Many high schools and colleges in Australia has a lighting rig that is more than 15 years old with bits and pieces added over the years. Lighting consoles are also becoming obsolete comparing to today’s digital ones. Every year, teachers and students put in a lot of efforts in producing a show of a great quality and with a updated lighting system, these shows could have been fabulous.
Another issue with most schools’ stage rigging system is that the lighting bars are fixed and requires ladders or scaffolding for access. This poses risk of falling when people needs to move things around as they will most likely do for each of their annual performing arts productions.
Phantos has extensive experience in designing and upgrading an obsolete lighting and rigging system for schools.
Replacing all lamp based PAR cans, fresnels and profiles is first on the list for obvious reasons. A 200W LED fresnel/profile can replace a 1000W lamp based fixture in terms of lumen output and will also make the decades old dimmer racks redundant. This will clean up a lot of leads and space leaving a much cleaner setup. Less leads running around means less worry, less power and less downtime.
We can estimate the number of LED fresnels, profiles and other coloured static wash lights required for the school hall based on lumen output of each lighting fixture and the area of the stage to be covered.
We recommend the use of moving head fixtures as well as haze machines. These would add to the appeal of your shows to the audience.
If moving head lights or pixel mappable fixtures are used, we recommend upgrading lighting consoles to a digital one. There are many makes and models to choose from. A mere 200-300 dollars dongles with software would be sophisticated enough to handle the shows produced at most schools.
Motorized lighting bars or trusses via electric chain hoist are being considered by many schools and their cost have come done a lot in recent years thanks to competition. Replacing fixed lighting bars with motorized trusses will eliminate the risk of falling and greatly improve efficiency of work while reducing on going cost of maintenance.