Winner of Ledko Challenge Debuts Ledko in Theater Production

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company uses Reflection LEDko in Grapes of Wrath

May 23, 2012 // Franchising.com // Wellington, FL - Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) of Ohio, who was named the grand prize winner of the LED Source® and Coemar LEDko Challenge contest, debuted their Reflection LEDko prize package in the production of the Grapes of Wrath. For CSC, power outages and outdated stage lighting are now a thing of the past. The new LEDko fixtures will also ensure that the Company’s education outreach program will continue to help more than 20,000 theater students every year.

CSC was among the top five finalists in the LEDko Challenge contest and was chosen from more than 7000 votes as the winner by fans on the Facebook Reflection LEDko page.

“The group at CSC has been fantastic to work with,” says Marcel Fairbairn, president and CEO of LED Source. “Upon receiving their Reflection LEDko prize package, CSC went hard to work installing and removing their ancient and borrowed lights. Now owning their own LEDko fixtures, CSC is able to continue to deliver quality productions for the people of Cincinnati.”

“Our old lights were basically the SUV’s of the lighting world,” said Brian Phillips, producing artistic director of the CSC. “We are so grateful for this opportunity, as it will change our lives and our art in a profound and meaningful way. The new LEDko fixtures have truly made a difference and in addition, have lowered our energy costs.”

The previous lighting fixtures consisted of Altman 6x9 and 6x12 ellipsoidal spotlights and consumed 750 Watts. These fixtures were very hot to operate and required that any gobos utilized needed to be made of metal and were custom ordered.

Reflection LEDko is a revolutionary new LED fixture and the first LED profile delivering both Soft Profile and Hard Edge Profile using mix and match optics. With this new technology, Coemar has created the first LED profile capable of projecting soft-edged profile light that can be used in the same way as traditional profiles and can obtain any color tone, shade and white light.

Applying the Reflection LED technology as a retrofit makes it possible to reduce energy consumption from 500-650 Watts to 150 Watts. The LED lamps last up to 50,000 hours without loss of brightness, thus eliminating maintenance costs associated with traditional profiles.

Because LEDs do not emit heat, Reflection LEDko is capable of utilizing images or gobos created with any standard printer and a transparency sheet. This technology allows users to project any image quickly and without cost, while also eliminating the entire gobo buying process, which was previously dependant on glass or metal patterns.

Reflection LEDko is one fixture that can virtually eliminate or significantly reduce all costs related to lamps, dimmers, scrollers, gel filters, heat, cabling, electricity and manpower. All LEDko series fixtures feature electronic 16-bit dimming, flicker-free operation with DMX controllable LED frequency from 500 to 5000 Hz and a bi-directional DMX512.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide CSC with the revolutionary Reflection LEDko LED profile fixtures, which enhance the stage experience by providing an energy and space-efficient lighting solution,” said Fausto Orsatti, vice president of sales and marketing at Coemar. “LED lighting will allow for more lighting versatility and no dimmers, resulting in a more streamlined stage production.”

About LED Source®

Founded in August 2005 by Marcel Fairbairn, LED Source® is a national and international supplier of LED lighting that specializes in full-scale evaluations and retrofits through its Retrofit Division, in addition to providing consultation all the way through to supply on new projects within their Architectural and Entertainment Divisions. Additionally, the company launched a franchise program in October 2009 and expects to have a network of 150 franchise offices throughout North America within three years. For more information, please visit www.ledsource.com or the company’s blog at http://getleducated.wordpress.com.

About Coemar

Established in 1933 and based in Castel Goffredo, Italy, Coemar Spa is a world leader in lighting for the entertainment industry. The company also develops, manufactures and sells its products for architectural and commercial applications and guarantees pre-sale and after-sales services. At an international level, the company operates in five continents with a network of over 50 distributors. www.coemar.com.

About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for audiences of all ages. Located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, CSC produces eight main stage productions each season at its home on Race Street. CSC employs a resident company of actors and artists who live and work in Cincinnati year-round, and performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors’ Equity Association. CSC’s current season is generously sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company receives operating support from The Ohio Arts Council and is supported, in part, by the generosity of thousands of individuals and businesses that give annually to ArtsWave, formerly the Fine Arts Fund. The season design sponsor is Judge Mark Painter. Creative Services are provided by Possible Worldwide. CSC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. For more information visit www.cincyshakes.com

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