Professional Lighting & Production - Spring 2018 - Page 33

they went ahead with the purchase and simply had Van der Zwaag, a local machine shop in Waterloo, do some trimming. “It’s worth mentioning that their helpful ad- vice and quick turnaround times for other parts of the install were crucial to our success,” offers Hynes. “They also did a great job of building back boxes and custom mounting hardware for different locations throughout the theatre,” Lukings adds, “where there may have been a traditional fixture from the ‘80s that had a completely different type of housing.” Control for the new package comes via ETC’s Para- digm platform – “a very powerful system,” according to Hynes. “It’s the ideal solution for what we were after. It’s very user-friendly, all touch screen control, with a touch screen in the booth and a button panel at reception, so we have absolute control even without using the lighting console.” The older Strand Light Palette console at FOH doesn’t output sACN, so Horizon’s Chris McEwen, who handled the majority of the Paradigm programming, built a Net3 bridge for seamless operation. “He was bril- liant in getting this done and coming up with workable solutions,” Hynes offers. “We’re almost three months into our season now, and knock on wood, it’s been as stable as can be.” McEwen is an ETC-certified technician for both design and commissioning and worked closely with Hynes and his team to come up with some unique de- sign solutions, specifically for backup and redundancy within the system. The solution also employs ETC’s Unison Echo Relay panels for power distribution. “We needed to be able to shut off the power to these fixtures entirely,” Lukings explains. “Sure, LEDs are supposed to last forever, but the power supplies won’t. Installing Echo Relay panels to control the complete shut-down of all of those fix- tures was a key element, and should be a key element in any house light project – or really, any LED project.” The solution also allows Hynes to dim the few fixtures that were incorporated from outside of the ETC family with a good curve. Hynes describes the user experience for the new system and control platform as “totally fabulous.” “The quality of light is wonderful, they’re nice and bright, high CRI – it’s a very consistent and even light, and even maintains a warmth that’s sometimes lost with LEDs,” he adds. Much of the positive commentary on the system has come from members of the Kitchener-Waterloo Sympho- ny. “The musicians are thrilled,” Hynes shares excitedly. “I’ve heard nothing but positive comments from them about being able to read their music without any issue.” But the most glowing of all feedback is entirely numerical. “With the switch to LED, and we haven’t actually done the formal tally yet, but based on the specs, we’re seeing as much as an 85 per cent reduction in energy use,” Hynes shares. “That’s just huge.” Hynes adds that he and the venue benefitted great- ly from the assistance of Kitchener Wilmot Hydro and Save on Energy, which is offering a substantial rebate for the greatly-reduced energy consumption. While the professional relationship between Lukings and Hynes dates back several years, this project marked their first formal collaboration. “I’m so happy with those guys,” Hynes enthuses. “Of all of the companies we’ve ever dealt with, they’re one of the best. They’re quick to get back to me, quick with problem solving – not that we had many – and were just on top of everything.” Lukings shares the praise further up the flagpole, with both CETEC Group and ETC. “We receive great support from both. We work all the time with Michael [Harris] on different projects and he’s always more than helpful. With that sort of relationship, it’s hard to go wrong.” Being based in London, ON, and servicing a fairly wide radius west of the GTA, Horizon takes pride in having ETC-certified technicians on hand. Lukings notes that three members of Horizon’s installation team handled the final sign-offs on behalf of ETC at the end of the summer, leading right into Centre In The Square’s packed 2017-18 season and a public open house in early October to show off the auditorium’s new look. The timing on the completion and commissioning really couldn’t have been better from a storytelling point of view. Hynes retired at the very end of 2017, capping off a 30-plus year career at Centre In The Square. His longtime assistant, Michael MacLean, has taken over the position, though seeing this project through to completion was important to Hynes. “This was sort of my legacy,” Hynes says with an air of humility. “I’ve been looking to get an LED solution in place here for several years, so it means a lot to have it come together and hear such great feedback about it.” As patrons and performers visit The Centre In The Square over the course of its current season, they’re sure to appreciate the new sheen on this longstanding and long-loved auditorium – even if they’re unaware of the behind-the-scenes benefits that come with it. Andrew King is the Editor-in-Chief of Professional Lighting & Production. Spring 2018 | 33