ELS and the Family of Danilo Morales Need Our Thoughts Today.

The good folks at Entertainment Lighting Services in Sun Valley, California need our thoughts today – actually yesterday when they tweeted about it was the start, and even before that.  If you’ve worked in the industry, you know or have worked with ELS.  Unfortunately they’re suffering the loss of one of their warehouse team, Danilo Estuerdo Morales.  Dilo, as they called him, was shot Monday evening, January 9, trying to help his grandfather, who was being mugged and assaulted by three men.  They shot him while they were running away.  Dilo was 25.  These three scumbags are still at large.  If you’re out there and you know something, give the Los Angeles Police Department a call, please.  From the LAPD Blog, who already has a post up about Dilo’s murder (EXCELLENT work, LAPD BLOG):

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle or the location of the suspects is being asked to notify either Detective Castro or Detective O’Donnell, North Hollywood Homicide Detectives at 818-623-4075. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

We’re really sorry to hear of Dilo’s passing.  If you read this, take a second and send some good vibes to Dilo’s family and the ELS family out there on the West Coast and across America.

COLORado LED Wash Fixtures at the Isle of Man

Isle of Man

Isle of Man

I just read an article at PLSN about the big ol’ castle at the Isle of Man in England.  For a fund raising event for Breast Cancer Awareness,  Event Lighting Services lit up the outside of the castle in pink.

As a symbol of breast cancer support and awareness, the Falcon Cliff Castle on this British isle, dubbed the “Isle of Woman” for a recent fund-raising event, was washed in pink hues cast by Chauvet COLORado LED light fixtures. Part of “In the Pink Day,” the architectural lighting installation helped mark the end of a year-long fundraising drive that raised $55,000.

The Chauvet lights were selected because of their “vivid colors and spectacular brightness,” said Justin McMullin, owner of Event Lighting Services (ELS), a stage and event lighting rental company based on the island, which donated the lighting. “Because of this we only had to use six fixtures in all to light up such a large building,” McMullin said.

ELS used four Chauvet COLORado 1 wash lights and two COLORado 3 bank systems, both designed for outdoor use with an IP rating of 66. The models offer full RGB color mixing, which allowed for occasional changes in hues of the castle’s façade throughout the event.

Falcon Cliff, more than 150 years old, originally served as a residence for a banker. It later became a hotel and during the late 1880s, a large dance hall was added. Shuttered in the 1990s, the landmark building was restored and now serves as an office complex.

The COLORado LED fixture line is something from Chauvet that has been getting a lot of popularity.  A friend of mine working for Michael Riotto Design in NYC was telling me at LDI this year that a lot of installations are getting these fixtures lately.  They’re bright!