Let’s compare the Chauvet Professional Rogue R2 Wash and the Chauvet Professional Rogue R2X Wash moving lights. In this article, we’ll explain the differences between the older R2 Wash and the newer R2X Wash.

Quick Answer: The Chauvet Rogue R2X Wash and R2 Wash share many of the same features and design elements. The two main upgrades seen in the R2X are a 25% increase in brightness and the addition of RDM compatibility.

Chauvet Rogue R2 Wash vs R2X Wash Similarities

Although we’re here to compare the differences, it’s worth noting the features the R2 and R2X Wash moving lights have in common.

  • Chassis Size & Shape
  • 19 LEDs
  • I/O
    • PowerCon Input
    • PowerCon Output
    • 3 Pin DMX Input
    • 3 Pin DMX Output
    • 5 Pin DMX Input
    • 5 Pin DMX Output
  • Very similar menu system
  • Macros and internal software

LED Power & Brightness

The first of two main upgrades that the Chauvet R2X Wash has over the R2 is the power of its LEDs. Both models have 19 LEDs. The R2 has 15 W LEDs, while the newer R2X has 25 W LEDs.

What does this mean in terms of brightness? At 5 m, the R2X puts out 10,000 lumens, while the R2 puts out 8,500. That’s around a 20-25% difference.

RDM Compatibility

Although the Chauvet Rogue R2 and R2X lights share the same I/O, the R2X can now speak RDM. This allows you to set addresses and do many other interesting things with the fixture remotely, removing the need to get hands-on to change settings.

Bear in mind that your console has to be RDM friendly for this to work, as do any networking nodes and switches.

Using The Chauvet Rogue R2 Wash & R2X Wash Together

What happens if you want to bring both of these lights to an event? Ideally, you want them both to perform more or less the same. Thankfully, there are a few ways to achieve this.

  • Use the calibration menu on the R2X
    This allows you to calibrate the brightness of each color LED. We wish they created an R2 legacy mode that made all of the adjustments automatically.
  • Use your console
    Create two different fixture groups and set the maximum value of the R2X group to 80%.

You can power 4 of these lights together on a single 15 A circuit in any combination. Surprisingly the R2X moving wash only consumes 7 W more than the R2.

Chauvet Rogue R2 Wash vs R2X Wash Specs

Rogue R2 WashRogue R2X Wash
TypeMoving-head WashMoving-head Wash
Control ProtocolDMXDMX, RDM
DMX3-pin XLR I/O, 5-pin I/O3-pin XLR I/O, 5-pin I/O
DMX Modes15, 17, 22, 33, 54, or 5615, 17, 22, 33, 54, or 56
LED19 x 15W LEDs19 x 25W LEDs
LED TypeQuad-color RGBWQuad-color RGBW
Illuminance8,650 lux @ 5 m10,000 lux @ 5 m
Beam Angle8° to 30°8° to 30°
Pan & Tilt540°/230°540°/230°
Power Consumption339 W, 2.8A @ 120 V 346 W, 2.8 A @ 120 V
Power SupplyPowerCon AC I/OPowerCon AC I/O
Weight20.4 lbs22.8 lbs