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White Light helps ENB to upgrade

Paddy Baker 16 August 2010

The company has supplied English National Ballet with equipment to update the low smoke effect used in many of its productions. Specifically, White Light has provided three of Look Solutions’ Cryo-Fog high-output low-smoke machines to replace the MDG machines previously utilised by English National Ballet (ENB).

Cryo-Fog consists of a fog generator, a fan and a cooling chamber plus space for a five-litre fluid container all built into a single, compact (67x51x30cm) flightcase. Cryo-Fog uses liquid CO2 to cool the incoming smoke from the machine, ensuring that no smoke is emitted until the cooling chamber is at the correct temperature. The high-output, 2,300W smoke machine ensures that even large stages can be filled quickly with low-lying chilled fog. Cryo-Fog can either be controlled manually or from a lighting control using DMX.

"We purchased the Cryo-Fogs to replace our previous machines, which were becoming expensive to maintain and keep in peak operating condition," said ENB’s Dave Richardson. "We had seen Look’s machines on the White Light stand at PLASA last year, were impressed with their performance and with the price; we’ve now switched over to using them entirely."

In addition to the three units purchased by ENB, a further two Cryo-Fogs were supplied by White Light to allow it to accommodate the considerable dimensions of the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall during its run at the prestigious venue.

White Light technical sales manager Roger Hennigan told IE that the Cryo-Fogs had been chosen by ENB for five key reasons: "1. Compact size. 2. Controllable output via DMX of smoke, cooling and fan. 3. Reliability. 4. Economic use of CO2. 5. Great low smoke effect."

He added that the units are also in use for London theatrical productions including The Phantom of the Opera and The Lion King.

Photo courtesy of the English National Ballet. Photography by Amber Hunt.

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