Astera Launches PixelBrick

Astera adds another dimension to its expanding portfolio of lighting products – the PixelBrick.

Astera LED adds an extra dimension to its portfolio of lighting products with the creation of PixelBrick – a multi-functional light source with the power and finesse of Titan LED engine coupled with the practicality of AX3 LightDrop.

PixelBrick is compact, 1.1kg light and up-lighter. Like Astera AX3 LightDrop, PixelBrick can be hung anywhere and become a universal light for accenting and texturing buildings or façades as an IP65 rated fixture.

PixelBrick has 450 Lumens and 1200 Lux at two metres – both at 3200K and can also be used like a PAR as a general-purpose fixture complete with a bracket. PixelBricks can be easily joined together and built into an impressive array of geometric shapes and clusters. With the help of adjustable connectors, shapes like circles, hearts, numbers, etc. and other illuminated scenic pieces or signage can be created.

The lights can be arranged in matrix patterns or as numbers and letters spelling out a name, a word or a tag, and they can be pixel-mapped to produce more effects. The combination of the LED light source and wireless control is considered a useful solution for many aspects of a stage or an event space. Diffuser Domes are available to switch the PixelBrick beams to softer eye-and-camera-candy effects and ‘pixel’ looks.

PixelBricks are physically interconnected via a bespoke engineered track system on all four sides which gives maximum scope for creativity. These tracks can also be used to mount airline track accessories like TrackPin, Hangar, Handle, etc., and brackets can be mounted to the PixelBrick using the same track system.

The Titan LED engine and onboard battery pack offers five hours of full-brightness operation. Other major features include RGB Mint Amber for creating colours – from rich saturates to delicate pastels and white tones from 1,750K to 20,000K and a CRI and TLCI of 96 and above.

The fixture’s native 13-degree angle can be customised with the use of a 17-degree diffuser for a soft-light effect or a 30-degree flood filter to enable smooth coverage of larger surfaces and areas.

PixelBricks can be wirelessly controlled via the inbuilt LumenRadio CRMX DMX receiver and the units can also be run via wired DMX through an Astera PowerBox. Up to four PixelBricks can be daisy-chained using a single power / data combination cable, and units are compatible with the Titan PowerBox.

The AsteraApp can be used for local control, either via the ART7 AsteraBox or by directly connecting the PixelBrick fixtures to the App when ART7 is not being used. The rear panel display has dedicated buttons for brightness and colour adjustment for tweaking in stand-alone mode.

A PixelBrick set of eight units is available from Astera, complete with filters, a PowerBox charging flightcase complete with cables and connectors. The PowerBox can be used for in-case charging and to wire the lights – power and data over a single cable – for longer installations. A complete Accessories Set is also available.

Astera Sales Director, Sebastian Bückle stated: “We are really excited to bring this ultra-adaptable light that can be used for a zillion different occasions to the market. I think our customers will have plenty of fun with PixelBrick and use it imaginatively, discovering many previously impossible ways to light people, objects and environments!”