V2 low energy solutions for summer events
Friday, 9 August 2019
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UK - Version 2 is supporting a growing number of crews with low energy solutions both in the studio and on location.
Working with a number of leading lighting directors, the Buckinghamshire based lighting rental specialists have supported coverage on a selection of premier summer events with products form their low energy inventory. First up was a visit to Worthy Farm, Somerset as broadcast partners for the BBC’s comprehensive coverage of the 2019 Glastonbury Festival.
Making use of a selection of V2 low energy fixtures, lighting director Oli Richards and gaffer Paul Evans made this year’s Glastonbury coverage a completely LED lit event. The Version 2 team deployed a pair of lighting trucks to help deliver the look for both the ‘live studio’ areas and the considerable number of interviews held remotely across the vast festival site.
The studio set-ups mixed Martin’s MAC Aura Wash and Rush Par 2 with Litepanels Gemini 2 x 1 Soft Panels to provide a blend of soft, even illumination and controllable colour. To complete the look, LED ribbon was added for extra sparkle throughout the set. For the location spots, V2 sent out their Litepanels Astra LED Soft Panel kits.
Heading to London SW18, the Version 2 team joined LD Malcolm Reed for ESPN’s coverage of Wimbledon 2019. As one of the largest on-site broadcasters, ESPN delivered over 145 hours of TV to over 3m viewers throughout the entire Championships.
Covering the action from every angle, the set-up required the custom install of two main studios plus lighting of numerous remote interview areas, including the panoramic roof top 'Orchard' Studio and multiple commentary boxes.
Working with electricians Andrew Baskeyfield, David Francis and Mark Gardiner plus console operator Shaun Burnett, Version 2 once again met the lighting requirement with a comprehensive LED package. Litepanels LED Soft Panels delivered power efficient illumination to the studio set-ups. The crew also included ETC’s Source Four Lustr Series 2 and Daylight Series 2 for additional versatility and colour; perfect for every game, set and match.
Version 2 managing director Nick Edwards comments, “We have steadily built up a broad selection of LED alternatives to traditional TV light sources, such as tungsten and fluorescent. Earlier in the year we added a large number of Source 4 Lustr fixtures to our inventory, in particular, the daylights come into their own on Summer OB projects, with superb output even on the brightest of days.
“A popular choice with LDs these new Source 4s have quickly proven to be an ideal investment to sit alongside ‘workhorse’ products such as our stock of Gemini’s - which go out on almost every project we service.”
V2 helped serve up another round of live tennis action at Queens Club, supporting LD Mike Le Fevre and Gaffer Dave Scrivens, lighting Amazon’s coverage of the Fever Tree Championships, part of the ATP World Tour 500 series.
Edwards adds: “It’s absolutely great to see our low energy products now being specified on a broad mix of live and studio-based projects. The crews we support are using these fixtures to their full potential to deliver sustainable lighting that looks great.”
(Jim Evans)

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