James Thomas Engineering launches retro-style PATT 2013 light fixture

James Thomas Engineering and lighting designer Tim Routledge have collaborated on an exciting new project to create a range of retro-look lighting fixtures with a modern twist.
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James Thomas Engineering and lighting designer Tim Routledge have collaborated on an exciting new project to create a range of retro-look lighting fixtures with a modern twist. Lighting and truss manufacturer James Thomas Engineering and lighting designer Tim Routledge have collaborated on an exciting new project to create a range of retro-look lighting fixtures with a modern twist. Combining old school aesthetics with a modern output and build quality, the JTE PATT 2013 is the first of this range to be released. The JTE PATT 2013 is a 750W tungsten softlight housed in a sleek spun aluminium body which maximises its curves to look as good on stage as the performers it illuminates. “We purpose-designed the PATT 2013 as ‘eye-candy’, intending it as neither key light nor beam light, but simply to look good both on stage and in camera,” says Routledge. “It provides a big round circle of light within a beautiful circular yoke - it’s a really elegant piece of design. “The current fashion for retro-look lighting fixtures is very strong and as lighting designers we are always looking for something which stands out from the crowd. However, old fixtures come with the incumbent problems of being expensive to hire and hard to maintain, so we have been contemplating the creation of a range of tungsten lighting fixtures that give a modern take on a retro model. With this we can have a choice of stylish fixtures with a contemporary build that are more reliable than the original models and on which we can expand as fashions change.” Routledge turned to James Thomas Engineering with his ideas. “Tim approached us saying: ‘Everyone is making LEDs, why don’t you make some cool stuff based on your heritage of tungsten fittings?’” says JTE’s Paul Young, “to which we replied: ‘Tell us what you want and we’ll make it!’” Routledge obliged by providing JTE with a wish list and worked closely with JTE’s Sean Aston, to come up with the final result. Taking inspiration for its appearance from old broadcast equipment, Aston designed the PATT 2013 around an easily available, reliable modern light source, the 750W HPL lamp. “The PATT 2013 has been designed and manufactured using all the traditional techniques we are associated with,” says Aston. “The reflector is a parabolic aluminium spinning and the internal surface is coated in translucent gold. I felt a size of 600mm overall diameter and approx 300mm depth suited Tim’s design idea perfectly and the whole concept came pretty quickly from there. I am delighted with the result in terms of the PATT 2013’s aesthetics and the output does justice to the concept too.”
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