So long story short, we have a very highly ranked craftshow at my school every year, and the Parents Association gets about 15k-30k from it. Every year they pick a “pet project”. One year it was playground equipment. Last year it was all new MacBooks for the Modern Languages Department. I’m hoping this year it can be lighting. I just got the go ahead from my dept head to draft a proposal for theatre. Unfortunately, the consensus among faculty and staff is that because we got a million to partially renovate our theatre, that we’re now “set” for a long, long time. I’d love to sway public opinion. I gave some thought to what I’d add in a lighting package. While DMX toys are fun and all, there are two major problems, they cost a lot, and once I leave, no one will know how to use them, or take the time to learn. So, it’s conventionals across the board. I love the idea of stocking primarily HPLs, so I’m looking at S4s and S4 PARs. I’m not quite sure what the difference is between the EA and MCM. They can both be lamped with 750W, and come with the 5 interchangeable lenses, correct? So the only different is the MCM has the metal cold mirror? In that case, I find the cost justifiable. I’m trying to make this the “gift that keeps on giving”. Decreased operating temperatures will make our gel last longer, a huge plus. I have to take a look at how many instruments would be worth spec’ing, but I’m looking in the ballpark of 40 total. I need to also come up with some breakdowns by beam angle, etc. I’d love to add some accessories to this list. Of primary importance is drop-down extenders. As it stands, we can’t hit the stage from our 4th AP slot, the angle is a little shallow, but it should help. Here are my sales pitches right now: • Energy saving on the HPL 575W lamp vs 1000W FEL, 1000W PAR64s and 750W EHGs • Safer: Smaller and lighter, easier for high school students to hang in cramped conditions. Have accessory slot safety clips (correct name?). • Will provide us the ability to evenly and consistently light the stage. • Will replace our ancient and dying inventory with industry standard instruments. • Cooler operating temperatures means less heat to contend with (we have no AC in the building). • Cooler light output means longer life of gel and GOBOs. (It's the gift that keeps on giving!) • These lights will not need replacement for at least 20 years. This is a long shot, but I’d love to give it a try. Any thoughts anyone?