Wireless LED Art – Studio Roosegaarde’s Crystal LED Art Installation

Wireless LED art featuring little crystal structures that power on when they come in contact with the floor?  We love it!

New from Studio Roosegaarde, an excellent project for Dutch Design Week 2013 – meet “Crystal,” an interactive LED project made for interpersonal communication!

Crystal by Studio Roosegaarde from Dezeen on Vimeo.

This project features hundreds upon thousands of little LED-containing poly crystals that were formed by the studio — as the user places them onto the ground, which contains a magnetic field to power the LEDs, they illuminate, allowing the person placing the crystals to create words, shapes, or other light art!

From Studio Roosegaarde, info on the crystal installation:

CRYSTAL are hundreds of crystals of light which brighten when you touch them. People can play and share their stories of light.

Artist Daan Roosegaarde calls them “Lego from Mars”. The name refers not only to its futuristic design, but also to its endless potential to play. CRYSTAL has been previously exhibited in Amsterdam, Paris, Moscow and is now permanent in Eindhoven NL.

Each Crystal contains LEDs that are wirelessly charged via a magnetic floor. Once visitors start adding, moving or sharing Crystals, the basic breathing of the Crystals changes. The lighting behavior of crystals moves from ‘excited’ to ‘bored’, keeping visitors curious.

The coming years different Crystal shapes and colours will be developed together with high-tech companies and cultural organisations. CRYSTAL keeps on growing.

2012-2018. Hundreds of wireless LED rocks (variable sizes) on a black power mat.

Self commissioned by Studio Roosegaarde. Premiere at PICNIC, EYE Museum Amsterdam.
Permanent installation for Light-S at Natlab. Open for public at night at Kastanjelaan 500 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Check out some images of the installation — gorgeous work!

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KASKADE Love – Get Your Blood Pumping!


Happy Monday, World!

We here at Chauvet Professional are up and at ‘em this morning early, and to get our day started, we’re celebrating the music of Kaskade on this fine Monday, September 9, 2013.  The Kaskade tour has some Nexus 4X4 panels and a whole ton of Geyser RGB foggers, and as always, they’re seriously rocking the venues with a very top-of-the-line show!

Check out the KASKADE show at Ultra Music Fest in Miami back in march below — it’s the whole set, so crank it up, and get to work!

Have an amazing Monday, everyone!


LD profile: Jordan Chance

Six questions with Jordan Chance, lighting designer and owner of Luxe Productions design company. 

1. How did you get into this field?
Lighting is something that has been growing within our company and I’m privileged to learn from people within the industry who I really respect.  Lighting caught my interest when I saw how it can dramatically change a space.  I started to feel passionate about it when I noticed that you can take two basic ideas, implement one of them differently and end up with a bigger, more dramatic effect. After that discovery, I started to look for the best possible ways to setup in order to bring fresh ideas to rooms  and obtain the biggest effects.

2. What do you think is the next big thing in the lighting industry?
Obviously LED fixtures have changed the lighting industry for the better.  Now that there is so much versatility in effects, the big question is, how to maximize that effect.  I think battery operated fixtures with built-in wireless DMX are awesome and those features help with setup and tear down time.  It would be great to see powerful, LED gobo projector with a temperature control — this would allow for minimal power consumption and pinpointing the proper white to suit the event.

3. What has been your favorite design/project?
I love anything that hasn’t been done before.  If it seems ridiculous or really difficult, I am immediately interested. One of my favorite projects this year was lighting Martin Estate.

4. What was the biggest unforeseen obstacle that you’ve faced in one of your designs, and how did you overcome it?
We recently lit an event at a beautiful, spacious venue with tons of character. They have an amazing custom floor that we did not want to damage, so had to run DMX and power throughout the ceilings and walls to get our fixtures where they needed to be.  It required a scissor lift, took a lot of time, but when we finished, there weren’t any visible wires and it looked awesome.

5. Complete this thought: A show without light is like…
A show without lights is like no presents on Christmas day — disappointing.


LD Profile: Chris Allen

Six questions with Chris Allen of Red Eye Audio and Lighting,

1. How did you get into this field?
I started in theater in high school, as an actor, and picked up some of the tech side just by being there. When a friend of mine and I started a local music event, we needed lights, so since I had the most experience out of the two of us, I was chosen. It turned out to be quite addicting, and here I am almost 10 years later, still at it.

2. What do you think is the next big thing in the lighting industry?
Projection has really taken off in the past few years. I remember doing my first show with projections a couple years ago, and going into it I thought it was very new and dynamic. Three years later, I’m still impressed with what tricks people are pulling with them.

3. Do you have a favorite fixture (and why)?
My SlimPAR™ 64 [wash lights] offer a ton of options and pack quite a punch. They’re small enough to fit almost anywhere, and they are useful in just about any situation.

4. What has been your favorite design/project?
My last project, designing the lights for “Valhella” with The Baltimore Rock Opera Society.  They were amazing people to work with, and they gave me a lot of room to do whatever I wanted. They dared me to dream big and I did. I kept getting compliments that it was the best lighting they’ve ever had. So having lots of creative freedom, a great crew to work along side, and tons of positive feedback made “Valhella” a once in a lifetime kind of show.

5. What was the biggest unforeseen obstacle that you’ve faced in one of your designs, and how did you overcome it?
For one show, I was unsure how to get all the different colors and looks that the director wanted onstage with a limited number of fixtures. Since the set was static and all the action took place in the same areas on stage and all that needed to change was the color, we rented color scrollers. I didn’t know we had the budget to rent them, but apparently we did. They were a bit of a hassle to get to work with the design exactly how I wanted, but in the end they saved the show.

6. Complete this thought: A show without light is like…Dancing in the dark. Sure, the music is still great, but you can’t see the REAL action.

Valhella image courtesy of Heather Keating


Royal Shakespeare Company Lit by CHAUVET® Professional

Royal Shakespeare Company, located in Stratford-Upon-Avon, U.K., refurbished its auditorium of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Upon doing so, it incorporated 18 CHAUVET® Professional COLORdash™ Accent wash lights, supplied by Stage Electrics.

“Lighting Designer Rick Fisher incorporated [the fixtures] into his design for “Merchant of Venice”, [and] RSC Lighting purchased and fitted them during the production period,” said Simon Bayliss, assistant head of lighting, Royal Shakespeare Company.


Stage Electrics Open Day | Manchester, U.K.

CHAUVET® Professional at Stage Electrics Open Day in Manchester, U.K., which is one of three open days scheduled this month.

We showed CHAUVET® Professional Q-Wash™ 436Z-LED and Q-Spot™ 360-LED moving heads, COLORado™ 1-Quad Tour, COLORdash™ Batten-Quad 6, COLORado™ Déco Quad-1 Tour and COLORado™ 2 Zoom Tour static wash lights, Ovation™ E-190WW and Ovation™ F-165WW LED-fitted theatrical fixtures, and CHAUVET® DJ PiXPar™ 24 pixel mapping wash and LED Followspot 75ST. Additionally shown is the new trussing line, TRUSST®.

Here are a couple of photos below. Stay tuned for more.


CHAUVET® Professional at WFX Atlanta 2012

We received positive feedback about all of our products displayed at WFX Atlanta 2012, notably our bright and compact Legend™ 230SR Beam moving yoke, pixel-mapping Legend™ 412, high-resolution video panels PVP™ S7 and fixtures from our COLORado™ family of static wash lights. Additionally, our booth was built using our TRUSST® line of truss and we showed fixtures from ILUMINARC®, our line of architainment and architectural lighting.

Here are a couple photos of the booth, both finished product and set up.