Hibino Lighting Opens New Options for Japan’s 1000 Club with CHAUVET Professional

When LD&K purchased a former theatre with the intention of converting it into a live music venue, there was no question about the fixtures that would make up its lighting rig. The company, which operates “live houses” throughout Japan, had almost always used halogen fixtures, and it was set to do the same at its newest venue, the “1000 Club,” located just three blocks from the bustling Yokohama train station.

That was until, its management sat down and talked to the team at Hibino Lighting. Surveying the 1000-capacity room, Hibino recommended that, given the limited power supply available, it would make more sense to install CHAUVET Professional LED fixtures. LD&K was hesitant, but trusting its vendor it agreed.

As a result, when the club opened (as a livestream venue) in August, it featured a powerful and versatile lighting rig comprised of 56 COLORado, COLORdash and Ovation fixtures. Arranged along the upstage deck, hung on overhead truss, and positioned on stage left and stage right poles as well as upstage stands, this collection of fixtures provides designers with a diverse range of options when lighting artists like Razor Oneman who perform at the club.

Key to this versatility are the 22 COLORado 2-Quad Zoom wash units in the new rig. Drawing on the wide 14ﹾ – 44ﹾzoom range of the fixture, designers can easily use it to change coverage areas on the stage, moving from total color wash saturation to more focused spot effects.

The RGBW color rendering capabilities of the COLORado 2-Quad Zoom give designers a broad palette to choose from. Added color is provided by the rig’s 22 COLORdash Par-Quad 18 fixtures, which feature amber in addition red, green and blue LEDs, resulting in evocative color shadows and more vivid whites.

In addition to washing the stage, the COLORado Par-Quad 18 fixtures are intended to be used for audience lighting. However, until lockdown restrictions were eased and live shows returned in October, there was no audience to light, since the club was used only for livestream performances.

To provide smooth, even key lighting for live and videoed performances, the 1000 Club has 10 Ovation E-910FC ellipsoidals in its rig. Hung five apiece on either side of the stage, these units ensure impeccable coverage of artists as they move around the stage. The RGBA-Lime ellipsoidals also contribute to the rig’s lavish colorizing possibilities.

Rounding out the 1000 Club’s new rig is a single Ovation SP-300CW followspot, which is positioned FOH. Following a performer with a crisp cool white beam, this powerful 260-watt unit adds to the impact of shows, which is one reason why LD&K is so happy it heeded the advice of its trusted vendor.