to the manufacturer’s range of luminaires available at Main Light. The S-Tribe is a linear strip that combines tungsten-emulating LED sources with RGB LED strips. With a completely new, unique design, it is an excellent consideration when looking to create scenic structures with linear luminaires.
“We have had a lot of success renting the range of Portman Lights’ products and when we saw the S-Tribe being demonstrated, we anticipated that our production house and rental clients will get a lot of designer requests for this luminaire,” says Randy Mullican, CEO Main Light, LLC. “It’s a very unique linear light and one that can build lit scenery very quickly. It really allows the easy blending of lighting and scenic elements. These units will definitely give designers something creatively different and versatile to make their designs stand out, in a good way.”
The S-Tribe linear luminaire includes five bright warm white LED segments that dim smoothly, as well as provide a great tungsten emulation so they do warm up when dimmed down and are blindingly bright at maximum output. These warm white strips are paired with 10 RGBW LED strips that can provide saturated colors, allow for color mixing, and dim just as smoothly as the white sections. They also have the ability to be separately controllable. In terms of optics, the S-Tribe includes a highly reflective, hammered reflector and an opal diffuser. Built with high-quality electronics, the S-Tribe has six different DMX modes, DMX-In and DMX-Out, Art-Net, RDM feedback, and an optional W-DMX wireless DMX control is available. It has a Colour Feedback System™, macros, and powerCON TRUE1 power-through available. The user interface for control is via a high-contrast LCD display with highlighted buttons.
A unique stand-out feature is the Portman’s Auto Orientation™. Designed to work like a smart phone that changes the screen ratio when it is rotated, the S-Tribe will automatically change the order of channels from top to bottom and left to right. Since the S-Tribe can be mounted in any orientation, users can change the channel order automatically—without manual mapping. Auto Orientation automatically detects the position of the luminaire and enables defining the order of channels (up-down and left-right) when creating a row out of S-Tribes. This user-friendly feature is especially helpful when creating larger structures. Users can also turn this feature off or define where the top is.
“It is always important to us to have available for rental the newest technology that will address the creative needs of our clients’ customers.” says Rick McKinney, National Rentals Manager for Main Light. “We have a lot of dry hire clients that will undoubtedly have their own customers who will want to see the creative possibilities of the Portman Lights’ S-Tribe fixture. We know designers want something to really differentiate their designs and Portman Lights always has something unique to bring to the table. The S-Tribe is no exception, and we look forward to what designers come up with using this new luminaire.”