Monday Afternoon – The Percocet Addition!

I’m still healing from my surgery on Friday, which apparently went awesomely.  Shoulder surgery means a few things – stiffness and pain, and pain medicine!  I am at home recuperating, missing my students, and trying to get work done.  I hope that you’re all having a great day out there today!

I have a bunch of links to share with you – I’ve found some incredible stories lately!

  • What You Need to Know about Obama’s Budget and Energy
    this is an interesting read, more into the way that Obama is treating money and energy in his new budget (from GigaOm)
  • Do Gadget Lights Harm Your Health?
    there seem to be a lot of this type of story coming out lately – make up your own mind, there is a lot of contradictory evidence in both directions of this argument (from PCWorld)
  • “Light Wall,” by Acrylicize and Jump Studios
    a cool project from the website Enlighter – fellow lighting blogger Mitja Prelovsek posted this article recently, on a brilliant project!
  • DIY Ikea Slide Projector Lamp
    I think every lighting nerd who lived within a thousand miles of an Ikea has one version or another of their little PC spot light.  Their package came with a few glass texture gobos, some steel gobos, and some dichroic glass.  This project on Make Magazine‘s website shows how to turn that Ikea projector into a cool slide projector!
  • Lots of Hot Water from Small-Scale Parabolic Solar
    this is an interesting article about a water heating solar technology that produces a high amount of kilowatts for what it’s collecting.  What might be even better than the initial article is reading through the comments of people who picked up a small typo in  the original poster’s article.
  • Wave-Shaped Aragon Convention Center is Flooded with Daylight
    read this article about a convention center’s daylighting design from Zaragoza, Spain.  VERY cool!

Steve Roudebush (@steve_BMI) Promoted to VP Sales for BMI Supply

Sweet – I just got a bit of information from Carl at BMI Supply that Steve Roudebush (or as many of you know him, @steve_BMI) has been promoted to the Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Development for BMI Supply.  Please join me in saying congrats, Steve!

Press release below:

BMI Supply
Press Release
February 3,2010

Cynthia L. Barber, President and CEO of BMI Supply, has announced the promotion of Steve Roudebush to the position of Vice President of Sales, Marketing, & Development.  In his new position, Roudebush will continue directing sales for New York State, in addition to coordinating overall sales efforts for BMI Supply and BMI Supply South.

“I am excited to have Steve in this key role as BMI Supply continues its steady growth.  Steve will work hard to support BMI Supply’s longstanding traditions of excellent customer service, broad product offerings, and industry expertise” noted Barber.

“We have a fantastic team of pros that takes great pride in helping customers produce wonderful theatre and events.  I am eager to help craft the next chapter in our company’s history” commented Roudebush.

Cynthia L. Barber is the wife of the late founder of BMI Supply, Robert S. Barber, who passed away earlier this year.

Barco to Release Cyberlight 2.0



There’s been a lot of news out lately on the release of the new version of an older classic scanner (mirror luminaire), the Cyberlight 2.0, from High End Systems/Barco.  If you’ve done any lighting design for entertainment and used a scanner in the last decade, there is a good chance that you’ve used a Cyberlight – it is and was a popular mirror fixture in the industry.  High End Systems/Barco has re-engineered this classic, added some new stuff, and made some old stuff better.  iSquint posted the release on this a few days ago – I’ve been putting together some research on a comparison between the Cyberlight 2.0 and the older model, Cyberlight Turbo.

I was having a discussion with a buddy about the redesign of the Cyberlight, and he could not figure out why Barco made this move.  I frankly liked the Cyberlight, and I am excited to see the new version, and how it stacks up against the old version – I am assuming the new one will be at LDI, so hopefully we’ll get to see it (hint, hint, Barco, please).

There are some applications where a mirror luminaire is choice over a moving head – for example, if I am trying to get beams of light to move back and forth very fast (you know, like with the untz-untz-untz-untz of some Drum and Bass), a mirror fixture might be a good choice.  This is simple physics – the mirror servo can travel faster because it has less distance to go and less weight to propel than a moving head.  There are reasons each designer can tell for choosing one over another – I have my reasons, and other people have theirs.

I’ve been looking at the specs from the Cyberlight Turbo and the new Cyberlight 2.0, noting differences and additions.  From the specifications only, there are some similarities (this isn’t ALL similarities, just some):

  • both have 170 degree pan, 110 degree tilt
  • both have optical zoom (13-22 degrees or 16-26 degrees) and same 36 degree field angle
  • both have CMY color mixing
  • both have full optical dimming and fade to black
  • both have a dichroic static color wheel with seven colors and white
  • both have a seven position effects wheel, plus open
  • both have a static Litho pattern wheel (seven gobos) and a rotating Litho pattern wheel (four gobos)

The Cyberlight 2.0 version has some added features over the Cyberlight Turbo (again, some, not all):
UPDATE:  I got an email from Brad Schiller at High End with more information about the Cyberlight 2.0 changes.  Thank you, Brad!

  • Cyberlight 2.0 has a 2,000w short-arc MSR lamp at 30,000 lumens at 7,000 degrees Kelvin – the
    (Turbo has a 1,200w short-arc MSR lamp at 12,500 lumens at 5400 degrees Kelvin)
  • Cyberlight 2.0’s Litho patterns in the static wheel are all replaceable
  • Cyberlight 2.0 has 28 DMX channels, compared to Turbo’s 20 DMX channels (see chart below)
  • New software that allows the mirror and other parameters to move faster
  • 3 new effects on the effects wheel
  • 5-pin DMX connectors
  • New DMX protocol that fits current protocols better
  • New DMX controlled options such as TriColor, random strobes, macros, and more
  • RDM capabilities
  • Electronic power supply that dims the lamp when the shutter/dimmer is closed (saves electricity and reduces heat)
  • Electronic strobe capabilities
  • Taller base handles for better clearance of the DMX connectors
  • LED menu system instead of dipswitches
  • 2 pounds lighter
  • Cyberlight 2.0 has a fixed head that does not deviate – High End interviewed lighting designers about this feature, and discovered that while it was useful at times, it wasn’t really desired.

I’ve put together a few comparison images from the product data sheets on the Cyberlight Turbo and the Cyberlight 2.0.  I’m looking for some photometric data on the GE MSR 2000 SA/SE, which is the lamp designated for the new Cyberlight 2.0.  Anyone seen this?

First, a side-by-side on DMX assignments for the Cyberlight Turbo and the Cyberlight 2.0:


Next, a side-by-side comparison of the static Litho wheels in Cyberlight Turbo and Cyberlight 2.0:


Last but not least, and only last for right now, a side-by-side of the rotating Litho pattern wheels for Cyberlight Turbo and Cyberlight 2.0:


An Actual Battle Over Lighting in India

I don’t have much information about this story, but it was the first actual fight I had ever heard due to lighting.  I am sure there is much more to this than my American culture-shocked brain can conceive – if you know about this, would you please post in the comments?

A huge fight broke out a week ago in India’s city of Cuttack over one group’s attempt to put up a bunch of light poles for the Id Festival (“the breaking of the fast”).  One group got pretty mad at the other group for whatever reason, and the whole thing turned into a rock-slinging, glass-breaking battle.

From the Times of India:

CUTTACK: Cuttack’s Hatipokhari area turned into a battlefield on Sunday morning, when some local groups clashed over putting up light poles for the Id festival. Youths of Hatipokhari and Tinkonia Bagicha areas pelted stones and glass bottles at each other. At least two persons sustained minor injuries.

After situation became tense, shops in the locality downed their shutters, fearing collateral damage. Police have rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. A police team has been deployed in the area. Trouble started when the group from Hatipokhari were putting up lights poles to which the other group objected as it was reportedly the latter’s locality. Eight youths have been detained, DCP A N Sinha said.

MSNBC Reporter Monica Morales VS. Lighting Equipment

Did anyone see these clips?  MSNBC reporter Monica Morales had a little accident on air when a c-stand smacked her right upside the head.  It was obviously not happy with the way the story was going.  Monica, I kid!  This kind of thing happens all the time, I’m sure.  Anchor Mika Brzezinski clearly waxed poetic on this subject when she said “Oh my goodness, I love it when the wind blows down the light thing.

Me too, Mika, me too.

My sister-in-law is a reporter – hey Carolyn, this ever happen to you?

Goodness indeed.  That stand cracked her right in the head!

CNN’s Holograms

So, I’ve embedded a video below of CNN’s Holograms that I posted earlier this week.  They looked okay, but as the technology improves, I know they will look better.  Check out the video – the holograms are towards the end.

RECALLED: Gotham Lighting’s CFLs

Gotham Lighting Recalls Compact Fluorescent Recessed Ceiling Lights; Can Fail to Work in an Emergency

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Products: Gotham Compact Fluorescent Downlights (Recessed Ceiling Lights)

Units: About 30,000

Manufacturer: Gotham Lighting, of Conyers, Ga.

Hazard: The relay on the backup battery of the lights could be programmed incorrectly and prevent the lights from functioning in an emergency.

Incidents/Injuries: No injuries have been reported.

Description: Only Gotham Compact Fluorescent Downlights sold with the optional backup battery pack are included in the recall. The lights are recessed ceiling lights that were manufactured between November 1, 2007 and July 31, 2008.

Sold by: Electrical distributors and sales representatives nationwide from November 2007 through July 2008 for between $250 and $350.

Manufactured in: United States and China

Remedy: Consumers should inspect the fixtures immediately and contact Gotham Lighting to receive a repair for the light fixture.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Gotham Lighting at (800) 315-4982 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at

Three Rosco Charity Colors

I had no idea about this until Ame Strong from Rosco Labs informed me of the program – Rosco has three colors of Lux that, when you purchase them, create donations for charity organizations.  That is awesome.

Rosco #313 (Light Relief Yellow), #359 (Medium Violet), and #361 (Hemsley Blue) are all representative of the charities that they support.  This is a great program – Light Relief and Behind the Scenes are organizations that help to support lighting designers in financial distress, and The Hemsley Grant is an internship program with the New York CIty Opera.  These are great programs – I had no idea about these, and since I have been known to use R359, I feel great about it!

Here’s some information from the Rosco site about the three color program:

#313 Light Relief Yellow
Light Relief Charity

Light Relief Yellow 313 was created by Rick Fisher on behalf of the Light Relief charity, the objective being threefold; to offer additional exposure to this important endeavor, to provide a revenue stream to the charity and to offer a new color to designers everywhere.

When asked about the choice of color, Fisher said “I wanted the Light Relief yellow to be a warm late afternoon sunny color. So many yellows look harsh or acidic. Light Relief yellow is a good bridge between the pale straw shades and the ambers we use all the time”. Fisher also commented, “I am thrilled to be working with this wonderful initiative of Rosco’s to benefit Light Relief and bring about a new addition to the their color range”.
#359 Medium Violet
Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes provides financial support to entertainment technology industry professionals when they are ill or injured. Individuals and organizations contribute money to the program, and Behind the Scenes provides grants for emergency situations. With this initiative, our industry can make sure our colleagues are cared for when tragedy strikes.

Many people in the entertainment technology industry lack health insurance and other financial support systems that are common for professionals in other fields. Behind the Scenes helps industry members through crises, such as serious illness, injury or death by fitting each grant to the recipient’s needs. Funds can be used for medical care and living expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities, food, transportation and child care.

#361 Hemsley Blue
Hemsley Lighting Programs

Mark Stanley, resident Lighting Director for the New York City Ballet and Associate Professor at Boston University, designed this color as a memorial to his mentor, the late Gilbert Hemsley. Mark Stanley said: “Gilbert had an extraordinary sense of color and was a particular fan of blues. We needed a blue filter similar to those Gilbert used on the older Leko’s – but updated for modern fixtures.

This new filter is a beautiful cold blue that won’t turn muddy when dimmed. It’s right out of Lake Mendota in Madison. The fact that every purchase will benefit the Hemsley Lighting Program is a gracious tribute by Rosco to Gilbert’s spirit and legacy”.

Luxim’s Eeny Meeny Little Lamp Outshines a Streetlamp HID

So, a company called Luxim has invented a tic-tac sized lamp that contains argon at its center, a component called a “puck,” and a dielectric embedded structure that heats the argon to over 6000° K – making it so unbelievably bright for its size.  A source that uses plasma to generate light.

Could we be on the verge of something amazing here?  It certainly looks that way:

The plasma bulb uses 250 watts, and achieves around 140 lumens per watt, making it very bright and highly efficient. By comparison, conventional lightbulbs and high-end LEDs get around 15 and 70 lumens per watt, respectively.

“A key advantage is that the energy is driven into the bulb without any electrodes, so you don’t need any electrical connections to get the energy into the bulb,” Luxim CEO Tony McGettigan explained to ZDNet.

Check out articles at CNet and Physorg.

Uh Oh, PRG Sues Martin

Looks like PRG is suing Martin Lighting for some sort of patent infringement.  According to the article from the great folk at PLSN:

Court documents filed on July 15 at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York cite 20 counts of patent infringement. They include the assignable macro functions and other user interface features for Martin Maxxyz consoles, pixel-based gobo record control format for Martin Maxedia media servers and the lamp and three-color digital gobo system for Martin MAC luminaires.

Let’s hope there is more info about this in the near future.