To illuminate this year's event, COTR brought in experienced House of Worship lighting designer Josh Beard. Working with rental company Deep South Productions (Sulphur, LA), Beard chose the Platinum Beam 5R DMX moving head from Elation Professional as his primary fixture for lighting up the stage in the church's 2,000-seat auditorium.
“The whole night was about an hour and a half of just worship for the community,” said Beard, who serves as an LD in several area churches. “I was contracted to light the set and enhance the worship experience. I prefer to use Deep South Productions for all my freelance gigs. They have all the gear I need to have a successful show every time.”
The gear in this case – the Elation Platinum Beam 5R – is a very compact (14.1”L x 13.2”W x 18.5”H), yet exceptionally bright, extreme ACL beam effect. Its ultra-efficient Philips MSD Platinum 5R lamp runs on only 189 watts, yet its brightness matches that of a much larger, higher-wattage fixture. Featuring a tight beam angle of 2.5°, the Platinum Beam 5R produces a concentrated searchlight-type beam, but also offers the versatility to create a variety of different effects, with 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.
A total of 8 Platinum Beam 5Rs were used to light the Night of Worship service. Four of the units were positioned on top of upright truss on the upstage side behind the band. Two additional sections of truss were located on the downstage corners, with one Platinum Beam 5R on top of each of these as well. The remaining two fixtures were placed on the stage itself, on either side of the band. “So there were three different levels, to create a lot of depth in the room,” Beard explained.
Beard said that he chose the Platinum Beam 5R for a number of reasons, beginning with its energy and cost efficiency. “We needed a fixture that didn't draw much power, and would also fit into the church's budget,” he said. Additionally, the fixture had to be compact enough to fit the church's relatively small 45' wide by 15' deep stage. “I wanted a unit that didn't take up much of the stage, since I had limited space for fixture placement,” Beard added.
Yet the fixture also had to be appropriately bright and fast to keep up with the intensity and quick pace of the Night of Worship service. The Platinum Beam 5R proved itself on both counts, Beard reported. “I am a huge fan of a light that has some punch. The 5R exceeded that by far! I also needed a fixture that was fast enough to handle some of the quick transitions that I had to make throughout the worship set. The Platinum Beam 5R met all of these needs.”
The church was also very pleased with the performance of the Platinum Beam 5R as well of its cost effectiveness, Beard said, and is considering purchasing some of the units, which are cETLus-approved, for permanent installation in the future.
For more information contact:
Elation Professional at 866-245-6726 or visit www.elationlighting.com
Deep South Productions at 337-626-2235 or visit www.deepsouthproductions.com
Josh Beard at 713-515-1677