Musikmesse 2013: American DJ WiFly Portable LED Lighting

Wireless Mixer

It's a wireless mixer, but this one's for lighting, not audio. American DJ's WiFly could revolutionise the portable lighting market and find a whole new niche for itself.

You know how we love doing things in new ways here at Digital DJ Tips. We love clever portable, good value and modern ways of doing things. So we fell in love instantly with the American DJ WiFly lighting concept. Basically, WiFly replaces lighting cables with a wifi system. You have a small DMX mixer (DMX is to lighting what Midi is to audio), that connects wirelessly to your lighting system. the lights themselves would probably be modern, compact LED and battery driven, although this system can work with any lighting via various "breakout" boxes to have wired lights involved too.

Using such a system, you can use front-of-house lights, uplighting, washes and so on as part of your personal lighting system for your shows, all lightweight, portable and without having to install tens of metres of heavy cable. This means you can take and set up lights at your shows with a fraction of the hassle of before. With DJing becoming increasingly about differentiating yourself from the next guy, adding a portable lighting rig to your set-up would for many DJs be a smart move, and modern LED lights combined with wireless control could be set to make that a possibility for millions of DJs who previously couldn't afford or weren't attracted to the available lighting systems.

We'll ask American DJ if they can put together a typical starter rig for review, so watch this space for that, but meanwhile here's a video with a bit more explanation and a look at some of the gear:

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Does this kind of system tempt you to add some lighting to your rig? do you already have a lighting system that works for you? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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Comments

  1. Klaus Mogensen says:

    Some om the ADJ lights LED DMX light looks amazing even though they are very cheap

    I guess it takes some getting use to to have them battery driven, but it would be so much easier to just unfold a light stand, with the lights already attached to it, and have it running 4 DMX controlled effects just like that. I could see myself doing that on small mobile gigs

    Best regards
    Klaus

  2. DJ Forced Hand says:

    Try to remember that wireless means “the possibility of interference”… wireless power means “at some point the batteries will run out” and you’ll typically trade brightness (or intensity) for duration when you have batteries power lights. I actually like the idea of wireless lights for places you can’t (safely) get a cable to, but I really don’t like battery-powered lights. My personal experience with American DJ products is that they’re made as cheap (and flimsy) as possible and the image of the controller seems to confirm my thoughts. I see that the controller focuses mainly on colors and chases, but can it handle Intelligent Lights or Ballyhoos?

    Leprecon, Chauvet, Elation, Blizzard and Luminair make wireless DMX boxes as well. At least explore other options and weight your needs versus your money before making a decision. You will at least make an informed decision.

  3. I have 14 different ADJ lights and they are all quite good lights, all of them are DMX. They work well so no complaints from me. I have several other lights by other brands too. I’m really interested in the Wifly transciver (getting 2 or more) I allready have 2 dmx controllers and also the ADJ MyDMX. I would use the wierless so I can have lights on bout ends of the room. I whis they would make an WIFI DMX bar. I have 3 DMX bars that have 4 par cans connected all the time but I still need to connect a DMX cable between them. I’m not so interested in battery powered lights as you would need to charge them every 8 hours or so. During summer we have festivals and gigs that last a whole weekend so they would not hold the charge.
    The good thing about LED is my whole setup uses less power then if I had 4 1000W Par 64 halogen lights.
    Many of these ADJ LED light can be dasychained so you could have 30 flat pars conneted to one power socet.

  4. I too, don’t care for the battery power. But just being able to control the lights plugged into the other side of the room is fantastic. I think a transmitter to plug existing DMC controllers into, would really be ideal. Basically a transmitter & receiver for your existing setup would be a winner!!

  5. King of Snake says:

    i like to see an ipad/android app doing the same..

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