Said my dept head at our department dinner meeting the other night. This was in regards to a budget for lights. "1 Light per show". Take 250 bucks outta each show, and buy a light. By the time I graduate, I'll have about 6 new S4s... that's when the dept head said S4s were old already, so why would they be worth getting? Well my understanding is that its the industry standard for conventional lighting, and the best thing out there. I mean, what else could she be talking about? Selecon Pacifics? I'm not sure I'd ever suggest half a dozen griddles up in the air (I think that's how Gaff referred to the massive, 3rd degree burn, heat sinks.). Well, what do you guys think? S4s the way to go? Anyways, my real question here (though I'd appreciate both to be answered), is this got me thinking about the future of ERSs. My understanding is that the 360Q was released in the early 70s, and was quickly adopted as the standard. In 1992, or there abouts, the S4 was released, and was also quickly adopted as the standard. Well, the S4 is now 15 years old, and if history has taught us anything, the latest and greatest in ERSs might be around the corner. Then again, the proliferation of MLs, and incandescent versions, such as the VL1000 might replace the ERS in the next 30 years? Does ETC/Altman/ADJ have anything up its sleeve? Where is the room for improvement in current ERS technology? How is the rest of the market going to respond? Are our friends at Apollo looking towards what the future might bring, or do they plan to react to it when the industry has made up its mind? My understanding is the thing keeping the HPL lamp under wraps is ETC's patent, what might happen with this expires? Can we expect S4 clones? Anyone have any other thoughts on the future of stage lighting?