Coachella 2012 Lights the California Desert with LumenRadio’s CRMX Nova

At this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Southern California, over 150,000 people enjoyed an eclectic lineup of performers, including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Radiohead, The Black Keys, and a special holographic appearance by the Lazarus of Rap, 2Pac.

Spanning six days over two weekends, the total event experience was enhanced by the dramatic lighting of the festival grounds, made possible with LumenRadio’s award-winning CRMX Nova wireless control. Two LumenRadio TX2 RDM transmitters controlled three DMX universes of 20 SyncroLite 7K searchlights, and 260 ColorKinetics ColorBlaze fixtures. Seventeen LumenRadio receivers were placed on remote lighting towers up to 1.2 km (three-quarters of a mile) from the control center.

Installed by Felix Lighting of La Mirada, CA, the LumenRadio units performed flawlessly, linking multiple universes of DMX in a wireless environment unusually full of radio traffic, including life-safety communication; numerous Facebook check-in stations; a special on-site AT&T cellular system; performance and production communications for the event’s six stages; and even the festival’s WiFi “Web” which operated in the same 2.4GHz spectrum as LumenRadio! At no time was LumenRadio’s performance hindered in any way, nor did the LumenRadio devices interfere with the other RF systems.

Felix Lighting President Dave McKinnon explains, “Based on our positive experience at Coachella last year, we were eager to use LumenRadio again this year. LumenRadio wireless control alleviates the problem of trenching cable to the remote towers. What makes LumenRadio shine is its ability to coexist with other signals in high-traffic wireless conditions. Everything went like clockwork, with the assistance of technical support provided by TMB and LumenRadio”.

LumenRadio’s CRMX (Cognitive Radio Multiplexer) technology represents the future of wireless lighting control. Unlike other systems which operate on the principle of overpowering other wireless traffic, LumenRadio actively searches for vacant spaces in the radio spectrum, and transmits at those frequencies. Furthermore, CRMX software allows the user to block out and not operate in specific areas of the frequency spectrum. LumenRadio products intelligently avoid interference with other wireless traffic, setting a new standard for performance and reliability.

TMB is exclusive distributor for LumenRadio in North America and the UK. For more information about Felix Lighting, visit their website at For more information about TMB, please visit