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  • Tina Turner Video Wall Splits and Shines

    PLSN Staff | News | November 21, 2008
    NEWARK, NJ — With at least 80 shows scheduled for her first tour in eight years, Tina Turner is proving that she still has legs. But at age 67, the only thing doing a split is the video screen backdrop. LD Baz Halpin hides 80 Clay Paky Alpha Beam 300 fixtures behind the motion-controlled video wall, which separates into a total of eight sections, allowing the Alpha Beams to shine through. Read More...
  • Obama Visuals Help Close Historic Campaign

    PLSN Staff | News | November 21, 2008
    CHICAGO — If Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech gets preserved as a snapshot in America’s historical scrapbook, lighting supplier Christie Lites, LD Bob Peterson and event organizer C3 Presents can claim credit for the visuals created for the moment. A rig including 72 Martin MAC 2000 Wash XBs, six Syncrolite XLs, four Lycian 1293 3000-watt Xenon followspots and other gear lit the election night stage, controlled by MA Lighting’s grandMA console. Read More...
  • Design Awards Gala Lit with Whimsical Touch

    PLSN Staff | News | November 20, 2008
    NEW YORK — It may have been a once-a-year opportunity to recognize the best decorators and designers in the nation. But like the rainbow-hued cushions bridging ceiling-hung chairs in the form of a rainbow, the 2008 National Design Awards gala staged by David Stark Design & Production, with audio, lighting and video support by Scharff Weisberg had a whimsical touch. Read More...
  • coolux Announces Operations Appointments

    PLSN Staff | News | November 19, 2008AGOURA HILLS, CA — coolux International has announced two key appointments relating to its operations in the Americas. James Laschinger has been promoted to vice president of operations. Rod Kavanagh has been named operations manager. Read More...
  • A Small Town Club Gets a Big City Vibe

    PLSN Staff | News | November 19, 2008
    FORT ST. JOHN, BC — The northern skies above this town of 18,000 along the Alaska Highway may give off one heckuva light show on occasion, but there isn’t much in the way of big city nightlife in this neck of the woods. That’s changed with the installation of new Martin gear at the On the Rocks Nightclub and Bar. Read More...
  • Controlling the Lights for a DC Behemoth

    PLSN Staff | News | November 19, 2008
    NATIONAL HARBOR, MD — The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, at 470,000 square feet one of the largest non-gaming facility of its kind in the eastern U.S., opened earlier this year with ETC control products at the heart of its lighting system. Read More...
  • Bigger LED-lit Ball for New Year’s Eve

    PLSN Staff | News | November 19, 2008
    NEW YORK — The New Year’s Eve Ball that starts its slow descent from atop Times Square on Dec. 31 will itself be new this year: a 12-foot geodesic dome, double the size of previous balls. The 11,875-pound sphere will be covered with 2,668 Waterford crystals and lit by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDS. Read More...
  • New Fixture Uses LIFI Plasma Source

    PLSN Staff | News | November 19, 2008
    LARGO, FL — The Nemo, now available from SeaChanger by Ocean Optics, uses a LIFI plasma source to deliver 15,000 lumens on 180 watts of power. That measures out to be about 83 lumens per watt, or about six times the efficiency of other color engines with conventional bulbs yielding closer to 12 lumens per watt. Read More...
  • Chauvet Breaks Ground on New HQ Building

    PLSN Staff | News | November 18, 2008
    SUNRISE, FL — Chauvet broke ground on its 65,000-square-foot headquarters building, which is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2009. Chauvet Lighting owners Berenice and Albert Chauvet are pictured here, flanking Roger Wishner, deputy mayor of Sunrise, during the ceremony. Read More...
  • Coldplay’s “Magic Balls” On a Roll

    PLSN Staff | News | November 18, 2008
    HOUSTON — When Coldplay decided they wanted “Magic Balls” for their Viva la Vida World Tour, XL Video turned to Pufferfish Ltd. to provide a custom solution. Experienced in digital spherical displays and immersive media, Pufferfish Ltd. designed and delivered six “PufferSphere XL” touring units within two months. Read More...
  • Christie LX700 Projector

    PLSN Staff | News | November 18, 2008
    The new Christie LX700 with 4DColor technology is a four-panel LCD projector that offers 7,000 lumens and XGA resolution. The 4DColor technology provides a 20 percent increase in color gamut over previous three-panel LCD models. The projectors’ features include a contrast ratio of 2,200:1; an AutoFilter system that rolls out a new filter every 1,000 hours for up to 10,000 hours; digital connections with AV inputs; optional lenses; and a built-in shutter. Read More...
  • 2009 Tour Planned for Long Reach Long Riders

    PLSN Staff | News | November 17, 2008RICHMOND, VA — What started out as a one-shot motorcycle charity ride is cruising into its sixth consecutive year for the Long Reach Long Riders. So far, the group has netted over $170,000 for the ESTA Foundation’s Behind the Scenes charity and other causes. Next summer’s tour starts July 31 in Richmond, Va. and ends Aug. 6 in Dahlonega, Ga. Read More...
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