Ipswich Civic Centre Punch Over The Top With SolaSpot Pro 1500s
The George Hogg Auditorium in Ipswich Civic Centre hosts an eclectic mix of touring theatre and musical acts, local productions, community events, and business functions. As such their lighting rig needs to be nimble, cost-effective, rider-friendly, and polished, which is why they chose to install four High End Systems SolaSpot Pro 1500s, supplied by Graeme Hicks of Entertainment Production Supplies.
The lighting team auditioned a range of moving lights, carefully choosing the best fit for their existing rig. “We were looking for an LED mover that would punch over the top of the lighting rig giving us some really powerful beams looks. With the advancement of LED we knew LED lamp source was the only way to go regarding the balance of venue power and delivering the lux level range required. In the end, it was the SolaSpot Pro 1500s brightness that won out.” – Ben Harth, Senior Technician.
While the 20,000 lumens produced by their 400w LED engines was the killer spec that got the SolaSpot Pro 1500s in the door, it was the raft of other features that has made them a staff favorite. “The shutters are a huge bonus because that enables us to use them as theatrical fixtures as well as dance fixtures,” continued Ben. “For the dance schools, there’s plenty of flash and they’re punching over the top quite easily, but we’ve also been using them in corporate settings. We’ve been able to throw a lot of different looks around the room using things like layered gobos and color. We’ve created custom effects using the on-board features, and used the shutters when shooting onto panels to neaten up the look.’
Getting the new fixtures up and running was a breeze, said Ben. “It was really easy to integrate them into the rig,” he confirmed. “As was getting the fixture profiles into our desk. We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the speed of their movement, and by the quality of their color. For an open white LED engine, they are phenomenal as far as color mixing is concerned. They’re just a really good unit that works really well.”
Ipswich Civic Centre’s SolaSpots were provided by Graeme Hicks of Entertainment Production Supplies. EPS, based on The Gold Coast, specialize in servicing performing arts venues, supplying lighting, sound, control, and theatrical infrastructure. “Graeme was great,” Ben related. “He’s been coming in and showing us new toys for a while now! He offered us good advice in getting them running, and directed us to where to get the profiles. He made it all really easy.” Ipswich and EPS are both backed by Australia and New Zealand High End Distributor Lexair Entertainment, providing quality technical and service support for every application.