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Elation LED lighting package selected for new entertainment venue

Neushoorn, a new entertainment venue in the heart of Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, has installed Elation LED lighting rigs in a number of its performance spaces.

Housing two rooms with stages along with a café, exercise and cultural production areas, and rooms for workshops, Neushoorn is a multi-functional venue that can host a wide range of events. Its two main stages, the 350-capacity Arena and the venues largest live performance space, The Big Room, feature Elation LED lighting rigs, as does a small performance space in the café.

The Neushoorn lighting set-up was designed from a concept created by Klaas Visser, head of audio, video and lighting at the venue. Visser explained: “The concept was to create a fixture combination that was rider-friendly and had the potential to create new and old style lightshows using LED lighting only. There were two LD’s who supported us in making the decision on which fixtures were best for us. Elation was the only brand that had the fixtures we needed at a good price.”

Elation partner Lightco, the lighting sales division of the Ampco Flashlight Group supplied and installed the lighting system.

The Neushoorn lighting package includes several varieties of Elation LED lights – PARs, striplights, blinders, moving heads, ellipsoidal spots, and more. “It was important that the lighting be all LED,” Visser stated. “The local authorities wanted an environmentally friendly venue yet still get a lot of firepower from the lights, so LEDs were the only option.” Both the Arena and The Big Room stages feature more than 90% Elation fixtures while the café, where performances also take place, has a complete Elation lighting setup consisting of SixPar 200 LED PAR lights.

The venue’s first big concert was held on 21 October in The Big Room, a 750-capacity space that is outfitted with all LED lighting, including the ACL set-up.

Other fixtures in The Big Room include SixPar 300 LED PAR lights, Colour 5 Profile ellipsoidal spots, Platinum Wash ZFX Pro and Platinum Wash ZFX Pro XL moving heads, warm-white Lumina Matrix panels, Cuepix Blinder WW2 white light blinders, and Protron 3K LED strobes. Horizontal and vertical lighting set-ups can be rigged on The Big Room balcony while the back balcony area provides for easy access to backlights and pulling of backdrops.

The Arena is a multifunctional room with surrounding balcony and a stage that can be placed at different locations for customisable set-ups. Complimenting some older fixtures in the room are SixPar 200s, 6-color LED PARs that include a UV LED. The Arena also has Platinum Spot LED Pro moving heads, as well as Cuepix Strip Tri’s. White-light ELED Fresnel 150 lights work from the front of the room. The lighting fixtures in the Arena can be rigged from several locations on and under the balcony, as well as from four trusses on rolling chain hoists.

Visser concluded: “We made the right decisions and the installation has been a success. By only using one brand we’ve been able to realise real benefits in service, ease of use and last but not least, on price.”

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