Coemar De Sisti supply Opera Australia with custom LED solution

Posted on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

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Coemar De Sisti Australia was contacted by Colin Alexander from Opera Australia regarding a lighting feature required for the upcoming production of Don Giovanni. The feature included hundreds of 300mm short fluorescents that they needed to be DMX controllable. Through some investigation they found a fluorescent fixture but had reservations about its suitability and the daunting control side to consider which was going to involve hundreds of dimmer channels.

Colin met with Peter Kemp Managing Director of Coemar De Sisti and they discussed the possibility of a custom led solution. Peter proposed a led strip with a diffused lens, built-in direct DMX control, requiring only an external 24v supply. At first Colin was sceptical of the idea, however Peter arranged for some handmade samples to be made with varying number of leds (as Opera Australia had a strict budget they needed to adhere to).

Colin was shown the samples and very impressed with the results and pricing, he felt it was the perfect solution to their problem. Colin had a few minor changes required to the sample such as the mounting system, blackout of part of the fixtures and end caps. These changes were made accordingly and a final handmade sample submitted to Colin for the final approval.

One feature that utilises the led is known as “the clock” which replicated the old style multi segment digital clock and each segment is one led strip. Coemar De Sisti prepared detailed wiring schematics for the layouts which included all the inter-connecting cables for both 24v supply and DMX to assist Opera Australia when installing the systems. After everything was settled with samples etc for the project, Opera Australia requested Coemar De Sisti supply a complete system of led strips and cabling system and manufacture began.

In April this year Coemar De Sisti supplied the complete system to Opera Australia, and installation began. Colin is extremely pleased with the end results and recently raved about the products “I am so happy with the Custom LED fixture that Coemar supplied and for the level of commitment and service that we received from Peter and his team. Peter and his team worked hard to supply us with the right product for our 1m x 4m ‘Clock’ in our production of Don Giovanni. The LED clock had two forms. Act 1 when it was the Clock, it consisted of 121 x Custom LED fittings and then during interval the whole piece was re-hung vertically and an extra piece added to increase the quantity of LEDs to 151 and it became the ‘Statue’ Peter worked with myself and Lighting Designer – Nick Schlieper a year out from the opening night, showing us various options of LED fitting and power/control systems. When we first used the ‘Clock’ in the Opera House, it brought out quite a few ooh’s & aah’s from the creative team and crew… not always the easiest audience!”

As we frequently have clients with a demand for such a diverse range of custom made led products, Peter travels at least once a month to China to work closely with the factory on required samples. This gives us the opportunity to offer our clients a tailored made product providing them with exactly what they need.

This is an example of just what Coemar De Sisti can offer in the way of customised led projects to meet a particular requirement and particular price, once again another very happy Coemar De Sisti client!