Since 1985, we’ve been reviewing, using, and scrutinizing mountains of equipment for our vast spectrum of lighting projects. Now, with Port’s Picks, we share our recommendations for your best buys in terms of price, performance, and durability. We continually update this list with new finds, so come back often.
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Andrew Dranetz, Senior Sales Associate says, “The DMXCAT is the DAILY go-to for our Event Production, Architectural and Theatrical Lighting teams to control and troubleshoot fixtures and DMX-related devices. Anyone who works with DMX should have this tool with them at all times.”
Kyle Stetson, Senior Lighting Designer & Project Manager says, “The ColorSource deep blue array makes this our go-to Leko for the rich, saturated colors it can produce, combined with sharp gobo-projection ability.”
Steve Bearse, Senior Lighting Designer & Project Manager says, “The Robe Mega Pointe is a do-it-all fixture. I love it for its compact size, amazing brightness, and the fact that it can function as a beam, spot, or wash fixture—depending on what I need. Its small size and efficient power consumption make it our go-to for small stages to arenas, and everything between.”
Unanimously chosen by all departments, this 2011 PLASA Award for Innovation Winner is still going strong eight years later. With more than 100 units in our rental inventory, the Martin Mac Aura remains in high demand for stage color washes and event spaces large and small.
Kyle Stetson, Senior Lighting Designer & Project Manager says, “We’ve discovered endless uses for Astera Titan Tubes. Hang them vertically or horizontally, connect them to make 3D shapes, or attach a slew to a balcony railing to wash a room in color. This multi-use LED fixture can be controlled using a variety of wireless transmitters and is powered by its internal battery or a hardwire connection. Help us come up with a new use for these fixtures on YOUR next production!”
Bob Harriman, Purchasing Manager says, “Robe’s T1 Profile offers four different options in one line of fixtures with unmatched reliability and consistency. If you buy this fixture new today, in three years, you can still easily color-match it thanks to its built-in color calibration capability. When tested against similar products it’s brighter, lighter, and the colors remain consistent.”
Andrew Dranetz, Senior Sales Associate says, “The Elation Rayzor 760 is a compact eye-catching RGBW LED wash that made a huge splash in the marketplace with its powerful light engine, massive 5-to-77-degree zoom range, unique Spark-LED effect, and continuous pan and tilt. The Rayzor 760 is a full-featured LED wash that will provide remarkable versatility and value for productions of all sizes.”
Andrew Dranetz, Senior Sales Associate says, “The Robe Robospot is a game-changing system that will forever alter how followspots are implemented in venues of all sizes. By keeping the spot operator on the ground to control automated lights with a steerable “handlebar” mounted to a tripod—while viewing the fixtures’ effects through a large display screen—operators no longer need to climb atop 60 feet of vertical truss, or be stuck in otherwise inaccessible locations. With local or DMX control options, and capability to operate multiple moving lights as followspots, the Robe Robospot feels like it’s from the future…but it’s available today!”
Bob Harriman, Purchasing Manager says, “The flower effect alone makes this fixture worth the purchase—and you also get beam shaping, and an incredible 4-to-50-degree zoom range. Its innovative lens coating system eliminates scratches, which means the output will be brighter and clearer than most fixtures. No other manufacturer offers this type of lens coating technology.”
John Beaulieu, Senior Lighting Technician, says, “The Pharos LPC provides dynamic lighting control for everything from a simple indoor lighting installation to the façade lighting of a whole city, whether colored or white lighting. Its easy-to-use, adaptable controls give you the power and flexibility to meet the needs of your project, no matter the size or scale. “
Dan Bourgeois, Senior Project Manager, says “The smaller power head of the ETC Prodigy P2 Hoist makes it a great fit for tight spaces—perfect for those moments when you don’t need the bigger lifts but want the same capability.”