The Pharos TPC (Touch Panel Controller) is an elegant lighting controller with a customisable, 4.3″ capacitive touch screen, 512 channels of eDMX output and vast interfacing potential, all over a single Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) network connection. TPCs are available in a range of different coloured bezels and overlays.
Put Pharos in the room with the award winning Touch Panel Controller’s sleek styling, advanced lighting playback engine and fully integrated user interface.
With control of playback selection and lighting levels at your fingertips you can gracefully transition between scenes, timelines, effects and pixel-mapped media. The customisable touch screen user interface lets you create multiple pages of controls, configure their appearance and get immediate visual feedback.
Touch screen user interface is fully customisable using the free Pharos Designer software. Create multiple pages of controls including buttons, sliders, keypads and colour pickers, and configure their appearance and visual feedback. Make it eye-catching by importing your own graphics or picking from one of our attractive themes.
The intelligent Pharos Engine gives you complete control of your installation. Based on individually controllable and independently running timelines and scenes, it lets you build dynamic, precise, fully customisable pre-programmed lighting displays, all while giving you the freedom of real-time manual overrides, flexible multi-zone control, prioritisation and more.
Timing is everything. Whatever the stimulus, Pharos Trigger can handle it. You can control your lighting with responsive, reactive programming. Pharos Trigger is a rules engine that uses conditional logic and a broad range of interfaces and protocols. Send and receive any command, to and from any system. Conditional logic is supported, along with a powerful built-in scripting language for unlimited flexibility.
Design the big picture; control every pixel. Create a 2D map of your fixtures within the Designer software, then use Pharos Mapping to create visually striking effects or play video across the entire array. Powerful controls allow you to build maps fast with pixel precise adjustment.
The right fit for every installation. Multiple Pharos Controllers can be seamlessly linked together to work as one via a standard Ethernet network giving impressive scalability. For additional integration options simply add Remote Devices to further extend the network. Whether one Controller or many, it’s all easily programmed using our Designer software.
The control you need in your browser – from anywhere. Pharos Controllers can be connected to a network, making it possible for you to remotely manage your installation. The built-in web server lets you check the Controller’s status, inputs and outputs, trigger timelines, view a full history log and much more.
Be limited by your design brief, not your hardware. Our products support a vast range of different fixture types and can output multiple DMX-over-Ethernet (eDMX) lighting protocols at the same time. No other system gives you this level of flexibility and control over your project.
Programmed and configured using the free Pharos Designer 2 software – available for Windows or Mac OS X – with upload over Ethernet.
Hardware and firmware are self-sufficient, so no PC needs to be left on site. Rugged, compact unit designed for 24/7 operation and reliability.
DIN rail mounting companion product provides PoE power, DMX and DALI outputs, RS232 serial and 8 digital/analog inputs for triggering and integration. Together the TPC+EXT form a highly versatile, standalone control solution.
Microprocessor-based system supports firmware updates via the network from Designer software or the web interface.
5 Year Warranty
Designed and manufactured in the UK, with quality and reliability our top priority.
CE compliant; ETL/cETL listed; California Title 20/24 Compliant
Pharos control products are highly flexible, customiseable and scalable. Our controllers work seamlessly with our remote devices and accessories for a huge range of protocol options.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for below, please get in touch with one of our sales team who will be happy help you build a solution for your project.
LEDs in any colour configuration (RGB, RGBW, 8-bit, 16-bit, tuneable white)
Moving heads, yokes or scanners
Downlights, spotlights, uplights, etc. via controllable dimmers, relays or ballasts
Fountain jets for fountain animation or other animatronics
Pharos offers a cloud library with over 13,000 fixture profiles, for easy download of your luminaires
USITT E1.31 (with per fixture priority)
ArtNet, ArtNet II and ArtNet III (configurable broadcast override)
KiNET V1 (DMX out) and V2 (Port out); PDS/Data Enabler discovery
Pathway Connectivity protocol
Synchronises with up to 40 Pharos Controllers over network
Multiple protocols can be in operation simultaneously. Limited by patched channels, not universes used
Triggering & Integration
Commences playback automatically on receiving power
Buttons, sliders, colour picker, etc
Battery-backed real-time clock for calendar and time-based triggers
Sunrise/Sunset/Twilight and Lunar phases
Trigger on changes or entering a range
UDP, TCP, Multicast; send/receive any Ethernet message
sACN or Art-Net
MIDI Notes, SysEx or Timecode
Built-in or custom designed
Full conditional logic support
Lua scripting for total flexibility
Portrait or landscape
Free editable layouts
Any number of pages
Convenient and custom navigation via configurable navigation bars
Custom font support, including fonts with extended character sets e.g. Chinese, Korean, Japanese
Wide selection of themes available to download, or create your own with Designer’s theme editor
A wide array of customisable buttons, sliders, colour pickers, labels, keypads and clocks
Fully integrated with Pharos Trigger, so button states, graphics, and captions can change according to any number of preset triggers
Learning IR allows any standard remote control to be used to activate button presses/state changes
Keypad for PIN-code entry; multiple user levels
CE compliant, ETL/cETL listed
PoE (IEEE802.3af, Class 2) 4W typical
Removable SD Card (supplied)
0°C to 50°C (32°F to 122°F)
10-50% relative, non-condensing
Wall mounted, partly recessed in UK 2-gang 35mm or custom US 2.5” backbox (supplied separately)
0.25 kg (0.55 lbs)
20 x 15 x 12 cm (8″ x 6″ x 5″)
0.6 kg (1.3 lbs)
Hardware watchdog and recessed reset button
RJ45 socket for 10/100Base-TX Ethernet with Link/Data LEDs; Fixed IP or DHCP; Dual IP address for eDMX
4.3” capacitive touch; 480×272 24bpp; 340 cd/m2; magnetic overlay
Learning IR sensor for remote control
Order Code & Variants
Touch Panel Controller Black-on-Nickel (512 channels eDMX) *
Touch Panel Controller Black-on-Black (512 channels eDMX)
Touch Panel Controller Cream-on-Cream (512 channels eDMX)
Touch Panel Controller White-on-Nickel (512 channels eDMX)
Touch Panel Controller White-on-White (512 channels eDMX)
Extension for TPC connectivity (DMX, DALI, IO, serial, mains-powered)
* TPC BN is default colour and shipped as standard