Lighting News

tmbTMB shows broad spectrum at Lightfair 2019
Wednesday, 15 May 2019

USA - At Lightfair 2019, the lighting and design trade show held in Philadelphia, TMB will show a wide and varied selection of products derived in large part from the company’s extensive experience supplying innovative products to the entertainment and production staging markets.
New to the Firefly Festoon range of professional-grade LED festoon lamps are ‘Classic’ S14, glass, 120V versions. The classic Firefly G45 versions, available in 24V and 120V, are outdoor rated, shatterproof, and safe. Firefly Festoon lamps are well known for their bright consistent colours and whites, plus a selection of golden warm white ‘Filament’ versions.
The new Mozart UV is compact and lightweight, is IP65-rated and delivers up to 40 Watts of LED UV power, outputting 100% pure UV light with ZERO visible light. In addition to the compact size, a remote PSU and easy to connect wiring scheme make these the UV fixtures that will go almost anywhere!
The popular FloppyFlex range of world-class, professional-grade, flexible ‘LED Neon’ continues to grow. Super-bright, reliable, easy-to-use, long-lasting, durable and low-voltage SAFE, FloppyFlex can be used indoors, outdoors, and even underwater. FloppyFlex is available in four sizes with various bend options, in an extensive pallet of single-colours and whites, plus DMX-controlled RGB, RGBW, and multi-pixel Digital RGB and RGBW versions
Rounding out the comprehensive ProPlex range of control and drive devices for permanent installations are three new ProPlex DIN Rail devices: The 0-10V DMX Converter, bidir

forsytheAyrton WildSun K-25 TC premieres with Boston Ballet
Wednesday, 15 May 2019

USA - Ayrton, and its exclusive US distributor, ACT Lighting Inc, in conjunction with lighting equipment supplier 4wall Entertainment, supported Boston Ballet’s 2018–2019 spring season with the provision of Ayrton WildSun K-25 TC LED fixtures for Full on Forsythe, a trio of works from prestigious choreographer William Forsythe.
The programme features Playlist (EP), Forsythe’s first world premiere to be created with an American company since 1992, the North American premiere of Blake Works I, and the return of Pas/Parts 2018.
Boston Ballet’s lighting director, Brandon Stirling Baker, explains why he chose Ayrton WildSun K-25 TC: “As the lighting director of Boston Ballet it is my responsibility to maintain the work of over 100 international lighting designers in our repertory. I am always looking for creative tools and lighting equipment that allow the designers to create their vision but, most importantly, find equipment that is efficient and reliable enough to endure a month-long season.
“For over 20 years, Boston Ballet has used HMI 4K Fresnels which provide a beautiful quality of white light but are not without their own unique consequences. I have been searching for the perfect HMI replacement. Ayrton is a company that I have greatly admired for many years and when I heard about its WildSun K-25 TC, I immediately knew that this could be a great replacement and solution to the HMI problem.”
Ayrton WildSun K25-TC (True Colour) is an evolution of the WildSun K25, specially geared to shooting and bro

ildivoChauvet rig anchors Il Divo US dates
Wednesday, 15 May 2019

USA - On the North American leg of their current Timeless tour, multinational classical crossover group Il Divo is being supported by a smoothly flowing and versatile lightshow anchored by Chauvet Professional fixtures, supplied by Showtime Sound LLC. A collection of 22 Rogue R2 Wash fixtures, along with 20 Rogue R1 FX-B units and seven STRIKE 4 multi-formatted lights, are used in the touring rig.
Flown on the upstage and midstage truss and hung on vertical truss towers, the Rogue R2 Wash fixtures bathe the stage in even fields of richly coloured light. While the overhead RGBW units bathe the stage in a variety of colours to reflect different moods, their 12° to 49° zoom range allows changes in the coverage area throughout each show to create a variety of different looks.
The linear Rogue R1 FX-B fixtures are used to frame the stage. With their infinite pan and tilt and five independently controlled moving heads on each fixture, these units serve to provide a level of eye candy not typically associated with a classical concert, something that delights and surprises audiences.
Also engaging audiences are the versatile STRIKE 4 fixtures. Flown on upstage truss, these high-output units provide audience lighting, while also engendering a sense of engagement with their warm white light.
(Jim Evans)

best-audio--lighting-demo-daysBest Audio & Lighting holds Elation demo days
Wednesday, 15 May 2019

France - Elation Professional’s French distributor, Best Audio & Lighting, is inviting lighting professionals to its studio near Paris 21-23 May for a chance to demo and get hands on with Elation lights, including the newest luminaires in Elation’s comprehensive product line.
This is an opportunity to check out Elation’s award-winning product line and get up close with some of the newest offerings such as the Proteus Maximus, Artiste Monet, Rayzor 760, Proteus Smarty Hybrid and Fuze Profile. Lighting control products from Obsidian Control System like the NX 2, M-Touch and M-Play will also be available for hands-on examination. Registration is requested at
(Jim Evans)

dwrDWR hosts studio lighting workshop
Wednesday, 15 May 2019

South Africa - DWR Distribution is hosting a studio lighting workshop presented by Peter Rieck on 28 May from 9am to 5pm local time.
Peter is well known in the South African industry for lighting countless studio and television productions. His easy-going nature and wealth of experience will make this a training course not to be missed.
The course will be hosted at DWR, 9 Zeiss Street, Laserpark, Honeydew. The cost is R450 and includes eats and refreshments. Bookings can be made here.
(Jim Evans)

robe-blackout-projectBlackout premieres with industry support
Wednesday, 15 May 2019

UK - At the beginning of May, a two-year project came to be realised for inspirational Guildford School of Acting lighting tutor Michelle (Mig) Burgess when her design installation Blackout was revealed to the industry.
Harnessing the collective powers of light, sound and video in the hope of affecting genuine changes in an approach to mental health, Mig set about on her quest over two years ago.
Mig is open about living with Bipolar II disorder – a condition with which she was finally diagnosed in her late twenties. And for the past couple of years, she has been formulating a plan to create a design installation to portray, in a sensory way, the mental journey inside a Bipolar II patient’s head as they transition through a manic episode.
The result has been a highly provocative, moving installation, experienced alone for six minutes, and which, over the course of four days was seen by over 250 industry professionals, venue operators, young people and mental health experts.
The creative team role call is certainly impressive and made up of a number of recognised industry professionals all of whom are long-term friends of Mig’s. “I had to bide my time to ensure that if I went ahead, I could deliver the project to a high enough standard to do the installation justice” explains Mig.
Finn Ross is a university friend “who just happens to be a fabulous and talented, award-winning video designer’, smiles Mig. “And the first person I broached Blackout to was theatre director Simon Anderson who I have previously worked wi

djembeDjembe! debuts under Elation lighting rig
Tuesday, 14 May 2019

USA - Djembe! The Show is an energy-filled, theatrical concert experience that mixes traditional West African beats with modern takes on contemporary music that has toured Europe and even been featured on Ted Talks and Oprah’s Super Soul Sessions. It made its limited US debut at the Apollo Theatre in Chicago with lighting design by Zach Blane who used an all Elation LED lighting rig to accentuate the production. Support was provided by Elation dealer ILC.
Djembe!, which opened 10 April and ran through 12 May, is a celebration of African culture with drumming and musical performances by a cast composed mostly of West African musicians. Guests of the show were handed a drum – a djembe – and invited to play along.
The Apollo Theatre features a three-quarter thrust stage with the audience on three sides, a setup that gives guests an intimate experience. According to LD Zach Blane, it also gave lighting a large role in Djembe. “Separate of supporting all of the beats of the piece tonally, the basic lighting need to have everyone be seen requires more lighting than a traditional end stage set up,” he said. “There are three points of vision at all times and it required three times the amount of lighting to render the piece, as designed.”
Used to reinforce the energy and emotion of the show was an all LED Elation lighting rig of ellipsoidals, moving heads, Pars and battens with the mid-air projection canopy coming from Antari F-4 Fazers. Blane says that haze, and the “air lighting” it makes possible, played a v

robe-popland-2019Robe lights Popland in Madrid
Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Spain - Lighting designer Eduardo Valverde of Pixelmap Studios utilised the dynamic multi-functionality of Robe’s MegaPointe moving lights together with Robe LEDWash 800s and other fixtures to help create the atmosphere for Popland, a musical journey staged at the WiZink Centre in Madrid.
The show was a diverse electronic and symphonic fusion illustrating pop, rock and dance music ‘moments’ from the last 50 years, presented by one of Spain’s most influential mix-masters, DJ Nano, in conjunction with Catalan experimental theatre company La Fura dels Baus and the Darevitam! Orchestra conducted by Bruno Axel.
The event - three years in the making - was the brainchild of DJ Nano, who initiated with the concept together with Sharemusic! who produced this very special event with another two major Spanish promoters, Planet Events and Disorder.
Eduardo and Pixelmap Studios designed the stage in consultation with Nano – his first working with the artist – and set which included a 10m-wide by 6m-high upstage automated LED screen and four impressive 14m-tall 1.5m wide curved truss sections filled with convex LED panels.
The idea with the set was to create a stage to accommodate two sets of DJs that could also conceal the orchestra.
The night kicked off with a homage to some of the most legendary rock bands and artists of our time including AC/DC, The Rolling Stones and Queen, with the orchestra prominently involved in some unique arrangements for this chapter of the story.
When it came to moving lights, he wanted the most

macauRobert Juliat in The House of Dancing Water
Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Macau - Six Robert Juliat 600W LED Oz followspots have been installed as part of the recent upgrade of the spectacular Franco Dragone show, The House of Dancing Water in Macau’s City of Dreams. The powerful, long-throw LED models were supplied with push-pull, six-way colour changers and heavy-duty adjustable yokes in anticipation of the show’s extremely busy schedule.
The House of Dancing Water has been seen by over 5m people since its premiere in 2010. It is probably the largest and most spectacular water-based show in the world and, after more than 3000 performances, the longest running show on the Cotai Strip.
The show takes place in the purpose-built, 2000-seat, 270° in-the-round, House of Dancing Water Theatre and is directed by Franco Dragone. The story is focused around a huge 50m x 7m deep pool containing 3.7m gallons of water and involves 90 performers and over 200 international technicians who work their magic to create a show that dances with colour and light.
The show’s lighting designer, award-winning Luc Lafortune, originally specified Robert Juliat Victor followspots and 14 RJ D’Artagnan profiles, all of which have worked hard for eight years, playing 10 shows a week in a highly unusual, moisture-filled environment, and been maintained by the lighting team led by head of lighting, projections and special effects, Karl Jenkins.
Jenkins comments, “Robert Juliat provides some of the most optically accurate luminaires in the world, and for this reason and their amazing longevity, they were chosen for the ori

dronesAO Technology launches drone division
Monday, 13 May 2019

UAE/Europe - AO Technology has launched AO Drones, a new division in its portfolio of visual design services.
Utilising advanced technology developed specifically for entertainment applications, AO Drones’ software facilitates flexible, fast show creation for both indoor and outdoor environments, says the company.
AO Drones currently serves the Middle East region from its UAE hub, and Europe from its German HQ. However, with partnerships in America, Asia and Africa, the business is able to deliver shows worldwide. 
“We’re thrilled to bring AO Drones to the market,” says AO producer Marco Niedermeier. “Over the last couple of years we’ve merged 25 years of experience in visual design and entertainment technology development with this innovative new drone technology, to enable live visual design to achieve a whole new level of spectacular.”
Niedermeier continues: “AO Drones offers our clients full-service 3D pre-visualisation using 3D design software and 3D video rendering, plus we have a global network of trained pilots, creatives and technicians who can work with our clients to deliver mind-blowing visual designs in the sky.”
Drones can be deployed individually or in small or large groups. Indeed, large numbers of drones can create stunning swarming effects and deliver vibrant volumetric patterns, which in turn can interact and respond to other elements of a production such as audio, lighting and video.
Each drone unit features high-brightness LED surfaces, offering visual

singaporeGrand Copthorne upgrades with Martin
Monday, 13 May 2019

Singapore - Concept System recently upgraded the ballroom and function rooms at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront hotel with Martin by Harman RUSH LED light fixtures.
Overlooking the picturesque Singapore River, the 30-story Grand Copthorne Waterfront is located in one of Asia’s most popular tourist destinations. The hotel’s management recently decided to upgrade the antiquated lighting systems in the ballroom and function rooms with efficient LED solutions, and hired Concept System to outfit the property with Martin RUSH MH 1 Profile.
"Elaborate functions like weddings and banquets require stunning visual effects," says Gerald Fong, senior sales manager at Concept System. "The Grand Copthorne selected Martin fixtures because of their quality, efficiency and Harman’s remarkable service, and specifically asked us to use Martin’s LED fixtures in their grand ballroom and function rooms."
In addition to their reduced power consumption, Concept System selected Martin LED fixtures for their rich colour palette, versatility and low-profile design.
"Martin’s lighting equipment is perfectly complements the luxury aesthetic of The Grand Copthorne,” says Selamat Danyati, audio visual manager at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront. "Since our hotel hosts a variety of spectacular events, it was important to have a reliable and flexible LED fixture that could produce beautiful colours and stunning effects."
"It is a privilege to see Martin products add to the allure of the Grand Copthorne Waterfront and we appreciate the hotel’s continued trust in

sushitheaterChauvet performs at Kyoto Sushi Theatre
Monday, 13 May 2019

Japan - It’s impossible to walk through the prefecture of Gion and not be swept up in its vibrant pace of life. The most celebrated geisha district in a city that is itself the cultural heart of Japan, the neighbourhood is renowned for its dining and entertainment attractions.
Both of these offerings are found in the Kyoto Sushi Theatre, a lively venue that serves up a culinary and artistic feast for its customers. Creating a colourful and engaging backdrop for this dual experience is an Andy Hinago-designed lightshow that features a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures, supplied by PRG Japan.
Given that the ‘theatre side’ of Kyoto Sushi Theatre features not only traditional Kabuki, but also more modern, western-style Shingeki performances, Andy (who owns GOTTA, Inc.) placed an emphasis on versatility when putting together his rig for the venue. This led him to place the Maverick MK Pyxis at the top of his gear list.
“Typically, I start building my rig by selecting washes, but when I saw the Pyxis, I knew I had to have it,” says Hinago, who installed 15 of the moving fixtures at the theatre. “Pyxis was first because of all I could do with it. The outer ring of pixels and centre pixel offer so many options. Plus, it has continuous pan and tilt, built-in colour macros, gobos with vibrant, punchy colours, so it opens a lot of options.”
In addition to its Pyxis units, the theatre rig features three Rogue R1 FX-B fixtures. “The Rogue R1 FX-Bs are very flexible and work well with the Pyxis, allowing me to create a wide variet

robe-mphRobe ups the MPH in Australia
Monday, 13 May 2019

Australia - Melbourne-based lighting rental and production company MPH Australia, headed by Matt Hansen, continues to invest in Robe products, with the latest additions being over 80 MegaPointes, 50 Spiiders and 50 BMFLs.
These join a growing inventory of Robe moving lights, currently in the region of 700, including BMFL Spots and Blades, Pointes, LEDWash 600s and LEDBeam 100s. Hansen has made the commitment to Robe’s newest tech after having utilised the products on shows - including his own - for several years.
He founded MPH (Matt’s Party Hire) in 2006 initially to stock LED products like SoftLED cloth and the company has grown into a much larger ‘party’. Having the new technology onboard has been “incredible” says Hansen. “They have been out constantly, and that’s set to continue; MegaPointes and Spiiders are both products ‘of the moment’.”
The Australian festival scene is notoriously environmentally tough, in terms of the weather and the location, another aspect where Matt thinks Robe has always done exceptionally well.
The very first gig for his newly delivered MegaPointes was the 2018 Parrtjima Festival of Light in Alice Springs where LD Richard Neville of Mandy Lights used 80 fixtures to illuminate the West MacDonnell Mountain Range - for a whole month - with custom gobos and spectacular effects!
The fixtures were spread out over 1.5km and run via wireless Ethernet for control, where their incredible brightness and excellent build quality ensured a great installation.
They returned briefly to the ware

impression-s350-washGLP highlights five at PLASA Focus Leeds
Monday, 13 May 2019

UK - PLASA Focus Leeds will present a first opportunity for GLP UK to showcase the five new products unveiled at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt last month.
It will also demonstrate the degree to which the company has grown this past year. From the corporate end they have celebrated their 25th year by adding Fusion to their brand portfolio, while the UK operation, having moved to larger premises in Redhill, and recruited former Robe and TSL specialist, Greg Westwood as new technical manager. The full complement of UK staff will be present at the booth.
In order to give full exposure to the new products GLP has moved to a new location at the Royal Armouries, occupying the main foyer of the New Dock. “This will provide us with a great opportunity to build brand awareness and engage in the kind of networking for which PLASA Focus is well known,” said head of GLP UK, Simon Barrett.
As to the new products these consist of the following:
Highlander: Launched in Frankfurt with a distinctly Scottish theme, this is an impressive, traditional wash light based on a 1,400W discharge lamp, with a large zoom range, impressive field angle, full motion 4-blade framing system and fast iris.
KNV Dot / KNV Line: The KNV Line consists of five single pixels in a row, in which form factor is maintained 1:1 and thus they correspond to five KNV lines in form and pixel distance of a KNV cube. The KNV Dot is formed from a single power pixel (1 x white + 16 x RGB) in the form factor 2:1. Both were central to the Frankfurt lightshow, and wooed crowds permanently th

showlightShowlight 2021 dates and venue announced
Friday, 10 May 2019

France - Details of Showlight 2021, the unique lighting colloquium organised for lighting professionals by lighting professionals, have been announced. The next gathering for this quadrennial event will take place on 22-25 May 2021 in the French town of Fontainebleau. The main sponsor for the event will be the 100-year old French manufacturer of followspots and theatrical luminaires, Robert Juliat.
The Showlight committee searched long and hard for a setting worthy of Showlight’s reputation for fascinating locations, and settled on the historic town of Fontainebleau which lies 55.5km (34.5 miles) south east of Paris.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its medieval Château de Fontainebleau, a royal and imperial residence for more than 800 years, and surrounded by former royal hunting park, Fontainebleau Forest, Fontainebleau is a picturesque setting full of characterful bars and restaurants which will provide an entertaining backdrop to the main activities of Showlight 2021.
The highly-anticipated conference will take place in the town’s Théâtre Municipal, directly opposite the Château de Fontainebleau, where delegates can enjoy the varied programme of conference papers delivered by professionals across many lighting disciplines. A small supporting exhibition will take place in the theatre’s foyer and courtyard between papers sessions, offering superb opportunities to network and exchange ideas with other lighting professionals. And of course, the event will close with a resplendent Gala Dinner in a

etc-ETC names regional sales managers
Friday, 10 May 2019

Europe - ETC has given new roles for two of its employees. Jeremy Roberts has been appointed as regional sales manager for the UK and Mark White - as regional sales manager for Ireland, & UK rigging.
Roberts will support ETC and High End Systems’ dealers, distributors and customers across the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa sales territories and provide strategic and operational client management whilst continuing to identify sales opportunities across these regions. He joined ETC 20 years ago having previously worked as the head of light and sound at Nottingham Playhouse Theatre. He had experience working in theatre for 15 years before starting with ETC in the London office.
Mark White has worked for ETC for over 18 years. In his new position, he will focus on growing the business in Ireland whilst progressing ETC’s stage machinery offering across the UK. As the rigging sector continues to grow, White will concentrate on ETC’s exciting developments in this area whilst also continuing to build customer and dealer relations.
Prior to ETC, Mark worked at the Royal Opera House where he was actively involved in the redevelopment of the building.
Darren Beckley, sales manager of ETC, comments: “As ETC continues to grow and develop as a business, offering these new positions ensures that there is a sustained effort in driving the business forward. They have both been instrumental in the growth of their regions for ETC and High End Systems and their wealth of knowledge and expertise gives me huge confidence that they will be successful in their

ac-et-at-plasa-focus-leeds-2019AC-ET brings innovation to PLASA Focus Leeds
Friday, 10 May 2019

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) knowledgeable staff will be on hand to demonstrate a number of leading brands and technologies from its one-stop portfolio at PLASA Focus Leeds next week (stand N-E02).
Continuing Chroma-Q’s celebration of 15 years in LED innovation, the multi award-winning Color Force II will be on show to demonstrate stunning colour blending for a multitude of cyc, wash and effects lighting applications. The award-winning Space Force LED space/soft light will be illuminating the stand. It combines a powerful output with tuneable white control in a lightweight, internally ballasted design featuring low heat convection cooling. Using a homogenised LED source capable of delivering variable colour temperature, plus/minus green shift control and the ability to produce deep saturated colours when needed, the Studio Force II is specifically designed for TV Broadcast and film applications.
Showing at PLASA Focus Leeds for the first time, the Vista 3 by Chroma-Q lighting & media control system provides simple, visually-based programming and control which is scalable from small venue up to large concert tour applications.
Making their UK tradeshow debuts, a range of new Prolights fixtures will feature on the stand including the Panorama IP Spot, a powerful IP65 rated moving LED spot; the Pixie Wash XB, a 280W single source LED wash luminaire and the RA2000, a powerful, silent LED moving profile with high CRI ideal for theatrical, touring and broadcast productions.
First unveiled at Prolight + Sound, the Luminex Lumino

maxMax Giesinger takes The Journey with GLP
Friday, 10 May 2019

Germany - Singer-songwriter Max Giesinger has been a regular in the German-speaking world of music for several years. Following the 2016 album The Boy Who Runs, Giesinger released the studio album The Journey in the Autumn of 2018. From mid-February to mid-March 2019, he embarked on the first leg of his eponymous tour, which led him through German arenas via four stops in Austria and Switzerland.
Lighting designer Tom ‘Standtom’ Groß, who has been with Giesinger since 2016, produced an unconventional design for the tour. "In the run-up to the tour, I brainstormed this with the management and the artist,” he recalls. “I wanted a classic set-up of spot and wash lights, and to avoid a backdrop at the back. So all involved provided input, and the result was a three-dimensional design - minus a backdrop.”
In addition to some spots that Standtom found indispensable, GLP impression X4 Bar 20 and JDC1 hybrid strobes played a major role. The GLP X4 Bars have been a a staple element in his design for quite some time. "With the X4 Bars, I can bathe the stage very quickly in colour, but also create fantastic light curtains. The Bars are extremely versatile. Although you only have tilt as far as movement is concerned, this still provides a lot of variation. When programming the Bars you have to think differently in order to fully exploit their possibilities. That's great fun.”
A total of 17 GLP X4 Bar 20 populated three levels of truss hanging at different heights, tapering from front to back, for spatial depth on the stage. A horizont

green-goGreen-GO extends distribution network
Friday, 10 May 2019

The Netherlands - ELC Lighting has appointed two distribution partners for the Green-GO range.
Event Communications Australia has taken responsibility for the brand in the Australian market, while Electrosonic SA has been appointed as distributor for South Africa.
Sydney-based Event Communications Australia, founded by Peter Cochrane and Frank Madzin, is a specialist provider of professional comms systems for the event production market. To meet the demand for Green-GO across Australia’s vast geographical area, the company has formed close working relationships with partners around the country. In addition, they recently recruited Robbi Nassi, a well-known figure in South Africa’s production industry, as a Green-GO specialist.
Nassi comments: “We see great potential for Green-GO Digital in this market. It has been extremely well received, as if the market has been waiting for such a product for a long time. We’ve seen success from live events through to broadcast, and we’re sure it will continue its growth into sporting events and other exciting potential areas of use.
“The Green-GO system is easy to grasp, yet offers powerful control and the ability to interface with existing Party-line systems, 2-way radio, 4-wire devices, remote bridging - and all completely scalable. This is the winning solution behind the Green-GO product range. It’s the only IP-based event communications system on the market, it’s well priced and offers a simple solution for basic to complex communication.”
Electrosonic SA director Bruce Schwartz

xr-580-beamPR Lighting expands XR series
Thursday, 9 May 2019

China - PR Lighting has added two fixtures to its XR Series of moving heads.
The new XR 580 BWS (PR-2552) and XR 580 Beam (PR-2554) incorporate the Philips MSD Platinum 550W 25R lamp (with the Osram Sirius HRI 550W XR as an option).
Features include a colour wheel with 11 colour filters (and CTO plus open), with bi-directional rainbow effect at variable speeds and stepping/linear colour changing. Also included are a CMY colour mixing system with macro and individual CTO colour temperature adjustment (0-100%).
The optical path also contains a fixed gobo wheel with 18 gobos plus open, bi-directionally rotatable and shakeable at variable speeds, as well as a rotating gobo wheel with seven gobos plus open, which are replaceable.
The fixture provides three prisms: 8-facet, 9-facet and 4-facet, with optional 3-facet and 16-facet prisms and frost filter, while the effect wheel can overlap with the gobos.
Other features include motorised linear focus and zoom, strobe function (0.3-25 fps) and head movement of 540° (pan) and 270° (tilt) with auto position correction and adjustable speed.
(Jim Evans)

colorline-photocredit-kwieChauvet boards world’s largest cruise ferry
Thursday, 9 May 2019

Norway - Boasting 1000 cabins and 54 suites, the MS Color Magic is the world's largest cruise ferry. For guests on her regular voyage between Oslo and Kiel however, Color Magic's real appeal lies in its generous onboard activities and entertainment, which includes a fully-equipped theatre, shopping mall and a night club.
After having installed over 50 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 Spot and Wash fixtures as part of the vessel’s 2018 entertainment upgrade - which included installations in both the theatre and night club - Entech International was once again brought on-board to work on the ship's promenade area, specifying 14 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 Spot and 12 Maverick MK2 Wash fixtures.
In addition to providing a more efficient upgrade to replace the outdated lighting equipment on the ship, which is owned by Color Line, the new Maverick fixtures created opportunities to enliven the pop-up shows, acrobatic performances, magic performances and other activities taking place on the promenade, as well as providing ambient lighting throughout the crossing.
"After last year's successful theatre upgrade, we were confident that the Maverick Spot and Wash combination would be more than capable of providing a number of punchy, yet precise, looks to transform the promenade," comments Simon Featherstone, project manager at Entech International. "As a result, we knew that the versatility of the fixtures would provide a great solution for Color Line.”
Positioned from several high-level trussing beams spanning the promenade area and its ar

claypakyClaypaky goes for direct sales in the UK
Wednesday, 8 May 2019

UK - Claypaky has announced that, with immediate effect, it will handle directly the distribution of its products in the UK market.
The Italian manufacturer has thanked its long-term UK distribution company Ambersphere Solutions; the collaboration between the two companies will continue for the after sales technical support for all the equipment that Ambersphere has supplied. The direct contacts with customers will be managed by Emilio Cornelli, a face already known to many, who returns as UK regional manager. 
Pio Nahum, CEO of Claypaky, comments: "The stage lighting market is changing rapidly and we decided that, in an influential market such as the UK, a direct relationship with customers and Lighting Designers that make use of our products has become indispensable".
"In the increasingly competitive scenario in which we operate, our totally renewed range of products, deserves an uncompromising dedication that only the direct presence can guarantee," Alberico D'Amato, international sales director, states. "Our mission is to ensure that all customers have access to our cutting-edge products”, Cornelli says, "and that they enjoy the best return on their investment through competitive purchase options and the highest functionality of their equipment."

pr-imageAmbersphere streamline product portfolio.
Wednesday, 8 May 2019

UK - Distribution company Ambersphere Solutions has announced a streamlining of its product portfolio.
Ambersphere MD, Glyn O’Donoghue, comments: “We have decided to dedicate our moving light offering to Ayrton Digital Lighting. It has been a real privilege to witness the innovation coming from the Ayrton development team and to experience the exceptional product-reliability first hand. We are very excited about the future working exclusively with Ayrton moving lights”.
O’Donoghue continues: “To allow us to focus solely on Ayrton, we have decided to cease our distribution relationship with Claypaky. However, we remain dedicated to providing ongoing service and support for all of the equipment we have sold”.
“I would like to thank the Claypaky team for working exclusively with Ambersphere for the past eight years in the UK and wish them all the best for the future.”

zero-88-plasa-focus-2019-product-collection-rZero 88 gets serious at PLASA Focus Leeds
Wednesday, 8 May 2019

UK - Lighting control manufacturer and specialist Zero 88 is all set for some serious networking and interaction in the highly convivial environment of PLASA Focus Leeds, taking place at the Royal Armories on 14-15 May.
The team including Jon Hole, Tyler Holpin, David Catterall, Edward Smith, Nathanael Orr and Charlie Madsen will be on Stand N-B12 and is looking forward to welcoming current and future professionals from all sectors of entertainment technology.
After successful take up and listening to feedback from previous years, Zero 88 is again providing free 75-minute training sessions through Tuesday 14 May on its award-winning FLX lighting console. Sessions start at 10:00, 11:30, 13:00, 14:30 and 16:00. Places can be booked in advance to guarantee a space via - and guests can also feel free to drop in too.
“PLASA Focus Leeds has always been a valuable place and space for us to meet and greet,” comments Zero 88 product manager Jon Hole. “As well as many customers and friends we know, there are always new faces and future professionals who are already invested in the industry. The atmosphere is lively, friendly and vibrant and we look forward to being part of the buzz.”
It will be the first UK trade show for four new and truly multifunctional products from Zero 88: Betapack 4 - one product with six dynamic variants; the ZerOS Server - one product with three different uses; new Data Distribution products - the first of a complete new range, and the latest ZerOS 7.9.5 software release for all ZerOS consoles.


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