Do YOU Behave Like A Professional Lighting Designer?


Jim’s here for another Lighting Insights video!  This month we talk about something all of us need to check from time to time, our demeanor!  Do you have professional lighting designer decorum?  We think you should!

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Adventures in Lighting with Michael Veerkamp

Do you watch television?  We figured you did…  and you’ve probably seen some of Michael Veerkamp‘s lighting design work in doing so!  Come talk with Michael Veerkamp, creator of Team Imagination, Inc, as he tells us about his life, his lighting world, and some excellent experiences!  Thank you so much for this interview, Michael!






MIAMI – There were many sights that riveted attention at this year’s Ultra Music Festival, both on the stage and off. Among the more spectacular in the latter category was a towering “Afterburner” on Arcadia Spectacular’s Resistance Stage. Located in a walkway area at the festival, the captivating attraction featured a collection of ÉPIX Tile 2.0 boards and ÉPIX Strip 2.0 strips from CHAUVET Professional. To describe this giant structure made of recycled metal objects as unique is akin to calling a South Florida hurricane “windy.”

Resembling a rocket ship from an old school sci-fi film, the towering structure has a DJ booth made from a discarded military satellite dish and a spire that shoots flames 30 feet in the air, as well as a swirling lightshow that shoots beams in every direction in channeled synchronization. Surrounded by a heavyweight L-Acoustics Sound System and flaming tree sculptures, the Afterburner creates a transformative atmosphere for dancing, escaping and enjoying life and music.

At this year’s Ultra Music Festival, Arcadia Spectacular added ÉPIX Tile 2.0 and ÉPIX Strip 2.0 pixel mappable tri-colored LED fixtures to the impressive structure. The tiles were added to lend an extra layer of depth as well as a video component to the structure’s design, while the strips were used to accent the unique DJ booth.


“We wanted to add a video look to the design without truly getting into video,” said Tim Smith, Technical Production Manager at Arcadia Spectacular. “We don’t use raw videos; we prefer abstract effects and the ÉPIX is perfect for this function. They also added more texture to the DJ booth than we would get with standard DJ lighting. The ÉPIX units are run on ArtNet so we can control them from a light deck or a media server. We use an Avolites Sapphire Console and Ai Media server to send ArtNet to the ÉPIX units.”

The intensely bright output of the ÉPIX units served the Arcadia Spectacular team well in the bright Florida sunshine. “They are super bright, which is obviously very important in an outdoor setting,” said Smith. “They are so bright we even toned them down using a frost filter. In terms of colors, we liked to run the ÉPIX red and white, since it accents our metallic look very well.”

Since the ÉPIX units are modular, they provide the Arcadia Spectacular team with the flexibility to build different structures with them. Given the creative track record of this group, that’s something that is certain to happen many times in the future.

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Stage Weights, Dropped on Things, for Fun!


Now obviously we here at CHAUVET Professional don’t support anything like this done without the utmost considerations on safety and protection of all parties involved…

…but have a look at this video — Kansas City Rep did this, and it looks like they had an absolute BLAST doing it! Check it out!  Stage weights, dropped from a height (the loading gallery, it looks like) onto stuff they were in need of destroying!  Even a grand piano!

How many stage weights do YOU think it takes to get to the bottom of a grand piano?  Let’s find out!

Hat tip to JimOnLight!


Nexus Aw 7×7, Steve Lieberman, and ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015!

It doesn’t really matter what Steve Lieberman uses to make lighting magic, but we are super glad he likes the Nexus Aw 7×7 from CHAUVET Professional!  Check THIS out!


MIAMI – All eyes were on the Worldwide Stage at the Ultra Music Festival, and why not? With a superstar studded lineup of the crème de la crème of the EDM world performing, plus a surprise two-song appearance by Ariana Grande, the thousands of fans at the Worldwide Stage pavilion were transfixed by the scene on stage. This year, the awestruck crowd did more than look at the stage, they had their collective vision funneled into it, thanks to a commanding lighting and truss design by Steve Lieberman of SJ Lighting.

Lieberman’s design concept was developed around a massive double winged truss structure that resembled an arched bridge. The abutment at one end of this bridge started at the edge of the concert pavilion; the other end was anchored behind the stage itself. This end of the bridge ran across the entire 60-foot width of the stage.


A line of 12 intense Nexus Aw 7×7 warm white LED panels from CHAUVET Professional ran across the structure behind the DJ booth. Overhead were 36 additional Nexus Aw 7×7 panels on two curved rows at the base of the bridge arch that sloped toward the stage.

This combination of arched trussing and intense light over the stage and behind the DJ booth focused the crowd’s collective vision. This allowed everyone to absorb a full view of the stage design regardless of where they were standing. “What I wanted to do was center the crowd’s vision,” said Lieberman. “The way we arched two truss structures pulled you into the stage and gave you a 180 degree perspective no matter where you were standing.”

The idea for this mesmerizing arched design occurred to Lieberman after he observed his work at last year’s Ultra festival. “Everyone was thrilled with the design in 2014,” said the LD. “Still when I looked at it, I knew there was one thing I definitely wanted to change. Last year I noticed that when some people migrated toward the edges of the viewing area – as they always do – they wound up looking at the sides of my stage.”

Determined to give the crowd a more complete viewing experience, Lieberman vowed to create a design that allowed everyone to see the whole stage regardless of where they stood. He also wanted something super bright there to make things popped. This is where the Nexus Aw 7×7 came in. “Having these fixtures behind the DJ and overhead on the arched truss was essential to energizing the stage and the crowd,” said the LD. “Audience blinders are critical at a festival and the Chauvet panels excelled in this regard. We ran them at 100-percent and they dominated. We had a lot of high output movers and the panels did more than keep up. Another thing I liked about the panels is that their beam is not only very bright, it’s also very narrow so it really works well with fog.”


In addition to using the Nexus Aw 7×7 panels as blinders, Lieberman relied on them to serve as header displays and for pixel mapping breakout images as well as chase scenes. “The efficiency of having one fixture that can do so many different things so well is a plus,” he said. “It’s sweet that these panels can be killer blinders one second, then pixel mappable the next. Plus I like that they have an incandescent look, but at the same time they’re LED fixtures with all the advantages of that technology.”

Lieberman gave the Nexus Aw 7×7 high marks in every facet of their performance on the Worldwide Stage. “I love that these fixtures have the incandescence of a blinder, the efficiency of an LED and the pixel mapping capabilities of the 21st century,” said the LD. “I wanted to pull people into the stage and Nexus certainly helped me accomplish that goal.”

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WELL FLEX — Uplighters Forever!


People are crazy for the WELL series of battery-powered uplighters, and it’s not hard to see why!  Tough units, powerful output, wireless OR DMX control, and a long-lasting battery.  Oh, and they look great ANYWHERE!

Here’s a little video tease of some WELL FLEX units in action, the new member to the WELL family!  Check it out!