RC4 Wireless goes global with Lightwire
Tuesday, 23 April 2019
rc4Lightwire Theatre productions tour the world
USA - When it was time for Lightwire Theatre - the group behind touring productions The Ugly Duckling, Dino-Light, Moon Mouse and more - to step up its technical game, the venue turned to RC4 Wireless for wireless dimming and DMX needs.
“We use RC4Magic Series 3 [2.4GHz] transceivers with four and two channel dimmers; we wire into 12V inverters for EL [electroluminescent] wire. The [RC4] products are as low tech as you want or as high tech. I’m not even scratching the surface of what RC4 products can do, and it’s changed the way we can make shows,” notes Ian Carney, co-founder and performer at Lightwire.
The RC4Magic 2.4GHz Series 3 line of products are the firm’s most popular units, and has been a staple in theatres, theme parks and on concert tours. “My objective with RC4Magic, and all our Series 3 wireless dimmers, is power control for anything a props master or show electrician might need to manage. Along with LEDs, lamps, motors, and more, RC4 dimmers can drive electroluminescent materials, like EL wire. Ian and Lightwire have done a spectacular job of putting this functionality to use. Their award-winning work is beautiful and amazing to see. I love it,” says James David Smith, president and chief product designer at RC4 Wireless.
Lightwire shows travel the world, and take RC4 Wireless products along for the journeys. “All the units are being stored in non-climate-controlled environments, on things like ships going to China. If they’re sitting in the trailer and it’s freezing cold or it’s really hot, it doesn’t matter; we’ve never had an issue,” states Carney.
RC4 Wireless is more than just a wireless vendor to the team at Lightwire. “In terms of money, for a relatively small investment you are in a very solid world with RC4; they have great tech support and are an organisation who is going to be a partner with you. The quality, the service, and the flexibility is there for a company like ours. RC4 Wireless is not just for the big businesses,” says Carney.
(Jim Evans)

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