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1980 Birth of the moving light

Showco R&D engineer Jim Bornhorst concieved a prototype moving light that had taken twelve weeks to build, today known as the VL-zero.

1991 Philips Vari-Lite wins awards

Vari-Lite wins a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering

2008 Philips Vari-Lite VLX wash

In early 2008 under Philips ownership a brand new vari-Lite luminaire the VLX wash is developed using a cluster of high intensity RGBW LEDs as a light source.