Brit Floyd's current North American tour is no exception. “Freakin awesome,” is how one reviewer described the show's lavish production and visual artistry. “Lasers, smoke machines . . . massive spotlights -- everything you would expect from a Floyd show was there. . .” The show's production was done by technology consultants FIX8Group (Stockport, Cheshire, UK) and includes a spectacular light show designed by FIX8's Neil Trenell.
At the centerpiece of this visual display (the “massive spotlights”) are 38 Platinum Beam 5R moving head beam fixtures from Elation Professional. The Platinum Beam 5R is an exceptionally bright, extreme ACL effect with a tight beam angle of 2.5°. Not only does it produce a dazzlingly brilliant concentrated searchlight-type beam, it also offers the versatility to create a variety of different effects, featuring 12 dichroic colors, 8 rotating replaceable gobos, 3-facet rotating prism (with 8-facet option), and a Frost Filter that allows it to do double duty as a wash effect.
The Platinum Beams occupy a central position in the defining structures on the Brit Floyd set: a 16.5-foot vertical circle of truss, flanked by a gigantic 84-foot truss arch. Sixteen Platinum Beam 5R units are mounted on the truss circle, while and additional 22 units hang from the arch. With this positioning, the Platinum Beams can shoot white or colored beams in all directions, project gobo images, multiply their effects with the prism, or even wash the stage with the application of Frost. A dozen units of another Elation fixture, the Design Spot 1200C compact moving head, are mounted on the stage itself.
Original specifications called for a different lighting fixture to be used on the truss circle and arch, but the Platinum Beam 5Rs were substituted at the suggestion of Performance Lighting, Inc. (Elk Grove, IL), which supplied the lighting for the Brit Floyd North American tour. Along with its punchy output and features, the Platinum Beam 5R, which utilizes new Philips MSD Platinum 5R lamp, is ultra compact and energy efficient, running on only 189 watts yet emitting an output rivaling that of a much larger, higher-wattage fixture.
“We had just purchased 24 (Platinum Beams) and I was completely impressed with the fixture,” said Performance Lighting president Russell Armentrout, especially their “bang for the buck.” “Neil (Trenell) went online and did some independent research, and decided to give 'em a shot.
“The Platinum Beam was an instant success – pinpoint accuracy, extremely bright, extremely quick – and it has also proven very roadworthy,” reported Armentrout. “This light has been put through rigorously paced programming on a very intense tour schedule, and not one catastrophic problem occurred.”
What's more, from a design perspective the Platinum Beam's features were a good fit for the Brit Floyd show, said Trenell, who designed and programmed the tour's lighting. “First impression from me is that they are a great little unit,” Trenell said. “We use the Frost a lot during the show to make the 5R into a tight wash. This works really well to make the difference between the big impact moments and the quiet moments.
“We also found the prism,” Trenell added, “and it blows me away. When you have 38 beams in the audience with rotating prism, the crowd always gives a little â€˜wow' too. My overall opinion of these lights is very good – they are quick and accurate and punch well above their value. The show has never looked so good! I even think we will stick to these when we are back in the UK and Europe.”
Plans are already being drawn for the Brit Floyd tour to purchase more Platinum Beam 5Rs from Elation's UK office. In addition to the merits of the light itself, the manufacturer's strong support has been a big plus in the demanding touring environment, said Douglas Peterson, CEO/founder of Performance Lighting. “My 27 years in this wonderful industry have taught me how important a high level of service and support from a manufacturer is,” commented Peterson. “We all know that there are last minute changes, things need to be adjusted, issues arise . . and time is always of the essence. For this tour I needed to get a bunch more brand new lights in less than seven days. Elation's Rob Ludwig, Eric Loader and Gines Gines all came through, as they always do! They are like a tight Navy Seal team-rapid reliable response, and I absolutely love working with them.”
Click links below to see the Elation Platinum Beam 5's in action in the Brit Floyd Show!
For more information contact:
Elation Professional at 866-245-6726 or visit www.elationlighting.com
Performance Lighting, Inc. at 847-952-9600 or visit www.performancelightinginc.com
Fix8Group at www.fix8group.com