Friday, September 27, 2013

Make light work colouring your Cyclorama

If you've been reading this blog since we first created it, you can't help but notice that there are more posts about LED fixtures than anything. This is simply because there's been no other addition to the Lighting Designers 'toolkit' over the last 12 months that has surprised us more. When we first saw LED Par cans, the technology was in it's infancy and the brightness from the units left much to be desired. As with all technology though, time makes a difference and the newest fixture that's getting us enthused is the eLumen8 Tri Pixel Batten from ProLight.

The eLumen Tri 8 Pixel Batten from ProLight Concepts
It uses COB LED's - there's a technical explanation here but essentially instead of discrete individual LED's they're a group of LED's mounted on a small PCB. In the case of the Tri8, this board is then mounted on the back of a dished aluminium reflector/diffuser. The end result seems to be a nice, bright and even field of colour.

We were bowled over when we first saw this unit, especially having seen various LED battens over the years, but this one really performs amazingly well. I think the original intention behind the design was to use the unit as a colour changing 'molefay' type unit but it looks just as stunning when pointed at a cyclorama.

As part of a school stage refurbishment in the summer, we installed 4 Tri 8 Battens to replace some old compartment battens. These new units are more compact, consume less energy and in all honesty perform far better than any conventional batten. From a 6 feet (2 metre) throw mounted on a ceiling bar they are lighting a 12 foot high by 20feet wide cyclorama from top to bottom!

So convinced are we that the Tri 8 Batten will perform well, we've just sold 9 to a small theatre to replace their conventional tungsten cyc battens! With the reduction in energy consumed and the fact they won't need lamps or gel, we're hoping that the cost of purchase is easily recovered from the savings in running costs.

If you'd like to read some more about the Tri 8 Pixel Batten then the ProLight website is here and they're available to order from our online shop at this link. We have a demo unit in stock, so if you're unsure it's going to work for you then please give us a call and we'll arrange a demo for you.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

It's almost time...

...to start writing your cards, chop logs for the fire and put the brussell sprouts on (if Terry Wogan is to be believed!) and to book your hire!

Can I book this far ahead?

Indeed you can book now, be it as simple as a follow spot, 3 lantern pack, radio mikes or just a mirror ball - we're more than happy to talk through what you need and when.
Our smallest followspot - complete with stand and dimmer

Don't do what a lot of customers do and leave it to the day before and then get disappointed when we can't let them have what they wanted. Most of our hire kit leaves the warehouse from the start of November and then spends its time visiting schools in the West Midlands on a carefully planned route.

Once that route is planned - it's very difficult to add diversions but if you let us know now, then we can plan a stop in at your school too!

What if I change my dates?

It sometimes happens or the show might even get postponed - don't panic, just let us know as soon as you do and we'll try to work with you for the rearranged dates.

How do I book?

It's easy - ring the office on 0121 778 6400 and ask to speak to the hire desk, if they're already talking to a customer then we'll ask for your number so we can call you back. When they speak to you, they'll talk through what you need, agree a price and the dates you need it and where the kit needs to be. All you need to do then is worry about the rest of the show!

When do we pay for the hire?

If you're a school or college then we're happy for you to give us a Purchase Order when you place the order and then you pay the invoice which is issued when the hire ends. If you're one of our credit account customers then the same applies - place your order then pay the invoice after the hire. For all of our other customers, we can accept payment by BACS, Credit/Debit card (over the phone or in our shop), cheque (but we will need to wait for that to clear) or old-fashioned cash.