Loughborough’s thriving entertainment centre has become one of the UK’s diverse performance venues. CHAUVET Professional Maverick and Ovation fixtures were recently added to the venues lighting system, supplied by Stage Electrics.
Funding for the new LED fixtures was obtained through a government programme that incentivised energy savings.
James Cladingboel Technical Director of Loughborough Town hall explained: “The new fixtures are far more efficient than the incandescent units they replaced, however, their benefits extend way beyond energy savings. They’ve greatly expanded the things we can do with our lighting system.”
A total of seven Maverick MK2 Spots, eight Ovation E-260WW warm white elipsoidals and four Ovation E-910FC RGBA+ Lime ellipsoidals were added to the Loughborough Town Hall lighting rig.
James added: “Primarily, we use four or five of the Maverick units over the (7m x 7m) stage for gobo washes, effects and lighting the set during theatrical work, as well as for effect lighting during music gigs, the gobo morphing ability has become extremely useful in recent productions, allowing us to create depth for the looks on stage.”
There are two of the 440W LED Maverick fixtures positioned on FOH booms midway back for cloth cover during theatrical shows. James said: “This just helps to light the cloths without ‘flattening’ them, dropping in a gobo really helps to create a more interesting look.”
Loughborough Town Hall’s eight Ovation E-260WW fixtures with 19˚ lenses are positioned on one of the theatre’s FOH bridges, while the four Ovation E-910FC ellipsoidal units with 26˚ lenses are on the FOH hurl positions to provide a rainbow of colours.
James explained: “We chose to use the WW fixtures in the FOH bridge, as opposed to the FC ones because it was important for us that technicians touring with their own desk would be able to patch in without any difficulties or disruptions to their show files.
“Some touring technicians have been surprised to learn that these were LED fixtures after using them, and were very impressed. Due to our high specification, some touring music shows have opted to use our rig as opposed to bringing their own in, which saves time.