PLCyc LED is a Shining Star at The Corn Exchange Wallingford
Thursday, January 10, 2013
by Philips Strand Lighting

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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, “Our existing cyc lights were old and falling apart. We’d heard a great deal about the creative potential the features of the new LED fixtures offer, but we weren’t sure which fixtures to buy. We enlisted the advice of Reg Berry at Lancelyn Theatre Supplies, Oxford. Following a trip to the PLASA show we decided on the Selecon PLCyc LED luminaires and we’ve been delighted with the outcome.”

Reg Berry, branch manager at Lancelyn continues, “We felt the PLCyc was an ideal solution for the Corn Exchange Wallingford because they are easy to use and deliver a smooth even beam that will seamlessly blend intense washes of color on cycloramas. The LED source technology combined with a properly shaped asymmetrical reflector means the PLCyc delivers consistent light distribution without the compromised performance caused by the need to use vertical or horizontal spreader lenses.”

“The PLCyc fixtures also provide an economical solution as each luminaire can replace the equivalent of a traditional four color 500W per circuit cyc luminaires in saturated colors, says Amber Tomlin, key account manager in the UK for Philips Selecon. “The PLCyc can light a typical cyclorama with a single 10A non-dim circuit. It’s intuitive to setup, and all luminaires support wireless DMX512 control for instant connections without running control wiring.”

As soon as Berry demonstrated what the PLCyc could do, the technical team at Wallingford were blown away. “We are impressed by how powerful they are” states Hemming. “Compared with a 500W Cyc flood the LED luminaire output is striking. The fact that you can have all that output and the wide mix of colors for just 150W is wonderful.”

The PLCyc also offers an extremely sophisticated color mixing capability, all from a single RGBW LED source. Its blending of color is seamless and enables lighting designers to be as bold or subtle as they like.”

The low wattage of the luminaire is also an attractive feature for the venue. In addition the LED source can provide more than 25,000 hours of use and there is no filter maintenance required. “In terms of doing something for the community,” comments Hemming, "moving towards something that is greener in terms of energy consumption is obviously a good thing. They take less maintenance and require no consumables such as lamps or Gel color. They last a lot longer and you’re not throwing away expensive lamps all the time.”

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