Liberty University chooses Ayrton
Monday, 18 March 2019
ayrton-mistral-at-liberty-university-smlThe Mistrals are mounted in truss in a multi-use event space
USA - Liberty University of Lynchburg has invested in a complement of Ayrton Mistral and Ghibli LED spot luminaires for a variety of uses on its campus.
The Mistrals were delivered last autumn to the Event Production department, which provides audio, video and lighting support for any event on campus, including concerts, conferences and speaking events. The Mistrals are mounted in truss in a multi-use event space, which hosts a wide array of entertainment programmes and gatherings.
“We were looking to replace the venue’s spots with an LED option,” recalls Amy Caun, lighting director/production technician with Event Production. “We didn’t want to worry about lamp life, power and heat, and we needed a fixture that was flexible enough for all of the events held in the event space.
“One of our technicians had seen Mistral at a trade show. Doug Mekanik, our rep at ACT Lighting, also recommended them to us and provided a demo unit for us to try out,” she says. “Mistral was the right size, and it was bright and flexible. We were impressed by its zoom, colour mixing, the saturated colour you can get without losing brightness, and the effects capabilities.”
Event Production purchased the fixtures from Barbizon and has been pleased with how “they really enhance the concerts and events we support”, including concerts by Red, Tedashii, Jenny & Tyler, and Peabod, she says. “They’re a great addition to the event space, and for smaller events they add texture on the walls and floor and colour around the room. We like the cool sparkle effects and the morphing capabilities between effects wheels.”
When Caun and her team have just taken delivery of Ayrton’s Ghibli LED spot luminaires for the auditorium in Liberty’s new School of Business, which is an installed venue still under construction but will function as both a lecture hall for classes and a venue for televised debates. “We need a front light option for the new auditorium, a space where the lights are not easily accessible,” Caun explains.
(Jim Evans)

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