The majority of the silent SL Punchlites are now used to provide down-light and back-light in the orchestra shell, while others are used in one of the building’s smaller performance spaces. Truitt says, “We have noticed a saving in lamp costs and labor, thanks to not having to replace burn-outs like we did with the incandescent fixtures.”
Commenting further on the fixtures’ feature sets, Truitt says, “I like the homogenized LED arrangement of the SL Punchlite 220 and SL BAR 660. I find the 8-40° zoom of the SL Punchlite very impressive. Once you’ve had that, it’s hard to go back to anything else. The Showline fixtures blend together very well; they make an excellent solid, clean wash. The color quality is smooth and even, due to homogenized mixing at the source.”
He adds, “When I am in production for an event, I need gear that is durable and ready to go when I need it. Philips gear is well-built and solid enough to stand up very well to multiple handling over many shows.”
With the high performance criteria met, Bass Hall is also enjoying the benefits of reduced energy use. “There is a lesser heat load onstage and we have figured that we have had a 75% reduction in electrical usage,” says Truitt.
Confident that his choice has been the right one for the venue, Truitt says, “I have had good feedback from two lighting designers who frequent the Hall every year, and positive comments from visiting lighting designers who come through here for one-offs. I get a kick out of introducing lighting designers to these Philips products, because I know they will be impressed. There is a ‘wow factor’ when people see them in action for the first time. I never get tired of that.”