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Colour Sound Experiment acquires GLP kit from AC-ET

Ian McMurray 1 July 2011
Colour Sound Experiment acquires GLP kit from AC-ET

A.C. Entertainment Technologies’ (AC-ET) lighting division has supplied over thirty new GLP Impression Spot One LED fixtures to London, UK rental company Colour Sound Experiment. These were delivered for the start of their busy summer festival season, which included lighting several stages at Glastonbury 2011 – one of the UK’s largest and best known music festivals.

Recently shown at PLASA Focus by AC-ET – the exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for GLP – the latest addition to the Impression LED range is described as a high powered, fully featured, moving head spot fixture which uses a 400 Watt RGB LED chipset for the lightsource.

This latest sale marks Colour Sound’s third major investment via AC-ET in fixtures from the GLP Impression range, boosting its inventory to now include the Spot One, 120 RZ Zoom and original Impression 90 LED fixtures.

The company’s Haydn Cruickshank explained that, with clients’ numerous festivals and events on the horizon this summer, he initially looked at purchasing more profile moving lights. However, the Impression Spot One then came online, with the bonus of not needing replacement bulbs or dichroic filters – making it a very cost-effective proposition by comparison.

In addition, the Spot One is one of the most innovative fixtures to recently launch, so it was an ideal time to purchase. Colour Sound was also an early adopter of the other GLP Impression fixtures in its inventory. "GLP were one of the first manufacturers to produce high quality LED moving lights,” said Cruickshank, “and they have a great track record, as does AC-ET with its excellent after-sales service and support."

AC-ET sent some Spot One units to Colour Sound for evaluation. They looked at these in the warehouse first, and then decided to put them through their paces properly in the demanding working environment of a rave in Brixton, where they were also side by side with a number of other conventional lightsource moving heads.

The same week they were delivered by AC-ET to the Colour Sound warehouse, some of the new Spot Ones went straight up to Inverness in Scotland for the 2011 Rockness festival.
Held on the picturesque shores of Scotland’s Loch Ness, 12 fixtures were deployed on the festival’s Second Stage lighting rig, which was designed and looked after by Richard Gilson. The eclectic mix of performances included Groove Armada’s ‘Red Light’ DJ set, Mark Ronson’s DJ set, DJ Shadow, Herve, Disco Glimmers, The Cribs, Bombay Bicycle Club and many more.

At Glastonbury, ten of Colour Sound’s Spot Ones were utilised on the Club Dada stage (located in the Shangri La area) and another six on Cube Henge, one of four stages lit by Colour Sound in the Dance Village.

Colour Sound’s Spot Ones will also be appearing at various other festivals throughout the summer, including The Secret Garden, for which Colour Sound supplies site-wide lighting; Latitude, Creamfields, The Big Chill and many others, plus being utilised on assorted Colour Sound corporate projects.

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