Press Releases

VARI*LITE® VL1000™ Luminaires Deliver Performance and Message
VL1000™ luminaires allow flexibility to create the right atmosphere in the remodeled casino
Published Friday, February 25, 2005

DALLAS - February 23, 2005 - Building a new casino of over 160,000 square feet is no small task. On January 19, 2005, guests began using the 53,000 square foot first floor of the all-new Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne, California. The amenities on the Family Entertainment Floor include a sports bar, a 24-lane Brunswick™ bowling center and pro shop, an arcade, and a family restaurant. The Gaming Floor of the casino opened the prior week on January 12, 2005. The Gaming Floor includes almost 1000 slots, 24 table games, a café/buffet and the entertainment venue, "The Willow Creek Lounge." What the Black Oak Casino was looking for to complement their new casino was an automated lighting package to deliver the right look and perhaps, a few reminders to guests. Marketing and Entertainment Manager Al O'Brien explains, "We were looking to add a light package to our property to present both unique uses of lighting to enhance atmosphere as well as giving our guests the feel of the best entertainment lounges in Vegas, Reno, or Lake Tahoe."

"When specifying this job, the customer was looking for automated lights that ran silently, delivered a wide range of looks and colors, and allow the casino to project messages and logos. The VARI*LITE® VL1000™TD fixtures were perfect for the application," explains Gary Guberman, Lighting Manager for Quantum Audio and Video, the supplier and installer of the project.

The Black Oak Casino uses eight VARI*LITE VL1000TD luminaires (tungsten lamp source with integral IGBT dimmers) in their main lounge, the Willow Creek Lounge. The Willow Creek Lounge has a dance floor, and on Thursday nights, adds risers to host a comedy showcase of local and national comedic talent. O'Brien added, "The lights are so versatile they do what we want them to do," "They fit all the uses of space; for dancing, live comedy, logo projection, or any other entertainment."

Two additional fixtures welcome guests; one in the main entrance and, above an escalator, one directs them to the casino's Family Entertainment area featuring the casino's new 24-lane bowling alley. An automated program controls the lights to create a variety of lighting looks and color scenes. "Kids often stop and dance in the light's gobos as they are projected on the floor," added O'Brien.

Because the VL1000 luminaires accommodate up to five indexable and rotatable gobos, the casino can project its logo, announce a special event message, or a public service reminder about drinking responsibly to its guests. "We plan on using them to project reminders of our Casino Designated Driver award program," O'Brien added.

"Of all the features of the VL1000TD lights, the customer really loved that the lights run silently at full bright or when dimmed by their on-board IGBT dimmer," Guberman said. "The fans remain off unless the heat threshold is crossed. In this environment, that will rarely, if at all, happen. This also cuts down on dust and debris from being sucked into the lights; reducing operation and maintenance concerns."

Guberman adds, "Since these fixtures will run 24/7, the ability to dim them and bring them up to full in a fraction of a second allows us a great deal of flexibility and use. With the IGBT dimmer, the client can dim the fixture's lamp without any annoying lamp filament buzz. This will also help reserve lamp life as well as keeping the fixtures from remaining hot like an arc lamp source would."

Vari-Lite offers twelve affordable variations of the Series 1000™ luminaire in tungsten or arc, with optional shutters, iris, or an on-board IGBT dimmer (tungsten units only). The VL1000TD luminaire is the tungsten version that offers a built-in IGBT dimmer module based on Entertainment Technology's IGBT dimmer technology. IGBT dimmer technology allows silent dimming capabilities because the dimmer unit is solid-state and chokeless.

Quantum Audio and Video specializes in lighting, A/V, digital signage and data/fiber for casinos and resort properties. "Black Oak approached us with a set of needs that we were able to address in a single fixture. This doesn't always happen on a job. We knew we had to put something in that is reliable, yet offered a full-range of features to match their needs. The VL1000TD fixture did just that."

About Black Oak Casino
Black Oak Casino, owned and operated by the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians, opened in May of 2001. Visit Black Oak Casino's website for reservations, promotions, entertainment lineups, and a tribal history of the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians.

About Vari-Lite
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, houses of worship 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 The Genlyte Group Inc. For more information, visit

News Release
For Immediate Publication

Media contact:
Heinz Roy

Send this page to a friend