Published Wednesday, May 15, 2013
by Philips Vari-Lite

“Straightforward, Powerful, Glamorous”. These were the words that attendees ushered when visiting the Philips Vari-Lite demo space at the 2013 Solotech En Coulisse Trade Show in Montreal on May 1st and 2nd.

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As always, the demo space set-up was quite unique. Just off the main show floor, a 2100 square-foot area provided a beautiful, comfortable and tranquil space where visitors could sit and relax, enjoying great background music and room fragrance imported for En Coulisse while watching an ongoing loop of programmed animated cues and looks. And after a watching for only a short while, they got it.

Featured this year was the VARI-LITE luminaire 1500W platform which includes the VL3015 Spot, VL3515 Spot and VL3015LT Spot luminaires, plus the VLX Wash with new individual cell control, Showline SL BAR 640, Showline SL PAR 150 ZOOM, and the North American debut of the new 68,000 lumen Showline SL NITRO 510 LED Strobe. In addition, the new Philips Selecon PLCyc LED, PL1 LED and PLProfile4 LED luminaires were also featured.

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Specific cue lists for each luminaire were written so visitors could explore any one of them in more depth and on demand. Numerous LD’s also took advantage of sitting with Gregg Brooks and taking full console control of the entire rig with their owns hands, playing with and pushing the limits of any or all of the fixtures capabilities even further still, and all in a real world space.

John Bilyk, Philips Vari-Lite Canadian Sales Manager, commented, “You can’t properly demonstrate concert-touring spec luminaires in a 10’ or 20’ space on a crowded over-lit show floor. At En Coulisse we strived to present our luminaires in a professionally rigged, spacious environment. For meaningful fixture evaluation, especially for spot and wash luminaires pushing 42,000 - 70,000 lumens, you need a meaningful, real world throw to fully appreciate their power.”

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To cap off a very successful showing at En Coulisse, Denis Lefrancois, President of Solotech presented Julie Smith and John Bilyk of Philips Vari-Lite with a special Fidelity Award honoring their 10 years of continued support for En Coulisse.

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