Lighting News

adj-hydroLDI 2018: ADJ debuts weatherproof Hydro Beams
Tuesday, 16 October 2018

USA - ADJ is proud to announce will use the 2018 LDI trade show to unveil its latest technology breakthrough: IP65-rated moving head beam fixtures. The new Hydro Beam X1 and Hydro Beam X2 will bring weatherproof moving heads within the reach of production companies and installers working on projects with budgets that up until now would not have allowed for IP-rated fixtures.
With robust construction and IP65-ratings, the Hydro Series fixtures are designed for both indoor or outdoor use. Their durable casings protect them from dust, sand, moisture and liquids, making them ideal for use in all situations from dusty deserts in California to rainy fields in England. Suitable for festivals and outdoor events, as well as installation in open-air clubs and other outside entertainment spaces, the fixtures offer an extended operational life and reduced maintenance requirement due to their sealed casing design.
The compact yet potent Hydro Beam X1 is powered by an Osram Sirius HRI 100W discharge lamp that offers an impressively long operating life of 6,000 hours.
Measuring just 12” x 8” x 19” / 308mm x 210m x 488mm and weighing in at 34.5 lbs. / 15.5kg., the X1 is ideal for installations where space is limited or lighting fixtures need to be unobtrusive.
Despite its small size, the X1 packs in plenty of beam-shaping features. Its colour wheel offers a diverse selection of 14 colour options, including UV and a CTB colour correction filter, plus open white.
The larger Hydro Beam X2 harnesses the power of an extremely bright Osram Sirius HRI

etc-hes-at-ldi18LDI 2018: ETC and High End Systems unite
Tuesday, 16 October 2018

USA – At LDI 2018, ETC and High End Systems will join forces in one large-scale, combined booth to “showcase lighting solutions for every show and venue”. In addition to new fixtures, controls and rigging options, both companies will debut new moving lights on the tradeshow floor.
The booth showcases several new automated fixtures this year, among them are Relevé Spot fixtures, a mover that combines nearly a decade of LED optical engineering with forty years of theatrical experience. This affordable automated fixture includes impressive colour mixing capabilities, a perfectly subtle theatrical frost, and a unique Ani-gobo wheel that was designed with your theatre in mind.
The latest and brightest additions to the Sola Series, SolaSpot 3000 and SolaFrame 3000 will light up High End’s side of the booth. For a more compact frame option, the SolaFrame 1000 will be shown in the HES booth.
Also showing for the first time at LDI will be the flagship Hog 4-18 console, which features 18.5” touchscreens and a refreshed design with accessory arm mounts on each side. For advanced backstage communications, CueSystem will be in booth with new large outstation options that add even more flexibility to the cue light system.
ETC’s new Prodigy FlyPipe and QuickTouch Preset rigging solutions will also be featured in the ETC booth. The easy-to install, easy-to-use hoist and controller fit into cafeterias, lobbies, museums, and churches that would not otherwise be able to accommodate rigging technology because of limitations of architecture, structur

 
 
ampco-flashlightAmpco Flashlight Sales to distribute Ayrton
Tuesday, 16 October 2018

The Netherlands - Ayrton has appointed Ampco Flashlight Sales as its latest exclusive distributor in its expanding international sales network. Based in Utrecht, Ampco Flashlight Sales will be responsible for the distribution of the entire portfolio of Ayrton products across The Netherlands, with immediate effect.
With a history that stretches back 30 years, Ampco Flashlight Sales is a distributor, systems integrator and project house for both professional lighting and audio products. Its rental division has recently invested in Ayrton Ghibli and MagicBlade-FX to add to its hire stock.
“To be a distributor for Ayrton is a gift,” says Ampco Flashlight Sales general manager, Peter de Fouw. “We have been looking at Ayrton with interest for a couple of years. Then came the release of the new progressive fixtures which really spurred us to talk to Ayrton and progress things further. Our communications with the team at Ayrton worked really well and proved that we are on the same level.
“The new Ayrton products like Mistral, Ghibli, Merak and now Bora and Khamsin are truly ‘daily bread’ fixtures and strong workhorses for rental houses and venues. For Ampco Flashlight Sales, this is an opportunity to bring to market the most progressive and state of the art range of products which serve our target market exactly.”
“We are happy to welcome Ampco Flashlight Sales to the Ayrton family,” says international sales manager for Ayrton, Jerad Garza. “Ampco Flashlight as an organisation proved to be top-notch, especially from our collaborati

 
abandomanChauvet creates stadium atmosphere for Abandoman
Monday, 15 October 2018

UK - After a successful year of headline festival slots and TV appearances, Rob Broderick, a.k.a. Abandoman recently embarked upon a sell-out tour to take his comedy hip-hop around the UK. Like his multi-talented client, LD Robbie Butler also went outside the box to create something original. Helping him in this endeavour were 21 Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 FX-B and 21 Maverick MK Pyxis fixtures.
Although lighting for a live music venue tour, Butler followed his client’s wishes and created the kind of “stadium looks” more commonly associated with large rock concerts.
“Rob (Abandoman) is a big fan of Kanye West, so he wanted the show to rival a Kanye concert in terms of production value,” commented Butler. “All this had to be achieved on a modest budget, and the show had to be able to turn around within the space of a half hour, so there were significant logistical problems on top of that.”
Key to Butler achieving this epic set of visuals was his incorporation of the Rogue R1 FX-B into his rig. Poised strategically above the stage on trussing, the fixtures shower Abandoman with multifaceted throws of illumination. Given the innumerable features of the Rogue R1 FX-B, such as infinite rotation of both pan and tilt for each of its five individually controllable 15W RGBW LEDs, Butler was able to create crisp beams, rocket quick movements and colour blanket effects to sculpt a stadium-like atmosphere.
“Thanks to the five heads in one batten design, you get that extra layer of versatility, which allows for more dynamic effects,”

 
 
veldVDO Sceptron dazzles Veld Music Festival
Monday, 15 October 2018

Canada - Lighting designer Robert Sondergaard of Electric Aura Projects and Solotech recently deployed Martin by Harman VDO Sceptron10 LED lighting fixtures to create a dynamic and innovative stage design for Toronto’s Veld Music Festival.
Now in its seventh year, the annual EDM and hip-hop music festival was held in Toronto’s Downsview Park. The line-up featured Marshmello, Martin Garrix, DJ Snake, Benny Benassi, Lil Yachty and more. Each year the festival strives to create an ambitious and eye-catching stage design, and this year they wanted to incorporate the VELD logo as a dynamic centrepiece.
Festival organisers hired production and lighting designer Robert Sondergaard, who collaborated with video and sound provider Solotech to create an ambitious design using Martin VDO Sceptron10 LED Fixtures and custom-fabricated set pieces.
“The big thing they wanted to do was make their stylized ‘V’ logo the focal point of the stage,” said Sondergaard. “Working with Solotech, we designed a perfect representation of their ‘V’ logo using Sceptron fixtures. We also rigged a series of seven truss claws that come out and wrap around the front edge of the roof. We lined those with Sceptrons as well, so at night it looks like it's being held up by hands instead of a structure that everything is hanging from.
“On stage, we had a bunch of stacked cube structures featuring a mixture of Sceptrons, video screens and traditional lighting. Using lighting controls, we were able to have texture and movement effects move fluidly through the cube

 
nx-2LDI 2018: Obsidian debuts ONYX platform
Monday, 15 October 2018

USA - Obsidian Control Systems will be showcasing the first three lighting control products under the ONYX lighting control platform. Designers, programmers and operators are invited to Obsidian Control Systems Booth 1135 for a first look and hands-on demo of the powerful NX 2, the portable NX Wing and the convenient NX DMX.
The NX 2 is a compact yet fully-integrated lighting controller with all the connectivity and power the ever-increasing size of shows demands. As a member of the innovative ONYX platform from Obsidian Control Systems, the NX 2 is feature rich and never restricted in its capabilities.
Utilizing the latest in industrial components, the NX 2 contains a powerful Intel Hexa-Core processor, high-speed NVMe SSD drive and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Fast boot times, instant operation and the ability to process 64 Universes right inside the console without the need for costly external processing networks result in unprecedented power in this small form factor.
NX Wing is the complementary USB control surface to the ONYX platform. Based on the NX 2 console, the NX Wing utilizes the same rugged design and components with an identical footprint and layout. Through its USB connection, the NX Wing provides a responsive professional hardware surface to operate ONYX on any PC system without compromises. Any user of ONYX will feel instantly familiar with the NX Wing and no setup or additional installation is required.
The NX DMX is a USB –powered, plug -and –play, two –port DMX Node for ONYX. It provides instant access to DMX In and Outputs

 
 
zero88-at-ldi-2018-flx-rangeLDI 2018: Zero 88 returns with latest FLX
Monday, 15 October 2018

USA - UK lighting control manufacturer Zero 88 will have a strong presence at the 2018 LDI expo, for the first time in several years following on from the success and buzz of their FLX range of lighting consoles, first launched in 2015.
Zero 88 product specialist Jon Hole, commented, “LDI is well known for the high-quality of its visitors which includes a big percentage of lighting designers, directors and programmers. In addition to all those from North America, Canada and Latin America, we are also expecting to see people from Asia and the Pan Pacific regions. It should be an excellent chance for us to get the brand and products in front of new contacts and a completely different audience.”
An international Zero 88 product specialist team will be demonstrating the FLX and FLX S ranges of powerful and intuitive lighting desks on Booth 962 (co-exhibiting alongside Lehigh Electric Products Company), and there will also be the chance for visitors to win an FLX S24.
The original Zero 88 FLX console was designed after extensive research to give users working in all sectors – theatre, television and all types of live shows and events - more time to be imaginative, inventive and efficient.
Offering up to 8,192 freely assignable control channels with no fixture patch limitations and supported by four rotary encoders, there are 24 dedicated playback faders (with 10 pages) and four UDK’s (User Definable Keys).
Two-and-a-half years after the launch of the FLX, the Zero 88 team produced FLX S24 and FLX S48 consoles as a solution for small-

 
tmb-logoLDI 2018: TMB highlights new technology
Monday, 15 October 2018

USA - At LDI 2018, TMB will again show a wide selection of new technology in a comfortable, social atmosphere on booth 1568.
The new ProPlex IQ Tester LV, Ethernet/DMX tester/analyzer, recognised with a PLASA 2018 Innovation Award, is a must-see. The first Ethernet tester designed for entertainment production, this tall-in-one device easily performs many functions essential and useful for setting up and trouble-shooting today’s show networking. A short list includes: Wireshark for analysis of any Ethernet protocol, plus network troubleshooting; PoE tester; SMPTE Timecode, LTC receiver/analyzer and LTC transmitter; full DMX analysis, control, and testing; RDM controller; and bidirectional Ethernet-DMX gateway. Also, update Solaris/ProPlex firmware without a PC! Extremely compact and rugged, the ProPlex IQ Tester goes anywhere.
TMB will also introduce ProPlex Cat 6a extended cable, the first Ethernet patch cable with full-verified Cat 6a performance up to 100m. This one-of-a-kind, stranded, flexible patch cable is suitable for all gigabit and 10-gigabit applications and features renowned ProPlex durability, reliability and handling characteristics.
Entirely new to the TMB range of brands is FloppyTape, a complete selection of high-quality, professional-grade LED tapes. Not your father’s LED tape, these bright, colour-correct, and consistent LED tapes feature very high CRI and brilliant colours. Available in Premium and Standard versions, a comprehensive range of standard and custom profiles, plus diffusion accessories are also available, as well

 
 
blizzardWORK PRO expands LightShark distribution
Monday, 15 October 2018

Portugal - Following a series of recent meetings with distribution companies at international exhibitions including Pro Light & Sound in Frankfurt, WORK PRO has concluded new distribution arrangements for its LightShark lighting console.
Effective immediately, the following companies are exclusively responsible for LightShark sales, support, training and marketing in their respective territories: United States of America — Blizzard Lighting; Canada — AVL Media Group; France — Freevox; Switzerland — Plus Music; Colombia, Panama and Venezuela — Audio Concept.
“LightShark was something of a bold departure for WORK PRO, going way beyond the capabilities of any lighting control products we’ve released in the past,” explains Juan Jose Vila, WORK PRO’s chief sales officer. “Awareness of the console and its advantages and impressive price point has spread fast and orders are very healthy. Very rapidly following its launch, we were aware that we would need in some cases to create completely new international distribution channels for the product, distinct in certain territories from our existing routes to market.
“We have made great progress in the past few months putting those channels in place, and are delighted to announce these new partnerships in LightShark’s key markets. Of course, we are continuing to negotiate arrangements for LightShark distribution in other territories; we will be making more announcements about these in the near future.”
(Jim Evans)

 
music-lightsMusic & Lights opens new headquarters
Monday, 15 October 2018

Italy - Music & Lights celebrated the official opening of their new headquarters, dedicating a day of exclusive celebration for customers, partners and international distributors.
The new base represents a further phase of development, with its over 40.000sqm surrounded by greenery and with a covered area of 10'000sqm, which brings together offices, research and development, production, laboratory and logistics.
An organisation that has acquired over the years a growing international reputation, with its brands that today are at the top of the professional entertainment industry.
This innovation played a central role in the distributor conference, held on the morning of the event and reserved for the international sales network.
Then, in the afternoon, the doors of the new exhibition areas opened up; a complex of over 1000sqm, including a stage set up with 700 Prolights and Tribe fixtures, Loudspeakers DAD, Protrussfacilities and a showroom, where the main solutions from each brand are represented.
"Our solutions are the ideal partner for every type of event, and our development projects, determine a continuous growth of professionalism and innovation. As a group we are engaged in the search for new technologies and an ever-increasing focus on the needs of the market,” said managing director Fabio Sorabella.
Francesco Sorabella, M & L president, adds, "After more than 25 years in entertainment, we are proud that Music & Lights is among the most successful companies in the sector. In the last 10 years the company has

 
 
e350-02LDI 2018: GLP creates latest impressions
Friday, 12 October 2018

USA - GLP will sport a new booth display and location (#573) at this year’s LDI Show.
Sharing their largest booth to date with their distributed brands, Scenex Lighting and Cosmic Truss, GLP US is taking a twist away from their consecutively award winning ‘black box’ presentations in favour of a customer-centric experience with a free flow of information and hospitality.
With the impression E350 supercharged LED moving head, GLP has “moved its development programme into the next generation”. The advanced LED engine offers “unprecedented output in its class, making the fixture perfect for any type of showcase event or installation where dynamic, articulated lighting is a key component”. At the same time, this quiet, flicker-free luminaire also meets the stringent criteria required by the broadcast / TV world.
The impression S350 is characterised by its white light LED-engine with full spectrum to create saturated and pastel colours (with optimised CRI in excess of 90). The other outstanding feature is the four-blade framing system, with each blade of the framing system able to fully close across the beam and pitch through 60 degrees. The whole framing unit can be rotated through 90 degrees. Smooth dimming and even field distribution are other stand-out features.
The IP54-rated KNV LED system can be used either individually or in combination. Designers can take advantage of two basic forms: the cube-shaped KNV Cube and the KNV Arc, a device in the form of an eighth circle. Billed as the first frameless LED module in the market to c

 
rayzor-760LDI 2018: Elation launches RAYZOR effects
Friday, 12 October 2018

USA - LDI 2018 will be all about originality for Elation Professional with a string of premiere product launches set for display at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.
Showing at LDI Booth 931 for the first time anywhere in North America will be two all-new visual effects that feature TwinkLED, a novel, patent-pending LED twinkle effect that uses dedicated high-brightness pixels inside large front lenses to provide additional layers of creativity for the lighting designer. Both the RAYZOR 760 and IP65-rated Proteus RAYZOR 760 incorporate the TwinkLED system.
RAYZOR 760 is a compact yet powerful LED wash effects luminaire with 5 to 77-degree zoom projects intense, well-defined mid-air beams, as well as an exceptionally wide and even wash coverage.
The RAYZOR 760 is available in a compact and lightweight weather and dust protected IP65 version, the Proteus RAYZOR 760, for use in any environment. The Proteus RAYZOR 760’s multi-environmental design makes it the world's first IP65-rated luminaire with continuous pan & tilt rotation. It offers the identical feature set as the RAYZOR 760, including the TwinkLED system.
Elation will be showcasing a range of other lighting tools with impact, continuing the company’s efforts to bring innovation and best-in-class ROI products to the market.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
robe-at-ldi-2018-t1-profileLDI 2018: Robe unveils T1 Profile
Friday, 12 October 2018

USA - Robe launches its brand new T1 Profile luminaire at the LDI 2018 expo in Las Vegas next week – on booths 2503 and 2603 – revealed for the first as the show opens.
The exclusive reveal of the T1 “illustrates the strategic importance of the North American market to Robe and recognizes the growing international composition of the trade show and its visitors”.
In addition to this, part two of Robe’s Lost World Trilogy is set to wow the crowds - another stunning immersive theatrical stand design, complete with an energizing new live performance developed especially for this once-only occasion at LDI 2018.
The lightshow will include Robe’s newest technologies like the just launched SuperSpikie and iParFect - the first in a range of IP rated luminaires - together with Robe’s RoboSpot remote follow spotting system, Tarrantula, a large LED washbeam and the ever popular MegaPointes and Spiiders.
All of these and more will be incorporated into the booth design and the spectacular show which will run every hour on the hour.
Robe’s latest luminaire, the T1 Profile, is specifically designed to fulfil the challenging requirements of three very diverse disciplines – theatre, television and touring - in one comprehensive fixture. The new MSL (Multi-Spectral Light) LED light source is impressively bright, yet the T1 Profile is full of theatrical subtlety.
With CMY colour control, and a radical new custom colour creation system and wide ranging CCT control from 2700K to 8000K, all variations of colour are possible.

 
hiltonSOS makes difference at Hilton festival
Friday, 12 October 2018

South Africa - With a general insanity and a profound love and belief in the arts, Sue Clarence and her team staged the 26th Hilton Arts Festival, hosted at Hilton College in KwaZulu Natal. This year DWR Distribution’s SOS Charity Fund and the Hilton Festival stepped in to make a difference by bussing in 70 children from the Thembelihle Primary School to see three plays and attend two workshops.
Apart from the stunning weather on all three days, which was a first, what meant the most for Sue was the massive team effort from sponsors to high quality productions at this years’ festival. Everyone stood together from technical teams to cleaners, box office to arts, crafts and foodies. “We were one team and all equally important,” said Sue. “Another vital component is that the festival inspires creativity which is essential for the soul of a nation.”
Earlier this year, a conversation between Sue and DWR’s Michael Taylor-Broderick, sparked an idea! They decided to make a small difference and plant a seed to develop the love of arts in the lives of 70 children in grade 7 and 8, who would otherwise not have the opportunity or means to experience the festival.
“The kids arrived by bus and were given a packed lunch by the festival,” said Sue. “Furthermore, a selected group got to work alongside Hilton college boys in a piece of street theatre which performed over the festival weekend.”
The children are all ecstatic, counting the sleeps until 2019 and are overwhelmed by the opportunity, reported Kate Coleman, the marketing and comm

 
 
wizkhalifa-photocredittoddkaplanChamSys powers Dazed and Blazed tour
Friday, 12 October 2018

USA - In 2009, a friend introduced Jason Bullock to an early model of the ChamSys MQ100. After playing with the console, Bullock took it out on the Summer ’09 NINJA tour he did for Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction. “After the tour, I was convinced the ChamSys was the console for my style of show,” recalled the New York-based designer.
That style, with all of its big looks, bold statements and roaring intensity was on full display this summer in Bullock’s work on the 27-city Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd Dazed and Blazed tour. Running the boards for both artists, Bullock took audiences on a breathtaking visual ride. Only now, instead of his original MQ100, he ran his 25-universe (not counting video) 250-fixture show with a ChamSys MagicQ MQ300 Pro supplied by Upstaging, Inc. out of Chicago.
“Justin Collie and the team at Nimbilist were responsible for the overall design of this tour,” he said. “Their design combined a brand-new set and video system that exemplified the direction of Wiz’s new album, Rolling Papers 2. My long experience with Wiz as director allowed us as a team to get this tour together in a very short timeline, even with the new systems.”
There were multiple features on Bullock’s ChamSys console that made this process go very smoothly. “Being able to import cue lists from prior tours -- button settings, titles, timings etcetera - saved us hours during the programming phase,” he said.
Efficiency was extremely important to Bullock when preparing for the Dazed and Blazed tour. “When th

 
anolis-flower-bowl-mg9513Anolis colours up new leisure concept
Friday, 12 October 2018

UK - The new Flower Bowl Complex in Preston has recently installed Anolis’s Ambiane LED RGBW downlights.
The lighting scheme brings colour and vibrance to this three-cinema screen complex, part of a new multi entertainment and leisure destination concept developed by the team behind Barton Grange Garden Centre, designed to entice customers to spend more time having fun in one space.
The single storey building has an undulating ‘living’ grass roof designed to blend into the surrounding countryside. It is a ‘mixed leisure’ venue which offers three premium cinema screens, a four-ice sheet curling rink, an 8-lane ten-pin bowling alley, golf simulators and several food and restaurant outlets.
Russell Winteridge, general manager for Barton Grange and MD Guy Topping contacted Anolis and asked if they could design and supply a colour-changing and sustainable lighting system for the cinema screens.
Phil Howard, Anolis’ business development manager for the Northern region commented, “We’d been in touch with the client previously and quoted for lighting at the garden centre. They were impressed in particular by the quality and potential of the colour mixing fixtures in the Anolis ranges.”
Ambiane is a new product from Anolis which came onstream at a perfect time for the Flower Bowl project.
The client liked the smooth colour mixing, the striking bold saturates and the delicate pastel ranges that Ambiane can achieve. They were impressed by the even light coverage and smooth 18-bit dimming which fades seamlessly down to zer

 
 
concertgebouw-jop-starmans-1SolaFrame LED for Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw
Friday, 12 October 2018

The Netherlands - There’s a roar of excitement coming from the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and it all has to do with their installation of quiet High End Systems SolaFrame Theatre LED fixtures.
The historic venue installed eight of the silent, fan-less fixtures – customised in an off-white colour to blend in just below the ceiling – in its Main Hall (Grote Zaal). The venue uses them to generate general front light for orchestras, as well as specials for soloists, and for shining on private events such as receptions and dinners held in the hall.
Head of lighting, Alfons Hutschemaekers, says a lighting designer friend saw the SolaFrame Theatre fixture at a trade show and urged him to check it out. “The fact that the fixture is silent when it does not move is our first priority,” he notes.
After a demo at the AED Group, he says, the SolaFrame Theatre more than met their needs for quiet operation as well as useful effects such as a full shutter system, colour mixing, rotating and fixed gobos, iris, frost, prism and more.
“It generates high output and has enough features on board to satisfy our wishes,” he adds. “We have a 20m throw distance to the stage, so we are happy with the 7-42 degree zoom range,” says Hutschemaekers.
Hutschemaekers and his team installed the fixtures themselves, citing “no problems at all” with the HES fixtures since the eight units were put into play – four were installed a year ago and the rest six months later.
“Imagine - for the first time in the almost 130-year history of th

 
manewslogo1170x695MA continues fight against illegal software use
Friday, 12 October 2018

Germany - For quite some time consoles from China have been brought onto the market by a German distribution company. With regards to the key arrangement, these consoles are based on the MA onPC wing devices. In addition, these consoles - if the grandMA2 software is installed - illegally unlock parameters.
By preliminary injunction of the Munich Regional Court, the distribution company concerned has now been prohibited from distributing MA Lighting grandMA2 onPC software on devices other than original MA Lighting hardware. The infringer now faces a fine of up to 250,000 Euro for each case of a violation of the court ban and up to six months in custody if the amount cannot be raised. In order to avoid further legal disputes, the distribution company concerned has also committed itself to the complete cessation of sales of ‘Kolibre’ devices from the Chinese manufacturer YEL Technology, subject to criminal prosecution.
Says MA Lighting, “We have information about Chinese consoles in the country and strongly recommend that companies owning such consoles - regardless of type or Chinese manufacturer - do not use them with our grandMA2 onPC software at events. Users and operators should refuse to use such a combination for a show in order not to expose themselves to such liability risks and to make themselves liable to prosecution for an illegal act.
“The circumvention of technical protective measures of copyrighted software and unauthorised interference with technical protective measures of such software for commercial purposes is punishable by

 
 
redditch-theatreRedditch Palace Theatre saves with Prolights
Thursday, 11 October 2018

UK - The Palace Theatre in Redditch has invested in Prloights LED fixtures, to reduce its running costs further and improve its in-house lighting rig.
The theatre, which first opened in 1913, went through a refurbishment in 2005 as part of a process to make the venue more energy-efficient. To help meet its target of an ‘A’ rating for energy efficiency, it worked with Andy Mahaffey, external sales at A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd (AC-ET), to choose the right fixtures.
After looking at a range of options, the majority of the stage lighting has been upgraded to Prolights fixtures, including LUMA700 and DIAMOND7 LED moving lights, StudioCOB FC LED PARs, plus Eclipse Full Colour LED Profiles and Eclipse Tuneable White LED Fresnels.
Theatre manager, Tim Mackrill has been impressed with the new fixtures. He commented: “The Prolights fixtures offer an excellent range of features and specifications at a competitive price.”
He continued: “One of the key attractions of the LED moving heads was the ability to have the light source dimming off, significantly reducing power consumption and extending the life of the units. We are already making savings both on our electricity bills and by not having to replace lamps.
“Andy and AC-ET have been incredibly supportive, sharing their knowledge to aid us in making the right decision. From demonstrations to ordering to delivery, the whole process is efficient and faultless with a fast turnaround. Any enquiries at all, before, during and after the sale, Andy and the team are always willing t

 
adlib-trnsmtAdlib keeps busy in Scotland’s summer season
Thursday, 11 October 2018

UK - As the temperatures soared to record levels, Adlib’s Glasgow based Scottish operation has enjoyed a busy and proactive summer supplying a full complement of technical services - lighting, sound and video - to a number of high profile events including the Glasgow and Edinburgh Summer Sessions, Rewind Festival’s Scottish date at Scone Palace plus sound and lighting to the 2018 TRNSMT festival on Glasgow Green.
This reflects a healthy schedule of locally based business for the company who opened their Scottish operation in 2016. Adlib has worked carefully and conscientiously to expand this offering technical services and equipment that are new to the region, in the process collaborating with a network of partners, promoters and other Scottish companies.
For Summer Sessions, two completely different sound and lighting systems were supplied.
The inaugural Edinburgh event was staged in Princes Street Gardens and welcomed 6,000 people, while the already established Glasgow site in Bellahouston Park accommodated 35,000 music fans.
Following the delivery of a highly successful TRNSMT 17, Adlib was approached by promoter DF Concerts to offer a full-service package for the 2018 Summer Sessions.
Chris Neary was the account handler and project manager for Adlib on the two events that ran concurrently, as Edinburgh finished on the Sunday, Glasgow started on the Monday.
Edinburgh’s six diverse shows were headlined by Tom Jones, Rag’n’Bone Man, Bastille, Paloma Faith and Kasabian, while Glasgow‘s featured Ki

 
 
stone-sourWall of Paladins delivers on Stone Sour tour
Thursday, 11 October 2018

USA - Stone Sour may be the opening act on the U.S. leg of Ozzy Osbourne’s No More Tours 2 tour, but the American hard rock band is making an impression with the help of lighting designer Scott Warner and a dynamic wall of colour.
On the road since late August with The Prince of Darkness, Stone Sour has made a serious opening act impact with a “huge wall of overwhelming colour” made up of multifunctional Elation Professional Paladin LED effect lights supplied by Bandit Lites.
“I knew coming into this tour that I didn’t have access to LEDs and with Stone Sour I need to have my colours flash quickly,” said Warner, who also serves as the tour’s lighting director/programmer. “I could’ve done a pod of small moving heads, but with the amount of fixtures the Ozzy tour was giving me, who’d see them? So I took the original pod idea that was used on our previous tours and decided to go with a wall of bright LED fixtures that would hold their own to what was given to me by the Ozzy tour.”
Warner created four upstage pods of Paladins, versatile hybrid luminaires with zoom that can function as a bright blinder or strobe, powerful wash light, or, because of its multiple pixel zone control, pixel map and eye candy looks. Each pod contains nine fixtures in a 3 x 3 matrix for a total of 36 units that play a prominent role in the lighting design. “The beam is incredibly bright and the zoom is amazing,” the designer comments. “It has great dimming as well. This rig goes in and out super fast, and my crew chief Adam McIntosh does a

 
altman-lightingAltman Par to debut at LDI 2018
Thursday, 11 October 2018

USA - Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the LDI Conference and Tradeshow, Altman Lighting is preparing for the North American debut of the new AP-150 RGBW LED Par luminaire at LDI 2018. Located in Booth 2227, Altman Lighting will be showcasing the AP-150 next generation Altman Par, along with celebrating their own 65th Anniversary, and taking part as a sponsor of the inaugural USA Knight of Illumination Awards.
“As we make our preparations for LDI 2018, we are thrilled to not only be launching new product, but also to be celebrating a unique milestone of our own,” began Julie Smith, Altman Lighting general manager. “With a rich history spanning 65 years as a trusted lighting manufacturer, we are eager to both honour our past, and continue moving forward by continuing to offer state-of-the-art lighting innovations.”
The AP-150 is a compact and lightweight, 135-watt RGBW LED wash which produces deep, saturated colours and soft, delicate pastels, while maintaining a smooth, uniform beam throughout the entire motorized zoom range.
“As we discussed the design behind the AP-150 RGBW Par luminaire, we always had the mindset of the designer at the forefront,” added Pete Borchetta, Altman Lighting product innovation. “With that idea leading the way, we are very excited to be launching our next generation Altman Par.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
experienceday2018-Highlite’s experience day proves its worth
Thursday, 11 October 2018

The Netherlands - Highlite International BV reports a very successful experience day. The annual in-house event was held 1 October. Highlite presented various workshops, lectures and product presentations which attracted customers from across Europe to visit the Highlite Headquarters to be part of the experience.
Checking out the latest developments in the Infinity-family, visiting the Chimp training-room, getting up-to-date on how to design and construct an outdoor stage. Or attending the Odin-shootout, taking part in the entertaining exclusive company -tour and in the meantime enjoy the Highlite hospitality, all in one day.
The many visitors had the possibility to register for several different workshops which were given by entertainment professionals and the Highlite product specialists. They could enjoy the latest presentation in the Highlite showroom where the brand-new show Trip out of space premiered. Additionally, there was enough time to meet with industry peers and discuss the current entertainment market.
The experience day, which started last year as successor of the Highlite open days, will continue next year.
(Jim Evans)

 
pf-2018ldiPixelFLEX heads to Las Vegas
Wednesday, 10 October 2018

USA - With the opening of the 2018 LDI Conference and Exhibition approaching, PixelFLEX will be partnering with four industry leaders exhibiting at the show. As entertainment professionals from around the world gather to celebrate the organization’s 30th Anniversary, the tradeshow experiences for Avolites, Kinesys, and Vectorworks will all feature a FLEXTour LED video system, while the FLEXCurtain HD will be on display with Froggys Fog.
“LDI draws an elite audience of live design professionals that demand top-of-the-line products,” said Dan Monaghan, vice president of marketing at Vectorworks. “With this need in mind, we’ve partnered with PixelFLEX to use their state-of-the-art LED screens to showcase our award-winning entertainment design software.”
Located in Booth 3139, Vectorworks is a global design and BIM software solutions provider serving professionals in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. With their 2D/3D cross-platform software, designers can build data-rich, visual models without sacrificing the design process, while collaborating efficiently throughout a project life-cycle.
“We are thrilled to be partnering up with PixelFLEX once again for LDI 2018,” said Scott Karan, director of marketing at Froggys Fog. “Because of the FLEXCurtain HD we have been able to create an unforgettable launch to our new machine line and 2019 marketing initiative. We absolutely love the FLEXCurtain HD, it is easy to ship, set up, operate and really kicked our trade show presence up to the next level.”
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