Federal Hill Commons, Indiana recently opened a community amphitheatre designed to hold any and every type of outdoor event.
Professional production company and Elation Professional dealer Stage Tech, Indianapolis was commissioned to handle everything lighting on the project from concept and design to installation and programming and turned to Elation’s leading line of IP65-rated luminaires to realise the task.
Mike Trotta, owner of Stage Tech explained: “The nature of this installation demanded weatherproof fixtures so the IP rating was the first and most important criterion when compiling a list of options.
“Elation has a wide range of IP-rated fixtures, so we were able to weigh the benefits of various fixture types and feature sets, knowing that any of them would be appropriate for the outdoor environment. The competitive pricing also ensured we could include enough fixtures in the inventory to provide an effective system within the client’s budget.”
Stage Tech chose to use 6 Proteus Hybrid fixtures, Elation’s multi-functional, IP65-rated arc-source moving head, along with 4 DTW Blinder 350 IP variable white LED blinders and 16 SixPar 300IP LED Par colour changers. Lighting design was by Stage Tech’s in-house lead LD David Lapham.
Besides the IP rating, David explained that the venue’s operator wanted the capabilities inherent in moving lights in order to add excitement to music events. Capable of spot, beam or wash projections, the award-winning Proteus Hybrid is loaded with features like full CMY colour mixing, 22 gobos and an animation effect wheel to bring graphics to life.
Mike added: “The Proteus Hybrid’s feature set allows for a high degree of flexibility for any type of performance. And since the lighting fixtures won’t be taken down between shows, a high IP rating was essential.” The Proteus Hybrid fixtures work from an upstage truss to add movement and texture for rock shows and other more involved events while both an upstage and downstage truss holds SixPar 300.
Providing variable white light from the downstage truss are DTW Blinder 350 IP fixtures. Also multi-environmental to withstand the elements, the DTW Blinder 350 IP houses two high-powered 175W warm white/amber COB LEDs for colour temperature-adjustable washes of white light or blinder blasts.
Elation Professional product support for Stage Tech is provided by Elation manufacturer rep firm Five Lakes Marketing, Mike said: “Ed Cheeseman and Rob Ludwig with Five Lakes Marketing also play a huge role in why we choose Elation for a lot of our in-house inventory and why we install so many of Elation’s products. Their knowledge and support of the products they represent is hands down the best.”