The Cut looks to a brighter future with Prolights
Friday, 25 September 2020
new-cuts-art-centre-looks-to-a-brighter-future-with-the-help-of-prolights-led-fixtures-c-callum-macdonald-The Cut offers a full programme of activities
UK - Since opening its doors 17 years ago, Suffolk creative entertainment, education and enterprise hub, the New Cuts Art Centre (The Cut), has gone from strength to strength, becoming a centre for arts in the community, and now offers a full programme of activities, including a weekly cinema, theatre, music, regular art exhibitions and an educational programme.
Looking to the future, the venue decided it was time to upgrade their existing lighting rig in the theatre to LED. As the space is used for a variety of performances and events, they needed fixtures that were versatile, easy to use and that could work for a range of styles - Prolights fixtures proved to be the answer.
Callum Macdonald of CM Lighting oversaw the specification and install of the lighting fixtures. He commented: “The theatre is a small community theatre that doubles up as a cinema. The programme mostly contains one-nighters and musical acts, so I wanted to create an easy to use fixed rig. There are no dedicated in-house technicians, so re-rigging for each act was not a viable option.”
After discussions and product demonstrations given by Benjamin Taylor of A.C. Entertainment Technologies - Prolights’ exclusive UK distributor - The Cut chose to invest in Prolights EclFresnels, EclProfile and Studio Cob PARs .
Callum continued: “I chose these Prolights products because of the light quality, colour and ease of use. In my opinion, the output of the saturated colours produced by the Studio Cobs exceeds that of some of the more expensive and popular equivalents out there.
“I was also really impressed with the EclFresnels colours, due to having both the lime and royal blue chips it is able to reach colours that a lot of base line LED fixtures struggle with while still keeping their intensity. Another great feature is easily being able to control intensity and colour temperature from dials on the side of the units. This was perfect for the brief of having user friendly fixtures.”
Benjamin Taylor and Ben Steppenbeck of AC-ET’s sales division, worked with Callum to ensure he found the right solution for the venue.
Callum summarised: “I am really pleased with the service I received from AC-ET. It was friendly, fast and professional. Both Bens have been incredibly helpful and are always on hand to answer any questions. I feel they are more like friends than salesmen.”

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