Parlights Theatrical Hosts a Two-Day Strand Camp
Console training a huge success and more events planned for the Fall of 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
by Philips Strand Lighting

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.

"Many users do not get a lot of training on lighting control boards," said Cary Levitt, Parlights President and CEO. “This gave everyone a chance to have quality time on the consoles without the pressure of being in the middle of tech rehearsal.”

The classes were led by Philips Strand Lighting Controls Product Manager and console specialist Bobby Harrell. Campers learned everything from how to bring up a channel, discreet timing, the joys of the Palette color picker, and how to make automated luminaires perform the way they were designed to perform.

“One of the highlights for me was watching Bobby explain the deeper meaning of tracking,” added Kara O’Grady, Philips Strand Lighting Regional Sales Manager. “One teacher in attendance thought tracking was a nightmare, but Bobby showed how it can be your friend and not your foe. After that she was so excited as she never knew her lighting console could do so much.”

At the camp, O'Grady also showed off the new PLCyc and PLHouse LED luminaires and the campers were impressed with how much light came from such small fixtures, and when it was explained that you could daisy-chain 10 PLCyc fixtures onto a single 20 Amp circuit, some campers were actually speechless.

Overall the two days of Strand Camp were a huge success, Parlights is currently planning another event for the Fall of 2012, but this time with even more consoles and hopefully a little less 101 degree heat.

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