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The Leys School Upgrades its Theatrical Facilities with Spotlight LED Fresnels
UK – Prestigious Cambridge-based co-educational boarding and day school, The Leys, has recently upgraded the drama technical facilities of its purpose-built theatre and performing arts centre with the latest energy-efficient Spotlight Green Line white LED Fresnels.
Established in 1875 and located in one of the world’s leading cultural and academic cities, The Leys offers its pupils excellent opportunities to achieve the exceptional. Each year the school's pupils put on a diverse and exciting roster of drama performances and music concerts, ranging from large-scale West End musicals and popular classics to challenging contemporary works.
The Leys' drama department is situated in the superb Great Hall, which at its heart features a 337-seater multi-purpose performance theatre. The venue operates as a professional-standard 'teaching theatre', with pupils involved in all aspects of productions, from stage to everything behind the scenes.
As part of an ongoing upgrade of the theatre's lighting to keep the equipment up to date and move towards greener, more energy-efficient technical facilities, the venue's theatre manager, Paul Durose contacted A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) when he was looking to replace the existing conventional Fresnels / PC white lighting fixtures with modern LED equivalents.
Paul had previously worked with AC-ET to upgrade the theatre and main drama studio's PAR and Profile fixtures to full colour-changing LED versions, so he approached them again to recommend several suitable white fixtures from their extensive portfolio of theatrical LED solutions.
The company's specialist lighting sales division arranged for an on site trial of various product options, after which Paul chose Spotlight Green Line FresneLED 200W and FresneLED Compact 100W, Warm White Fresnels.
He commented: "Over the past few years we have invested in an all-LED standard rig for both our main theatre and drama studio. We had been looking for an affordable, good quality warm-white LED Fresnel. In my opinion, the Spotlight units offer this at a good price. They produced the best results out of the various LED fixtures we trialled, and deliver a very smooth and even coverage, with no compromise to the quality of light.
As well as complementing the rigs' RGB LED units, they work well with our additional theatre stock of 1.2 kW, conventional white fixtures. The Spotlight Fresnels are contributing towards a total reduction in the standard rigs' energy consumption of over 80% since we fully switched to LED."
The high-efficiency 200W, FresneLED 200 fixture provides the output of a 1,000W incandescent tungsten lamp, with an extra-long life of more than 30,000 hours. The unit also has an adjustable fan speed, for ultra-quiet operation during noise-sensitive productions. Featuring the same core benefits, the 100W FresneLED Compact has a shorter enclosure, making it an ideal space-saving solution for installations. Despite its size, it can zoom from a 12° spot to a 75° extremely even flood.
In addition to the Spotlight fixtures, AC-ET's in-house Tourflex Cabling cable assembly service manufactured to various custom lengths, 90 metres of Tourflex Datasafe Ultra hybrid cables fitted with powerCON connectors, to integrate the fixtures with the existing infrastructure. The hybrid cable provides a solution for transporting power and data over a convenient single cable.
Paul commented: "A.C. has provided the majority of our LED upgrade, including assisting with the various fixtures' specification, demoing them on site for us, and also supplying ancillary equipment such as the necessary cabling. I have a long-standing relationship with them and once again am very happy with the overall service they provided."
AC-ET is the exclusive UK distributor for the Spotlight lighting range.
19th October 2017
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