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AC-ET Supplies SGM X-5 LED Strobes for Kings of Leon Tour

2nd October 2013

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd's Lighting division supplied over thirty SGM X-5 white LED Strobes for the recent Kings of Leon tour, which saw the band play high-profile UK summer festival headline slots including the V Festival and Tennents Vital Festival, and culminated with a show at the Roundhouse in London.

Lighting Designer Paul Normandale of Lite Alternative Design – who has worked with some of the world’s biggest artists including Coldplay, The Stone Roses and Bjork – is utilising the SGM X-5 Strobes in an upright tower arrangement for the tour.

The SGM Strobes offer incredibly bright light to complement the epic sound of Kings of Leon,” says Paul. “I’ve been using them in the tower stacking system as most of the band’s performances are headlining festivals, which allows us to rig them easily and create maximum impact for the audiences.

The SGM X-5 features 2,970 white LEDs which deliver a similar output to some conventional strobes from approximately one fifth of the power - producing just 360W (6W on standby), and having a life of up to 50,000 hours.

Housed in a black, slim aluminium chassis, the X-5 features a 160° lens as standard, a tilt of 0°-180°, 1 or 4 DMX channels and set up is via an OLED 5-button graphic display.

As with all of SGM's latest LED models, cooling methods have been improved via rectangular heatsinks, set-up and address procedures improved with the aid of internal diagnostics, and control procedures implemented to ensure that fixtures run flicker-free.

Paul is such a fan of them that he’s also using them on the current Depeche Mode tour, arranging them in a five concentric circle design, with a triangular screen arrangement at the rear of the stage.

Each circle has five X-5s, to add impact and accent to the electro based style of the band,” says Paul. “I like the three cell nature, which gives versatility and a range of effects to the strobes - plus the fact that they are very reliable and do not thermal out!

Depeche Mode will return to the UK from the band's US tour dates in November, performing at Belfast Odyssey, Manchester’s MEN Arena, and the O2 in London.

SGM's X-5 strobes (sourced from AC-ET) were also recently used by various Lighting Designers for high-profile artists on The Other Stage at this year's Glastonbury Festival in June.