DALLAS - August 9, 2004 - Today's introduction of the VL3500™ Spot and VL3500™Q Spot luminaires by automated lighting pioneer Vari-Lite provides new opportunities for lighting designers requiring 1200W fixtures with automated shutter capabilities. The VL3500 Spot luminaires match perfectly with the VL3000™ Spot fixtures to provide a complete 1200W spot package. Designers now have a pair of fixtures that can satisfy all of their spot luminaire needs.
The VL3500 Spot fixtures' shutter system consists of four shutters on two planes, which allows the blades to be operated independently or in unison on the two planes. This, combined with the opposing chamfers allows designers a clear, crisp focus on all four blades at once. The shutters move quickly and fluidly. The VL3500 Spot fixtures share the same high standards in quality - such as imagery, even field, beam control, color and intensity - set by the original VARI*LITE® Series 3000 Spot luminaires.
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"Designers will be pleased with this product," said Vari-Lite product manager George Masek. "No other competitor can provide the 6-to-1 zoom range we do in a 'Q' version, silent-running 1200W fixture."
The VL3500 Spot fixtures have 11 total gobos - five rotating and six static. With its shutter configuration, the fixtures have just three fewer gobos than the original VL3000 lights. Designers can use the same gobos and carriers in all Series 3000 fixtures. All are interchangeable, which should please rental houses. The fixtures are available in the popular "Q" version, which has a 50-percent less audible fan noise for situations where silence is critical.
"Designers become comfortable with the tools they're used to and the way they work," Masek said. "Rather than giving them a completely new fixture that they have to become acquainted with the nuances of, we are expanding the capabilities of a fixture they are familiar with. This is crucial because when a designer is beginning a new production, the last thing they want is to commit to a light that has unfamiliar characteristics. They know how the VL35000 Spot fixtures will perform because they are already familiar with the VL3000 Spot units."
Vari-Lite expects the VL3500 luminaires to be extremely popular in the theatrical, television, houses of worship, corporate event and trade show markets. The core instrument used to light practically every theatrical production is the ellipsoidal reflector spotlight, which almost always features shutters. Designers rely on the shutters to harness control of light beams - shuttering off a door frame or a set piece, for example.
"The basic concept is that designers need to light this stage piece very well without dumping light all over the stage area next to it," Masek explained. "And they need to do it with a shape that isn't necessarily a circular beam of light."
The new 1200W VL3500 Spot and VL3500Q Spot fixtures will be introduced to the public at a two-day open house Aug. 10-11 at the Manhattan Center Studios in New York. For technical information on the VL3500 Spot fixtures, visit www.vari-lite.com under the "products" section.
Vari-Lite is a leading worldwide designer and manufacturer of automated lighting products. The company markets its products primarily to the entertainment industry, serving such markets as concert touring, theater, television and film and corporate events. Vari-Lite sells VARI*LITE® automated lighting equipment through a dedicated sales staff and a worldwide network of independent dealers. Vari-Lite is a division of Genlyte Thomas Group, LLC.
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