Lighting News

anolis-light23-expo-london-3Anolis enjoys successful LiGHT23
Thursday, 7 December 2023

UK - The LiGHT23 expo, staged in London for the second year, stepped up several levels according to the team from specialist architectural LED lighting brand Anolis, which showcased its three current main product lines - Calumma, Ambiane and Eminere - at the two-day event in Islington’s Business Design Centre.
The show, which launched in 2022, has been developed as a forum and a meeting place for the design community. Manufacturers can demonstrate their latest technologies and lighting designers, architects, interior, exterior and visual designers can gather to see the latest innovations and attend a full programme of talks, panel discussions and seminars embracing topics and issues relevant to the built environment world.
“Visitor numbers were definitely up, especially on the first day, and we saw a steady stream of high-quality people on both days from a broad spectrum of the industry, from lighting designers and architects to integrators, installers and end users,” commented Ashley Popple, Anolis’ London & Southeast business development manager.
He added: “Apart from a great buzz, it was also a convincing networking event at which we saw existing clients and made plenty of new contacts, also providing some excellent opportunities to touch base with a range of busy industry professionals who are sometimes difficult to otherwise pin down!”
The first night ‘social’ and late opening offered less formal but equally valuable social engagement time, and Ashley felt that the extended opening hours also drew many people for the

pyroABTT to stage pyro safety training event
Thursday, 7 December 2023

UK - ABTT’s popular Pyrotechnic Safety Awareness Training was a sell out in September 2023, and booking is now open for the 2024 course which takes place on 11January at The Elgiva Theatre, Chesham.
Equipment and devices used, demonstrated or viewed during the course include products from: Le Maitre: Pyroflash - ProStage II - Virtually Smokeless (VS) - Illusion - Skyhigh - Torch - Blakes - Viking - Theatrical Pyrotechnics - Wells - Ultratec - LunaTech - PyyroPak.
The course will provide candidates with an opportunity to keep ‘up to date’ with ‘considered best practice’ and familiarise themselves more readily with new and current regulations, alongside forthcoming UK/EU legislation.
The course will also serve as a refresher for technicians who have to produce certificates of awareness, to keep themselves ‘in date’. The candidates will also receive a comprehensive set of notes and subject to satisfactory completion of the course, will receive a certificate, signed by the tutor, and automatic enrolment with the Association of Stage Pyrotechnicians register.

glpalligatoahAlligatoah’s ‘Retour’ continues with GLP
Wednesday, 6 December 2023

Germany - The artist Alligatoah is not easy to pin down. He marries rap with catchy pop melodies, slips into ever-changing personae and has been delighting large audiences for years with his overall package. The theatricality certainly suits him, and in 2023, this phenomenon of German rap will continue with the latest leg of his Retour, which will introduce tracks from the current album Rotz & Wasser.
Christoph Schneider is responsible for the lighting design on this tour, which is promoted by ibb Booking and Boldt Berlin. He specified 46 GLP JDC1, 10 JDC Line 1000 and five impression X5 Wash to fulfil the artist’s vision.
“Alligatoah is a very creative person who is heavily involved in the show design,” states Christoph. “He designed most of the set himself, as well as the intro and choreography for individual songs. To complement this, I created the lighting design and programmed the show, further developing Alligatoah’s ideas and bringing the concept to life. This influenced, for example, the positions of the risers in the individual songs and the question of when everything stands still or when (and how much) it moves.” The artist himself made the prop selection for the individual songs.
In keeping with the musician’s passion for theatrics, the show is divided into three acts: Act 1 takes place in a parcel sorting office, Act 2 takes place outdoors, where the packages are delivered (including using illuminated drones), and Act 3 is set in a monochrome orange world, that initially doesn't bode well.
The show

nbroadlsi2023Senior changes at LSI Projects
Tuesday, 5 December 2023

UK - LSI Projects director Bob Peill has left the company after three decades. The company expresses its gratitude for his pivotal role in achieving significant milestones that have defined its success from the first projects in China in the early 90s up to and including one of the company’s largest projects to date in the form of the New Cairo Opera House in Egypt.
Stepping into the role of projects director is Nick Broad who has a proven track record in systems integration, project management and consultancy.
Nick joins the company as LSI completes projects at Bristol Beacon, and Sadler’s Wells in Stratford East, and continue work on Hertford Theatre, Theatr Clwyd in North Wales and the Royal Arts Complex in Riyadh.
Brenda Dunsire, managing director of LSI, comments: “We will be forever grateful to everything Bob has committed to LSI over the years playing a fundamental role in shaping the company it is today and he will be sorely missed. It is time however for LSI to look to the next 30 years and the appointment of Nick aligns seamlessly with our strategic vision for the future.”

brentretirementOriginal Bandit Brent Barret retires
Tuesday, 5 December 2023

USA - Bandit Lites has announced that an original Bandit, Brent Barrett, has moved into his retirement. Brent, along with founder Michael T. Strickland, first met in grade school in Kingsport, Tennessee. Neither knew this meeting would culminate in a strong bond and friendship that would last both a full career and a lifetime.
While Bandit began in junior high school, the real work began as Barrett and Strickland attended The University of Tennessee together. Barrett was pursuing a degree in food and lodging with an intention to be in the hospitality industry. After a Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn tour while in college, Barrett never looked back. Both Strickland and Barrett indeed finished their degrees, and at the same time toured and ended up in their lifelong careers.
“Brent and I grew up together,” stated Strickland. “We have been best friends since grade school. We lived every phase of life together and know more about one another than anyone else. To sum up Brent Barrett is easy: He is a friend. Period.”
Barrett toured with numerous artists in the early days including Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Kenny Rogers, Blackfoot, Def Leppard, Molly Hatchet, and many others. He then transitioned into the role of lighting director and production manager with Alabama. This is a position he would hold for 23 years. Indeed, most people in the industry remember Barrett as the jovial gentleman that ran the amazing Alabama show for many years.
When it was time to retire from the road, Barrett moved into the role of director of business developm

dwwlight-responsiblybannerlandscapeDW Windsor promotes responsible lighting
Tuesday, 5 December 2023

UK - Exterior lighting solutions provider DW Windsor has unveiled its Light Responsibly initiative to support and promote responsible lighting practices.
Announced at the LiGHT 23 Expo in London, the new initiative aims to provide lighting specifiers with the tools and guidance needed to eliminate light pollution, conserve energy, cut waste and help protect biodiversity. It consolidates several long-standing principles the British luminaire manufacturer upholds and underlines its commitment to delivering sustainable lighting solutions.
The initiative outlines five key areas where DW Windsor can assist lighting professionals, helping to educate key stakeholders and support considered lighting designs. It includes the adoption of precise optics and light shields, warmer colour temperatures, adaptive lighting controls, highly efficient LEDs, and the embracing of circular economy principles.
DW Windsor addresses these crucial areas through its product design, innovative technologies, advanced manufacturing processes and local supply chain. For example, several DW Windsor luminaires are now DarkSky Approved, meaning they don’t pollute the night sky.
Alan Grant, design and Development director at DW Windsor, explains: “Lighting has a significant impact on our lives and the functions of our urban spaces. When carried out responsibly, in line with best practices, good lighting can enhance the built environment while providing social, environmental, and economic benefits.”
Demonstrating how the initiative integrates more broadly across the

the-warehouse-projectphoto-by-connor-hill8Elation lights The Warehouse Project
Tuesday, 5 December 2023

UK - Manchester-based dbnAudile has served as event technology providers for The Warehouse Project ever since the series of popular club nights debuted in 2006. This year, seeking a new linear lighting effect that could do more while ensuring operation in wet conditions, the company turned to Elation’s versatile Proteus Rayzor Blade.
The Warehouse Project, which runs from September through New Year’s Eve, features acclaimed DJs and musicians as well as less established artists, and is continually rated as one of the best dance/DJ club venues in Europe. dbnAudile handles audio, lighting, video and rigging for the project’s run, which has been held in the refurbished Mayfield Depot in Manchester since 2019.
Pete Robinson project manages the operation for dbnAudile and has served as lighting designer since The Warehouse Project’s inception. He explains that the 10,000-capacity former railway station is a significantly bigger venue than the previous location and therefore required upscaled production.
“Each year we try to find an upgrade or change in design to keep the look fresh and interesting and this year we were looking for something more interesting than the LED bars we’ve been using the past few years,” he commented, acknowledging head of lighting Dale Wilson and main room desk operator Colm Whaley as important collaborators on the project.
“The Rayzor Blades jumped out at us not only because they are brighter and punchier than the previous LED bars we were using, but with the strobe effect and sparkle feature we felt th

suspektAyrton Zonda 9 throws a light on Suspekt
Tuesday, 5 December 2023

Denmark - Hip hop band, Suspekt, appeared in a one-off date at Copenhagen's 47,000 capacity National Parken Stadium in September. Suspekt is renowned for playing with cool lighting effects and Ayrton was delighted that its Zonda 9 fixtures were chosen for the dramatic lighting system that included 168 Zonda 9 Wash and Zonda 9 FX fixtures.
Zonda 9 Wash is the first luminaire in a new family of Ayrton products devised for stage lighting, equipped with a high-performance 40W LED source with RGB+W additive colour synthesis. The lighting was supplied by VIGSØ, Denmark, and the striking lighting and stage design was provided by Johnny Thinggaard of CMY.
Thinggaard elaborated on his choice of lighting: “The concert was a one-day event and the band's biggest show to date. I chose to use the Zonda 9 Wash because of its large light surface - I really like the way that the lamp provides such a great visual fill for this type of show. In fact, the entire show was based on the Wash style. Not a single gobo. For me, it is about creating space and emotions - and since this is a hip hop band, I didn't think profile lamps would fit the style. I also chose Zonda 9 as I needed a lamp that could light from a height of 20m all the way down to the floor. There is a lot of light in the Zonda 9 and it mixes colours really nicely.”
The strong and colourful design for the show and the rapping, hard-hitting style of the band required some strong, punchy lighting. Arraying the Zonda 9 Washes in 10 pods of four x three units, plus a row of 48 more on the floor upstage, Th

adjLDI 2023: ADJ majors on versatility
Monday, 4 December 2023

USA - Alongside showcasing a selection of fixtures from the company’s existing catalogue of professional luminaires through a lightshow programmed by concert LD Steve Kosiba, ADJ Lighting will use the LDI tradeshow to exclusively introduce many exciting new products.
Visitors to the expo will be the first to discover the new Vizi Beam CMY automated beam luminaire, the ElectraPix series of lime-infused hex LED wireless bars and par, the next generation Aria X2 wireless DMX system, and the much-anticipated IP-rated additions to the popular Jolt Series of multifunction LED strobe/wash fixtures.
Popular with concert lighting designers and nightclub integrators alike, ADJ’s Jolt Series features a collection of potent fixtures which each feature brilliant bright white strobe/blinder LEDs combined with multicoloured chase effects in the same versatile unit. Taking the series to the next level, the new Jolt Bar FXIP offers the same creative potential but that can be utilized outdoors in any weather conditions. The IP65-rated linear fixture features a central strip of 112 x 5-Watt cool white SMD LEDs, surrounded on both sides by a total of 448 (significantly brighter) 1.5W RGB colour mixing SMD LEDs.
The next evolution in ADJ’s popular Vizi Series of automated luminaires, the new Vizi Beam CMY is a powerful and feature-packed dedicated beam fixture. Harnessing the full potential of the 310W Osram Sirius HRI discharge lamp, paired with precision engineered optics, it generates a potent and crisp 2-degree beam that is ideal for generating awe-inspiring

fusionx-par18zLDI 2023: GLP Spaceship take off in Vegas
Monday, 4 December 2023

USA - GLP (German Light Products) will showcase its innovative portfolio in a future-oriented design, on stand #194. The company invites trade fair visitors to climb aboard its all-white ‘GLP Spaceship’, which will also provide the setting for ‘a very special world premiere’.
GLP's JDC1 Hybrid Strobe is a popular standard that set new standards when it was originally introduced. The JDC2 upgrade will be shown for the first time at LDI.
Larger, significantly brighter than the JDC1, IP65-certified and equipped with a still under-wraps secret special feature, the JDC2 is ‘set to revolutionise the world of professional show lighting again’. Visitors to the stand can look forward to a newly designed show that breaks from the classic light shows at the exhibition stand.
After the successful market launch of the impression X5 Wash 2021, the impression X5 IP Maxx is an even more powerful sister device for applications from greater distances and - thanks to the IP65 version - also outdoors.
The GLP impression X5 IP Maxx emits an extraordinary luminous flux of up to 24,000 lumens with an expanded colour space, from 37 powerful 40W RGBL LEDs. Like all devices in the X5 series, the X5 IP Maxx is equipped with the new iQ.Gamut colour algorithm, which means it always offers a clean white point with a CRI 90+ / TLCI 90 at 6,500 Kelvin.
Like the impression X5 Wash, the impression X5 IP Maxx also offers an extensive effects package. The new 16:1 zoom mechanism allows a penetrating 3.5° parallel beam as well as a homogeneous wash up to 60°.

claypakyrhapsodyaLDI 2023: Claypaky showcases with ARRI
Monday, 4 December 2023

USA - Claypaky is returning to LDI again to present its recently launched products. The joint display, in Booths (179, 279, 285) in the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Centre, will feature the company’s top-of-the-line products for the entertainment industry.
Besides all the new products and innovative technologies shown, it is also the first time since ARRI’s acquisition of Claypaky, that the two companies will be exhibiting together at LDI, thus presenting a broader product portfolio in addition to the entertainment-oriented product range.
On debut will be Rhapsodya - a high power, low-noise multi-spectral - LED based fixture designed for a variety of applications such as theatre, TV production, touring and live events. It uses a custom 1200W multicolour RGBAL LED engine, capable of a 24,000-lumen output.
Rhapsodya incorporates AccuTone, a sophisticated, internally developed firmware algorithm for a precise control over the beam in a multicolour LED engine, providing vibrant, rich colours and a balanced, consistent white, optimised for both stage and TV.
Colorstring is a new system enabling an individual control of four independent LED stripes within the engine for a high level of graphics and colour effects.
With Xtylos, the first laser-sourced moving light beam fixture in the entertainment lighting, Claypaky has shaped a new era of moving heads.
Skylos, the most recent member of the laser family, is an ultra-versatile and weather-resistant fixture is much appreciated in the touring sector, where LDs are constantly

vl2600-series-fixturesLDI 2023: Vari-Lite promotes sustainability
Monday, 4 December 2023

USA - Vari-Lite has announced a new, higher output light engine upgrade for their workhorse VL2600 Series fixtures. The light engine upgrade provides significantly higher output to the popular line of moving head luminaires while aligning with Signify’s commitment to sustainability by promoting circular economy, minimising waste by extending the existing product lifecycle rather than making iterative new versions, for a positive impact on the environment and society.
Originally released in the spring of 2018, the VL2600 Series is, to date, one of the most popular Vari-Lite fixtures ever produced. Boasting a profile, wash, and spot version, the VL2600 Series is a full family of fixtures with a broad colour palette, a wide range of features, and a consistent light engine across the series. It’s possible to rent a VL2600 Series luminaire on every continent on the globe, and the new easily replaceable light engine increases sustainability by extending the life of these highly specified light fixtures with notably higher output and the same great features.
“The VL2600 Series is now entering its seventh year of production, and it’s amazing to see how little technology and feature trends have changed in that time,” says Martin Palmer, Vari-Lite product management and marketing leader at Signify. “Although technology in areas such as the efficiency of LEDs may have improved, the core technologies and needs for fixtures like the VL2600 Profile have not shifted that much. That’s why the VL2600 Series still remains competitive, even against new competi

zurich2photocredit-fabio-kramerChauvet lights Zurich Open Air Festival
Monday, 4 December 2023

Switzerland - The Zurich Open Air Festival, held over three days in suburban Glattbrugg, features artists from an array of genres, from ballads to electronic beats, and hard rock anthems to indie tunes. Jazz, blues, and folk join the diverse mix for good measure. The artists on stage at this year’s (10th annual) rendition of the festival, included Robbie Williams, Zara Larsson, Bastian Baker, The Killers, The Chainsmokers and Paul Kalkbrenner.
The production design on the 2023 festival’s substantial main stage also embodied a very diverse range of creative inputs. Defined by two high towers, each with a large vertically-oriented video wall at its base, the towers were connected by horizontal rows of lights. Other rows of lights extended from each wall and sloped down to smaller stage left and stage right columns.
Contributing to the rich visual panorama was a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied and installed by FeedBack Show Systems & Service, which provided all video, audio, and lighting services on the main stage.
The spectator area around the main stage at this year’s festival was designed to resemble a rock concert arena. FeedBack Show System & Service’s rig accentuated this mood with its bold towering lighting displays, abundance of blinders for audience lighting, synchronised pixel mapped effects, and linear lighting arrange to extend the impression of the stage.
Key to helping in this effort were the rig’s 24 Color Strike M motorised fixtures. Drawing on the two ultra-bright white tube elements in the

directoutAudio & Vision to distribute DirectOut
Monday, 4 December 2023

Greece - DirectOut and Audio & Vision have joined forces to establish an exclusive partnership for distribution in Greece. With this strategic alliance, Audio & Vision will now serve as the official distributor of DirectOut products in Greece.
Audio & Vision has established itself as a reliable provider of premium AV products and services in Greece since the beginning of their activities in 1998.
"We are proud to add DirectOut to our distribution portfolio in Greece," says Mr. Alkis Kotsifas, general manager of Audio & Vision. "With a 25-year track record in the professional audio, video and lighting solutions sector, we have been committed since the foundation of our company to provide our customers with the highest quality of products and services. We seek the best partners worldwide to achieve our goals, and our new partnership with DirectOut is a testament to our determination."
Audio & Vision acts across various sectors within the AV industry, including installation, touring, broadcast, and recording. By incorporating DirectOut’s innovative solutions into their offerings, they are equipped to meet the diverse demands of signal distribution, conversion, routing, and processing.
Lorenzo Sassi, business development manager, comments: "We are thrilled to partner with Audio & Vision in Greece. This partnership marks an important step for the future, and we are confident that our combined expertise will bring innovative and high-quality solutions to the Greek market."

cable-testerProlight invests in testing equipment
Friday, 1 December 2023

Europe - Prolight is reinforcing its commitment to excellence in cable manufacturing through a substantial investment in cutting-edge testing equipment. The collaboration with Distro Design yielded a remarkable achievement when tasked with developing a new cable tester.
The Cirris powered tester manufactured by Distro Design for Prolight is the largest to date with over 380 test points. This tester was a great challenge, something we relish doing. Working with Prolight was seamless and very easy something we hear a lot around the industry. They are a growing company with a great reputation we are immensely proud to have been asked to work with them in designing ‘the beast’,” says Distro Design MD, Ben Stearn.
Chris Beesley, product sourcing manager at Prolight says: “As the cable department grows here at Prolight, our need for a centralised, rapid test facility has far outgrown the large collection of individual, single function cable and appliance testers. After reviewing a number of options, it was clear we needed a custom-built option, configured not only for the most common plug to socket cables but also with the capability of testing more complex cables such as socapex spiders and motor looms.”
This strategic investment emphasises Prolight's dedication to upholding the highest standards of quality in cable production. The integration of advanced testing equipment not only ensures superior manufacturing but also enhances operational efficiency. Prolight is now equipped to provide comprehensive testing documentation along with cables, a

dmxcat-e-hardware-and-smartphone-app-1-straight-viewLDI 2023: City Theatrical debuts DMXcat-E
Friday, 1 December 2023

USA - City Theatrical will be introducing three new solutions available for demonstration in Booth 809 at LDI, including the DMXcat-E, Multiverse Connect Module, and Wing Nut Socket. These products are expansions of City Theatrical’s award-winning DMXcat Multi Function Test Tool system, family of Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM technology, and expansive hardware collection.
City Theatrical will also be offering an LDI event giveaway of one DMXcat Multi Function Test Tool or RadioScan Spectrum Analyser, at the winner’s choice, to one randomly selected event participant who registers with the City Theatrical team in Booth 809 before the event concludes. The winner will be announced via email one week after the show.
Available to demonstrate at LDI Show 2023 and shipping in 2024, City Theatrical’s new DMXcat-E (P/N 6100) is an expansion to City Theatrical’s DMXcat Multi Function Test Tool system of solutions that allows for Ethernet control of a lighting fixture. In addition to all the functions DMXcat users currently enjoy, including utilisation of the DMXcat free smartphone application for iPhone and Android to plan, install, operate, and maintain theatrical and studio lighting equipment, DMXcat-E allows users to view and send Ethernet protocols, including ArtNet and Streaming ACN (sACN).
DMXcat-E also allows users to perform cable testing of five-pin XLR and Ethernet cables via an included external remote.
DMXcat-E can read SMPTE timecode as well as MIDI timecode and regular MIDI for audio and other entertainment projects. DMXcat-E uses

chauvet-ldiLDI 2023: Chauvet fuses physical and digital
Friday, 1 December 2023

USA - Creativity is set free when it reaches the edges of the physical world. This spirit is at the heart of Chauvet Professional’s LDI booth (1261), which is dedicated to the goal of converging physical and digital worlds.
Designed by Studio Lab, the booth utilises disguise, Unreal Engine and other emerging virtual production technologies to celebrate the fusion of the physical and digital. In the process, it also highlights the latest innovations from Chauvet Professional, ChamSys, and Kino Flo that will help designers ‘Reach Across Worlds’ to create transformative productions for concerts, tours and broadcast applications.
Entering the booth, visitors will be able to see and feel the immersive, reality-bending effect of new, innovative products like the REM series of video panels. Featuring two products: the cinema-grade REM 1, an 800 NITS indoor panel with a 1.9 mm pitch, and REM 3IP, a 3.9mm pitch all weather panel.
Both products offer a high-speed 7680 Hz refresh rate making them ideal for broadcast applications. A wide colour palette in both panels opens ‘unlimited creative possibilities’. The two panels feature NovaStar Armor A10 Pro processors run on the NovaStar COEX VMP platform. These and other features result in high-quality signal processing for VR/XR applications.
Also opening eyes and imaginations to greater possibilities at LDI, will be the new arena-grade, IP65 rated Maverick Storm 3 BeamWash. Featuring two independent zones of zoom control, this high output fixture with a 4.6° to 53.6° zoom range, makes it possib

james-schultz-as-the-grinchMasque Sound brings The Grinch to life
Friday, 1 December 2023

USA - Masque Sound has once again teamed up with sound designer Joshua D. Reid to bring the travelling productions of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical to life with a custom audio equipment package, for both its East and West Coast tour.
Featuring the hit songs You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch and Welcome Christmas, The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heartwarming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” as he decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday-loving Whos.
In designing the sound for this year’s Grinch tour, Reid's goal was to create a flexible and efficient touring sound system that could capture the magic of Dr. Seuss' classic holiday narrative while providing the highest level of clarity for audiences, as well as a consistently enjoyable experience.
Reid faced the added pressure of providing sound systems for two tours, an East Coast and a West Coast touring route, that were built simultaneously. “Each venue on our tour route has its own acoustical qualities and coverage areas for the audience that have to be taken into account and we want to provide every audience member with the same high-quality experience of the show at each performance,” says Reid.
“Our biggest design challenge is always designing a sound system that is compact enough for efficient touring, while also expansive enough to provide optimal coverage and an equally fun experience for audiences at

prolightsAmadeus rocks with Prolights’ Astra Wash
Friday, 1 December 2023

Austria - For its global premiere on the stage of Vienna's Ronacher Theater, the musical Rock me Amadeus - The Falco Musicalwas illuminated using Prolights' Astra Wash.
This musical, with evocative scenes, intricate choreography, and dazzling costumes, demanded an extraordinary lighting setup to properly showcase the spectacle and celebrate the life of the musician Falco.
The design, crafted by the lighting designer Howard Harrison and musical lighting supervisor Lucas Berger, featured various mobile wash lights from Prolights' Astra Wash series - specifically, the Astra Wash19Pix and Astra Wash7Pix.
Harrison's choice to incorporate the Astra Wash19Pix into the lighting rig on both the ceiling and side walls was not only for their versatile light effects but also for their decorative potential, thanks to the integrated pixel ring.
Meanwhile, the Astra Wash7Pix found its place on the speaker truss, lowered from the loft during the musical sequences of the show - a distinctive installation made feasible by the compact size and reduced weight of Prolights' wash lights.

evolutionmediapress-16Celestial’s Evolution showcases in Bristol
Friday, 1 December 2023

UK - This week, Celestial’s epic drone light show, Evolution, was showcased for the first time ever at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club in Bristol to a select audience in preparation for launching the show to the general public in December. Drone light technology is being used to tell ‘the greatest story of all time’ - The story of our evolution.
The story, narrated by Tara Fitzgerald, starts with the Big Bang, the explosive inception of the universe and journeys into the emergence of the sun, our solar system and the planets that inhabit it.
The cosmic voyage accompanied by a cinematic soundtrack, guides viewers through the origins of conscious life on Earth, from the humble beginnings of single-cell organisms to the awe-inspiring reign of the dinosaurs and culminates in a celebration of the diverse tapestry of life on Earth today.
Evolution shows will take place this December in Wolverhampton and Bristol. The event is created by Yuup (the local experiences company), and Celestial (creators of drone light shows for brands across the globe), in collaboration with venue partners Seat Unique Stadium (Gloucestershire County Cricket Club) in Bristol and Wolverhampton Racecourse in the West Midlands.
Dominic Mills, founder & CEO of Yuup comments: “The feedback we have had so far has been extraordinary, and we are more excited than ever to bring this new type of winter entertainment to the UK.”
John Hopkins, Celestial co-founder & chief creative officer adds: “This ground-breaking show tells the age-old sto

footprint1-sml-jesse-colocadoLIT Lighting and ACT light Footprint Centre
Friday, 1 December 2023

USA - LIT Lighting in Tempe, Arizona recently specified, designed, sold and installed new lighting and production equipment in the Footprint Centre, home arena of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury. The installation, which comprised a new entertainment lighting solution, included Ayrton, MA Lighting, MDG and RapcoHorizon brands, all exclusively distributed in North America by ACT Entertainment.
“Pro basketball is not just a game anymore, it showcases elements promoting crowd activation and interaction, which at the Footprint Centre include a dance team, half-time performances often by A-list artists, and a dunk team with trampolines and the team mascot,” says LIT Lighting project manager Casey Jones. “There are a ton of moving pieces that now require entertainment lighting solutions to guarantee that fans have a better experience at games in every possible way.”
LIT Lighting, which specialises in professional lighting, video and special effects production and staff for live events, selected 27 Ayrton Huracán LT fixtures at the heart of the system. The Huracán LT combines exceptional power with an ultra-intense beam and long-throw capabilities to deliver a formidable tool for large venues, such as arenas and stadiums.
Twenty-six of the Huracáns are active with 20 mounted in 40ft truss in each corner of the court where they can cover “anything, anywhere with spots, gobos and colour”, notes Jones. Six Huracáns are under the east and west videoboards, three per side, to ensure great facial lighting.
“Prior to i

astera-release-new-white-remotepr-finalAstera releases versatile White Remote
Thursday, 30 November 2023

Germany - Astera has announced the launch of their new White Remote - a pocket-sized tool that allows for instant point-and-click control of the full Astera lighting ecosystem.
The remote is designed to act as a counterpart to the existing IR ‘FX Remote’, which allows for colour, strobing and effect control at the click of a button. With both the FX and White Remote in-hand, a lighting engineer can execute precise lighting changes in seconds.
The White Remote can turn single or grouped sets of lights off and on instantly and from a distance and can also be used to quickly add lights to a control group (initially configured through the app), which then allows for lighting changes to be disseminated over the full group simultaneously.
The remote has a number of preconfigured buttons for light temperature, running through 12 preset values from 2400 to 10,000 kelvin, allows for instant temperature transition, along with CCT +/- buttons to enable more precise, incremental control. Similarly, five preset dimming parameters are present, and provide quick brightness adjustments, along with +/- dimming buttons for fine-tuning.
Max Runtime can also be enabled or disabled directly from the White Remote. This feature allows users to set a maximum duration for their lights - either directly on the light or through the Astera App, which is then toggled on and off on the remote - in order to ensure that their lights won’t run out of battery but will still deliver the maximum possible intensity within the set timing parameters.
BlueMode - Astera

actpledgeannouncementlogosACT’s ACPD joins BTS support programme
Thursday, 30 November 2023

USA - Behind the Scenes has announced that AC Power Distribution (ACPD), a brand of ACT Entertainment, has joined the Pledge-of-Support Programme. ACPD will contribute a portion of the profits from their new LunchBoxPD data and power distribution system to the charity.
ACT Entertainment is a leading supplier of entertainment industry products across six different end markets, including professional lighting and control equipment; audio, video, fibre and power distribution; cables; connectivity; metalwork; custom manufacturing; and design.
ACPD’s LunchBoxPD integrates power and data distribution into one device without compromising either. The LunchBoxPD nodes offer four DMX ports to break out from an Ethernet data network, while still allowing data to pass through. In doing so, it delivers CRMX wireless DMX data directly to a traditional lunchbox power solution, providing robust DMX throughput as well as six individually optically isolated outputs. The LunchBoxPD will be on display for the first time at LDI 2023.
AC Power Distribution products vice-president James Davey stated, “BTS is an amazing organisation providing much needed support when members of our industry need it most. We're very proud to help support this worthy cause.”
Rick Rudolph, BTS Foundation chair commented: “Behind the Scenes is immensely pleased to have an industry leader like ACT Entertainment join our Pledge-of-Support Programme. Their dedicated support is an integral part in sustaining our mission.”
The Behind the Scenes Foundation provides financial

chamsys-logoChauvet France to distribute ChamSys
Thursday, 30 November 2023

France - ChamSys has announced that, starting 1 December, its entire product line will be distributed in France by Chauvet France, a wholly owned subsidiary of ChamSys’ parent company Chauvet.
In its new home, Chauvet France will sell, service, and provide training for the full line of ChamSys consoles, including the popular Stadium series, which has been used at major concerts, festivals, and theatrical productions throughout France. The new distribution arrangement will also allow ChamSys to broaden its French language training programmes.
Concurrent with this development, lighting programmer and designer, Rémy Rouvoy has joined Chauvet France as the ChamSys business development and support manager. Rouvoy brings considerable experience to his new position, not only through the many shows he has worked on personally, but also as a result of the key positions he’s held as a trainer for ChamSys products in his previous missions.
“We are very pleased to welcome the ChamSys brand to the Chauvet France roster,” said Martin Fournier, Chauvet’s European sales director. “There is great synergy between our two sister companies in terms of our philosophies of striving for constant improvement and innovation. ChamSys is a benchmark in light control for operators worldwide, and Rémy Rouvoy is a precious addition to our team! We thank Sonoss for their help in ChamSys distribution over the years.”
Fournier added that Chauvet and ChamSys also share a common commitment to providing quality service to all customers. This, he says,


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