When Richard Statham, the in house lighting designer at Nottingham Lakeside Arts, got the opportunity to use ETC’s new ColorSource Spot on the latest production The Wiz he couldn’t say no. ETC’s associate regional manager for UK & Ireland Jeremy Roberts was at the venue to show Richard the fixture, and left several there so that he could try them out on the show.
Richard was deeply enthused with the colour mixing and smooth dimming curve: “No-one would believe this is a budget LED light source… This is a real game changer. I already have my spending application in!”
The ColorSource Spot and PAR fixtures were introduced by ETC especially to benefit arts and community centres like the one in Nottingham, who want to get the best out of their lighting but have only a relatively limited budget to spend – which of course needs to be shared across the whole technical department. A proportionate mix of red, green and blue LEDs with lime green helps to fill in the gaps in the spectrum which other low cost fixtures are unable to achieve.
They can be operated from a lighting control desk, or even directly from the user interface on each unit, and each unit is carefully calibrated at the factory in Wisconsin, to ensure that every one outputs uniform colour.
Images by: Mark James