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Grand Ole Opry goes with Chauvet

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by BillESC, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. BillESC

    BillESC Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Kilmarnock, VA
    CHAUVET® goes Country with Grand Ole Opry



    Started as a radio broadcast in 1925, the Grand Ole Opry is often called “the home of American music.” Naturally, when country’s most famous stage decided to renovate the existing lighting show, each choice was scrutinized to the smallest detail. CHAUVET® COLORado™ 1 and COLORado™ 3 units were selected to replace 1000-watt cyclorama lights around the stage. Tyler Bryan, the Opry’s lighting director, says the COLORado™ units were chosen because they “blew the other units away.”

    The first fixtures to be installed were 54 COLORado™ 1 units, which are used to illuminate separate vertical panels located around the stage for setting tone and ambiance as the backdrop for the stage itself. The drop in electrical demand and increase in output has been remarkable, says Bryan, who added that LED technology has really caught up and surpassed many incandescent lighting sources. In fact, the COLORado’s extreme brightness made filming challenging. Bryan solved the problem by removing the focusing lenses from the units, creating a wash effect that he says, “reads well on television cameras and provides very even dispersion.”

    Twenty COLORado™ 3 wash lights were also installed at the Opry, with four in each of the “towers” located front stage left and right, another 12 units mounted near the walls, and one unit lighting the drum riser. Wall-mounted units are set-up in two different manners, with some of the fixtures mounted directly to the “barn”, and others mounted to portable carts that can be moved in and out of the area depending on the requirements of the running show.

    Powering the 75 COLORado™ fixtures is greatly simplified by their internal power supplies and ability to daisy-chain.

    With at least one live weekly televised broadcast from the Opry (GAC Saturdays 7PM EST), having product readily available and working properly upon arrival was of utmost importance.

    Bryan says, “We hooked up 75 units without a single failure…things could not have gone smoother with CHAUVET® and (retailer) Bandit Lites.”
  2. soundlight

    soundlight Well-Known Member

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    PA & NJ
    Having demo'd the COLORado 1 a while back (thanks BillESC!), I can say that they definitely made a great choice. Now if only I could convince the TD that we need some COLORado 1s, 3s, 6s, or panels.

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