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  •   A.C. Supplies State-of-the-Art Solution to London Company Essential Lighting

A.C. Supplies State-of-the-Art Solution to London Company Essential Lighting

12th March 2001

When Tony Hall of London company Essential Lighting took the brief for a recent annual sales convention at the Wembley conference centre, he was challenged with a large and complex 'gyroscopic' revolve that was to be a centre piece of the show. Whilst a mains feed could be run through the various slip rings, Tony needed to incorporate a minimum of 36 ways of generic control and 3 ways of dimmed neon in the revolve to dramatically enhance the main reveal sequence and create a variety of looks for the show. Aware of the existence of radio DMX technology but unable to find it anywhere in the UK rental market Tony called A.C. Lighting to help source the product.

The recommendation was to utilise a state-of-the-art Radio DMX™ system manufactured in the USA. A.C. Lighting's Glyn O'Donoghue stated, "Using a Radio DMX system provides a 'cableless' transmission that permits the control of lighting and other DMX controlled devices in locations that would be impractical or risk prone to run cables to in the traditional manner" Glyn continued "The use of RadioDMX opens up a wealth of new possibilities in the operation of equipment in new and exciting locations and makes getting control signals to inconvenient places a problem of the past".

Operating at 2.4GHz using the latest in Digital Spread Spectrum technology the system provides a communication link with substantial range and superior rejection to interference. Distances up to 1Km can be reliably achieved in line-of-sight applications and up to 460 metres in a typical indoor/through obstacles environment. Radio DMX transmits and receives all 512 channels in a DMX data link and multiple receivers may be placed in different locations to receive DMX signals from a single transmitter. Up to 16 transmitters, each sending a different DMX signal, can be used in the same area without interfering with each other. This feature allows wireless control of up to 8,192 channels. The system has compliance with FCC Part 15.247 (North American) and ETS 300-328 (European) for license-free operation.

Tony Hall commented "As with any new product at Essential the Radio DMX system was put through rigorous testing in advance of the show to ensure it met our quality and risk free standards. The system proved completely reliable and we were also very impressed by the plug-and-play nature of the product. We are grateful to A.C. Lighting for accessing and supplying such a high quality product, enabling Essential to provide a ground breaking solution to a very valuable client at such an important event. The system, the first deployed in the UK, is now in our rental fleet available for hire, keeping our services at the forefront of technological development".

Also deployed on the show were 12 Mac 2000, 50 Mac 500 and 67 Mac 600 units. The show was run from two Wholehog II and an Avolites Diamond 3 desk. The show featured the Shaolin Monks and Status Quo, hosted by Jonathon Ross and Griff Rhys Jones.