ADJ chosen for The Rooftop in San Diego resort
Wednesday, 28 April 2021
rooftopRooftop entertainment on the Jamul Indian Village reservation
USA - Located on the Jamul Indian Village reservation, 20 miles east of downtown San Diego, the Jamul Casino attracts visitors from across southern California. In addition to gaming, it offers multiple restaurants, bars and lounges, the newest of which is The Rooftop.
Developed on the roof of the main casino building, it provides 360° views of the surrounding valley and is used for private parties as well as regular live music performances and theme nights. Having initially rented lighting for special events, earlier this year the casino’s management invested in a permanent house rig comprised of 80 ADJ fixtures.
For a number of years, AV support for the casino has been provided by CBC Technical Inc., located in nearby Temecula, CA. The company originally rented a lighting system to the casino for live music performances and special events at The Rooftop, following its completion last year. However, as the popularity of the venue grew and its events calendar expanded, they decided to invest in having a dedicated house rig permanently installed.
CBC Technical designed and supplied a versatile lighting system comprised exclusively of ADJ fixtures, the majority of which are IP65-rated due to the outdoor nature of the space. The company’s director of production services, Michael Hoffman, was responsible for designing the house plot, which is then adapted as necessary for special events and performances. Michael also serves as resident LD to the venue, coming in to setup custom looks for private parties or to run the lighting for featured special guest performers.
To create aerial effects, Michael uses four of ADJ’s Hydro Beam X2 IP65-rated moving head beam fixtures, which are located directly on the deck in the four corners of the stage on his house plot.
“The output on the Hydro Beam X2 is simply phenomenal,” enthuses Michael. “I was just blown away when I turned them on and got them up and running for the first time.”
The rig also features another fixture from ADJ’s Hydro series of IP65-rated moving heads, the Hydro Wash X19. Two of these luminaires are rigged to a truss hung from the roof canopy in front of the stage, while two additional fixtures are mounted from side bars, one at either edge of the stage.
“I love the brightness of the Hydro Wash X19,” states Michael, “they are really punchy, and the individual control of each diode has been phenomenal for colour mixing.”
To complement the moving head washes, Michael’s lighting design also incorporates 32 of ADJ’s 12P HEX IP fixtures. Spread across both the upstage and downstage truss, as well as the side rails, these fixtures allow the whole stage to be washed in an almost limitless palette of colours. In addition, two of ADJ’s 15 HEX BAR IP linear LED fixtures - which each feature 15 of the same 12W 6-in-1 HEX LEDs - are mounted to each of the side rails to provide side-fill color washes, while eight more of the fixtures are lined along the back of the stage to up-light the rear drape.
To illuminate the stage itself, Michael opted for 12 of ADJ’s new Encore Profile Pro Color LED-powered ellipsoidal fixtures.
In addition to this expansive static lighting rig, CBC also supplied the venue with 12 of ADJ’s Element HEXIP wireless par fixtures to be deployed as required for individual events to provide additional up-lighting or accent lighting.
Since the new lighting system was installed in late February, Michael has had the opportunity to put it through its paces for a variety of different performances and special events. These have included St. Patrick’s night, Mardi Gras and disco themed nights as well as live performances from Elton John and Ratpack tribute performers.

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