ARRI has introduced a new LED at IBC dubbed Orbiter that's chock-full of features based on its specs. The Orbiter is a completely new design grounded in versatility. The fixture is an ultra-bright, tunable, and directional LED, that according to ARRI, touts a six-color light engine to deliver a wide color gamut complete with outstanding color rendition across all color temperatures with smooth dimming from to 0 to 100%.  

Tech Specs

  • Changeable optics
  • Light Aperture: 45 mm / 1,78“
  • Beam Angle: 80° Half Peak Angle, without optics
  • Weight: Manual Version: approx. 15 kg / 33 lbs
  • Pole Op Version: approx. 16 kg / 37 lbs
  • Mounting: 28 mm Spigot (Junior Pin)
  • Tilt Angle: +/- 90°
  • Voltage Input Range: 100 - 260 V~, 50 - 60 Hz
  • Power Consumption: 400 W Nominal, 500 W Maximum
  • Color Rendition: CRI Average > 98; TLCI Average > 95
  • Smooth Dimming
  • Multiple Color Modes

ARRI OrbiterCredit: ARRI

Modular Optics

Orbiter can transform into many different types of lamp heads, including projection (profile), open face, and soft light. Its Quick Lighting Mount (QLM) allows for a slew of attachments for quick work on set and a universal QLM adapter creates a direct mounting point for Orbiter-specific Chimera and DoPchoice products. 

ARRI Spectra six-color LED

The company says the fixture has an output similar to corresponding HMI systems and because it's tunable, the Spectra light can still create hard shadows and defined edges. Orbiter has a red, green, blue, amber, cyan, and lime LED to produce its accurate colors and color rendition that stretches the entire CCT range of 2,000 to 20,000 K, and there isn't any color changes or jumps while dimming down to zero. 

ARRI OrbiterCredit: ARRI


New software called LiOS (Lighting Operating System) can remotely control Orbiter and includes all the features we've grown accustomed to with SkyPanel. LiOS has eight color modes that include CCT, HSI, individual color, x/y coordinates, gel and source matching, lighting effects, and one that measures ambient light and recreates it through Orbiter’s output. ARRI has also included simplified DMX modes and 240 slots to store your favorites. 

Removable Control Panel

Orbiter features a 4” full-color display, quick buttons and integrated sensors to navigate its features. ARRI has simplified its look to increase productivity; the control panel is removable and can be used handheld through the use of a 16.4 or 49.2 ft (5 or 15m) cable.  

ARRI OrbiterCredit: ARRI

Enhanced Connectivity

Orbiter is capable of ethernet daisy chaining with two EtherCON ports supporting Art-Net 4, sACN and TCP/IP. Other connections include two USB-A ports for updates and third-party peripherals. Two 5-pin XLR DMX ports can be used for conventional DMX and RDM communication in and through and a 3-pin XLR DC input for 48 V power station. There's an SD Card slot for software expansion and a USB-C port for computer communication. 

Full Suite of Sensors

A color sensor on the Orbiter can measure the ambient light. There's also a 3-axis accelerometer and magnetometer for sensing the pan, tilt, roll, and heading of the fixture. Finally, the Orbiter is outfitted with heat sensors for temperature and an ambient light sensor for dimming the control panel. 

ARRI OrbiterCredit: ARRI

Robust, weatherproof housing

Its aluminum cast body with bumpers made of reinforced plastic provides a weatherproof housing for outdoor applications and its top handle makes for easy transport. 

Pricing & Availability

Pricing will be announced by the end of the year and Orbiter will be available first quarter of 2020.  Find out more here.