|06 10 2011
LEDs Magazine - 21 Sep 2011
Many traditional types of entertainment-lighting fixtures are now being replaced by LED-based alternatives, thanks in part to the development of compact, high-power LEDs.
PLASA, the annual tradeshow for event, installation and entertainment technology, took place on September 11-14, 2011 at Earls Court in London, UK. As has always been the case in recent years, LED lighting products were very much in evidence. One novel feature this year was the “LED Shootout” hosted by the Society of Television Lighting and Design (STLD), which attempted to answer the question: “Can you light a TV set entirely with LED fixtures?”
Manufacturers submitted a wide variety of different types of LED-based fixtures to the Shootout, which were assessed and compared in a presentation theater. Elsewhere, LED fixtures were used to illuminate an 8-meter-wide cyclorama, where they were compared with traditional 1250W tungsten-halogen predecessors. LED fixtures performed particularly well in their ability to deal with deep saturated colors.
In the center of STLD’s stand was a mini TV studio, where attendees could get hands-on experience of lighting the studio set-up, viewing the results on HD broadcast cameras. A number of case studies were also presented, notably the ITV Daybreak studio, which is completely lit using Selador LED fixtures from ETC.
Look for more information on the Daybreak studio case study, and on PLASA itself, in the October issue of LEDs Magazine.
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