Elation for new Welsh language studio
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
cwmni-da-studiodim-byd4The studios produce a broad spectrum of programmes
UK - When independent Welsh production company Cwmni Da converted their open plan office into a new studio earlier this year, in the town of Caernarfon on the northwest coast of Wales, the award-winning television producers sought to minimize their carbon footprint by installing a more energy-efficient lighting system.
Lighting company Lumio Media obliged by suggesting, specifying and installing an LED lighting package of TV-optimized Elation Professional luminaires.
Cwmni Da produces a variety of television content for Welsh-language broadcasters S4C and C4, as well as the BBC.
“Cwmni Da is a green company and they were keen to use all LED lighting in the new studio,” stated John Penny Williams, lighting director at Lumio Media, who supplied and installed the full lighting rig, as well as scaffolding and all the distribution electrics and data for the project. “Once I explained the benefits of LED to them and suggested the Elation LED lighting system, they were on board.”
John first saw Elation’s new KL Fresnel line of warm-white LED Fresnel lights at 2017’s PLASA trade show in London, later demoed the KL Fresnel 8 and liked what he saw. He subsequently ordered six KL Fresnel 8 and four KL Fresnel 6 fixtures for the new Cwmni Da studio. “I was impressed by the power of the KLs,” he said, noting that it’s the first Fresnel key light he has used in which the barndoors actually work. “They give a nice, clean cut which lets you control the light much better.”
Also specified for use in the studio, and another white light luminaire that John says he has been impress with, are eight Elation TVL Panel DW softlights, a dynamic white luminaire with 480 cool white and 480 warm white LEDs and linear color temperature control.
When more colourful looks are required the studio has 10 TVL CYC RGBW cyclorama wall wash luminaires at its disposal to provide floods of seamlessly blended colour or variable white colour temperature looks.
The Cwmni Da studio conversion from an open office space to a television studio occurred from January to March 2018 with the lighting install completed in late March. John Penny says that the installation started as one studio but has since expanded to two studios with the Elation gear moving back and forth as needed.
(Jim Evans)

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