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NEO Lighting Control Console Training At LDI

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

LDI is offering two one-day courses of hands-on training for the NEO Lighting Control Console on Tuesday, November 18th or Wednesday, November 19th.

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Philips Selecon PL Series LED Luminaires Complete Lighting Renovation at Marshall Fundamental Secondary School

Monday, September 8, 2014

Committed to the pursuit of excellence, the Marshall Fundamental Secondary School in Pasadena, CA, has been recognized for its outstanding Music programs and has been also been named one of the “Best High Schools” in the United States. With its rich architecture, the complex houses a 1200-seat auditorium used for a wide range of performing arts activities, but with a lighting system that was in need of a full renovation. Working with Forman and Associates, George Kwiter was asked to oversee the renovation and to give the school the best system possible he chose 18 PLprofile1, 12 PLfresnel1, and eight PLcyc1 LED luminaires from Philips Selecon.

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Philips Strand Lighting Provides Diurnal Light Cycle for NICU

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Inside the Neonatal Infant Care Unit (NICU) at Surrey Memorial Hospital, Surrey, B.C., Canada, a complete lighting transformation has taken place to include high-tech incubators, acoustic ceiling tiles, and an adjustable day-night light cycle to help the infant’s transition home. Overseeing the transformation was David Rawlings, CDm2 LIGHTWORKS, who designed the full system using networked A21 Dimming Panels, Contact Relay Panels, and Vision.net controls from Philips Strand Lighting.

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Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon provide 'reliability and power' for major TV stations in Lebanon

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Lebanon's first public television network Télé Liban and pan-Arabist satellite television channel Al Mayadeen have tuned in to the power of Philips Selecon LED and professional studio lighting solutions from Philips Strand Lighting in a major upgrade to their existing kit.

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Philips Selecon PLprofile1 LED luminaires provide 'magical light' for immersive installation

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Award-winning Australian lighting designer Flynn Talbot utilized the intense color of Philips Selecon PLprofile1 LED luminaires to add another dimension to his latest stunning light installation 'Primary' at the PSAS gallery in Perth.

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Philips Selecon PL LED range is focus of future lighting at Youth Theatre seminar

Monday, June 23, 2014

The next generation of South African theatre lighting designers have got hands on with Philips Selecon's industry-leading PL range of LED luminaires as part of a two-day seminar focusing on the future of LED technology at The Savoy Theatre in Adcockvale.

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Philips Selecon provides 'amazing' LED upgrade for prime time TV studio Red Pepper

Monday, June 16, 2014

Award-winning set designer Michael Gill recently worked alongside lighting designers Joshua Cutts and Francois van der Merwe on South African TV studio Red Pepper's ambitious upgrade project, specifying the remarkable LED technology of Philips Selecon Studio Panels, SPX Zoomspot and PLcyc1 luminaires for three new prime time game shows.

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250ML 'super efficient' Control Console saves the day for Stark Films

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

For 26 years, Stark Films has been one of South Africa's leading independent television production companies and skilled resident lighting designer Chris Gardner has recently turned to the efficiency and reliability of the Philips Strand Lighting 250ML Control Console for the studio's much-needed upgrade.

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Changing Where the “Fourth” Wall Stops at Denison High School

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

When the Denison Independent School District began construction on the 650-seat Smith Auditorium it was conceived to be a modern performance space with the most current rigging, sound, and lighting equipment available. To fulfill the schools wish to bring the audience into the performances, Batts Audio, Video & Lighting was brought on to make this desire a reality which they did using 110 PL House Light luminaires from Philips Selecon.

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The University of Houston Renovates with PL Series LED Luminaires

Monday, May 5, 2014

University theatre programs and neighboring theatrical companies all too often have a unique relationship with the sharing of valuable resources. Such is the case with the University of Houston Theatre Program and the world-renowned Alley Theatre. The Alley was undergoing renovation and needed a space to continue their production season. When University of Houston Faculty Member and Alley Theatre Associate Director/Design Kevin Rigdon suggested the shared use of the university’s two theatre spaces this lead to the university being able to upgrade their lighting system with PL Series LED luminaires from Philips Selecon.

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Philips Entertainment Showcases New Products at Plasa Focus: Baltimore

Monday, May 5, 2014

When PLASA FOCUS: Baltimore opens on May 8th at the Reitz Arena, Philips Entertainment will proudly be showcasing three new products in Booth 620. Highlighted by the NEO lighting control console, the SL NITRO 510C LED luminaire, and the PLprofile4 Universal Lens Tube Adapter, visitors at the show will be able to experience first-hand a few of the latest developments inside the Philips Entertainment family of cutting-edge lighting products.

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Philips Entertainment Introduces the PLProfile4 Universal Lens Tube Adapter

Friday, April 25, 2014

Philips Entertainment is proud to announce the development of the PLProfile4 LED Luminaire Universal Lens Tube Adapter. Understanding that both rental companies and theater organizations may have a large number of lens tubes in their inventory, the PLProfile4 Universal Lens Tube Adapter is designed to fit the majority of industry-standard lens tubes while still providing all of the benefits of the Philips Entertainment LED technology.

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Philips Selecon LED PL Range Provides Vivid Colors for RADA Plays

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) staged Harold Pinter's "Betrayal" and Cole Porter's "High Society" utilizing the strong colors and smooth dimming of Philips Selecon's PL range of LED fixtures.

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International Lighting Designer Hartley T A Kemp Specifies Philips Selecon for London and Sydney Productions

Thursday, January 30, 2014

International lighting designer Hartley T A Kemp traversed the globe armed with Philips Selecon's PL range of LED fixtures to light two very different shows; Land of Our Fathers at Theatre503, London; and Sweet Nothings, at Australian Theatre for Young People's independent works season Under the Wharf, Sydney.

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Winchester's Chesil Theatre Invests in Philips Selecon LED Technology

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Winchester's 75-seat Chesil Theatre has invested in Philips Selecon's PLProfile1, PLFresnel1, and PLCyc luminaires in an upgrade to LED following an extensive shootout comparing results with its existing tungsten rig. Home of the 150-year-old Winchester Dramatic Society and housed in a superb medieval building, the theatre has now installed three PLProfile1, five PLFresnel1, and five PLCyc LED luminaires to reduce power consumption and simplify color changing and control.

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The Strand and Selecon Advantage is Clear at Northcrest Baptist Church

Monday, December 16, 2013

In today’s house of worship market, congregations across the nation are updating their production capabilities in order to stay current with the latest technology advancements and better complement their worship services. Looking to complete a retrofit update to their existing lighting system to better complement their live HD broadcasts, Northcrest Baptist Church in Meridian, MS, turned to Creative Sound and Lighting who supplied them with a comprehensive lighting package that included PLProfile4, PL3 and PLCyc LED luminaires along with a Vision.net Control System, a 250ML Control Console, Rama Fresnels, plus a C21 Dimmer Rack and S21 LED Raceway from Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon.

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AFDA chooses Studio Panel LED Luminaires and a Strand 200 Plus Console

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Recently AFDA, one of the leading film, television and performance schools in Africa, opened a campus in Durban and DWR Distribution’s Nick Barnes was pleased to provide a lighting installation using technology from Philips Strand Lighting for their small television studio at the institution. Studio Panel LED Luminaires were the sensible choice for students who can use the units both inside the studio and on location, and for control a Strand 200 Plus Series console was supplied.

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Philips Entertainment Wins "Best Creative Use of Light" at LDI 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

At LDI 2013, Philips Entertainment took home the award for "Best Creative Use of Light". Congratulations to Pete Borchetta, Brad Schiller, Gregg Brooks and Bobby Harrell for their tireless efforts to make the booth truly demonstrate "The Passion of Light".

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Philips Entertainment Brings “The Passion of Light” to LDI

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

At LDI 2013, in Booth 1614, Philips Entertainment will be showcasing the award-winning products and technologies from Philips Selecon, Philips Strand Lighting, Philips Vari-Lite and the Showline family of LED luminaires through “The Passion of Light”. An in depth look into what separates Philips Entertainment from their industry counterparts, “The Passion of Light” is a theatrical performance told through the eyes of history’s most passionate innovators, and will be performed three times daily on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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Strand Consoles Keep the Season Going at Centre In the Square

Monday, November 11, 2013

For over 30 years, Centre In The Square in Ontario, Canada, has showcased international, national and local performing arts and artists. As the region’s largest performing arts venue, they stage more than 180 events per year inside their state-of-the-art main stage and smaller studio performance space. At the lighting controls for both venues is Terry Hynes, Head of Lighting, and at his fingertips helping control the lighting for all the productions are Light Palette Live and Palette VL16 control consoles, plus a Rack Palette tracking backup, all from Philips Strand Lighting.

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A Sense of Mystery as Light Merges with Color

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

In the entertainment industry, designers use light as an artistic accompaniment to the full production, but artist Jay Shinn has taken this notion a step further by actually using light to both create and be a part of his artwork. Commissioned by the Art-in-Buildings Program which curates a rotating exhibition space of contemporary art in the lobby of 55 Fifth Avenue in New York City, Shinn has created both a unique and astonishing projected painting installation entitled "Doublerama" using his lighting fixture of choice, the Selecon Display Profile.

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A New Inspiration Behind Their Lighting Creations

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Committed to artistry and new technology, the Cal Arts Lighting Design Program provides professional training that enables students to broaden their design experience in all entertainment lighting applications. With a curriculum that strives to use the latest systems and technology in numerous productions, students refine their design skills led by renowned theater and architectural lighting designer Anne Militello who recently worked with Forman & Associates to bring in a new a stockpile PL Series LED lighting tools from Philips Entertainment which included PLProfile1, PLCyc1, PL3 Wash and PLProfile4 LED Luminaires.

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Philips Entertainment Luminaires Bring A Dancer’s Dream To Life

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States playing over 180 concerts per year, but this year they played one program which was unlike any before. In A Dancer’s Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky, Producers Giants Are Small and Music Director Alan Gilbert combined music, ballet, puppetry, video projection, and theater, bringing The Fairy’s Kiss and Petrushka both to life in one creative and fantastic event. Working behind the scenes, lighting designer Clifton Taylor was given the challenge to blend all these production elements seamlessly together and to help him accomplish this he put together a comprehensive lighting package from Philips Entertainment which included Showline SL BAR 640, Philips Selecon PLCyc LED, Philips Vari-Lite VL3500 Spot, VL1000 ERS and VL5B Wash luminaires.

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Selecon Aureol's Provide Discreet Solution at Drury Lane

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Philips Selecon's precise beam Aureol luminaires have been installed at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane as part of a £4million restoration, personally overseen by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Renowned as the luminaire of choice for museums and galleries, retail and exhibition display, architectural accent and themed entertainment areas around the world, the Aureol fixtures are providing a discreet solution in lighting significant historic artworks in the sympathetic renovations.

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Philips Museum Beautifully Lit with Philips Selecon and Showline

Monday, July 22, 2013

A selection of Philips Selecon and Showline luminaires are lighting the new Philips Museum in Eindhoven on the historic site where Philips established its first factory in 1891. Lighting designer George Ashley-Cound of Light Fantastic specified Philips Selecon PLFresnel1, PLProfile1, PLProfile4, and Accent Beamshapers, plus Showline SL BAND 300, Showline SL STRIP 400, and Showline SL BAR 520 luminaires for the project.

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Showline Luminaires from Philips Entertainment are continuing an LED Revolution

Monday, July 15, 2013

Philips Entertainment is proud to be continuing an LED revolution with the Showline family of LED luminaires that are currently in-stock and ready for action worldwide. A complete range of LED luminaires, Showline is designed specifically for the Entertainment industry using high-performance LED sources combined with rugged construction, and all Showline luminaires are designed to work seamlessly together to match color, dimming, and operation for a broad spectrum of productions including concert touring, theatre, television, motion pictures, and corporate events.

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Moscow Theatre Invests in PLCyc LED Luminaires

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Moscow's Teresa Durova Teatrium na Serpukhovke theatre complex has invested in Philips Selecon's powerful and smooth PLCyc LED luminaires in a major upgrade to its lighting equipment, replacing 12 1250W asymmetric tungsten cyc floods. The Theatre's Head of Lighting Vladimir Evstifeyev invested in the PLCyc LED luminaires after testing them in the venue in early 2013.

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The PL1 LED Luminaire Provides a Versatile Solution for Questacon

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Canberra's National Science and Technology Centre Questacon has become the first Australian institution to invest in Philips Selecon's fully tunable high output PL1 LED luminaires. The centre which attracts more than 420,000 visitors each year has purchased 20 of the PL1 luminaires, which draw on the Philips Entertainment pioneering technology to meet the everyday challenges of illuminating the world's museums, art galleries and stages.

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Philips Entertainment Creates Green Creativity at Strathallan School

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Scotland's prestigious Strathallan School has invested in LED luminaires and controls from Philips Selecon and Philips Strand Lighting in a major upgrade to its theatre lighting facilities. The Perthshire school chose to purchase Philips Selecon's PLFresnel1 LED, PLProfile1 LED, and PLCyc LED luminaires to dramatically reduce power consumption and costs while providing an easy-to-use yet creative, professional option for students. For control, they invested in Philips Strand Lighting's new 250ML lighting control console which is ideal for smaller productions with a hybrid of lighting instruments.

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The PLCyc LED Luminaire Covers TheStreet, Inc.’s Studios

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Around the world, news programs are updating their TV studios to take advantage of the latest in entertainment lighting technology as LED lighting and control systems have enabled these productions to significantly reduce the amount of power needed without having to compromise the quality of their broadcasts. Such was the case for TheStreet, Inc., which reports on the latest business and financial news from its headquarters at 14 Wall Street, who was also in need of a studio upgrade. To accomplish this, TheStreet turned to Houpla Inc. to help them renovate into a state-of-the-art LED facility complete with 12 Philips Selecon PLCyc LED Luminaires supplied by Shadowstone.

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The Beauty of Traditional with the Versatility of Contemporary

Thursday, May 16, 2013

As worship facilities look to upgrade their lighting systems they are often challenged by the desire to give their services a contemporary feel while wishing to remain true to their traditional roots. Such was the case at Highland Park Baptist Church in Hanahan, South Carolina, where Brandon Bailey, Church Interiors Audio/Visual, worked with the congregation to bring them the best of both contemporary and traditional, and he did so using PLHouse LED and PL1 LED Wash luminaires from Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon.

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Cape Town University Theatre Upgrades to Philips Strand Lighting Dimming

Monday, April 29, 2013

Cape Town University's The Baxter Theatre has invested in 10 Philips Strand Lighting Wallrack Dimmer units as part of a major upgrade to its lighting facilities. The theatre, which is the second largest performing arts complex in Cape Town purchased four Philips Strand Wallrack Dimmer 24 x 2.5kW, two Philips Strand Wallrack Dimmer 6 x 5kW - 25 Amp, and an additional four Philips Strand Wallrack Dimmer 6 x 2.5kW units from Philips Strand Lighting's South African dealer DWR Distribution.

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Philips Strand Lighting Exhibits the 250ML at Prolight + Sound 2013

Monday, April 8, 2013

Philips Strand Lighting is exhibiting its versatile 250ML moving light control console at this year's Frankfurt Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt (April 10-13th at the Messe Exhibition Centre in Hall 11, Stand D73).

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PLProfile1 and PLFresnel1 LED Luminaires Now Shipping

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Philips Strand Lighting is proud to announce that the Philips Selecon PLProfile1 and PLFresnel1 LED luminaires are now shipping across North and South America. Utilizing a powerful, single-source RGBW LED chip to deliver limitless color mixing and variable color temperature, the PLProfile1 and PLFresnel1 enhance the capabilities of the growing PL family of LED luminaires and continue to build upon the proven Philips LED technology.

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An Educated Choice for CUADC

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Philips Entertainment Lighting has supplied Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club (CUADC) lighting designer Mitchell Clarke with a selection of Selecon PL3 Wash lights for the respected theatre company's ambitious production of Elton John and Tim Rice's 'Aida'.

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Philips Entertainment Announces Realignment of the Americas

Friday, March 15, 2013

Philips Entertainment, representing Philips Vari-Lite, Philips Strand Lighting, Philips Selecon, and Showline, is pleased to announce the realignment and consolidation of its Americas commercial group to provide better service to their Authorized Dealers, Sales Representatives, and all lighting professionals throughout North and South America. The realignment includes changes in the Management, Sales, and Support teams within Philips Entertainment, and will focus on continuing technology innovations while creating a streamlined customer experience.

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Find Your Light at USITT 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon are proud to once again announce Find Your Light at USITT. Building upon the success of last year’s event where two lucky winners went home with PLCyc LED luminaires, this year’s winners will each receive one of the newest members to the PL Family, the PLProfile1 LED luminaire, the latest in theatrical LED innovation from Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon.

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PLCyc LED Luminaires Sing in Birdsong

Monday, March 4, 2013

Charcoalblue's lighting designer Alex Wardle has used Philips Selecon PLCyc LED luminaires as part of his minimalist lighting rig for the well-received touring production of "Birdsong". Described by the Stage newspaper as a 'superbly crafted production' Rachel Wagstaff's clever adaption of the Sebastian Faulks story of the same name features a well-known and talented cast, directed by Alistair Whatley.

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The PLCyc Smoothly Changes the Mood for Macbeth

Friday, March 1, 2013

Philips Selecon's lightweight, smooth color changing PLCyc LED luminaires are facilitating fiercely felt mood and atmosphere for The Guildford Shakespeare Company's production of Macbeth. Lighting designer Declan Randall is harnessing the diverse color palette and rapid color changing abilities of the PLCyc fixtures to dramatically enhance the shifting ambiance during the production at Guildford's magnificent Holy Trinity Church.

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Philips Selecon gives a Lesson in Lighting

Monday, February 18, 2013

A substantial range of Philips Selecon Spots, Fresnels, and Cyc luminaires have been installed at a brand new theatre space within a prestigious private college in Johannesburg. Respected lighting consultant and designer Denis Hutchinson specified Philips Selecon Acclaim Axial Zoom Spots, Acclaim 650W Fresnels and Hui Cyc 1 A 500W Symmetrical floods along with Philips Strand 200 Plus 24/48 Lighting Control Desk and Monitor plus a number of six Pack 6/10 Amp Dimmer Packs for the co-educational Herron Bridge College.

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A Handy New Tool in the Lighting Tool Box

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Dedicated to producing the very best in both established and new theatrical works, Goodspeed Musicals recently debuted The Great American Mousical, a whimsical, musical comedy that celebrates life in the theatre, directed by Julie Andrews. Performing inside the Norma Terris Theatre, the production team was challenged to bring the excitement and spectacle of Broadway and the magic of New York City into a compact 200-seat venue. To accomplish this, co-lighting designers Richard Pilbrow and Michael Gottlieb brought in a new and compact lighting tool, the PLCyc LED luminaire from Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon.

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The PLCyc LED is Practical and Educational at the Highlander Auditorium

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Established in 1972, The Baldy View Regional Occupational Program (BVROP) provides career technical education to high school students who are interested in improving their preparation for higher education and the workforce. Working with the Upland Unified School District, the BVROP utilizes the Highlander Auditorium as a primary teaching location with Technical Director Bill Cox leading the instruction. When the BVROP allocated lottery funds, Mr. Cox used the opportunity to upgrade his lighting system with the purchase of 16 PLCyc LED luminaires from Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon.

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The Color and Intensity You Desire

Monday, January 21, 2013

As a college preparatory educational facility, the Detroit Country Day School provides liberal arts educational opportunities including Theater and Dance programs which build skills to prepare students for future careers in both stage and film. Performing inside Detroit Country Day School’s Seligman Performing Arts Center, Technical Director Jim Davis is committed to providing students with a state-of-the-art facility with the most up-to-date lighting and sound systems. When he decided it was time to upgrade the lighting fixtures, he wanted to start with the most innovative cyclorama lighting available and he chose the PLCyc LED Luminaire from Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon.

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PLProfile4 LED Luminaires Now Shipping

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Revolutionizing theatrical lighting, Philips Strand Lighting is proud to announce that the Philips Selecon PLProfile4 LED luminaire is now shipping. An innovative combination of LED source technology and precision optical design, the PLProfile4 LED expands the family of PL lighting fixtures and uses four high-power, RGBW LED chips to deliver endless color options along with precise beam control and pattern projections to give lighting designers everything they desire in a powerful and compact spot luminaire.

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PLCyc LED is a Shining Star at The Corn Exchange Wallingford

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lancelyn Theatre Supplies has installed a selection of PLCyc LED luminaires in The Corn Exchange Wallingford. The installation will provide a super flexible, intuitive to use Cyc solution for the volunteer-run arts venue, which operates at the heart of the community in Wallingford, Oxfordshire. Technical Manager of the venue, Oliver Hemming, discusses, ... More »

New Channel 5 Studio invests in Philips Strand Lighting dimming and control

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Channel 5 has chosen to specify Philips Strand Lighting eS21 Dimmers, a Palette VL Console, a 301 Backup along with a number of Philips Selecon luminaires to satisfy the lighting requirements of its new suite of compact studios within London’s Northern and Shell Building. The brief for the new suite was to create a multipurpose studio complex suitable for C5 News, which uses Virtual Reality to generate the on air environment, ready to broadcast from mid-November.

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The PLCyc LED Beautifully Illuminates at the Eisemann Center

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Since its opening in 2002, the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts has been one of the leading performance venues serving the Dallas/Fort Worth area, heralded not only for the performances inside, but also for the facility itself. As the home of such groups as the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, the Collin County Ballet Theatre, and Pegasus Theatre, the Eisemann Center operates year-round and Master Electrician Carolyn Lloyd must keep the lighting rig up-to-date with the latest technologies. When the facility received a federal grant to make it more energy-efficient, she immediately looked to update the cyc lights, and to do so she chose 44 PLCyc LED luminaires from Philips Strand Lighting.

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Philips Selecon SPX Zoom Profiles are Model Fixture for Fashion Week

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Philips Selecon SPX Zoomspot Profile has made a splash on the catwalk for Africa Fashion International (AFI) Fashion Week. Johannesburg-based Dream Sets provided the technical direction and lighting equipment, which included a large contingent of Selecon SPX Zoomspot luminaires. Lighting designer Mauritz Jacobs specified the luminaires because of the accuracy with which they control light distribution, the well-defined beam and because there is never any unwanted light spill.

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Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon LED Ghostlights Shine for Behind the Scenes

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Working to support Behind the Scenes, Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon have donated USB LED ghostlights which are now being sold by The ESTA foundation to raise funds for the financial support of entertainment technology industry professionals who are ill or injured. To date, Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon have donated 250 USB LED ghostlights which have raised a total $10,000 to support those affected by illness or tragedy.

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Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon Offer Interactive Experience at LDI

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

At LDI 2012, Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon featured a completely interactive, customer-experience booth, which led to one of their most successful displays of their new array of ground-breaking LED luminaires in conjunction with two new innovative lighting control systems. With this said, they also took a moment to give back to lighting industry through the donation of USB LED ghostlights to support Behind the Scenes.

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Graham, Swift & Company Choose Philips Strand Lighting

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Buford Community Center, Town Park and Theatre is a state-of-the-art facility designed by BRPH architectural and engineering firm. The facility features banquet and meeting space, an outdoor amphitheater, the new home of the Buford Museum, plus the 290-seat Sylvia Beard Theatre. Complete with orchestra and balcony seating, plus VIP boxes, the Sylvia Beard Theatre portion of the new venue was designed by Graham, Swift and Company and is the perfect setting for local and touring theatrical performances, orchestra presentations, dance, or comedy shows, and it’s controlled with an Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) dimming system and a Palette VL control console from Philips Strand Lighting.

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A Great Relationship Built Through Light

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

HSN is an interactive multi-channel retailer delivering an assortment of exclusive products, and broadcasting live to over 96 million homes 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, 364 days-a-year. In an environment that only takes one day off, any lighting system would be put to the true test. So when Lighting Designer Mike Flack and Lighting Engineer Skip Glasco decided it was time for a system upgrade, they could have chosen products from any company they desired. What they chose was a C21 Dimming System, Palette Control Consoles, and PL3 LED Wash luminaires from Philips Strand Lighting; along with VL3500 Spot and VL3500 Wash luminaires from Philips Vari-Lite.

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A World of Color at the Festival of Independent Theatres

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) is a division within the City Manager’s office which creates opportunities for local artists and cultural organizations to showcase their talents. One of the performance venues supported by the OCA, the Bath House Cultural Center (BHCC), hosts an annual one-act play festival called the Festival of Independent Theatres (FIT), a four-week festival comprised of small theatre companies producing seldom seen, new, or avant-garde works. Now in its 14th season, the FIT is showcasing the work of eight local theatre companies, but it also showcasing the capabilities of the new Selecon PLCyc LED Luminaire from Philips Strand Lighting.

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Parlights Theatrical Hosts a Two-Day Strand Camp

Monday, September 10, 2012

Parlights Theatrical Lighting & Rigging recently hosted a two-day console seminar titled "Strand Camp" which was an intense, hands-on session for console training. Designed for both those familiar and not so familiar with the Palette console line, Strand camp was attended by a wide range of end users from High School students and their drama teachers to facilities managers and technical directors.

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Alabama School of Fine Arts Theatrical Lighting Project

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

In April 2012, the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham raised the curtain on a new, 500-seat theater. Named after a beloved member of the ASFA Foundation, the Dorothy Jemison Day Theater is a versatile proscenium venue that can accommodate stage plays, dance recital, and orchestral and vocal performances. Behind-the-scenes, the theater serves as a state-of-the-art teaching facility for ASFA students, where they learn about all aspects of the performing arts.

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International students participate in nonprofit Stagecraft Institute program

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Theater is a luxury in a Third World country. Most everything is, really, when you're dealing with hunger and poverty every day. But Agnes Nakakawa, a 32-year-old mother and sound designer from Uganda, believes there is a way, through theater, to help her people. Exactly how, she doesn't know. In June, she came to Las Vegas hoping to gain inspiration and information, two things she can immediately share with her people.

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PLCyc LED Luminaires Premiere at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Respected UK lighting designer Lucy Carter has used Philips Selecon PLCyc LED luminaires to create an evocative environmental design for the Royal Opera House’s production of Max Richter’s new chamber opera, Sum.

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Philips Selecon and Strand Lighting join forces at the inspirational new Soweto Theatre

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The newly built Soweto Theatre, designed by Afritects, is the first professional performing arts venue developed in a former township. Since opening, it has been grabbing headlines worldwide for its eye-catching, colorful exterior. Nevertheless for project theatre consultant Denis Hutchinson it’s the innovation inside, including Philips Strand Lighting dimming and Philips Selecon luminaires, that he hopes will have an equally dramatic impact on artists, theatre staff, audiences and community residents.

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PLCyc LED Luminaires are Now Shipping

Monday, April 30, 2012

Building upon the successful technology inside the PL1 and PL3 LED luminaires, Philips Strand Lighting is proud to announce that the Philips Selecon PLCyc LED luminaire is now shipping across North and South America. A breakthrough in cyclorama lighting, the PLCyc delivers smooth and even color in a compact, light-weight design, while using only 150 watts to beautifully illuminate drops up to 16 feet high.

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Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon bring life to Channel 5 News Room

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Philips Selecon and Philips Strand Lighting distributor, Architainment has completed an installation project for ITN at the brand new, remote controlled Channel 5 News Room in London Bridge.

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A Real-World Environment at the USC School for Cinematic Arts

Thursday, April 12, 2012

University programs worldwide seek to prepare and educate their students to become successful in whichever field of study they choose. At the USC School of Cinematic Arts, students are given the opportunity to find their specialty in the practices of film, television and interactive media. For those who choose the studio lighting path, a few trips to the sound stages inside the Cinematic Arts Complex will be necessary. Waiting for them inside the new facilities are Light Palette control consoles and a complete dimming system from Philips Strand Lighting.

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PL1 LED luminaires make all the difference to the ‘Man in the Middle’

Monday, April 2, 2012

Respected UK lighting designer Johanna Town used Philips Selecon PL1 LED luminaires to great effect on Wiki play, Man in the Middle by Ron Elisha. Staged at Theatre 503 in London, the play is a fast-paced journey through the key events of Julian Assange’s turbulent life. Each Wiki style scene moves dynamically to the next to arrive at a totally different time or place in his life. From boardrooms to bedrooms, offices to torture chambers, and student flats to hotel rooms, no scene is set for very long.

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Port Lighting Mardi Gras Open House is a Success

Monday, March 26, 2012

Port Lighting Systems in Seabrook, NH, recently held its bi-annual open house and lighting trade show featuring the top lighting manufacturers from across the country and Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon were on-hand to showcase their array of lighting, dimming and controls products. Themed as a Mardi Gras celebration, the recently expanded Port Lighting warehouse was transformed into a lively party using conventional, LED and automated lighting, along with digital projections, lasers and other special effects to create an event like never before.

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Austin City Limits Moves Into a New Home with Philips Strand Lighting

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

With the abundance of television programming available today, very few productions have been able to stand the test of time, but now in their 37th Season, Austin City Limits is the longest running music series in American television history. As they continue to showcase the world’s most dynamic musical artists to a nationally televised audience, the production recently relocated to The Moody Theater, a brand new, state-of-the-art production facility located in the heart of Austin, Texas. ... More »

Wexford Opera Creates High Drama Using Philips Selecon PL3 Luminaires

Friday, January 6, 2012

For any lighting designer, setting the scene for three distinct operas during a busy repertory season invariably presents its own set of challenges. Such was the creative task for Declan Randall, lighting designer for Wexford Opera’s 60th Anniversary season, where he elected to use Philips Selecon PL3 LED Luminaires to overcome those challenges. ... More »

Vincent Lighting teams with Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon at Northern Kentucky University

Monday, December 12, 2011

When universities are looking for ways to update their existing lighting systems, many have to begin the process by approaching their respective budgetary committees to plead their case as to why the system update is needed. It is not often that discretionary funds are approved. When Northern Kentucky University (NKU) decided to implement a school-wide “Green” initiative, lighting designer Terry Powell leapt at the opportunity, and worked with Adam Hayward at Vincent Lighting Systems to overhaul his lighting rig with twenty-four (24) PL3 Wash luminaires from Philips Selecon and a Palette VL control console from Philips Strand Lighting. ... More »

Chemtrol Embraces the Next Generation of Philips Lighting Equipment

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Madrid, Spain - Since the early 1990s Madrid based Chemtrol Division Teatro, S.A. has been a key distributor for Strand Lighting products in Spain. In just 20 years the company has grown from a small specialist rigging and engineering company to one of the largest and most respected, full service entertainment technology distributor and Installation ... More »

Philips Brands Benefit from Investments in Technology

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Strand name is one of the most venerable in stage lighting — it’s been around since 1914, when Strand Electric was originally founded by two West End electricians in London, Arthur Earnshaw and Phillip Sheridan. The two set out to provide the prestigious theatre district with the most modern stage lighting and control available. ... More »

Shining a New Light on the News

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

As the entertainment lighting industry is undergoing a wave of change with new sources and luminaires based on LED technology so too, is the media industry which is reinventing itself for a new more competitive landscape. Having already instituted a number of changes to their programming lineup, Network 10 in Australia also decided to invest in a redesign of their Sydney newsroom and studio. During the redesign, lighting director Pete Koole investigated ways to make his rig more energy-efficient, cost-effective, and reliable, and his research led him to the PL1 Wash luminaire. ... More »

The Show Must Go On

Friday, October 21, 2011

“When I first looked at The Durban Playhouse project that we’d won, I had to wonder if we would actually complete it,” began Dan Riley, Head of Sales for DWR, Philips Distributor in South Africa. “It was a major job and the client had put in clauses stating that the theatre could not close and that shows must go on as normal. A tall order given DWR had been commissioned to change all the dimmers in the building. However I’m delighted to say that we did it, on time and on budget.” ... More »

A Console for Everyone

Monday, October 3, 2011

At colleges and universities around the world, technical directors are often faced with the same challenge when it comes to lighting control for their performance season. Using primarily student technicians, the control console must be intuitive enough for a novice programmer, but also must be able to handle the creative needs of seasoned programmer when the production calls for it. Such is the case at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, where technical director Shawn DuBois oversees a full production schedule using student technicians, and who has found a solution to his lighting control challenge at the Arthur Zenkel Music Center with the Light Palette Live control console from Philips Strand Lighting. ... More »

Strand controls 3 of 4 Tony Nominated Plays

Friday, June 18, 2010

While every Broadway spring season is filled with anticipation and excitement for the Tony nominations, this season was especially exciting for us at Strand Lighting. Strand is very proud to continue to provide control and support for the professional theatrical community in New York and around the globe. Congratulations to Mark Henderson and Neil Austin ... More »

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