Dortmund, Germany – Prime dry-hire company NicLen has invested in VL3600 Profile IP fixtures from Vari-Lite, originators of the modern moving head and a Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) entertainment lighting brand. The popular German firm has purchased a large quantity of the high-output, IP-rated fixtures, citing superior optics and build quality as the reason for the purchase.
“We have a long history with Vari-Lite and strong fondness for the brand,” explains Jörg Stöppler Co-CEO/CCO at NicLen. “We have VL2600 Profiles and VL5LED Washes in dry hire at the moment, so we know that Vari-Lite makes quality fixtures. It was unsurprising, then to find the VL3600 had a premium feel and build quality with a solid construction and no plastic.” Stöppler also spoke highly of the optics and output of the VL3600, praising the deep reds of the color system and the clarity in the gobo projection. “Overall, it’s exactly the sort of well-made product you expect from Vari-Lite in an IP rated fixture.”
“The NicLen service quality is excellent, and it’s something known in the market,” says Franck Tiesing, Vari-Lite Key Account Manager, DACH at Signify. “The fixtures are always clean, and everything is in top condition. So, NicLen understandably has very high expectations for the fixtures they buy, and that’s why they went with the VL3600 Profile IP.”
After first being introduced to a prototype of the VL3600 Profile IP at Prolight + Sound 2022, NicLen worked closely with Vari-Lite, providing feedback during development. “Vari-Lite has been helpful throughout the entire process,” adds Stöppler. “From the initial conversations to after-sales support, they’ve been very responsive to anything we needed.”
NicLen reports an uptick in interest in the VL3600 in recent weeks as word of their VL3600 purchase has spread. “We have several designers who are excited to get more hands-on experience with the fixture,” says Stöppler. “We have no doubt demand for the fixtures will be high, particularly as the VL3600 is appearing on more and more shows in the US. Those tours will be coming to Europe eventually, and they will want the luminaire here as well.”