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Elation Cuepix LED Blinders on Luke Bryan “Kick the Dust Up” Tour

Elation Cuepix LED Blinders on Luke Bryan “Kick the Dust Up” Tour
Elation Cuepix LED Blinders on Luke Bryan “Kick the Dust Up” Tour

USA – Nashville-based Elite Multimedia Productions added 50 Elation Professional Cuepix LED Blinders to its inventory earlier in the year and sent the high-impact white light fixtures out on country music artist Luke Bryan’s 2015 “Kick the Dust Up” tour with production and lighting design by Justin Kitchenman of FadeUp Design Group.

His star firmly on the rise, Luke Bryan has been selling out every stop on his tour, including a string of stadium shows. Kitchenman, in his fourth year with the country music star, co-designed a system that fits into any sized venue the tour hits, which necessitated a wide variety of fixtures.

“Audience lighting is such an important element to our show and the Cuepix has exceeded all expectations,” Kitchenman stated. “It gives us the classic look of the 2-lite and 4-lite bangers but with a fraction of the power requirements. Another huge aspect of this fixture is the convenience of the Powercon in and out, allowing the fixtures to be placed throughout the lighting rig without having to run separate 120V cables. Wherever we have a lighting fixture we can add a Cuepix. By switching to the Cuepix we have been able to save a 400 amp service, thousands of feet of Socapex and feeder cable, and hundreds of cable connections, which all adds up to reduced weights, money saved, and headaches avoided!”

Elite Multimedia Productions serve as lighting and video/LED production vendor and added the Cuepix Blinders to its inventory with the intent to move towards a more eco-friendly option for audience illumination and effect while providing more green solutions for their clients. Among the advantages in switching from traditional to LED blinders, power savings and cable needs were two important factors for Elite, as well as the ability to contain more than one fixture to the same circuit. “The advantages to using the Cuepix WW blinders versus traditional blinders is the power draw and ability to cut down on miles of Soco,” states Elite’s David Venus. “We are able to cut conventional dimming out of most of our clients’ designs now which saves both us and them money.”

Housing two and four long-life 100W warm white 3,200K COB LEDs respectively for a bright, high-density output that mimics the look of an incandescent source, both the Cuepix Blinder WW2 and Cuepix Blinder WW4 feature individual pixel control as well as preprogrammed effects macros. Ideal for adding high-impact white light to all types of stage productions, some 30 Cuepix Blinder WW2 and 20 Cuepix Blinder WW4 fixtures are scattered throughout the truss in the Luke Bryan design.

Playing arenas, amphitheatres and more stadium shows through October, Elite Multimedia has been the only lighting and video production vendor for Luke Bryan’s tours, a production that grows larger with every outing. Elite, who also sees a niche for the Cuepix Blinders on small and mid-size shows because of their low power requirements, reports that the fixtures have held up well on the tour.

photos: Elite Multimedia

4th September 2015

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