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Cape Town University theatre upgrades to Philips Strand Lighting dimming

Philips Strand Lighting Wallrack Dimmer units have been installed in Cape Town's second-largest performing arts complex.

Cape Town University’s The Baxter Theatre has invested in ten Philips Strand Lighting Wallrack Dimmer units as part of a major upgrade to its lighting facilities.

The theatre, which is the second largest performing arts complex in Cape Town after the Artscape Theatre Centre, purchased an assortment of Philips Strand lighting Wallrack Dimmer units as an upgrade to the original Strand dimming installation.

The Philips Strand Lighting Wallrack is designed for small to medium entertainment and architectural venues, and is convection cooled (no fans) yet extremely compact.

The manufacturer’s South African dealer, DWR Distribution supplied ten Philips Strand Wallrack Dimmers – two 24 x 2.5kW, two 6 x 5kW-25A, and four 6 x 2.5kW units.

“DWR Distribution has a long association with the Baxter Theatre – I’ve known Patrick [Curtis from The Baxter] for many years and was delighted when he approached us for suggestions to upgrade his dimmers,” commented Dave Whitehouse from DWR. “The original Strand dimming installation had provided many years of reliable service so replacement with a more up to date Strand solution immediately put the client at ease.

“Most of the installation was conducted by the in-house electrical department at the University of Cape Town as the Baxter Theatre being part of this establishment. However the house lighting dimmers proved more of a challenge as the original installation did not split the load evenly. Our installation team, headed by Bruce Riley, went in, traced everything and redistributed the load more efficiently to work with the new dimmers. DWR is proud to have contributed to the continuing success of this vital part of South African theatre.”