Pulsar lights St Kilda Sea Baths in all weather conditions
Posted on Friday, July 14th, 2017
Melbourne’s iconic St Kilda Sea Baths has been given a facelift in the form of beautiful coloured lighting, the perfect way to bring the heritage listed turrets and historic building on St Kilda Beach, to life.
Travis Atkins, Centre Marketing for Sea Baths was tasked with looking into a variety of ways to maximize the building’s appeal to passing clientele and enhance the building generally from Jacka Boulevard and the Upper Esplanade.
“You can’t see into the building so we wanted to make the most of that frontage onto Jacka Boulevard,” said Travis. “We decided that lighting would be the best option especially as we can change the colour of the façade to suit key events, both local and international. So now the building can turn pink for Breast Cancer Awareness, or red for World Aids Day or even our beloved St Kilda football club colours!”
Due to the marine environment, Travis required the absolute best product for the job; lighting fixtures that could stand up to the challenging wind and salt water. Marine grade is a critical requirement in this beachside location.
“It’s a very demanding environment and hence, with the help of our lighting architect, John Ford and production team RTR, we selected Pulsar products” he said. “The lights have certainly given more life to a very high profile iconic destination.”
RTR Productions assisted with the design, performed the installation and will supply long term technical support and maintenance for the client.
“The most difficult part of the installation was working within the client budget and expectations,” Cris Cochis of RTR. “The Pulsar products are well made and with extra options for harsh environments, we knew that they were the best product for this project. Also, as always, great support from the distributor makes the job easier.”
Sixteen Pulsar ChromaPixelStrip 25 TriColour 1200mm polycarbonate tube linear fixtures are installed above the window arches to reflect the building’s architectural design and curves. Eight Pulsar ChromaFlood100 TriColour are situated all around the historic turrets, where they deliver even coverage and light distribution to these impressive structures.
A couple of Pulsar ChromaFlood200 TriColour with 25?lenses are situated inside the turrets to give a full wash of the inside. Two more are located on the fascia facing each other to give an even coverage of the fascia’s long front.
Cris commented that the ChromaFloods are really good having stainless steel casing and extra coating on all electronic parts to resist harsh environments such as St Kilda’s seaside.
Colours can be controlled remotely from a laptop or iPhone running Martin software through a USB to DMX dongle that then controls Smartshow DMX recorder.
Perth Concert Hall shines bright with Jands
Posted on Sunday, July 9th, 2017
Perth Concert Hall, renowned for having among the finest acoustics in the southern hemisphere, serves as the primary performance venue for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, as well the venue hosts many diverse performances and events all year round from classical concerts through to contemporary music.
For their largest lighting update since the venue opened in 1973, Perth Concert Hall considered options for upgrading their ageing generic lighting rig. Alex Spartalis, head of lighting at the venue, was in charge of this process and said, “We wanted to replace a large number of our profiles with LED units and so shot some units out against each other. The Source 4 Series 2 Lustr from ETC couldn’t be beaten when the combined factors of brightness, colour & dimming quality, fan noise and reliability were taken into consideration.”
The venue took delivery of 66 Source 4 LED Series 2 Lustr units in October last year. Since then the units have performed flawlessly. “We only had 1 single unit fail out of 66 and that was replaced by our WA dealer Evolution 512 and Jands promptly” Alex says. Evolution 512 also supplied a number of Jands DD8-II DMX splitters to help distribute data around to all the fixtures and Jands PDS12 Power Distribution racks to power the new system.
36 of the units were fitted with 19 degree lenses to replace the orchestral downlights, a job which was previously done with Lekos. After the swap over was complete Alex said the toughest crowd, the orchestra, were happy with both the colour quality of light and brightness. “We were able to achieve a much flatter field and even wash with the new units than before, and were even able to reduce the amount of fixtures required. Having individual control rather than pairs of orchestrals which previously covered large areas has opened up a lot of flexibility and control in isolating small parts of the stage”. Alex further commented that the flexibility in terms of being able to instantly colour the overhead wash which was previously not able to be gelled due to the awkward location of the lamps has opened up so many more possibilities. “We can do contemporary performances without the need to add trusses of moving colour wash lights. When we have hire budgets for our bigger shows we can now spend all that money on units such as beam / profile movers that enhance the performance rather than blowing half of it on trusses of colour washes.”
The lighting towers attached to the auditorium walls loaded with 110v pars were also replaced. “What was previously a small selection of standard rock and roll colours now has the option to give us a whole host of pastel colours for our more classical shows thanks to 22 more Lustr’s fitted with 26 degree lenses.” Alex and the PCH team found in this location that they again required less units than before, so a few of these profiles became a dedicated colour wash on the 3000 pipe organ in the hall, which now looks rather impressive.
The final 8 units are fitted with 15-30 zoom lenses as variable focus and variable purpose fixtures in a few different locations. Since the main bulk of the standard rig is now covered by the new Lustr’s Alex says, “We have even lit a show or two solely with the LED fixtures. We now have a product that we can present to our clients and say, ‘Here is a complete package,’ without putting a lot of extra gear and labour in”. The entire project was made possible through the State Government’s Department of Culture and the Arts Infrastructure Improvement Program.
ShowPro LED House Lights ‘work perfectly’ in School Theatre
Posted on Friday, June 23rd, 2017
Stuart Feldt from Camberwell Grammar School’s technical services department, had been looking to replace the house lights in the school’s theatre for quite some time.
“We had 500 watt tungsten lamps in physically large fixtures, similar to warehouse lights,” he explained. “They used a lot of power and lamps were blowing regularly.”
The specification for the new lights was that they had to have smooth dimming to zero, silent operation with no fan, and the look and feel of a tungsten light so regular patrons wouldn’t notice the fixtures had changed.
The existing fixtures had a visible filament and this, combined with the fitting, threw shadows onto the brick walls of the theatre. Stuart remarked that they wanted to retain that look so that the building didn’t look stark and flat.
System Design and Integration was done by Michael Zagarn who recommended the ShowPro LED House Light with consistent warm white output suitable for live and broadcast applications.
“The ShowPro LED House Lights work perfectly, and the DMX dimming allowed us to integrate control from Dynalite and our ArtNET theatre lighting system,” remarked Stuart. “Power consumption has been cut by 80%, with heat load savings as well.”
The ShowPro LED House Light also offers silent operation due to its’ advanced convection-cooled design. An adjustable PWM frequency ensures flicker-free, camera-safe performance. A removable yoke and permanent cable anchor allow for pendant suspension mounting. There are three interchangeable lenses to match beam angle to mounted height as well as an optical egg crate diffuser and top hat accessories.
“Our forty-six ShowPro LED House Lights have been performing better than expected,” said Stuart. “We are extremely happy with them. The small point source creates the interesting shadows we wanted to retain. Dimming is smooth. The light output is at least 30% brighter across the space, and the choice of lenses provides us with a narrower beam option which we used in the fittings around the edge of the theatre thus keeping the light intensity even right to the edges.”
Michael Zagarn also supplied a Martin M2PC Console and a Martin Ether2DMX8.
Panthers Penrith upgrade Evan Theatre with Show Technology
Posted on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
The Evan Theatre at Panthers Penrith is a premium, purpose built entertainment venue, available for private hire and public shows. It features a permanent theatrical stage, fully licensed bar, seating for up to 850 patrons and the services you would expect from a full-production theatre.
Over the years, the venue has hosted an array of leading entertainers including John Farnham, Boys II Men, The Wiggles and David Strassman. Fifteen years ago, the venue purchased some Martin MAC500 and MAC600 fixtures which have managed well over this time – as have their Claypaky Golden Scan 3 fixtures! However, it was definitely time for an upgrade to a more state of the art rig and the decision was made to purchase eight Claypaky A.leda B-EYE K10 high performance wash lights, ten Martin MAC Quantum Profiles and for control, an MA Lighting grandMA2 light. Finally, to complete the awesome package, a Robert Juliat Super Korrigan 1200w followspot was also added to the purchase.
“One of the first conversations with Wayne was to look at what types of acts were coming through the venue and what was required of them from a lighting rig point of view,” explained Stephen Dallimore, Show Technology’s Business Development Manager. “Venues such as Panthers are having more and more high profile touring acts coming through, so the need to have equipment that is rider spec’d and matches the major city venues, is very important.”
In fact, it is quite common now for venues throughout the country to offer leading fixtures from Martin, Claypaky, Robert Juliat and MA Lighting and it has become the bench level for any new venue.
“The club was updating the room in terms of furniture and décor so we decided to also buy new lighting equipment,” commented Wayne Campbell, Production Manager at Panthers. “We conducted a shootout with a few moving head profiles and the Quantums really stood out, which was great as I’ve always been a Martin user and saw no reason to change.”
Wayne noted that the choice of gobos with the Quantum Profiles is fantastic and that their punch is incredible. Darcy Cook, a regular audiovisual contractor employed at Evans Theatre added that the Quantums have a really nice colour-rendering index. “The red is actually a red and the green is green, whereas with the old MAC600’s the greens were too dim to use,” he added.
Wayne particularly took a likely to the zoom capability of the MAC Quantum Profile, which allows him to fill the venue’s cyc with light and colour using only two fixtures. Another highlight is using the Claypaky A.leda B-EYE K10 not only as a wash but also as eye candy, delving into using the dual colour wheels and also the beam libraries. Darcy has also had fun using them, most recently on a dance festival. “I’ve been using the kaleidoscope effect rotating the front lens for some really cool looks,” said Darcy. “If you throw a gobo in the Quantums and then put the kaleidoscope effect through it, it creates a dispersed, beamy look. It creates a lot of nice beams throughout the whole stage and you can get away without having a lot of front wash as there’s still a lot of light around the stage. It’s great for dance, no front light just overhead and side lighting.”
The Robert Juliat Super Korrigan followspot has certainly impressed Wayne, who says it throws a beautiful punchy beam from 30 metres away. “It’s a great followspot – very smooth and the intensity of the fixtures is spot on,” he commented. “It probably has twice as much light output as our previous followspot!”
Wayne describes the MA2 light as more user friendly and versatile than the venue’s previous console plus of course, it’s on most riders. “The MA console is pretty much industry standard and is spec’d by most LD’s,” he said. “I had to learn it over the past three months but it’s quite easy to pick up. Darcy has been teaching me a whole bunch of stuff I didn’t know it could do but I certainly got the basics of it with no problem at all.”
The guys at Evan Theatre at Panthers Penrith certainly sound impressed with their latest purchases, looks like the venue has made a great upgrade.
Photos: Darcy Cook
Marquee Nightclub goes Rogue with CHAUVET Professional
Posted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
In April 2012, The Star reinforced its status as the premiere entertainment venue in Australia by opening the world-renowned Marquee nightclub in Sydney. The award-winning nightclub has built an undisputed reputation as the venue of choice for music lovers and celebrities alike, with an unbeaten line up of local and international artists which have included Calvin Harris, Drake, Avicii, Tiesto, Hardwell, Diplo and Armin Van Buuren. These artists have kept Marquee at the forefront of international dance music.
In addition to live acts and music, lighting has become an essential part of the Marquee attraction with their lighting system helping to create the ultimate nightclub experience. To continue to provide the state-of-the-art nightclub atmosphere, Marquee searched for the right fixtures which would offer a significant upgrade to fill the airspace that was required in the venue, which was low to the ceiling and needed to be punchy and fast. The Rogue R1 FX-B by CHAUVET Professional fixture ticked all the boxes and complemented the existing rig as well as give the venue a unique look.
Contracted to change the look was Full Throttle Entertainments Aidan Esmond, who after searching the market and seeing the Rogue FX-B’s being used on tours, festivals and major headlining night clubs across the globe decided to acquire 12 new Rogue R1 FX-B’s to its lighting rig supplied by Showtools International.
The CHAUVET FX-B fixtures has become a critical part of the nightclubs lighting rig, installed in the Main Room which is the heartbeat and focal point of the Sydney Premiere Nightclub. The FX-B is a unique fixture that enables Marquee several looks that add depth and texture without taking up a lot of space. The five independently controlled heads are a powerful tool for varying movements that facilitates many creative options in that in turn permit the beams of light to cover the stage with mesmerizing multi-dimensional looks.
The FX-B’s have performed flawlessly since being installed with weekly events on the schedule using the fixtures. The acquisition of the Rogue R1 FX-B’s to the Marquee lighting rig has helped create a vibrant atmosphere for all party enthusiasts across all shows and events.
Australian distributor: Showtools www.showtools.com.au
Martin and MA On The Point
Posted on Monday, May 29th, 2017
Perth’s exciting On the Point development includes the Beaumonde Fraser Point Function Centre, one of the finest venues the city has to offer, with picturesque surroundings and state of the art facilities.
Specialising in corporate events, celebrations and weddings, the venue offers different room configurations and also boasts a sophisticated Sky Lounge Bar.
PAV designed the AV systems from the ground up, installing the equipment and managing it in-house, working closely with PAV installations manager Carl Blewett and suppliers to ensure the best possible outcome.
A highlight of the design are the 52 x Martin RUSH MH6 wash light used as table spots and for effects. The RUSH MH 6 Wash offers a fully pre-mixed colour system from 12 x 10 W RGBW LEDs with a spectacular 10°–60° zoom. It also offers full electronic dimming, strobe effects and temperature-controlled fan cooling for quiet operation.
Being able to offer table spots for a function has traditionally been the preserve of large, well-resourced ballrooms, and has been a real point of difference for the casinos and exhibition centres. But Martin’s well-priced MH6 brings professional looking individual table spots into the realms of the financially possible.
“The Martin MH6’s paired with the MA onPC control system, give us the ultimate flexibility in the function centre,” said Mike Bird, PAV Business and Technical Manager. “From being able to colour-wash the room, spot individual tables, or light the stage with a lectern, the MH6’s zoom range and brilliant colour rendition make these units perfect for any event in our venue.
“Having the MA onPC in control of these fixtures allows us to get creative with our colour sequences over the three different rooms to create spectacular looks for each event.”
Mosman Art Gallery reignited with lighting
Posted on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
The Mosman Art Gallery is a dedicated public gallery established by Mosman Council. As well as presenting a rich and varied program of high quality exhibitions, educational activities and special events, it offers a range of well-appointed function rooms for hire.
The Gallery is part of the Mosman Art Gallery and Community Centre which in its former life, was a Methodist Church designed by Burcham Clamp and Walter Burley Griffin, and built in 1915.
In 1998 the building was opened to the public after adaptive design work by the architect Hugh Fraser.
While the building retains its original architectural integrity and beauty it has been lovingly refurbished to provide outstanding exhibition facilities, function rooms and a Grand Hall.
The Grand Hall has impressive architectural features, such as stained glass windows, a soaring interior which creates excellent acoustics, rich timber detailing and polished floors, which give the room an atmosphere of heritage and tradition. The perfect venue for a wedding reception, party, corporate function or large gathering, the Grand Hall can accommodate over 200 people.
Along with some of their competitors, Show Technology were invited to put forward a presentation of how they would reignite the venue through lighting.
“Looking at the impressive architectural features of the Grand Hall, we decided to put forward a lighting solution that would highlight original venue features but also cater to their operational requirements,” commented Stephen Dallimore, Show Technology’s Business Development Manager.
For ease of control, especially as the venue has no dedicated technician, an ELC AC6 12 twelve-memory push button playback panel was installed. This provides simple touch panel control with presets that instantly bring up a selection of lighting states.
“It’s a very venue-friendly control system which is difficult to mess up – an important consideration when such a variety of people are using the system!” said Stephen.
Chosen for their cost-effectiveness and great wash options, Martin RUSH MH6 wash lights are used to flood the ceiling in colour and their spectacular 10°–60° zoom means you don’t need many of them to supply a nice even coverage. Show Pro LED Profile FC fixtures are installed for presentations and spot lighting.
XMLITE for Juniors Kingsford
Posted on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
18 XMlite 915Z LED Matrix Moving Heads joined the Juniors Kingsford’s new lighting rig early 2017. These 915Z features French GAGGIONE lens for premium colour blending quality from ProLight 15W RGBW LEDs. The heads are pixel mappable and supports infinite Pan/Tilt, with a 10-50° zoom function.
Lighting designer Paul Kirk has been using them a lot and he love them. “the pixel mapping really helps me to create various effects efficiently. I could just run a video across the fixtures”, “The lights are quiet, fast and very powerful for their size. I am only running them at 70% output”.
Firefly honour the Submariner’s Heritage Trail
Posted on Friday, May 5th, 2017
Firefly Lighting are honoured to have lit the new Submariner’s Heritage Trail memorial signage on the river at Teneriffe, Brisbane.
A memorial to the Australian, UK, NZ and US submariners who were based at the Capricorn Wharf at Teneriffe during World War II marks the beginning of the Submariners’ Walk Heritage Trail along the Brisbane River where the submarines used to dock. Along the trail, between Hastings and Beetson Streets, are plaques and seats commemorating the men, the ships and their service during WWII.
The steel sign, by Street + Garden, is painted in navy grey with a classic naval stencil font perforated in the steel used to spell out Submariner’s Heritage Trail. Through the stenciled text glows Firefly’s digital LED Neon RGBWarm white controlled by a Pharos system. The digital LED Neon allows movement in the monument rather than just the normal RGB colour changing.
Along the walk are ‘submarine benches’ under lit in blue to represent submarines floating in the water as darkness falls.
The lighting was switched on in time for the Teneriffe / New Farm Anzac Day dawn service. In the pre-dawn darkness all the street lights were turned off, then the sign and the submarine seats along the trail glowed a deep red to simulate being in a submarine. Once the service had started, the sign glowed and gently scrolled through the Australian flag colours of blue, red and white.
“Dad was involved with the Submarine Association and the project with Don Currell OAM before he died,” commented Heath Williamson, managing director of Firefly. “I hope the Captain’s looking down and likes it! This one is for you Dad.”
Every night the sign and the submarines along the Heritage Trail will light up red or blue, and on special nights, the lighting will accordingly be adapted. On Australia Day the sign will go green and gold, red and green for Christmas and so on.
Home Nightclub upgrades with Martin and MA Lighting
Posted on Friday, April 28th, 2017
Located on Cocktail Bay overlooking Darling Harbour, Home is Sydney’s only true superclub. Built in the late nineties, the club features over three levels of purpose-built clubbing space. With a capacity of 2100, the venue is one of the largest in the southern hemisphere.
Incorporating innovative creative design and with four venue areas, including a luxurious rooftop terrace, featuring both indoor and outdoor areas, Home lends itself perfectly to all aspects of entertaining.
The club owners recently decided it was time for a renovation of the venue’s lighting and turned to Show Technology, Australia & New Zealand’s number one professional lighting distributor, for advice.
Darcy Cook, production designer at the club, worked closely with Show Technology’s Business Development Manager Stephen Dallimore who said, “The design of Home lends itself more to a New York warehouse vibe, incorporating some fantastic street art work by local artist Lister, rather than a modern nightclub. So it was important to look at suitable options that would compliment the space and allow the team to work across different clients, from clubbers to corporate functions, who are attracted to its location on Sydney’s famous Darling Harbour”.
A world class venue requires world class lighting and so the decision was made to go with Martin and MA Lighting as the latest in technology. Darcy was keen for all the lighting to be LED for cost effectiveness, low maintenance and ecological reasons.
“I put the idea to the Susanah Page, the owner, and Ash Kollmorgan, the licensee, and after several meetings and consultations, including Rob Hardy the venue’s production manager, they decided to go for it,” commented Darcy. “I replaced the rig, more or less, one for one with a few new additions. We had eighteen old profile movers in there and I thought that amount gave us good coverage, so I stuck with that configuration.”
First choice was the Martin MAC Quantum Profile, an extremely bright LED profile fixture combining top-quality white light with a fast, smooth CMY colour mixing system and crisp gobo projection on surfaces as well as mid-air. It also features the new Animotion™ FX system that allows never-before seen beam animations.
“I was incredibly impressed by the MAC Quantum Profile’s optics, the sharpness of the gobos, the brightness and the colour rendering index,” said Darcy. “The way the colour system works is very impressive; you get a really nice blue, green and red out of them plus ultra-sharp gobos across the very wide zoom range that they have.”
Darcy reports that the eighteen MAC Quantum Profiles have been performing extremely well since their installation with absolutely no issues at all. He noted that they are doing well across the three different styles of lighting that the club requires. Friday is trance night with lots of gobos, clever effects and bright lights. Saturday night is party mode with lots of colour and colour effects – this is when the Quantum’s colour mixing system delivers an almost unlimited range of colour effects. Sunday is darker and smokey, and again the Quantums nail this style of lighting.
Six Martin RUSH MH6, offering a fully pre-mixed colour system from 12 x 10 W RGBW LEDs with a spectacular 10°–60° zoom, were installed primarily to act as stage light for the dancers onstage and live acts.
“As a stage wash, they put out a really nice CTO,” remarked Darcy. “We also use them to light up the venue when we want a nice room wash and they’re good at that too because of the enormous zoom range that they have. We can paint the room in pretty much any colour.”
Four Martin Atomic 3000 LED strobes, delivering a perfect blend of a traditional strobe and cutting-edge LED technology, were also chosen with Darcy describing them as incredible.
“We have to run them at 30% otherwise they’d be too bright,” he laughed. “They are insane! I can’t wait to use them on a big arena show. The Aura effect is cool, you can do some subtle colour effects using the strobe of which I’m quite a fan.”
Ten ShowPro LED Sunstrips were supplied as moveable eye-candy and are currently ‘outlining’ the room’s central screen adding a theatrical element to the venue. Four ShowPro X-Blinders were selected as a substitute for the standard DWE Blinder and Darcy reports that they have been well received.
“They have the nice warm colour temperature you’d expect plus they have the ability to fade out on a flash so they act like a real Duet,” he added.
For control, Darcy recommended a MA Lighting MA2 light saying it is the standard console amongst the electronic dance music industry.
“I rarely see any other console used,” he said. “The power of what the MA2 can do and how you can operate is astounding. You can use them in so many different ways. Added bonuses are features such as ‘speed groups’ which is important for the dance scene where you need lights moving and chasing to the beat of the music. I’ve been an MA user for around five years – in fact I bought one myself! All three major clubs in Sydney run MA, it’s the only console to go with really.”
The venue plans to attract high profile acts and in choosing MAC Quantums and MA Lighting control, they believe the ability to provide industry standard equipment will be a massive drawcard.
“Just over three years ago, Sydney introduced the “lock out law” that saw venues not allow entry after 1:30am nor the serving of drinks past 3am, which has seen a number of venues sadly close their doors,” Stephen Dallimore said. “This was a sizeable investment by the team at Home in uncertain times but they are already seeing the results of the upgrade and using industry specified fixtures is great. To be working with them on their new chapter has been awesome.”
Lightmoves at Sydney Olympic Park Precinct
Posted on Thursday, April 27th, 2017
Lightmoves has successfully completed the installation of a custom engineered architectural lighting control solution for Sydney Olympic Park Precinct. Working from an initial design from Lighting Art & Science with Colin Barker and Richard Mason, the brief provided Sydney Olympic Park Authority the ability to bring the precinct to life with light via a combination of Martin Exterior LED fixtures, architectural lighting control systems and point to point wireless control.
Initially envisaged for the NRL State of Origin Game 2, the final architectural lighting control solution now provides the precinct operator the ability to provide the public and event organisers an immersive experience with light.
Pharos, Martin, Dynalite and More
The solution specified by Lighting Art & Science called for a sophisticated combination of control system integration across a geographically large precinct area to provide continuity of control and precinct appearance. This was achieved using Point-to-MultiPoint (PtMP) wireless devices strategically designed to be positioned across the precinct, allowing transmission of all lighting control protocols instantaneously for experiential consistency across the precinct.
Martin LED Luminaires
Lightmoves prepared the scores of Martin 400 ext fixtures for outdoor use, fitted the appropriate lenses and glare shields and installed the Martin fixtures on custom made brackets. This installation included all communication cabling to the lighting designers’ specification and the final engineered solution represented a collaborative design and construct solution.
Pharos Architectural Lighting Controllers
With the use of Pharos TPC lighting controllers and POE switches as part of the IT backbone installed by Lightmoves, this also allows the precinct operators to schedule specific lighting themes for events as well as the ability to change in real time the colour theming globally or on a building specific level. These real-time changes can be achieved on computers and mobile devices via the custom designed GUI provided by Lightmoves.
Philips Dynalite Intelligent Lighting Solutions
As part of the installation, the ceiling of the architecturally impressive railway station is included in the design brief and pivotal to starting the precinct’s nocturnal experience. Previously this ceiling structure was lit with standard flood lighting – but only for effect. If unchanged, this large wash of white light would drown out the effect of the LED fixtures. Lightmoves engineered around this using Philips Dynalite DMRC210 relay controllers. As with most Philips Dynalite products, the DMRC210 is controllable natively via DMX meaning these relay devices were integrated into the design easily and cost effectively. This solution enabled the white flood lights to be controlled at will without any electrical switchboard changes or upgrades, reducing the overall costs of the project and providing for more flexibility in lighting control too. The introduction of the Philips Dynalite relay solution is another example why Lightmoves was chosen to engineer and install this sophisticated architectural lighting control solution.
Integrated, Engineered Architectural Lighting Control Solution
As with all projects of this scale and size, cross organisational cooperation and stakeholder management enabled successful implementation and execution. Starting with the lighting designers, working closely with Sydney Olympic Park Venue Management for access and IT support; Accor Hotel management for access; right through to State Rail staff on the ground, multiple stakeholder were involved during the process. The final result is testament to all parties and their willingness to help make this happen. From the original vision of the precinct management and the lighting designers through to facilitation of access.
Coupled with Lightmoves’ experience and lighting control solution engineering, the Sydney Olympic Park Venue can now provide all visitors a spectacular, lighting driven experience.
Studio Due colour Arts Centre Melbourne
Posted on Friday, April 21st, 2017
In mid-2016 Rachel Burke, along with Relume Consulting, was commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne to upgrade her existing lighting design to the Theatres Building Forecourt. The original design had served the premiere cultural venue for over ten years but lamp technologies have changed drastically over that period. It was time to replace a variety of fixed and moving head fixtures running discharge lamps with state- of- the- art LED luminaires.
After considerable research the Studio Due CityColor 20/30 RGBW 20w and Turbo-Color RGBW 16w were recommended for site trial based on with their technical specifications.
“The fixtures appeared to meet our performance requirements in terms of output with a range of options for housing finishes and modest physical dimensions for both products,” commented Rachel.
Both the CityColor and the Turbo-Color, with anti-glare baffles and barndoor kits, were tested at a night trial for suitability along with five other contenders. .
All fixtures were mounted on Level 10 of the Theatres Building and aimed at the Forecourt between the podium and National Gallery Victoria. Each fixture was run in full white and full blue and a light meter was used to test light level in full output mode. The two Studio Due fixtures were deemed to have the best performance attributes in terms of colour, output and beam quality.
“Fixture set up and operation was supported by Show Technology, with Arts Centre Melbourne staff, on a cool and clear winter evening in August,” said Rachel. “The project, led by Robert Last Project Manager, Theatre Technical Development ACM, was fully supported by Show Technology who worked knowledgably and cooperatively with designers, installers and client.”
According to Rachel, the designers and the client were pleased with the measured lux level results of the CityColor and the improved intensity and quality of the colour washes on the forecourt.
“The deep blues and purples produced by this fixture were especially noteworthy, helping to link the ground plane with the spire lighting scheme above and with the Hamer Hall facade.”
Wide and narrow lens options were subsequently trialled on a second night to ascertain the most appropriate beam angles for a range of throw distances from the two forecourt poles.
“The Studio Due CityColor LED exceeded our performance expectations and six fixtures were ordered in a combination wide and narrow lenses for installation and programming,” Rachel commented. “The results of the new scheme have delighted Arts Centre Melbourne visitors and users whilst colourfully and creatively reinvigorated this landmark point of arrival.”
Perth Concert Hall installs Elation
Posted on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
The recent refresh of the entire Perth Concert Hall lighting rig (made possible through the State Government’s Department of Culture and the Arts Infrastructure Improvement Program) saw Head of Lighting Alex Spartalis with a lot of decisions to make. The choice to make the PCH home to nine Elation Sixpar 300 RGBAW+UV LED fixtures was not one of the difficult ones. With the whole rig headed to LED, Alex had to audition a huge range of luminaires, and the Sixpar 300s were an easy winner.
“I loved the six-chip design, the inclusion of amber, their narrow beam angle capability, the 5-pin DMX, and the build quality,” Alex listed. Added to this is the fanless design, a must in acoustically sensitive applications like classical concerts. “All of the features Alex mentioned were a big plus,” added Sean McKernan of lighting supplier Evolution 512, “but the fact they’re completely silent was incredibly important. A lot of fixtures Alex and I auditioned simply did not have an acceptable noise floor.”
The nine Sixpar 300s are included in the house rig as floating fixtures – they’re often used on stage, but also roam around the venue, sometimes used as powerful uplights on the nine columns of Perth Concert Hall’s iconic Brutalist façade. “They’ve got great colour mixing, and they’re really bright,” continued Alex. “They’re a good complement to the rig for our for school and dance shows. We often use them on a stick of truss lower to stage than our 16.3 metre ceiling when we need something closer. They’re also our back light colour off the screen truss now, because when we have a screen in place, it takes out or back light bar.”
The indoor version of Elation’s Sixpar 300 runs 18 12W RGBAW+UV LEDs, with the amber and white LED’s helping lighting designers to achieve extremely natural whites and pastels. They have 15° beam and 25° field angles, electronic strobe and dimming (0-100%), and five variable dimming curve modes. Vital for filming, they have flicker free operation. Multiple units can be power linked, and all can be controlled via RDM.
Elation products are supported in Australia and New Zealand by distributor Lexair Entertainment, who in turn support their dealers such as Sean McKernan’s Evolution 512. Lexair and Evolution 512 pride themselves on professional service, prompt technical support, and quality products. “We have a great relationship with both Evolution 512 and Lexair,” confirmed Alex, “and hopefully we’ll buying more equipment from both of them soon!”
Australian Distributor: Lexair www.lexair.com.au
ShowPro for the Bowery Theatre
Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
Brimbank’s St Albans Community Centre and the Bowery Theatre opened with a gala community showcase day in March. The new venue includes a 200 seat performing arts theatre and new community hall spaces each holding 100 people with retractable walls giving a space for over 300.
Mozaix supplied and installed a lighting solution for the theatre that included ten ShowPro LED CYC RGBWA and four LED Tri-12 Par 4 Packs.
“It’s a small, multipurpose theatre with retractable seating and a lighting grid over the whole ceiling of the room so that they can move the direction of the theatre any which way that they want to,” explained Paul Tucker of Mozaix. “The original specification was for some conventional cyc lights but LED is taking over, especially at this mid-level size of venue, and so we came up with the ShowPro solution with Show Technology. Together we proved to the venue that the LED cyc delivers greater flexibility, draws less power and gives a much wider colour scope.”
Ten ShowPro LED CYCs are spread along the fourteen metre wide stage and, with their two adjustable ‘heads’, coverage of the wash is considerable. According to Paul, the client has been very impressed by the punchy output from such a small unit.
The ShowPro LED Tri-12 Par 4 Packs were purchased mainly for back lighting and again, the client has been very happy with the acquisition.
“They’re a cost effective fixture with a very bright light output,” said Paul. “They’re great for back lighting or an eye candy look.”
Canberra’s Captain Cook Fountain Lights Up!
Posted on Monday, March 27th, 2017
The Captain Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin is back – bigger and better than ever – and now with added illumination!
The Memorial Jet has recently undergone a major $3 million refurbishment, including the installation of new high-powered Anolis lighting system.
“The jet was designed to be lit when operating at night and the original lighting system wasn’t as efficient as it could be”, explains Malcolm Snow, the National Capital Authority’s Chief Executive.
The ULA Group worked with lighting design team from Norman Disney Young along with Shepherd Electrical in Canberra to specify, commission and install the new LED high-powered lighting system. The Project brief was to deliver a lighting system which is able to enhance the dynamics of the Captain Cook water Jet Fountain in full. The Anolis ArcSource Outdoor 48MC fixtures were selected as the perfect fit for this project. These fixtures carry an IP67 rating, making them ideal for outdoor lighting applications exposed to any water elements. Benefiting from a cleverly designed totally flush mounted ‘Watch Glass’ frontage, the units are far less likely to suffer from a build-up of debris, ensuring greater performance and lower maintenance.
Eleven fixtures with 11deg optics were mounted to the fountain structure, with the control infrastructure consisting of both cable and Wireless DMX transmission which was powered via a central LumenRadio Transmitter and multiple receiver units built into the luminaires. The dynamic show and static lighting states were enabled via Pharos LPC Control unit.
“With this new lighting technology we now have the ability to be able to light up the jet much more effectively, to change the colour and distribution of the light so that the night time dynamics of the jet can be appreciated,” comments Snow. “We now have the ability to enhance the water feature for special occasions and events, when we want to celebrate a special day on Canberra’s calendar”.
The first opportunity to view the Memorial Jet at its full height and light was during the Canberra Day Celebrations on 13th of March. A huge crowd of ‘Canberrians’ got down to Lake Burley Griffin to take in the night time spectacle.
The Memorial Jet current operates daily from 11am to 2pm using one pump at the height of 114 metres, and will be boosted to two pumps reaching the heights of 152 metres and featuring the new lighting effects at night time for Canberra’s significant events, special visits and state occasions.
MA & Martin for The Venue
Posted on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
The Venue Alexandria is Sydney’s Newest Premium Warehouse Event Space.
The Venue offers clients a large, flexible warehouse space with 5 star amenities catering to a wide variety of events including gala dinners, product launches, fashion parades, conferences, corporate functions, weddings and community events. With a capacity of 1,000 guests for a dinner, cocktail style or conferencing, flexibility is the key to the space.
The NW Group are The Venue’s technical production partner, offering the latest in audio visual and presentation technology to ensure all events runs smoothly. Their objective is to provide seamless and cost effective technical solutions for all of The Venue’s events.
David Gleig, Project Manager/ Executive Director at The NW Group, immediately turned to Show Technology to provide lighting equipment settling on 24 x Martin RUSH MH6, 8 x MAC Quantum Profile, 8 x DMX Sunstrips, 4 x Atomic Strobes, 2 x Unique Hazers and a MA2 light for control.
“The RUSH MH6 fixtures have performed beyond expectation,” commented David. “We used these as they have been successful in a number of other fixed installations and are now becoming an industry accepted fixture that you would expect to see in any good installation or hire stock. Our intentions will be to grow our inventory of RUSH products into 2018. So far we have not had a single failure or event they have not been suitable for.”
The Venue also has 12 MAC Quantum Spots as part of the floor package which is included when there is entertainment in the space.
“They don’t technically live at The Venue but this is what is used, 90% of the time,” explained David. “These are particularly great even in a large venue like this. They are often accepted also when MAC Vipers are requested. In fact the MAC Quantum Spot is probably the most used, most versatile fixture in our stock. We have tried to breed these in the dark corners of our warehouse of an evening. At this stage we have not had success.”
According to David, the MA2 light was the obvious choice as this would be the console of choice for just about every internal and external hire.
“Rather than trying to save money on a sub-standard product or a smaller MA console, we decided that the MA ‘full-size’ was legitimately over kill and the ‘light’ packed all of the features for small events right through to the larger events we will see in this space. We also purchase an MA NPU giving us the ability to add many fixtures to this space without running out of processing capabilities.”
Brisbane’s Green Wall Blossoms with Colour
Posted on Monday, March 20th, 2017
The ULA Group Architectural Lighting team continues working closely with Cam Gunning from Vision and Sound Technology, this time on lighting up the Living Green Wall at King George Square in Brisbane.
Brisbane City Council is strategically illuminating the main icons of the city as well as the ‘hidden’ beauties of the CBD precinct, which might have been missed by tourists or even not noticed by locals before. A Living Green Wall is one of those hidden treasures of the city, located right in the heart of the CBD at King George Square, to the side of the main tourist route.
Following the successful implementation of new LED lighting system illuminating the iconic Brisbane City Hall in King George Square, the design intent was to illuminate the Green Wall on the adjacent side and connect both parts of this precinct into one automated lighting control system, giving the option to trigger the lighting schemes and colour patterns simultaneously.
Griven Ruby MC RGBW LED Flood fixtures with medium optics were chosen to enhance the beauty of the Living Green Wall. These stylish and versatile fixtures are ideal for spot or flood lighting along with wall grazing owing to the wide light distribution. The combination of RGBW LEDs provides an impressive saturated white light as well as a wide selection of intermediate colour hues.
The lighting control system is integrated as part of the existing system, which already operates the lighting on City Hall. This enable seamless integration of both the Green Wall and Brisbane City Hall’s colour palletes and dynamic lighting shows. Both installations can also be operated independently from the one lighting control surface. Over 30 different lighting shows and numerous preset colour schemes are pre-programmed within the software, ensuring changing the mood lighting and colour selection is as easy as ‘one click’ on a tablet or wifi activated device.
Cam Gunning comments: “This project required a very compact luminaire to retro fit into existing mount points on the structural frame, while still providing a high level of illumination when compared to the superseded metal halide lamps. The Griven RUBY MC in a medium optic proved to be an ideal choice, meeting all dimensional and lumen output requirements. The six multi-chip LED sources in each RUBY fixture provide a very uniform colour wash and the white chip on it’s own is a very useable colour temperature, being particularly helpful for the successful illumination of the various colours contained within the dense foliage.”
“The colours are very even across all twelve RUBY MC luminaires allowing the client to choose between soft pastel tones and dramatic, high impact saturated colour. Green Wall is an excellent example of a ‘living’ structure implemented into a high density city space and the addition of colour enhances this great initiative into a vibrant and inviting public space at night. The addition of the Griven product will provide the client with years of maintenance free illumination and significant cost savings in power consumption.”
The Brisbane City Council is very pleased with the end result, bringing new life to the Living Green Wall in heart of the Brisbane city, expanding the options of mood lighting throughout the King George Square precinct and enhancing the festive atmosphere during numerous celebrations and events happening in the city.
The Argyle receives sensitive lighting upgrade
Posted on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
The Argyle is situated The Rocks, in one of Australia’s oldest buildings, and is the ultimate Sydney nightlife venue. The venue has a rich historic feel, with a uniquely modern take. Housed in the 1820s Argyle Stores building in the heart of Sydney’s Rocks precinct, The Argyle retains much of the original heritage-listed structure.
Blending an alluring mix of historic and ultra-modern, The Argyle is an impressive space featuring high archway entrances, a sandstone outdoor courtyard and sleek timber flooring and beams.
An iconic Rocks hotspot, The Argyle has become a favourite of both locals and visitors alike since its opening in 2007 by John Szangolies as part of the Urban Purveyor Group. With a series of unique bars spread over two levels – including the famed outdoor cobblestone courtyard – The Argyle is a venue to suit any mood or occasion.
A recent design, re-fit and refurbishment of this iconic historical venue meant that the design teams worked closely with Show Technology who were asked to design the lighting that was sympathetic to the heritage needs of the venue, highlighting the architectural features whilst injecting colour and atmosphere into the various zones.
Over a period of months Stephen Dallimore, Show Technology’s Business Development Manager, worked closely with Phil Hudson, Brand Manager at The Argyle, to deliver a sophisticated solution that embraces the natural elements of the venue such as sandstone and aged timber. Stephen also had to take into account that the venue transitions from a daytime venue to a post-work drinks setting, right through to a late-night destination.
“The opportunity to work with a historic venue like the Argyle was both challenging and very rewarding,” commented Stephen. “Using the fabric of the building was key to getting the lighting mood correct. The lighting starts work as soon as the venue opens right through until it closes, creating a different ambience though out each zone of the building. In this post lock out era in Sydney, it’s great to see venues still looking to reinvest in their visitor experience.”
The entrance to The Argyle is through an impressive archway into which seven ShowPro LED HEX16 Strip have been installed heralding what is to be expected within. Once through the archway, the venue’s famous cobblestone courtyard is bathed in light and colour thanks to nine ShowPro LED Flood HEX36 whilst windows carry more ShowPro LED HEX16 Strips. ShowPro DMX Festoon lighting has also been added to this area.
The entrance into the main building is again accentuated by ShowPro LED HEX16 Strips. A DMX Scene Player w/12 Key and USB port allows for simple presets so that the lighting can be changed as the day progresses and the atmosphere charges up.
On the ground floor eighteen ShowPro LED ROXStrips light up the bar area with RGB High Density LED Tape adorning the walls. Martin RUSH MH2 Washes provide colour and movement whilst a couple of Martin Atomic Strobes add dramatic moments.
The next floor up where all the dance action happens was a bit trickier due to its low ceiling height; more RUSH MH2 Washes were installed as were RUSH MH4 Beams along with a couple of RUSH strobes. Again the bar area received the ShowPro LED ROXStrips and LED Tape treatment. ShowPro’s battery driven LED Truss Mate 2 were located on beams down stairs. Control for upstairs is via an MA Lighting dot2 Core console chosen for its ease of use and simple interface as the venue has a variety of lighting operators come through.
The final area Stephen weaved his magic was the Reibey Room, an intimate space that has been transformed by ShowPro LED ROXStrips and LED Tape into an atmospheric and enticing room.
Phil Hudson commented that despite the huge restrictions that come with a heritage building, the lighting exceeded his expectations spectacularly transforming the venue. Numbers through the door are up and The Argyle is one of Sydney go-to destinations.
Sydney AV company Slave worked tirelessly to install the lighting into the venue, heeding the heritage requirements and going above and beyond to deliver a world class installation.
VuePix Screen for The Juniors
Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
The South Sydney Junior Rugby League Club recently acquired a brand new VuePix ER series LED screen for their main auditorium. Club management decided to invest in LED technology to take the entertainment experience for patrons to a new level.
The screen consists of forty eight ER4.8 panels – enough to make up a surface measuring 8m x 3m – but the Club will configure the panels in a variety of ways to suit their different show requirements.
The new VuePix screen made its debut at the Juniors’ production of “Saturday Night Fever”. For this show, the panels were configured into three sections: a large central display and two smaller screens to the sides displaying graphics to enhance the performance.
All media content was managed by ArKaos Media Master Pro5 Software with RGB Link Venus X1 taking care of video signal processing and scaling.
The VuePix ER Series panels have been designed specifically for the touring & rental markets where durability, flexibility and ease of use are essential. The slim panels are light in weight, yet durable. Equipped with user-friendly features such as locating pins for quick, positive alignment, ergonomic handles for safe and convenient handling and a simple quick-lock system allowing fast set up and pack down.
With these handy features, the panels can be easily re-configured to suit a wide variety of applications including live entertainment as well as promotions throughout the club.
Lighting up the façades of Pacific Fair
Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017
Pacific Fair, the iconic shopping centre positioned in the popular tourist area of Broadbeach in the heart of the Gold Coast, has recently undergone a major redevelopment and re-branding, resulting in a world-class shopping and lifestyle experience destination for both locals and the 12+ million visitors who choose the Gold Coast as their holiday destination each year.
With its prime location on the Gold Coast Highway and nestled between some of the most desired real estate on the coast, it was one of the main objectives of the redevelopment to make the retail precinct visually prominent from both land and air.
TDLD were engaged to design various elements of the lighting in the new look centre including upgrading the exterior lighting for the eastern façade which runs parallel to the busy Gold Coast highway, with the intent to bring the same high end modern make over delivered inside the mall to the outside.
High powered LED lighting was a natural choice for TDLD, its long life, high output and energy efficiency making it the perfect match for illuminating a 21st century facility. The aim was to use the existing lighting mounting infrastructure and replace the old metal halide floods with a more modern, suitable high-powered LED fixtures. The Anolis ArcSource 96 Integral RGBW LED floods were chosen as a suitable fixture for the project.
The Anolis ArcSource 96 Integral fixtures feature 96 high bright rebel LEDs, providing superior light output previously unavailable in the LED fixture of this size. The latest technology electronics ensure stable white balance is achieved while maintaining a minimum life expectancy in excess of 75,000 hours. Housed also in the compact IP67 rated aluminium body are the control electronics and integral power supply. Control is via DMX/RDM allowing for advanced programming options.
The new lighting system is operating as a cool crisp white colour across the entire eastern façade currently, with the possibility of running saturated full colour lighting schemes and dynamic fades for special events and functions occurring throughout the retail hub and Gold Coast Community. The system runs 7days a week and is integrated to operate seamlessly via the Venues Building management system.
Cleo Ultra Lounge
Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Cleo Ultra Lounge, discreetly located in the Kings Cross area of Sydney, is a versatile and elegant venue that can be used as a cocktail bar, function lounge and night club. A luxurious venue, Cleo Ultra Lounge exudes an exclusive environment for prestigious clientele.
Full Throttle installed the lighting at Cleo, which was specified and supplied by Show Technology. With a low ceiling height and such an emphasis on aesthetics, a moving head light with a small profile and the ability to blend into its’ surroundings was required.
“We decided that the Martin RUSH MH8 Mini Profile was the ideal choice,” remarked Stephen Dallimore, Show Technology’s Business Development Manager. “Not only does its’ build suit the venue, it delivers some really eye-catching effects with its’ vibrant colours, gobos, strobe and dimming.”
The MH 8 Mini Profile uses the latest 18 W white LED technology that delivers super sharp optics with over 800 lumens via a 14° beam angle. High speed pan and tilt with separate colour and gobo wheels allow designers maximum flexibility from the lounge bar to the high-energy dance floor, and all within an affordable price bracket.
Show Technology also supplied LED downlights and LED tape, specifically around the bar area, adding accent lighting, creating a subtle, atmospheric vibe.
Control is by a Martin M-PC Lighting controller and computer which feeds through to an ELC AC612XUB lighting wall controller in the bar area, which is easily operated by the bar staff due to programmed presets.
ShowPro dreamPIX Spiral
Posted on Friday, February 3rd, 2017
Fresh from their launch in Melbourne this week, newly formed design collective ADDITIVE have revealed their first major project entitled The Spiral.
ADDITIVE comprises of three well known lighting designers; Tom Wright, Paul Lim and Ben “Bosco” Shaw.
After years of working on productions and festivals around the world, these experienced professionals, and close friends, have joined forces to harness their collective industry experience and technical knowledge.
The marvel that is The Spiral resides in Robina shopping centre. Initially created as an alternative Christmas decoration, the chandelier has proved so effective and popular, the shopping centre has requested that it stays indefinitely
The client requested a feature that was stylish with the hint of traditional festivities, but avoiding the stock of standard Christmas lights. They wanted something bold and striking.
“The brief was very loose with a couple of chandelier images shown to us as an idea,” said Tom. “I presented five chandelier ideas, the fifth of which was the most complex to make and typically they chose that one!”
Fortunately ADDITIVE had the help of Michael Petrani of Diversity Rigging who turned Tom’s CAD drawing into a spiraling reality. At four and a half metres in length, this was no mean feat!
Tom has used several LED tube products in the past and knew they could be fiddly and temperamental so he was delighted to discover the ShowPro dreamPIX Tubes that were simply plug and play. The dreamPIX Tube enables awe-inspiring 3D effects with a double-sided pixel mappable RGB tube and an easy-to-use ArtNet interface that works flawlessly with popular industry standard pixel mapping tools.
“Not only were they plug and play, they were in a price point that was completely attractive,” he said. “I could have paid less for some Chinese tubes that require a lot of extra effort to get to the same start point I would be out of the box with DreamPix. Alternatively, there are more expensive products out there, but they lack the elegant cabling and PSU of the DreamPix. With 150 LED tubes our elegant spiral could have been a cabling nightmare.”
With the dreamPIX, it is possible to use one cable for sixteen Tubes so Tom was able to have fifteen per PSU, with the ten PSU’s in a rack thirty metres away using a standard 4 pin cable. It really was plug and play!
“Plus The dreamPIX tubes are very bright, incredibly responsive and quick,” Tom reported. “The hanging bit on the top is fantastically versatile and allows several options. We were able to rig all our tubes quickly and efficiently, but we’re also keen to see what other configurations we could do in the future.”
Tom remarked that another advantage was that the PSU’s have ArtNet straight in and there is an Ethernet switch built in. This allows you to send one signal to a rack of PSU’s and daisy-chain them with small Ethernet cables. The PSU’s themselves are simple to use, set the IP address, tell it what universes to listen to and then, with one simple command, it assigns the DMX addresses to all the Tubes.
Whilst one rack is full of PSU’s, the other has two mini Mac computers; one running Bootcamp and MA onPC, the other the media server. At the moment the client only requires a white rainfall effect however ADDITIVE is hoping to increase The Spiral’s possibilities by making it an interactive sculpture where shoppers are able to change colour and effects via a touch panel.
Lightmoves at Euneva Avenue Carpark
Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
Having recently built a brand new multi-level car park in the heart of Glen Waverley’s shopping precinct, the City of Monash wanted to highlight this building and make it a feature within the area. What started as a call from the client wanting to temporarily light up one of their buildings in time for Christmas, developed into a permanent installation project with further stages planned for the rest of the facades.
Lightmoves had full creative control of the project and provided onsite ‘proof of concept’ tests and installations at each stage of the design process. 12 Space Cannon FIM 900 RGB fixtures were used to highlight the mid-section of the intricate brick work of the carpark, whilst 3 Elle 60 RGBW fixtures on either side were used to flood the two main pillars and also skim and highlight the brickwork allowing it to really stand out.
Pharos was the chosen control solution for the programming.. From its ease of use and programming to its scheduling capabilities it was the best control, dynamic programming and playback solution for this project. Power management and data distribution control for the fixtures was achieved using Philips Dynalite.
Multiple challenges were presented for the project, mainly due to the unusual brickwork design. The lighting had to be modified to fit in with the available space, whilst highlighting the intricate brickwork design and enhancing the structure’s overall aesthetic. As vandalism is a real possibility, special consideration had to be given to the design and installation process making sure fixtures couldn’t be accessed or damaged.
Due to their previous successful work with the City of Monash, Digisen Integration became the nominated electrical contractor and installer for this project. Lightmoves and Digisen worked closely to ensure the project was delivered to the clients’ requirements and within their very narrow time constraints.
ETA lighting Shields Street, Cairns QLD
Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Entertainment Technology Australia are very proud to announce their involvement as a major lighting and technical services supplier for the redevelopment of Shields Street in Cairns, Queensland.
When complete, the redevelopment will cover the entire city strip of Cairns centre, from the top of Shields Street to the Esplanade – approximately 1km. Stage 1 of 3 has now been completed and hosts 150m+ of local aboriginal art, native plants, projections and LED lighting.
The city centre is brought to life each evening with a theatrical lighting show lead by the SGM G-Spot. There are 14 G-Spots in the Stage 1 design, each hung atop 10m permanent rigging poles spread throughout the space. The moving LED spots are used to search the grounds projecting vivid colours across the street, people, trees and surrounding buildings. The gobo module has also been utilised by local Cairns artists, who have developed custom patterns for the G-Spot to project.
Considering the cyclone prone, extreme humidity, heat and rain common to the Cairns region, all of the lighting fixtures used in this project required a minimum IP65 weather rating. The SGM G-Spot is the only IP rated moving head light in the world, and what a perfect application to utilise it. The G-Spots will be exposed to the elements 24/7 without any protection from the bulky and disruptive ‘weather dome’ commonly used by other brands.
To ensure the success of this redevelopment, ETA provided technical lighting support and services alongside the design team from the very early stages of this project. ETA will continue to provide support to the installation team as the project develops.
ShowPro LED Fresnels at The Chapel
Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2017
Located just off Chapel Street in one of the oldest churches in Victoria, Chapel Off Chapel is one of Melbourne’s most popular live performance venues.
Consisting of two theatres and a welcoming foyer, Chapel Off Chapel has hosted artists such as Coldplay, Foo Fighters and musicals such as Dreamgirls, Rent and Blood Brothers.
Simon Prentice, Technical Supervisor at Chapel Off Chapel, has been looking at replacing the venue’s aging 1k Fresnel’s with an LED option for quite some time.
“After testing out a few different brands including Selecon, Chauvet, and ShowPro, we all agreed that for the price, build quality, control and output, the ShowPro ticked all the boxes,” remarked Simon. “The added extra of the DMX zoom is really handy too.”
ShowPro LED Fresnel HP’s were chosen and in the three months since they were installed, they have lit a wide variety of dance, live music and theatre shows.
“During a recent dance season we used them as side lights and were able to create some great effects with live moving of the zoom,” said Simon. “This is something we would have used a mover to do in the past.”
The almost silent operation of the ShowPro LED Fresnel HP makes it ideal for venues hosting dance and theatre performances. Boasting an excellent colour temp of 3200K with a maximum light output of 8400lm, the light output is nice and flat yet the Fresnel has an electronic zoom of 18° – 60°.
“The integration of the ShowPro LED Fresnel’s into our mostly tungsten light rig has been seamless,” added Simon. “The ability to adjust white balance and dimming curve has been great. The lighting designers who have used them have also been really happy. Next year, when we replace the rest of our Fresnel stock we will look no further than the ShowPro LED Fresnel range.”
Photos: Phil Loughnan