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Philips Vari-Lite immerses the audience on Eurovision 2016
Seden – Philips Lighting has announced that award-winning Eurovision 2016 lighting designer Fredrik Jönsson incorporated 40 Philips Vari-Lite VL3500 Wash luminaires into crucial audience lighting for the musical extravaganza's grand final.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 was held at Stockholm's Globe Arena and saw a live audience of 15,000 international fans, journalists and celebrities. Also, Eurovision announced official global viewing figures for the grand final reached 204 million.
The Philips VL3500 Wash luminaires were supplied by Eurovision 2016 official technical supplier [LITE]COM. Jönsson made fantastic use of their powerful output to flood the audience with stunning colour. Each wash reflected the on-stage action, embracing the crowd for a truly immersive experience.
"We needed the Philips VL3500 Wash luminaires' capability to cover big surfaces but also the punch they deliver in saturated colours," says Jönsson. "They're top quality luminaires that always perform very well."
Jönsson rigged the classic workhorses 26 metres high in the air. From here they lit the A section of seating and standing audience on the floor to ensure each crowd reaction-shot was perfectly camera-ready.
An incredibly popular wash luminaire, used on such mammoth past tours as Justin Timberlake and Kylie Minogue, the Philips VL3500 Wash has an impressive output that exceeds 70,000 lumens and advanced optics. For spectacular wash looks in infinite colours, the fixture provides CMY colour mixing, variable CTO colour temperature correction and dual five-position colour wheels.
"What's also great about the VL3500 Wash is there are plenty of them and it's a universal fixture – meaning you can get them just about anywhere in the world," says Jönsson.
The Eurovision Song Contest took place on Saturday 14th May. The Ukraine won with their entry from Jamala and her song '1944'.
1st June 2016
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