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Hometown Hero Lighting Company Regional Finalists Chosen, Voting Begins

Hometown Hero Regional Finalists Chosen, Voting Begins!

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LAS VEGAS — The 2014 ballot that forms the basis of the Hometown Hero Lighting Company of the Year competition has been finalized. It’s posted online, and the voting process, which extends through Aug. 31, has begun. Follow the jump to find the link to the 2014 ballot for lighting companies vying for Hometown Hero honors.

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Chicago's Historic Thalia Hall Reopens with Latest Technology

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CHICAGO – To the college students and young urbanites who flock to it every weekend, Thalia Hall is one of the buzziest spots in Chicago, a place to kick back, down a local beer with friends, dine on some tasty food and enjoy national acts like Panda Bear and Goat as they perform on a stage illuminated by fixtures from Chauvet Professional. That’s also pretty much how things stood when this four story Romanesque structure opened in 1893 to serve the city’s burgeoning Czech population as a concert hall and social hub --except musical styles were different back then and there were no LED fixtures! However, in between then and now was a dark period when Thalia Hall, which was modeled after the Old Opera House in Prague, stood idle for decades before being given new life by a couple of visionary Chicago entrepreneurs. 

For more details, visit www.chauvetprofessional.com

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IES Issues Position Statement about Color Rendering Index

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The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) issues today a position statement recognizing that the long-established use of the Color Rendering Index (CRI) is an outdated metric because of today’s light source technologies. While CRI has served as an indicator of color rendering since 1964, it is no longer a useful tool because of the many ways in which LEDs can create white light resulting in a variety of spectral power distributions. CRI cannot describe or rank the color rendering abilities of these light sources, therefore making it an unreliable indicator for how a white light source renders color in objects. IES, as well as the international lighting community, is reviewing possible new methods for measuring color quality of white-light sources. To that end, the IES has established a Color Metrics Task Group to evaluate CRI in face of all the other metrics in use around the world to determine what path the Society should pursue – perhaps adopting one or more of those metrics; recommending a methodology for evaluating color quality leading to a new metric; recommending more research. PS-8-14 Color Rendering Index position statement can be accessed on the IES website at www.ies.org/store/position_statements.cfm.

Emergent Entertainment Group Updates KVLA Studio with LED Lighting

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KVLA Television in Huntington Beach, California, a unique TV station that broadcasts to the large Vietnamese speaking community in Southern California, has recently added two new studios and is using LED strip lighting from Elation Professional to color the sets. Christian Choi of Emergent Entertainment Group was production and lighting designer, as well as fabricator for the project, and explains that the client initially sought to create three areas within two studios - a segregated news area, two talk shows and a home shopping set (which was eventually postponed).

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JDI Productions Lights Guitar Legends at Greenwich Town Party

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Greenwich, CT – Ask any music critic to make a list of the most influential guitarists of all time, and it won’t take long before the names “Santana” and “Guy” appear. Carlos Santana and Buddy Guy have garnered 16 Grammy Awards between them, and for one magical night this summer, the two guitar virtuosos performed on stage at The Greenwich Town Party under the light of 22 Legend 230SR Beams from Chauvet Professional.

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Elation is Front and Center at 2014 Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS – Elation Professional lighting and video gear was used this year to light up Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) in Las Vegas, North America’s largest dance music festival. Lighting supply companies AG Production Services, Felix Lighting, Visions Lighting and Aspect Lighting all supplied Elation gear to the Vegas version of EDC with this year’s lighting and stage looks by one of the industry’s premiere designers, Steve Lieberman of SJ Lighting.

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Kinesys Opens U.S. Base in Atlanta Area Led by David Martin

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ATLANTA, GA - Kinesys is opening a new operation - Kinesys USA Inc., based in the Atlanta area. Pictured here are, from left, Dave Weatherhead, Kinesys CEO; and industry veteran David Martin, who will be heading up the U.S. operation. The company cites significant growth in its U.S. business over the last two years and notes that the move will help it enhance sales efforts along with technical support and after-sales service for customers.

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WSJ Profiles Rock Lititz Studio, A Multi-Million Dollar Campus For Tour Industry

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Lititz, PA – The Wall Street Journal profiled the new multi-million dollar campus, Rock Lititz Studio in central Pennsylvania. The site of the new tour rehearsal space is built on a former cornfield. The main space, a 100 foot tall, 52,000 square foot building was designed and realized by two Lititz resident companies, Clair Brothers and Tait Towers. The idea behind the new rehearsal space, a central location that tours can build and rehearse large tours.

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