LED Stage Lighting from White Hill Direct
LED stage lighting has come of age over the last few years. The latest series of specialist LED fixtures punch out enough light for virtually any large stage venue, including schools, theatres, broadcast studios, places of worship, clubs and hospitality venues. Advances in LED design, lens manufacture and power supply technologies have resulted in a range of high quality LED fixtures suitable for any lighting scenario.
The vast majority of new stage lighting installations will be LED based systems. No need for expensive 32/63A power supplies, no cumbersome dimmer packs, no excess heat generated by the lamps, no need for coloured filters and no blown lamps. Add to that the low cost of ownership (ultra-low power consumption and no lamps to replace) and the decision is easy – it’s LEDs every time! All our installations are carried out by fully trained technicians from AMT Media who have many years experience in design, manufacture and installation of Audio Visual systems.
Retrofit and Upgraded Installations
We are frequently asked whether LED lighting fixtures can be retrofitted to an older conventional dimmer-pack based system.
Users may have a considerable number of conventional lanterns – tungsten, halogen or HMI and the cost of replacing them en-masse may be prohibitive. There is also the question of compatibility – LEDs cannot be used on a conventional lighting bar connected to a dimmer pack. Fortunately we have considerable experience in this area and we are able to provide advice and solutions to enable existing lights and LED lights to be installed and operated seamlessly side-by-side.
Most users discover, however, that they need fewer LED fixtures than they think. Conventional lanterns can only ever display one colour – white or a fixed colour using coloured filter gels. An LED, on the
other hand can display an almost infinite range of colours, making it a far more versatile light source. Add in a motorised zoom facility and/or a moving head and you’ll quickly appreciate why LEDs are displacing conventional lanterns in every area of stage lighting.
Compatibility & Colour Temperature
The other concern we frequently encounter is the ‘quality’ of the light output by LED fixtures. It is entirely true that early generations of LEDs output
a distinctly blue form of white light which can be too harsh, especially for operators used to the warmer tones produced by conventional tungsten lanterns. The latest series of LEDs, however, can be ordered as ‘cool’ or ‘warm’, indicating the colour temperature of the light. A warm light is far softer and echoes the output from a conventional tungsten light, whereas a cool light is more akin to daylight and provides more punch, which may be advantageous in some circumstances.
Quality and Longevity
We would be remiss in not mentioning the issue
of build quality and longevity. LED fixtures come
in GOOD, BAD and UGLY! A GOOD fixture will perform well throughout its life, while a BAD fixture will perform badly from day one and likely fail prematurely. The output from any light source tails off as it ages, but a poor quality LED will tail off very rapidly, assuming it lasts that long.
All of our LED fixtures come with a 3 year warranty and an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 hour operating life, so you know you are buying a quality product, designed and built to last.