Lighting News

birminghamPRG lights Commonwealth Games ceremonies
Friday, 23 September 2022

UK - The summer of 2022 was a huge moment for the city of Birmingham, as it played host to the 2022 Commonwealth Games, as well as the competing athletes from 72 nations. Taking place in the newly updated Alexander Stadium, the opening and closing ceremonies colourfully book-ended the largest multi-sport event held in the UK since London 2012, and was broadcast live to billions around the world, in addition to a 30,000 strong live audience.
Both productions delivered a high-octane, multi-genre and multi-cultural tribute to the history, culture, and pride within the region, featuring a now infamous 10m-tall mechanical bull, and musical performances from West Midlands artists like Duran Duran, Dexy’s, Apache Indian, Beverly Knight, Goldie, Jorja Smith, Laura Mvula, Panjabi MC, UB40 and Black Sabbath.
Positioned to light the festivities was Al Gurdon of Incandescent Design, who called upon the PRG team once again to help deliver the technology and crew to achieve his vision. On assembling his team to deliver the lighting design, Gurdon selected Richard Gorrod at PRG for his “design associate in the planning stages…who put together and led a great team, as always, in the stadium.”
Director of events and special projects Richard Gorrod worked closely with the Incandescent team to create a rig able to reliably withstand exposure to the elements for several weeks at the open-air stadium, all while delivering the power, reach and flexibility to deliver the spectacle the occasion needed.
To fit these criteria, PRG supplied a large number of fix

astera-the-free-fall-still12-dp-james-kniestAstera instrumental in lighting The Free Fall
Friday, 23 September 2022

USA - Cinematographer and DoP James Kniest’s international career has included lighting several high-profile horror genre movies including the recently released The Free Fall directed by Adam Stilwell, on which he enjoyed using Astera Titan and Helios Tubes to provide multiple lighting solutions.
The entire movie was shot on location in a heritage-listed house in the Adams area of Los Angeles, so when James needed to get light sources into assorted – often awkward or hard to access – spaces, corners, nooks, and crannies, he found the battery powered Astera LED tubes an invaluable asset.
The production’s lighting department carried two sets of Titan Tubes and two sets of the smaller Helios Tubes, all powered by Astera’s award-winning Titan LED engine.
Shooting in a protected building meant that nothing could be rigged or attached to the walls or ceilings, so Astera’s practical design, multiple mounting options and great versatility was suitable for numerous scenarios.
For convenience, the Tubes were often mounted in Kino housings for easy rigging and control via louvres. James sometimes added Opal 250 diffusion gel to the egg-crate for subtle softening, and other times would position the bare Titan and Helios Tubes on the floor or even have them hand-held for some shots.
On several occasions, he taped them into corners or in between wall and doorframe casings, generally capitalising on their great adaptability.
As well as creative rigging, he used the fixtures to produce a diversity of effects. “I love how

anolis-plasa-2022-3Anolis enjoys successful PLASA Show 2022
Friday, 23 September 2022

UK - Architectural and entertainment LED lighting brand Anolis enjoyed a busy and successful PLASA Show in the Grand Hall of Olympia London earlier this month, where Anolis showed its new Calumma product series for the first time at a UK expo, also highlighting its Eminere and Ambiane products.
Being located on Stand E15, right at the entrance to the busy Robe lighting booth, proved a prominent and highly visible position, ideal for getting attention from those who amassed to watch the daily Robe live performance shows, and also easy for its own visitors to find.
Anolis’s business development manager for London and the South East, Ashley Popple commented, “The show generally was very good, and the Calumma range in particular received lots of interest, with some people specifically coming to see it. They were impressed with the features and benefits of Calumma, and once on the stand were able to view Eminere and Ambiane.”
Calumma’s optical design has been carefully crafted and utilises high efficacy single-chip and multi-chip LEDs. The fixtures are available with optional LED colour variants and various beam angles.
A luminaire like the medium-sized Calumma M SC – for example – creates a powerful and rich light output that is perfect for use as a spot as well as for accent and flood lighting solutions. As with all Anolis luminaires, the unit is robust and durable to withstand exterior conditions. A special finish is available for extra harsh environments and marine applications, which still benefits from the elegant design.

ecmClaypaky meets the needs of Swiss theatres
Friday, 23 September 2022

Switzerland - Electric Claudio Merlo Lighting Equipment S.A. (ECM), a stage lighting equipment supplier and Claypaky distributor in Taverne, Switzerland, has been working non-stop to fill the needs of professional theatres across Switzerland.
For the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Geneva’s opera house, which boasts the largest stage in Switzerland, ECM installed Claypaky Tambora Batten Round fixtures to illuminate operas, ballets, recitals and concerts.
The addition of Tambora, with round lens configurations, met the theatre’s need for high-power, dynamic batten fixtures that offered an excellent cost-to-performance ratio.
Also in Geneva, ECM provided Claypaky HY B-EYE K25/Teatro fixtures to the Comédie de Genève, a new showplace not only featuring two halls for theatrical performances but also large construction workshops and spaces that bring all theater disciplines under one roof.
The B-EYE K25 fixtures, which serve as high-performance LED wash lights, beam lights and VFX projector, were installed in the main hall. The Teatro version, which guarantees silent operation without sacrificing bright colours, was specifically requested.
The same model B-EYE K25/Teatro was also in demand at LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, a cultural center dedicated to music, visual and performing arts in Lugano. ECM added HY B-EYE K25/ Teatros and Claypaky Axcor Profile 600 HC/Teatro fixtures to LAC’s multi-use theatre.
The B-EYE K25 fixtures were integrated into the theatre’s appliance raider. The Axcor Profiles were chosen for their combination o

act-ultimate-support-logoACT Entertainment acquires Ultimate Support Systems
Friday, 23 September 2022

USA - ACT Entertainment, manufacturer and distributor of live performance equipment, has acquired Ultimate Support Systems, manufacturer of support solutions widely used throughout the music and live performance industries. The official announcement was made in Windsor, Colorado at the home office of Ultimate Support Systems on 15 September.
“We are very excited to add the Ultimate Support Systems product line and their team to the ACT Entertainment family,” says Ben Saltzman, CEO of ACT Entertainment. “Like ACT, Ultimate has a passion for innovation at its core. The ability to design, develop and engineer state-of-the-art products while providing value and quality is unique in the category. The more I got to know Mike and the amazing team at Ultimate, the more excited I became at the opportunity to work together.”
By purchasing Ultimate Support Systems, ACT now provides yet another of the industry’s most respected brands and products to all the end markets it serves. With the ACT team now behind the brand, Ultimate will continue to grow its product line and create quality support solutions for performers and technicians.
“I’m very thankful for the dealer and customer relationships and support developed over the nearly 16 years of owning and operating Ultimate. Moving on to the next chapter, we are very excited to be a part of the ACT Entertainment family,” says Mike Belitz, CEO of Ultimate Support Systems. “The new ownership will provide the resources for further growth and innovation that the brand deserves.”

adagiopro-new-elation-distributor-in-spainAdagioPRO appointed Elation distributor in Spain
Friday, 23 September 2022

Spain - Elation Professional has announced that AdagioPRO, a division of Holmusic, has been appointed the exclusive distributor for Elation Professional products in Spain. The distribution partnership goes into immediate effect and covers the distribution of Elation Lighting, Obsidian Control Systems and Magmatic atmospheric effects products.
Holmusic is a family-run business with more than 50 years of experience distributing musical instruments and professional audio and lighting systems in Spain and other European countries. AdagioPRO serves as Holmusic’s professional sound and lighting division and distributes professional stage lighting systems to a broad range of market sectors including concerts, rental, touring, installations and broadcasting. The lighting division is based at the Holmusic Group corporate headquarters and warehouse facility in Barcelona.
After decades as one of the top professional audio distributors in Spain, since 2019 AdagioPRO has been committed to providing professional lighting systems. “The new partnership with Elation consolidates this project and enhances our presence in the professional lighting market,” stated AdagioPRO director Víctor Pérez. “We feel absolutely confident that Elation products will deepen our presence in touring and installation while helping us grow in the broadcasting market.
“Customers will be able to count on the advantages that come from having a strong national distributor, such as training courses, a wide range of demo equipment, technical assistance services in key geographica

plugfestPlugFest returns to France in March 2023
Friday, 23 September 2022

Europe - PlugFest, the technical event for entertainment lighting interoperability, returns to Lille in France from 7-9 March 2023. The popular event welcomes manufacturers, developers and technicians from across Europe to test their products and learn about the latest protocols.
PlugFest is an opportunity for participants to collectively test and demonstrate device and system interoperability with the aim of improving reliability, resolving compatibility issues and ultimately improving connectivity between all entertainment lighting and related technologies.
The event’s hosts, Hamish Dumbreck (JESE), Peter Willis (Howard Eaton Lighting) and Wayne Howell (Artistic Licence) are experts in entertainment lighting control protocols. They will host a full educational programme, diving deep into interoperability challenges affecting the live events industry. Plus, they will be on hand to provide individual support and guidance.
Previous editions of PlugFest have sold out well in advance, welcoming attendees from leading manufacturers such as GLP, Luminex, Highlite International, Robert Juliat, TMB, Claypaky, ChamSys, ETC, Chauvet and Eaton. Those interested in attending in PlugFest 2023 are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.
PlugFest takes place in the city of Lille, France which is directly connected to London with the Eurostar and all major European cities via a mainline train station. Furthermore, attendees can take advantage of specially discounted rooms in the hotel that PlugFest takes place in.
PlugFest is organised

martinmacauraxipwebbannerintroducingsocial1080x1080Martin by Harman introduces MAC Aura XIP
Thursday, 22 September 2022

USA - Harman Professional Solutions, a global leader in audio, video, lighting and control, today introduces the Martin MAC Aura XIP premium moving head wash light. The new fixture “raises the bar for optical quality, featuring an even wash field with soft edge, minimal stray light, and high intensity mid-air beams,” says Harman. “It includes a radical aura filament effect, with improved light engine control and a first-in-its-class outdoor rating with close to zero compromises in weight, size and aesthetics.”
“In developing the MAC Aura XIP, we set out to build a true workhorse,” says Wouter Verlinden, product manager Creative LED, Lighting and Control. “Our smart, outdoor-capable design intelligently seals away vital electronics while exposing the cooling system to the elements which allows for a lighter, quieter and more versatile unit that can be used anywhere, at any time, reinventing the universal indoor/outdoor-rated concept.”
MAC Aura XIP’s 12 Radical RGBW filaments deliver a brighter aura backlight effect as well as the ability to show iconic aura filaments, promising new and exciting stage effects. The extensive feature package covers both indoor and outdoor applications with optional high CRI / TM-30 / TLCI modes, LED frequency control for a flicker-free even wash light, RGBW colour mixing and multiple control options. Also included are variable calibrated colour temperature control, 200+ built-in FX macros, rapid movement and 8.8 – 49.3˚ zoom range; weighing just 8.9 kilograms.
Featuring pixel control with video map

rogueRogue IP65 Outcasts meet weight challenge
Thursday, 22 September 2022

USA - With their IP65 rating, the just-introduced Rogue Outcast 1L Beam and Rogue Outcast 2X Wash are designed to operate outdoors in all weather conditions. Thanks to their innovative lightweight aluminum-magnesium alloy housing, these newcomers are also suited to deliver indoors at clubs, conference centres, and live music venues.
“Coming out of the pandemic, rental houses and installers began asking for IP65 moving fixtures, because of the protection from dust and humidity they offered indoors,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “However, until now, the weight of IP65 products presented a challenge in some indoor applications.”
Anyone who picks up either of these new fixtures will quickly appreciate how well they meet this weight challenge. Both weigh-in at low numbers: 35 lbs. (16 kg) for the 1L Beam and 23 lbs. (11 kg.) for the 2X Wash, which, in addition to all their other advantages, makes them very easy to install.
When it comes to brightness, for example, the Rogue Outcast 1L Beam is a heavy hitter. It’s light weight and compact dimensions notwithstanding, it puts out 224,670 lux at 5m. Chauvet Professional’s product development team accomplished this by combining a cool white 140W LED and a 160mm font lens to maximize the fixture’s brightness.
The Rogue Outcast 1L Beam has the ability to rotate gobos, which opens opportunity to create more captivating aerial effects. It has seven rotating and static gobos on a single wheel. The fixture’s 1.4ﹾ beam angle adds another dynamic element to its aerial effects. Other f

coheed-and-cambriaCoheed and Cambria tour with Artiste Picasso
Thursday, 22 September 2022

USA - Coheed and Cambria weave an imaginative tale across multiple albums through storytelling and hard driving music. The latest chapter in the Amory Wars storyline, which plays out on their new album Vaxis II: A Window of the Waking Mind was presented live to fans across the country on a summer tour with Elation Artiste Picasso luminaires helping to sculpt the mythical universe.
New Jersey-based rental company Squeek Lights started working with the progressive rock band earlier this year on a club tour and served as lighting and video vendor on the A Window of the Waking Mind summer outing. Squeek Lights owner Victor Zeiser designed the touring rig, developing the show’s overall look and feel together with programmer and touring lighting director Ben Jarrett, also of Squeek Lights.
Jarrett explains that all of Coheed and Cambria’s songs take place inside of an epic sci-fi world, each album another chapter in an ever-evolving story. When playing live, that story is echoed on stage with atmospheric lighting, LED graphics and full-size set pieces that help build a universe around the music.
“We kept the overall colour palette ‘space themed’ with lots of lavenders and deep purples punctuated with oranges and CTO to create a sense of galaxies and stars,” Jarrett explained. “The set included a custom-made, inflatable set piece called ‘The Quintilian Speaker,’ a 28’ tall alien monster with long tentacles that stretched out towards the audience. I programmed movements in a way that gave the lighting rig tentacles of its own to

hakeChauvet helps mirror excitement on identical stages
Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Curaçao – The music, dancing and partying never stop during Hak’e, a Curaçao Summer Festival that’s a highlight of one of the Caribbean’s largest carnivals. By the time summer rolls around the carnival season is long past, but even so the partying never stops on the island.
This year, the producers of Hak’e Jump-In decided to sprinkle some of their fun spirit for two consecutive nights in August. They got together and organised the Hak’e Curaçao Summer Festival, an event that featured food stands selling ‘bitterballen’, ‘pastechi’ and other popular Curaçao street food, specialty bars, and a steady flow of music from local artists.
“Hak’e Curaçao Summer Festival is a smaller but equally powerful version of the Hake Curaçao Jump-In Festival; instead of having three stages, the summer festival edition has two”, said Jimmy Lo-A-Njoe, of Massive Productions, who has had a hand in enlivening both events with some fast-moving lighting designs bursting with a rainbow of colours. “Instead of a circular setup, as we are used to with Hak’e Jump-In, the stages at the summer version of the festival were facing each other.”
Although the Summer Festival had one less stage than the Jump-In, it certainly didn’t lack for excitement with its mix of local music, urban, and Afro-Caribbean sounds. The Massive Productions design team saw to it that the event also served up plenty of visual pop, thanks to their skillful use of two beefy lighting rigs that featured a combined total of 96 Chauvet Professional fixtures from the company

siegfriedSiegfried Hermann joins Lightware in EMEA role
Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Europe - Lightware Visual Engineering has appointed Siegfried Hermann as vice president of business development in the EMEA region. Siegfried’s responsibilities will embrace the further expansion of Lightware into EMEA, the development of new partnerships with global corporations, and strategic planning of Lightware’s presence in the region, says the company.
Siegfried has worked in various leading positions in the AV industry for almost 25 years, with nearly two decades at Crestron, including six years managing DACH region with sales and personnel responsibility. One of his key duties throughout his carrier has been the development of new business areas and sales strategies in the AV industry.
“After being in contact with the Lightware management for several years, I am very pleased to join this private-owned European company in this new position. I am sure that my experience in the AV business will help us to drive the further development of Lightware in the years to come to make Lightware a leader in the EMEA AV environment,” said Siegfried.
“I am honoured to welcome Siegfried to our team at Lightware. Siegfried has a successful and proven track record in business development and will be instrumental to strengthen and build further our presence across the EMEA region and support Lightware’s continued growth globally.” added Szabolcs Turi, executive director, business development at Lightware.

blackbear‘Collaborative looks’ for Blackbear at Red Rocks
Tuesday, 20 September 2022

USA - Los Angeles-based LD Julien Reux recently lit a Red Rocks show for pop punk star Blackbear. “As a lighting designer, you always collaborate; it’s critical to what you do,” said Reux, of Black Lantern Creative. “In this particular show though, there was a very intense meeting of the minds, and that made it very special.”
Reux’s enthusiasm is easy to understand given how smoothly the warm white tungsten-like glow from his Chauvet Professional STRIKE 1 fixtures flowed with the pyro effects and video content at the Blackbear show. The immersive looks created were not merely the result of his talent, but also of the mindset he shared with SFX specialist Nick Arnold and video designer Harley Wrecks, as well as production manager Justin Trotta.
“Nick Arnold is a SFX wizard,” said Reux. “Before the show we discussed how we wanted to cue out pyro and lighting together. It made programming easy, as both of us have very similar creative perspectives. We had moments where we went back and forth, but we always came together to make the show as dynamic as possible. Light and pyro worked in harmony, each playing off the other.”
The tungsten glow from the STRIKE 1 fixtures, also blended seamlessly with the video content displayed on a large blow-through wall. During some key moments of the show, the amber glow of the lights seemed to grow out of the flames being directed over the stage and golden images on the video wall.
“I loved how my tungsten looks fit right in with the video content created by Harley as well as the pyro,” no

carrie-underwoodVari-Lite VL3600 Profile IP debuts on Underwood tour
Tuesday, 20 September 2022

USA - Fireplay lighting designer Nick Whitehouse chose the all new, never before used Vari-Lite VL3600 Profile IP fixtures as his workhorse light on Carrie Underwood’s upcoming Denim & Rhinestones tour.
“Bandit Lites has been a part of the Carrie family since day one,” shared Bandit Lites chair and founder, Michael T. Strickland.
Whitehouse’s third tour with Carrie Underwood is once again massive in scale with a host of new fixtures. Underwood, Whitehouse and Bandit Lites will all be part of the world premiere of this fixture.
“The VL3600 Profile IP is the workhorse with nearly 100 on the show,” said Strickland. “Nick spent considerable time deciding on instrumentation and the VL3600 was the right light for the job. Carrie’s tour is massive and takes up an entire arena floor, meaning there is no doubt this tour like all past tours will sell out and create quite a buzz. Furthermore, she is once again nominated for the coveted CMA Awards Entertainer of the Year Award; the tour heads out the first of October so it will be in mid-steam when the awards are announced.”
Bandit’s VP of business and innovation Jake Tickle received several demos and introductions to the VL3600 from the Vari-Lite team and he gives it a big thumbs up. Bandit then worked with both Whitehouse and the Vari-Lite team to assure delivery of the fixture in time for this to be the first tour in the world to use them. Bandit finally took the extraordinary step of flying the fixtures from the factory into the US to assure they arrive on time and are read

racoonInfinity debuts Raccoon RGBM Par can
Tuesday, 20 September 2022

The Netherlands - Infinity has introduced the Raccoon P14/4 LED Par can. This very high-brightness, high-CRI, IP65-rated par can with XY control mode is intended for professional applications where brightness and/or quality are of high importance. Its 14 bright LEDs can produce four colours each: red, green, blue, and mint. They can be switched between maximum brightness and maximum colour quality mode. The top-of-the-line control options are fitting for a high-end fixture like the Raccoon P14/4.
The Infinity Raccoon P14/4 RGBM Par can produces up to 8000 lumen and is intended for use in professional environments like rental that require lots of light output. The core-technology of the Raccoon P14/4 is the calibrated XY colour engine, ‘which guarantees outstanding colour accuracy and stability’.
Five different internal dimmer curves are available through the easy-to-use menu system, including a tungsten shift simulation that works even with a colour filter applied! It can take care of CCT, RGB, and Lee filters internally.
The Raccoon P14/4 can also be controlled through regular DMX, RDM, manual, and master/slave. The PWM frequency is adjustable between 640 Hz and 25 kHz, ensuring flicker-free camera images. Basic settings, like PWM and dimmer curve, can be copied among Raccoon fixtures in the same network to guarantee identical behaviour. Sturdy 5P XLR DMX and Power Pro True power connectors ensure reliable connections and IP65 compliance.

robe-fusion-worlds-music-festivalRobe lights Fusion World Music Festival
Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Croatia - Lighting designer Sven Kučinić was asked to create a spectacular look for the Fusion World Music Festival in Split, a two-day event which featured 12 leading SouthEast European acts over two nights.
The first fixtures that Sven drew on the lighting plot were 100 Robe MegaPointes!
This is a popular festival choice, especially for wide-stage designs like this which used the same 72m-wide stage that had also featured as the centrepiece of ULTRA Europe 2022 in July.
Sven was offered the gig after the organisers saw his show for Croatian superstar Petar Grašo a few months earlier, which was one of the first major post-Covid concerts in the country and consequently was a major news story and talking point. He had also used a lot of Robe moving lights on that design.
For the Fusion World Music Festival, he was given carte blanche to deliver a fantastic looking lighting and visuals production design, which is always a great brief to have!
Rental company Promo Logistika were already involved. They have a large stock of Robe kit onboard and had also supplied lighting and video for the ULTRA main stage in collaboration with Event Lighting from Slovenia, another company that has a substantial Robe inventory. With these two premium rental partners involved, it was possible to source the numbers needed.
Promo Logistika had also worked on the Petar Grašo gig with Sven, so he had the same video crew led by Kristina Bengez, and “we made a great visuals team” he commented. Sven drew up the initial stage design including all the s

donny-osmondDonny Osmond Las Vegas residency plays on with Elation
Tuesday, 20 September 2022

USA - Donny Osmond recently completed his 100th solo residency show at Harrah’s Las Vegas beneath a rig of 140 Elation luminaires with lighting design by Tom Sutherland of DX7 Design. Just getting started in what is expected to be a multi-year residency, Osmond opened the show, Donny last September less than two years after he and his sister Marie Osmond ended their hugely successful 11-year Vegas residency.
The song and dance show is an energy-filled musical journey through the entertainer’s musical career and includes all new songs and highly original numbers. With the former 11-year residency an indication of how long this solo residency may last, venue operators Caesars Entertainment sought to purchase lighting gear for the 544-capacity Harrah’s Showroom as a cost-effective solution for an anticipated multi-year run.
“We needed something that would be able to hold its own in a room that size, something with longevity that would still look as good years down the road as it did on opening night,” stated lighting designer Tom Sutherland, who also handles production design on the show. “We worked through some different brands and looked at some different options and knew Elation had the fixtures we wanted. It all worked within our budget so that was great.”
Full-service production company 3G Productions supplied and installed an Elation rig made up of 46 SixBar 1000 LED battens, 18 Smarty Hybrid moving heads, 30 Fuze Wash Z350 LED washlights, 22 DARTZ 360 LED moving heads, 20 Proton Eclypse effect lights, and four Artiste Picass

dalipr025DALI Alliance puts wireless in the spotlight
Friday, 16 September 2022

Germany - The DALI Alliance will use the Light+Building trade fair (Frankfurt, 2-6 October 2022) to shine the spotlight on wireless connectivity options via its upcoming certification programmes for Wireless to DALI Gateways and DALI+ with Thread.
Wireless to DALI Gateways allow the use of existing DALI wired products in a non-DALI wireless ecosystem. Certification programmes are in development for Bluetooth mesh to DALI Gateways and for Zigbee to DALI Gateways.
A certification programme for DALI+ is also in development. DALI+ enables true wireless DALI without any need for translation between protocols. The first release will employ Thread as a networking layer. Thread is an IP-based, wireless-mesh networking protocol built using open standards.
The new certification programmes, due to commence in early 2023, will build further momentum for the ongoing evolution of DALI as a globally standardized lighting-control protocol. The number of certified DALI-2 and D4i products listed on the DALI Alliance website already exceeds 2,600 devices, and the DALI Alliance is supported by more than 320 companies from the international lighting community. Recently, the organization has launched dedicated groups to focus on the specific market requirements in China and North America.
Visitors to the DALI Alliance booth at Light+Building can discuss Gateways and DALI+ with technical experts and experience demo boards which explain DALI features such as colour control, sensors, emergency lighting, groups, scenes and building-wide control, as well as D4i and Z

anolis-rakkestad-theatreAnolis enhances revamped Rakkestad Theatre
Friday, 16 September 2022

Norway - An Anolis Ambiane and Eminere auditorium lighting installation is part of a complete revamp at the Rakkestad Theatre, a busy community hub and performance venue serving the Rakkestad municipality and surrounding areas of this thriving and diverse Norwegian agricultural heartland.
Opened in 1988, general manager Magne Bjørnstad oversees everything happening at the 286-capacity venue. Last year this included the makeover and complete renovation incorporating the new auditorium lighting, for which he approached stage lighting professional and expert, Lars Kristian Bakke.
Lars lives locally, and provided general advice about the lighting, which before the upgrade was not specifically optimised for any style of event. Lars has been involved with the theatre since he was about 12 years old. It was one of the places that first inspired his passion for lighting, and it holds many landmark memories for him, including operating a ‘real’ lighting desk for the first time! He now works for Norwegian sales company, Norsk Sceneteknikk, and also has his own lighting design side projects.
Rakkestad Theatre hosts music events and concerts, theatre, and drama productions, it screens movies, is utilised as a rehearsal space as well as being hired out for events, conferences, meetings and lectures, so it is truly ‘multi-purpose’. Next door is a brand-new Cultural School – for the study of music, theatre & dance – which was completed and opened in 2021, just ahead of the theatre receiving its revamp.
The previous auditorium lighting sc

vlnz-air-force-museumVari-Lite solution takes off at Air Force Museum
Friday, 16 September 2022

New Zealand – Visitors to The Air Force Museum of New Zealand are seeing its collection of vintage planes in a whole new light, thanks to a new LED rig and Strand control solution from Vari-Lite.
The museum took the opportunity during a rearrangement of the main Aircraft Hall display area to replace the existing lighting system to the LED rig to dramatically reduce power consumption and provide a more flexible, long-lasting and dynamic solution. More than 100 powerful, honeycomb-lens SL Punchlite 220 fixtures are now installed, beaming rich, blended and saturated colours onto classic airplanes such as a Spitfire, Hudson and Avenger, and washing the space with hues.
To control the luminaires in the Aircraft Hall, and for multi-room control of six other spaces including further display areas, lecture theatres, restrooms and the main atrium, the technical team invested in a Neo Compact 10 Console. A Vision.Net architectural control system has also been installed for a seamless, integrated lighting control experience across all the sites to help the team manage looks, power lighting scenes and simplify management.
“We needed a replacement control system that would be able to manage a large number of fixtures, run multiple cue lists, accept inputs from a variety of sources, and run time-based events,” says David Nicholson from the museum, who oversaw the project. “The Neo and Vision.Net combination offers this solution and we are now using the C10 for programming the lighting states in the Aircraft Hall with great success. There were many benefit

santana-2022Elation keeps pace with spontaneous Carlos Santana
Friday, 16 September 2022

USA - When lighting Carlos Santana you’ve got to be on your toes. “It all changes on a dime,” says Santana lighting designer Michael Ledesma of the 75-year-old guitarist. “A set list comes out before a show but it’s just a suggestion. We don’t know where he’s going at any given moment. A song starts but then he takes off into other songs within a song and the band follows and we do too.”
Santana is known for his on-stage spontaneity. “That’s what he loves and we’re just enhancing the whole feeling with light and colour,” comments Ledesma, who’s been lighting the guitarist for nearly a decade. “He doesn’t need to have a lot of effects going on so we look to emphasize the solos and represent the feeling of the music with light. We’re not trying to overpower the music but support it visually.”
Following a spring run of shows, Santana toured the U.S. 17 June - 27 August on his Miraculous Supernatural Tour with opening act Earth, Wind and Fire. Key in Ledesma’s design were Elation Protron Eclypse hybrid LED luminaires and SEVEN Batten 14 LED strip lights, working with a full moving head rig and backdrop LED screen. Both luminaires gave the designer plenty of possibilities to complement the artist’s trademark guitar riffs through his signature use of vivid colour.
The Miraculous Supernatural Tour set was a compact system, about 60ft wide with the sides tilted in about 30 degrees. Multi-faceted to take on a number of roles in a rig, the Protron Eclypse’s 27,000+ total lumen output made it an effective wash luminaire

trio-avAyrton's Diablo S proves Total Solution for Trio AV
Friday, 16 September 2022

Singapore - Total Solution Marketing, Ayrton’s exclusive distributor for the Singapore region, has announced the purchase of 24 Ayrton Diablo S LED profile fixtures by Trio AV.
Trio AV has a reputation for supplying exactly the right products and technical expertise for every possible event, from exhibitions, seminars, conferences and product launches, to galas, special events and parties. With offices in Singapore, Thailand, Shanghai and Vietnam, Trio AV’s services include everything from conceptualisation to full consultation and supply.
Trio AV’s John Tang explained why the company had chosen Diablo S, one of Ayrton’s most innovative, ultra-compact luminaires: “We were seeking a small size and lightweight LED moving light profile fixture with framing shutter to replace our older fixtures. We had heard a lot of positive feedback and seen the popularity of the Ayrton Diablo S on the market, so we approached local distributor Total Solution Marketing to get a demo unit for our own evaluation.
“We compared it against other similar fixtures and the Diablo really stood out from other brands. It has a great zoom range, is very bright for 300W LED engine, with smooth dimming and good shutters. It is compact and lightweight, so easy for our technicians to rig. It meets all our requirements.
“Also, we have received great service support from Total Solution Marketing for many years, so all this made our decision easy.”
In designing Diablo, Ayrton took on the challenge of making the smallest, lightest and most efficient luminaire

solarisShowtec launches Solaris laser series
Friday, 16 September 2022

Europe - Showtec has introduced its most powerful series of laser effect units to date - Solaris. The Solaris series is intended for professional applications and consists of four powerful models, ranging from 3,000 to 11,000 mW. The models with integrated Pangolin FB4 module unlock the professional QuickShow control software.
The Solaris range consists of four models. The ‘entry-level’ models, Solaris 3.0 and Solaris 3.0 with Pangolin FB4, have a 3,000-mW RGB laser on board and support Art-Net and ILDA, just like the rest of the series. The Solaris 3.0 with Pangolin FB4, the Solaris 5.5, and the Solaris 11.0 are equipped with a Pangolin FB4 module, which unlocks the full capabilities of the award-winning QuickShow software. QuickShow allows control of lasers via PC through a full network setup.
The Solaris 5.5 and Solaris 11.0 are equipped with 5,500 and 11,000 mW lasers respectively. All units are very precisely built and use a high-quality construction to ensure perfect matching of the RGB beams and distortion-free images.
Because the Solaris series uses analogue intensity control, each model can create a full spectrum of colours. The low divergence of the laser and high scanning speeds ( The Solaris laser effects are CE certified and fully protected against failures to comply with all necessary safety precautions.

giuseppe-squitieriDTS strengthens technical sales team
Friday, 16 September 2022

Italy - DTS has announced Giuseppe ‘Peppe’ Squitieri as new technical sales engineer. Peppe is a production technician, specialized in lighting technology and light designing and joins the Italian lighting company starting September 2022.
With a background in musical communication sciences and technology at the University of Milan, Peppe covered key roles in the lighting industry. For over 14 years in the entertains and communication abilities, teamwork and technical skills. The addition of Peppe to the team “is part of the ongoing process of DTS to strengthen the relationships worldwide, providing clients with great technical support, sales assistance and product demonstrations. We are pleased to give him our warmest welcome and we strongly believe he perfectly fits the company growth.”


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