Touted as the future of entertainment lighting for a number of years, LED-based lighting fixtures are now rapidly entering the mainstream, as witness the re-equipping of Dorking Halls in Surrey, England that White Light has supplied.
The staff at the Halls, a versatile multi-purpose venue that hosts everything from concert recitals to wrestling to conferences to cinema to pantomime, felt that the time had come to replace the existing rig of 1000W Fresnels and Par Cans.
The aim of both Michael Knight and Craig Gravett of Dorking Halls was to build a lighting rig that offered more versatility compared to the existing gear while retaining the high-quality illumination and fades the Hall’s users expected – all while being more energy-efficient than the previous set-up.
In the first instance, Craig Gravett compiled a list of products that he thought would work well for the venue, including both fixed focus and moving LED fixtures. A full comparative demonstration of this equipment together with a selection of other products was then arranged by White Light.
Based on this hands-on testing, the final rig chosen consisted of a core fixed-focus rig from Prism Projection: 8 Prism RevEAL CW wash fixtures and 6 Prism RevEAL Studio wash fixtures. As with all of the Prism range, these fixtures include colour mixing with built-in monitoring of the fixture output, allowing the light output to be consistent from unit to unit and to remain consistent over the fixture’s life. The Studio offers all of the flexibility of a traditional Fresnel, with a beam that can be varied from 20-70˚ either under local or DMX control.
Complementing the Prism fixtures are moving lights from JB Lighting, Martin Professional, and Philips Vari*Lite.
The considerably lower power requirements of this all-LED rig compared to more traditional lighting fixtures meant that the Hall was able to fund their purchase with an interest-free loan based on a scheme to provide loans for energy-efficient equipment, as long as the new equipment will pay for itself within five years.