Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Visit Barbizon at the LDI Show in Las Vegas Nov 19-23.

Later this week the entertainment lighting industry will converge on the Las Vegas Convention Center for the Annual LDI Show.
The 27th annual LDI combines six days of professional training, three days on the show floor, and a new Electronic Dance Music component that embraces the world’s hottest musical phenomenon.

It's not too late to get a free VIP Expo pass you can use the link: http://bit.ly/brbzn-ldi-14-floorpass (it fills in the code for you) or use the VIP code E195.

We'll have team members from across the country to talk with you about all your lighting needs and upcoming projects.

Stop by Booth 2375 and say hello - we'll be fully stocked with the blue and yellow M&M's to give you a little chocolate boost to see the rest of the show floor!
If you can't attend the show keep up with it via our social media outlets above or search this hashtag #LDI2014.


Lighting the Top of the Tallest Building in North America: ONE World Trade Center
Lighting One WRCAs a part of the LDI Lighting Summit, Saturday afternoon from 3:30-5:00 in room N111 the team of manufacturers, engineers, and Barbizon's integrators who brought htem all together to light the One World Trade Center spire will be walking attendees through the process, technology, and challenges it took to light the spire of the tallest building in the western hemisphere.

The technical aspects of this project alone are reason to drop in and check it out.




Finding replacement data projector lamps just got easier with Barbizon.
Barbizon Data Projector LampsData projectors are finding their ways into pretty much every part of our production spaces. Because they are being used more and more lamps are having to be changed more often.

Our customers have asked for easier ways to determine which is the right replacement lamp for their projector and we listened.

Later this week and being shown at LDI will be a new replacement projector lamp cross-reference engine so you can be certain that you are getting the right lamp for your projector the first time. 

It works much like our fixture lamp lookup does now, but this section will have almost 8000 projectors and associated lamps. 

You can call your local Barbizon office and they can help you or you can check it out for yourself online at - www.barbizon.com/store/category/Replacement-Projector-Lamps



KETRA replacement LED lamps might just be the high CRI lamp you've been looking for.
Ketra’s engineers, designers and optics experts developed the entire Ketra system from the ground up – from the custom LED control microprocessor and emitter within each of our products to the full library of curated lighting content. Every detail has been carefully considered and thoughtfully designed, resulting in ground-breaking technology that changes the way lighting is implemented.

Ketra products work cohesively to deliver the highest quality rendering of light to the exact specifications of each user. With fully tunable LED lamps, the full spectrum of hue and saturation exists within every product.
Ketra's products will be on display in our booth for you to see for yourself!




These lamps look like carbon filament but there actually LED!
We showed these Design-o-Lux LED lamps at a recent show and so many people thought they were standard carbon filament lamps we decided to bring them to LDI to show along with the other array of replacement LED lamps we sell.
DesignoLux's 360 Vintage™ brings LED technology to squirrel-cage filament Edison bulbs, popular in open-fixture bar and restaurant applications.

These lamps feature the DesignoLux 360™ Simufilament™ light engine, based on A/C LED technology with traditional incandescent manufacturing methods, allows for a nostalgic amber glow that fills the room much more efficiently than Edison himself could have imagined.  We'll have these in the booth at LDI for you to check out and be amazed like we were.




Project Management Conundrum? Sit in the PLASA Biz Ed Session on Thursday 11/20
The PLASA Biz Ed Committee has set up a great class on Thursday you might want to consider.   Turning Chaos into order: Five Approaches to Project Management

Our industry is characterized by complex time-lines and deliverables, but there are as many definitions of project management as there are project managers (Including Barbizon's own Mark Fink). In this session, we have assembled an elite panel of professionals that each has made a career out of turning chaos into order. If you aspire to follow their path or simply want to elevate your company's approach to this skill set, you won't want to miss this session.

Moderated by: Tom Stimson of Stimson Group, LLC. The pane is set to include:
$50 for Plasa Members and $80 got non-members - More info on the PLASA Website.

Friday, October 31, 2014

A Toast to Mario DeSisti

The lighting is a little better in the heavens today as with deep sadness we were informed that Barbizon’s good friend,  Mario Desisti, owner and founder of Desisti Lighting, passed away peacefully this morning in Italy.

Mario was one of the pioneers in the broadcast lighting industry and  It would be very hard to find a country in this world that Mario had not visited and installed lighting.

He was a man that was full of life, who worked so hard to constantly improve the technology of his company and loved to talk about lighting until the wee hours of the morning.

Frank Kosuda, the head of DeSisti USA said in an note this morning, "Mario was like a father to me and this saddens us all deeply. There was no one bigger than Mario. His charisma and excitement for life was contagious. His life was all about family, lighting and enjoying everything that life had to offer."

His passion for lighting and the energy he brought to life and our industry will be sorely missed. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

ETC and Barbizon Upgrade UNCSA Venues

Earlier this year, ETC unveiled the 2014 Theater program, which allows venues to upgrade their existing ETC lighting systems without the need for a costly retrofit. The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) was one of the first to participate in the program, getting updated ETC dimming systems for several of their theaters.
When Shawn Harmon of ETC dealer Barbizon Lighting in Charlotte, North Carolina, learned of the 2014 Theater program, he began to reach out to customers who could benefit from the program. "I contacted Brent LaFever at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts about it in May," explains Harmon. "He informed me that the university had already considered upgrading a few of their systems, and that's when we knew this program would be a great fit."

UNCSA upgraded three of its seven on-campus venues. Patrons Theatre, a 100-seat performance space, and Watson Hall, a 300-seat hall used for chamber music performances and recitals, both got two ETC Sensor® dimmer racks . As part of the 2014 Theater project, the dimmers came with new warranties: "It's important for us to have access to the latest technology," Brent LaFever, director of campus performance facilities, says. "The five-year warranty was essential to us since shows are constantly running in both venues."

The Agnes de Mille Theatre, a 188-seat proscenium stage used primarily for opera and dance, was up next. "The systems in Patrons and Watson were purchased and installed when they opened in 2003, while de Mille was last upgraded in 2007. We had been looking to upgrade de Mille's system for some time, but we didn't have the funds for it," says LaFever. With the 2014 Theater installation, the hall received an upgraded version of their old CEM3 touring rack, which will allow for more flexibility in the space.

De Mille's new Sensor3 touring racks will also serve as a teaching tool, according to LaFever: "Every year we have 'Freshman Focus' where the students go up on all the catwalks and have access up to 288 circuits. This year, when the students came into the theater in August, they were pleasantly surprised to see the new dimming racks. It's another tool they can now learn to work with."

UNCSA offers students a wide variety of comprehensive undergraduate and graduate arts programs, as well as high school programs, in dance, drama, visual arts, music, filmmaking, and design and production. "UNCSA is a premier training program for many of today's artistic professionals," describes Harmon, who is also a UNCSA graduate. "It's like going to medical school or law school, but for the arts," elaborates LaFever. "We are an arts school; that's all we do, which means our venues are always busy." On average, any of UNCSA's seven on-campus venues see 200-350 performances -- most of which are run entirely by students -- during the nine-month-long school year. And now those students will have new technology to keep up with their busy schedule.

To learn more about UNCSA, visit www.uncsa.edu .

For more information about ETC's 2014 Theater program available through Barbizon, visit http://www.barbizon.com/2014upgrade.html

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Barbizon Lighting Labor Day Weekend 2014 Schedule

Barbizon Lighting's NYC office will be closed Saturday 8/30 and all the United States Barbizon offices will be closed Monday, September 1st, for the Labor Day extended weekend. This will give you a little time to stock up for any last minute production needs that may come up this weekend.

We'll see you bright and early Tuesday 9/2!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Allison Mutton Names Branch Manager of Barbizon Orlando

Barbizon Florida is happy to announce that Allison Mutton as been promoted to Branch Manager of Barbizon Lighting's Orlando offices.

She'll still be in regular contact with her customers, but now she'll also oversee the day to day operations of the Orlando-based sales and tech services staff.

Congrats Allison!

You can reach Allison in Orlando at 407-999-2647 or by email at amutton (at) barbizon.com.