After years of using Xenon searchlights for Coachella’s site lighting with varying results, festival organizers looked to Visions Lighting to come up with a new and innovative solution. After seeing the new Platinum Beam Extreme from Elation, Visions’ Todd Roberts knew what would work to achieve their goal. Visions scheduled a demo at the event site several months prior to the festival. Roberts and his team used eight Platinum Beam Extreme fixtures on the festival’s permanent site lighting structures or “oil derricks” and waited for the sun to set. It didn’t take long before Roberts and the festival organizers knew we had a winning solution as the night sky lit up. The final count for the project was 120 Platinum Beam Extremes lighting up the desert skies for the two weekend festival that hosted more than 500,000 attendees.

Signals from control were distributed wirelessly with DMX using four universes. All programming was done by Colin Feeney from a 40’ high scissor lift located right in the center of the festival grounds so that the entire rig was visible. Not only were the fixtures incredibly bright but operated 100% without failure, sustaining the extreme weather conditions including heat, wind, and rain. The end result: brighter and better than years before while using less power and offering more creative options.

Canin Campbell of Visions Lighting led the onsite team for set up of the system. Canin was supported by Daniel Baca and Steven Calley.

In addition to the Platinum Beam Extremes, Visions Lighting also replaced the conventional par lighting on the “oil derricks” with the Elation Opti Quad PARs and Elation Q7 IP PARs, used for functional and area lighting around the derricks.