Pick Five Things Fixture Manufacturers Could Do Better

I’ve worked on both sides of the equation with respect to the manufacturer/user balance, and the question of which five things a fixture could improve upon ALWAYS comes up — I always love the discussion because everyone wants something different.


It’s honestly sometimes a special little hell from a product development standpoint, because usually, at least 75% of the good suggestions could improve the product you’re developing, but the time/talent/money triangle ALWAYS dictates how much of everything you can put into your fixture.  Then, you have to avoid “feature creep,” which is just adding too much crap into the fixture’s abilities, just because you can.  All of this is also regardless of whether it’s a moving head or a conventional non-mover.  “You can fill a development cycle with however long you give the engineers to fill it.”  That’s a Berenice Chauvet quote, ladies and gentlemen, she is one brilliant individual ninja.

PICK TWO off the triangle above and design your show.

So here, I have a poll for you — if you could pick five things on a moving head to improve, what would they be?

Pick FIVE THINGS You Would Improve about Moving Lights.

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Forrest Jessee’s Push Pull Lamp

It reminds me of Jenga with light.  Enough said.

A New York designer, Forrest Jessee, along with four of his friends (Chris Barley, Troy Therrien, Brigette Borders and Egbert Chu) designed this fun, interesting lamp at Columbia University in 2007.  I believe this is a class project product – on Forrest’s website, it is listed under a category of “Enclosures and Environments II,” which sounds like the classes I took at KTH.

From Forrest’s website about the Push Pull Lamp:

The design incorporates the common elements of a lamp: the diffuser, bulb, and housing, in a seemingly continuous series of wooden slats. The slats have specific patterns milled from each piece in order to allow them to move in various directions around the core of the fixture. The core houses the diffuser and the bulb, while the wooden slats direct light according to how they are configured.

The result is a customizable light source that can be configured for a variety of tasks and effects by the user.

Cool lamp, folks.