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Best Demo at CEDIA? Color LEDs Synced with Video

amBX and Coloronix turn ordinary movies, games and other video content into extraordinary light shows via $4,000 DMX controller. Integrates with Crestron, AMX, Control4.

amBX LED lighting system syncs Coloronix LEDs with video during CEDIA Expo 2011.
Julie Jacobson · September 9, 2011

LED lighting is exploding in the residential market, and colored LEDs are finding their way into more home theaters, playrooms, living rooms, swimming pools and more. So it stands to reason that DMX, the popular, mostly-European standard for controlling RGBW lights, might also find its way into more homes, even American ones.

Several companies at CEDIA Expo 2011 are demonstrating control systems for colored LEDS, using DMX to manage light intensity, coloring, and other characteristics.

But one of the most impressive is the new amBIENT XC from amBX, which syncs lighting effects with audio and video.

The company is sharing a booth with Coloronix, maker of RGBW light fixtures.

When amBX CEO Neil MacDonald launched a video at the booth, colored LEDs in pendant fixtures, LED strips and other form factors mimicked the action and coloring on the screen, essentially extending the effects through the entire space.

The system can be set to respond to music or video, and the programming – or lack thereof—couldn’t be simpler.

“If you were to ask Crestron or Control4 how to control LED lighting, they will tell you this is it,” says MacDonald. “There is no programming.”

Both control companies, as well as AMX, support the amBX system. Extra Vegetables, a developer of Control4 and other home-control applications, created a driver for amBX that is available through the Control4 4Store. (Extra Vegetables is also exhibiting at CEDIA)
The UK-based amBX was founded in 2008 by the inventors of the amBX technology, which was originally developed within Philips Research Labs. The company is distributing its products in the U.S. via Coloronix.

The amBIENT CX is reasonably priced, retailing for $4,000 (with a healthy margin for dealers). List price on the Coloronix fixtures range from $200 to $600. MacDonald says that, compared to other lighting control technologies, “DMX is relatively inexpensive to circuit. It can be a massive cost savings.”

Check them out at CEDIA Expo in booth 3373.

More DMX LED lighting control at CEDIA
iSKY LED lighting strips and DMX controller
BL Innovative Lighting

Video and lots of pics below.

If you think this is cool, watch the video!

Control4 driver from Extra Vegetables

amBIENT XC front panel

amBIENT XC front panel

amBIENT XC color settings


Coloronix remote


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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at

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