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A.C. Lighting Provides Lighting Wall Solution for New TV Auction Channel

9th July 2003

A.C. Lighting's Projects Division have recently completed the technical design, supply and installation of a TV studio lighting system for a new digital auction channel, project managed by Peter Keiderling.

The channel, Price-drop.tv, will launch this summer into almost 10 million homes and is the second auction channel to be launched by interactive TV retailer Sit-up, following the success of their Bid-up.tv channel.

A.C. Lighting were awarded the contract after making a site visit and then putting together a bespoke package solution which successfully met all technical requirements of the lighting project.

In addition to specifying and installing the full overhead production lighting rig, the most challenging aspect of the brief from Lighting Designer David Atkinson was to provide a two-colour, cross-fading system that was small enough to fit behind the set, but powerful enough to provide a strong colour wash for the set's main branded light wall backdrop.

The light wall was constructed using 22 Anytronics Anycolour lightboxes controlled via a DMX distribution unit and lighting console. To achieve the clean cross-fade between the light wall's distinctive Blue and Amber colour washes, a custom solution was provided by replacing the light boxes' normal 4-colour RGBY fluorescent tubes with 2 Blue and 2 Amber.

Other equipment employed in the installation included a custom internally wired lighting grid, 16 Cosmolite DMX softlights and six 4 1250W Powerbar dimmers.

David Upton, Project Technical Manager for Sit-up commented: "We needed a company who could supply all the equipment from the grid to the lighting console and do the install. Our timescales and budget were tight and we didn't even know what the actual set would look like, but A.C. Lighting made it all a lot easier. Their experience was evident and we are very happy with the quality of their work. Later on in the project, when we had to make changes and additions once the set arrived, and also adjust the dates to fit in with other work that was going on, they reacted promptly and were very flexible and understanding to ensure that the studio was finished in time."