Color Kinetics

is ready for primetime with its intelligent LED illumination technology in New York City Lites' dynamic design for the set of Super Millionaire. The program debuted to television audiences on February 22 on ABC and aired through February 27.

"The Super Millionaire set was designed to reflect the show's bigger, bolder premise while staying true to the familiar look and feel of the the original show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," said Deke Hazirjian, owner and president of New York City Lites, which managed the entire project from lighting design, to installation, to control during taping.

According to lighting designer Chuck Noble, "With just days to conceptualize, design, and bring the set to life, Color Kinetics' LED-based systems enabled our vision through sophisticated control and tremendouscreative flexibility - allowing us to add an element of movement that translates well on camera and matches the higher intensity of the game."

The vibrant set features several applications of Color Kinetics' LED-based illumination, including set-framing columns that are illuminated by iColor® Cove systems, and a color-changing staircase that's lit from within by ColorBlast® systems. The audience seating area is bordered by a run of iColor Flex SL, which produces color-chasing effects via individually addressable tri-color LED nodes. Collectively, the compact, low-heat systems produce uniquely designed, color-changing effects that unify the distinctive set elements and synch with the contestants' choices and results. The entire lighting scheme is controlled by a centralized DMX lighting console.

Color Kinetics LEDs also light up the set of Wheel of Fortune

Color Kinetics' LED-based lighting systems are increasingly used for television applications that call for highly efficient, low heat, noise-free systems that can generate saturated color on camera and allow for customizable effects in set design. Unlike conventional light sources, Color Kinetics' systems require no gels or filters to add colored accents to background and fill lighting for added dimension. On top of these practical benefits, LED-based systems enable a new realm of creative possibilities for set and lighting designers by marrying the inherently digital nature of LEDs with the intelligence of a microprocessor, generating high, colored output with sophisticated control.