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High End Systems To Launch SolaSpot 3000 At LDI 2018


Hot on the heels of the release of SolaFrame 3000 in August, High End Systems will launch the SolaSpot 3000 automated luminaire at the upcoming 2018 LDI Tradeshow in Las Vegas. Offering the same 37,000+...

Hog Factor Competition Heats Up at LDI 2018


Three teams of lighting programmers are preparing to battle at the console in the fourth annual Hog Factor Collegiate Lighting Programming Competition at LDI 2018. The action takes place live on Friday, Oct. 19 at 5 pm at...

High End Systems and ETC Illuminate 175 years Berndorf AG


The world-famous Berndorf AG, originally a metal workshop, celebrated an unforgettable party with 1,400 guests and employees from all around the world. To frame the festivities, a 60 x 60 meter large and 27 meter high circus tent was...

Lighting Up Cherry Blossom Season With High End Systems


Each year, springtime in Japan brings the much awaited, spectacular display of cherry blossoms. The iconic pink blooms are anticipated by the entire nation and five years ago, High End Systems dealer Ushio Lighting Inc....

The Sound Of Silence In Amsterdam


There’s a roar of excitement coming from the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and it all has to do with their installation of quiet High End Systems SolaFrame Theatre LED fixtures. The historic venue installed eight of the silent...

Bakersfield HS Learns the Benefits of Going All LED with HES


Bakersfield High School’s Harvey Auditorium has gone all LED with an installation of 198 High End Systems lighting products. The California school district started the process a few years ago, wishing to enjoy the bounty of benefits that...

HES Sola Fixtures Take Top Honors at Applause Awards


Honoring excellence in Central Florida high school musical theater productions, this year’s Applause Awards were held in Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. To fulfill his design, LD Michael Pagan’s plot called...

LD Gurn Kaniski Carries (Literally) Full Boar 4 for Jeff Beck


This year’s tour with Jeff Beck is taking LD David “Gurn” Kaniski to some far off lands - and some unusual venues, such as the outdoor gardens of a palace in Spain, or an ancient coliseum in Rome, for instance. “The Romans didn’t think about...

HES SolaFrame 750s Meet the MATCH in Houston


A recent installation of High End Systems SolaFrame 750 LED fixtures is helping a Houston theater meet its mantra of flexibility. The Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, or MATCH, opened in late 2015 as a home for Houston’s..

SolaFrame 750s Bring Atmosphere to ‘Street Scene’


Performing arts students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland used High End Systems SolaFrame 750s to light the stage of Street Scene, their final performance of the year. The musical opera, performed at the New...

High End Systems Releases Hog 4 OS v3.9.0


High End Systems has released Hog 4 OS v3.9.0, the latest software update for the Hog 4 lighting console family. This update offers significant new features and enhancements, including a Linux Upgrade, Master Control Sets,...

High End Systems Announces Hog Factor USA 2018 Finalists


High End Systems has announced the Finalists for the 2018 Hog Factor USA Collegiate Lighting Programming Competition. First held in North America in 2015, Hog Factor has become the premier lighting programming contest in...

High End Systems Shine at Live You Play


For the eighth year running, Music Inside Rimini (MIR) and LIVE welcomed a host of lighting companies including High End Systems to take part in the annual Italian event ‘Live You Play’. LIVE events began in 2010 with a resolution...

Road Hog 4 Tours with Taking Back Sunday


Two High End Systems Road Hog 4 consoles are controlling the lighting on Taking Back Sunday’s tour. The New York-based indie pop band is co-headlining this summer with Coheed and Cambria on a U.S. amphitheatre tour, which started...

LD Patrick Hayes: From Hog Factor to The Decemberists’ Tour


Since 2015, many contestants in the first Hog Factor Collegiate Lighting Programming Competition have gone on to pursue careers in the entertainment lighting industry. High End Systems checked in with some of those finalists...

Road Hog 4 Controls Royal Wedding Coverage


Live coverage of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was viewed by millions worldwide – and attended by four Hogs. UK lighting designer and programmer Bill Peachment, Gafin Riley and Will Plenty supplied...

HES SolaFrame 750s Color the Rainbow Kitten Surprise Tour


Indie pop/folk rock band Rainbow Kitten Surprise are touring with High End Systems SolaFrame 750s as the focal point of their production. Described as Kings of Leon meets Modest Mouse, the North Carolina band is selling out venues on...

HES SolaFrame 2000s Shine On Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry


Country music legends are shining brighter onstage at the Grand Ole Opry, thanks to a new installation of High End Systems SolaFrame automated spot LED fixtures Opry Lighting Director Ken Hudson is “100 percent satisfied” with the...

Road Hog 4 Keeps Netflix’s Grace and Frankie in Control


In the Netflix original comedy series Grace and Frankie, characters played by Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Martin Sheen learn to adapt to their worlds gone haywire. But for Scott Webb, lighting programmer from...

HES LED Sola Series Rides the Rig at RodeoHouston


Once again, High End Systems lighting fixtures were riding high in the rig of RodeoHouston. LD Nathan Brittain spec’d 14 SolaSpot 1000s and 10 Sola HyBeam 2000s to meet his demands for lighting with an impactful kick, while...

Austrian Team Scoops Hog Factor Win At Prolight + Sound


There was a real buzz surrounding the High End Systems booth at the recent Prolight + Sound trade show in Frankfurt. In addition to sneak previews of new products, visitors were treated to a visual spectacular in the form of...

SolaFrame Theatre Delivers Blockbuster Light, Zero Sound


On the press junket for the premiere of special effects-laden Pacific Rim: Uprising, David Kane and Brian Fisher of Kite & Key Technologies used a special effect of their own: the new High End Systems’ SolaFrame Theatre...

SolaFrame 750s Star Performers On Barnum


Held in London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, Barnum marked the UK theatrical debut of High End Systems’ SolaFrame 750. The production ran November through March; lighting designer Philip Gladwell specified the fixtures for...

High End Systems & Hog Factor at Prolight+Sound 2018


High End Systems is gearing up to exhibit its latest products on a dedicated stand at the upcoming Prolight+Sound trade show in Frankfurt. From 10-13 April, visitors can discover and explore a selection of products from the leading...

HES SolaHyBeams Provide Three-in-One Lights for G3 World Tour


The G3 2018 world tour needed three different designs for its three distinctive guitarists. Production designer/lighting designer Alastair Watson - who is also the production manager - had a tight budget and a one-truck space...

High End Systems Launches HogFactor USA 2018


High End Systems announces that the 2018 HogFactor USA competition is in full swing, with over 20 collegiate teams already registered to participate in Phase One. First held in 2015, High End Systems’ HogFactor Collegiate Lighting...

Hog 4 Controls Evanescence’s ‘Synthesis Live’ Tour


A High End Systems Hog 4 console is touring the world with Goth rock group Evanescence. LD Marty Postma of NY-based Retinal Resonance has been using the Hog 4 console to control Evanescence’s “Synthesis Live” Tour in...

HES HEX Gives Bright Flexibility to Carly Rae Jepsen’s Rig


Canadian pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen counted on 14 High End Systems HEX fixtures to provide a literal “eyeful” of stage lighting looks for her supporting act on Katy Perry’s “Witness: The Tour” in North America...

SolaSpots Star Performers At Amateur Musical Awards


Held in the prestigious Royal Theater Carre in Amsterdam, the third annual Amateur Musical Awards featured lighting design by Coen van der Hoeven, who specified a large High End Systems rig for the show, including...

ACL Moody Theatre Upgrades With High End Systems LED Lighting


The January installation of an all-LED High End Systems lighting rig at the Moody Theatre, home of KLRU’s Austin City Limits, is helping to usher in a new era for the beloved 44 year-old public television broadcast, and for the...

HES Sola Series Shine At Pierce Meeting


Pierce Manufacturing’s dealer event in January marked the first event held in Fox Cities’ Exhibition Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. To facilitate the production’s creative and power requirements, leading production company...

LD Mike Grabowski Debuts SolaFrame 750s on MTV’s TRL


When MTV’s TRL resumed broadcast in October, the popular music video show unveiled a new approach and fresh look. To help fulfill his design parameters, LD Mike Grabowski of LDG (Lighting Design Group) specified 30 High End Systems...

High End Systems Releases Hog 4 v.3.8.0


High End Systems is pleased to announce the release of Hog 4 v.3.8.0 software for the Hog 4 console range. The release includes several new features and bug fixes. Hog 4 OS v.3.8.0 adds external monitor / touchscreen...

4Wall Invests In SolaFrame 750 Fixtures


High End Systems and 4Wall Entertainment are pleased to announce that the leading lighting and video rental company has purchased a large quantity of SolaFrame 750 automated fixtures for their rental stock...