Elation LED matrix panels update Building 24 lighting system7 August 2015
Elation has updated the lighting system at Building 24, a live club venue inside ‘The Works’ in Pennsylvania, five years on from the previous Elation system being installed.
Elation dealer Aurora Sound & Light Design, was called in to design the new lighting system, which combines new Elation lighting fixtures with the venue’s existing fittings, including Elation Opti Tri PAR, Design Spot 250, and Elar 108 fixtures.
“We supplied the new lighting equipment, did the design and programming, and educated the venue staff on how to install the equipment,” said Ian Hoffer, president of Aurora Sound & Light Design. Hoffer specified a new all-LED Elation lighting package to complement the existing system and rectified the control problem by specifying a more contemporary lighting console.
The 1,200-capacity venue, housed in a turn-of-the-century industrial complex, also includes a restaurant, game room and go kart track.
“It’s a versatile space that needed a versatile rig,” said Hoffer. “The client wanted club effects as well as lighting that could be used to light the live performances. They wanted as much excitement as they could get out of one fixture so we chose to install Cuepix Panels. We have them mounted along four overhead trusses and they are used for a bit of everything such as blinders, pixel chases, stage wash and low intensity colour wash, and even as work lights for personnel.”
The new lighting package also includes Arena Q7 Zoom LED PAR lights used as front lights on the stage; Opti 30 UV lights used for blacklight glow parties; and compact Rayzor Q7 LED moving heads used in a side room bar. Elation Driver 1 Pro’s, an RGB LED driver, were also installed to custom modify the existing LED tiles above the side room bar to be DMX controllable, giving them the ability to chase and colour mix and bringing them back to life.
Hoffer replaced the venue’s out-dated controller, which was limiting the functionality and flexibility of their existing lights, with something the staff could use. “Now they can get functions out of their existing lights that they never knew were possible,” he said. “The client was amazed that the existing lights could do so much and now combined with the new rig we can do all sorts of chases and sweeps and other effects. They can do so much more.”
The existing Elar 108 RGBW lights, which were not even in use prior to the upgrade, are now used to light the stage curtain while the existing Design Spot 250s, hybrid spot and wash fixtures located on the overhead trusses, are used for colour and mid-air effects for club looks or can be repositioned toward the stage for live performances. The Opti Tri PARs are used as truss warmers. Hoffer also added Elation eNode4 Ethernet to DMX interfaces to the rig to hang in truss or remote areas of installations and reduce the amount of cables needed.