White Light Coemar LEDko Challenge winners

Tuesday, 16 October 2012
White Light Coemar LEDko Challenge winnersWhite Light's Michelle Chasteen with LEDko Challenge winners Laura Beecham, Philly Bean, Hannah Puckering, and their instructor Stuart Pardoe (photo: Martin Smith, Origin8 Photography)
UK - A few months ago, entertainment lighting specialist White Light teamed up with lighting manufacturer Coemar to announce the opening of the Coemar LEDko Challenge UK, a chance to win a package of Coemar's acclaimed, innovative Reflection LEDko LED lighting fixtures. The competition invited individuals and groups across the UK to submit a short video or storyboard showing their outdated lighting rig and explaining why they would benefit from an upgrade to Coemar LEDko fixtures for their theatre space.

Submissions were accepted through mid-September and the entries were judged by White Light staff. On30 September, as part of White Light's Amateur Theatre & Schools Open Day, the winner was revealed to a crowd of more than 120 visitors. Richmond upon Thames College won the coveted prize with their creative video submission and will now receive six Coemar LEDko LED fixtures to revamp their theatre space. The students responsible for the video - Laura Beacham, Philly Bean, Lauren Powell and Hannah Puckering - were surprised and excited to learn they had earned the prize for their school.

Pepe Gudino, head of performing arts for Richmond upon Thames College, was also pleased to hear about the students' accomplishment and what it would mean for the college saying, "This achievement reflects the freedom of expression given to our performing arts students and the encouragement, inspiration and quality of our teaching the department. The prize itself means that the students will now be able to produce higher quality lighting, more easily for forthcoming productions. The benefits are huge for the students who will be the next generation of technicians and designers."

Reflection LEDko is an LED lighting system designed to replace familiar existing lighting tools - framing profile spots, and Fresnel or PC wash lights - with new LED equivalents that behave as the older lanterns do while enjoying all of the advantages LEDs bring, particularly energy efficiency, long, reliable working life and the ability to operate without the need for external dimmers.

The Coemar LEDko offers a choice of three light sources which are LEDko White 3200K - a high output fixed white, LEDko VariWhite 3000/7000K - an adjustable white source, and LEDko Full Spectrum - full range colour with at source colour mixing that eliminates multiple coloured shadows. The college will receive their choice of light source for the six fixtures.

With the addition of the new LEDko fixtures to their theatre space, students at Richmond upon ThamesCollege will be able to do more than ever with their lighting rig. They will also be able to spend more time learning about lighting, rather than fixing and maintaining outdated equipment.

(Jim Evans)

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