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Speaking Lighting

At The Lighting & Sound Co, we have provided event lighting and sound reinforcement for many years. Our start came from the concert and stage production world, which involves plenty of jargon and unique terms. Clients in that world typically have an idea of what their needs are and usually specify (often with a rider) exactly what equipment their production requires.

Weddings and special events, however, bring clients who have a vision but might be unfamiliar with the terms that describe what they want to see and hear.  It’s our job to explain the services we can provide that will accentuate and exemplify a vision that is given to us. We “speak lighting” and translate for our clients.

From Vision to Reality

Our design and sales team consults with clients every day who tell us where they are having an event, how many people are attending, and might share a picture that they saw and would like to replicate. We take this information and translate it into a complete event design, making it easy for our clients to have a perfect event. If the venue is a spot we haven’t worked at,  we’ll do a site survey to get measurements of a space, evaluate the feasibility of different lighting products, plan electrical usage and loading access, and find any limitations of the event site. Many times it is useful to meet the client on site to demo some lighting products or get a feel for what colors will look good in an event space. Of course, we also provide our clients with a virtual color picker, to choose colors in advance of an event.

There are thousands of different styles of lighting fixtures and ways to add light or leave an area dark, as may be required. We might “wash” a wall or ceiling with a single color, or, accent just the columns of a room with sleek, narrow uplighting. We can shoot a client’s logo as a”gobo” on a wall of drape or put narrow spots on the centerpieces of tables. If a large projector screen is needed right on the edge of a seating area, we’ll be sure to use a rear-projection screen so the image isn’t blocked by people walking in front of it.

Once we have an idea of a client’s vision, and have taken a look at the venue, we’ll offer lighting, sound, AV, and decor options that align with the theme of the event, look sleek and classy without having unsightly components, and, most importantly, provide for a safe event. A portfolio of lighting options is available to examine a selection of choices. The client selects the style they prefer and we set it up at the event. In the background, our technical teams are taking the equipment specified by the sales team and determining the safest and most efficient way to set it up. Very occasionally we’ll find that we need to add a component to safely do a job or provide the best experience for the client. If we lose money doing the job right but the client is happy, we are also happy.

How can we make your event perfect?

We specialize in delivering perfection, even with difficult or unusual requests. If you were told that a certain service couldn’t be done, give us a call. We imagine new ways to provide solutions that used to require significant expense or unsafe methods. Clients and venues often say to us, “Nobody ever did that here before!”

It pays to know people. If there’s a task we can’t handle, chances are we know someone who can. Our network of event partners spans numerous industries, hundreds of people,  and multiple states.

Let us handle the complex or technical aspects of your event, so you can concentrate on other details. Tell us what you want to happen, and we’ll transform your vision into reality. Our promise is “Event Perfection” and we won’t stop until we achieve it.

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The Third Presidential Debate

The final debate of the 2016 United States presidential election debates sent the team at The Lighting & Sound Co to Las Vegas, Nevada, to set up stage lighting for TV interviews. The final presidential debate took place at the University of Nevada Las Vegas’s Thomas and Mack Center.  This arena holds nearly 17,000 people, and we saw close to that many lighting technicians, stagehands, and riggers working on setup for the debate in the days beforehand.

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Sunrise from ~30,000 feet

Lighting the interview stage went very similar to the TV stage lighting we did for the Vice Presidential Debates in Farmville, VA. However, we needed to source as much of the equipment as possible locally in Las Vegas rather than shipping it from our home base in Richmond, VA.  Our friends at 4Wall Entertainment Lighting were great at helping us with this. Still, the Kino Flo Celeb TV stage lights required were unavailable in Las Vegas, so some came from 4Wall’s Los Angeles office, where they have plenty of film lighting gear, while we did send a pallet of equipment and stage lighting from Richmond VA as well.

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Again we used Kino Flo Celeb 400Q film lighting fixtures for key lighting, with ETC Source Four Lekos as fill lighting. Control was the Martin Professional Maxxyz software running on M-PC with M-Touch for physical control

 

 

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VCU Men’s Basketball Promo Video

The VCU Men’s Basketball team recently filmed a promotional video that introduces the players before each game. V2 Content, a talented video production company based in Lincoln, Nebraska, brought us in to help with the lighting. The Lighting & Sound Co was on location at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, providing film lighting and making sure the players looked great.

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From render to reality, the VCU Basketball rig featured 36 1000W Par cans- that’s a lot of firepower!

 

We provided a giant wall of light using classic PAR64s in pre-rigged truss. With 36 individually controllable units adjacent to each other, it was easy to achieve many different patterns and effects. A handful of moving head profiles provided additional air light effects. Of course, the video wouldn’t have looked nearly as awesome without a fine haze to show the beams of light. Our favorite hazer, the Look Solutions Unique 2.1, filled the entire gym within a few minutes.

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LSC Lighting Designer Chris Hill pushes the rig to full for a dramatic shot.

This lighting required about 37,000 watts of electrical power, which is more the amount of power that your entire house needs. While that much power is available in the main Siegel Center arena, the shoot was taking place on the opposite end of the facility about 600 feet away. Running long feeder cable to get the power where it was needed wasn’t feasible, but fortunately our friends at Temp-Power provided a generator perfectly suited for the job that could be placed much closer.

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Temp Power delivers a 45 KVa generator to power the 36kw rig.

 

Gear list:

  • 36x PAR64 1000W NSP, on lamp bars
  • 3x Applied Electronics PRT Pre-Rig Truss
  • 48-ch ETC Sensor+ Touring Dimmer Rack
  • 6x Robe Robin Pointe beam/spot/wash moving head
  • Look Solutions Unique 2.1 Hazer
  • Martin M-PC Lighting Console with M-Touch
  • 45 KVa three-phase portable generator from Temp-Power

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The Vice Presidential Debates

We joined the political madness for a week as we prepared to do some television lighting for a TV stage at the Vice Presidential debates in Farmville on Tuesday. We set up in Longwood University’s Health and Fitness Center, which is rated as one of the top 20 recreational centers at small colleges; at 74,683 gross square feet, it’s a pretty impressive space, topped off by a large rock climbing wall and LEED Gold certification. Longwood’s gym boasts of over 60 pieces of weight training and cardio equipment, but none of them were anywhere to be seen when we arrived. Instead, they had been replaced with a full media cafe, red carpets throughout, press boxes, stages, temporary power, communication rooms and Secret Service agents. 

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We headed out to Farmville, Virginia on Sunday to set up: Our TV stage was built on a 16′ x 16′ riser, and was an interview spot for before and after the debate. For events like these, every person on the crew needs to have Secret Service clearance, and has to have a number of credentials on them at all times.

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We used Kino Flo Celeb 400s for front light, with Source Four Lekos as fill, and  Celeb 400Qs as back light. 
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Richmond Weddings Expo Fashion Show Lighting

Richmond Wedding Expo Fashion Show

Richmond Weddings just released this amazing video from the Richmond Weddings Expo Fashion Show we provided production for back in July. If you’re getting married in Richmond, you need to be familiar with these folks.

You can check out some photos of the show below!

All photos by Third Eye Studios:

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Our beautiful high definition wedding chandelier gobo!

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Uplighting gives the stage a great look.

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Aditi & Aditya’s Engagement Party

We had a very eventful (pun intended) Memorial day weekend, with events all over Richmond. Among those was Aditi’s & Aditya’s engagement party, and we were lucky enough to work with the very talented Candace Morgan, who sent over some lovely photos. If you absolutely love what you see, you can check Candace out here. 

Aditi wanted the rotunda to be a classy blue and gold, and the Science Museum of Virginia was a wonderful venue to accomplish such a look. We went with thin beamed wedding uplights to accent the museum’s neoclassical columns. The powerful LED uplights reached all the way up the fifty foot ceilings of the Science Museum and made the room look absolutely stunning.

Congratulations to Aditi & Aditya on a beautiful engagement party!

 

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Heartracer: Ice on the Streets live at Hardywood Park

One of the best parts of working in entertainment is the wonderful people you get to meet. Every once in a while, we get to work with a group of truly special performers such as our friends in Heartracer. We put together a small ambient lighting setup for their most recent show at Hardywood Craft Brewery here in Richmond, Virginia. You can check out the awesome video by Dave O’Dell below.

You can find Heartracer on Soundcloud, Facebook, and on the web at Heartracerband.com.

Total Room Transformation

To show the power of event lighting, we set up some of our most popular wedding lighting services in an abandoned basement. This helps to give a better idea of what wedding and event lighting can do to completely transform a room for your wedding reception, ceremony, or any event or party you have at all.

While all the individual pieces that make up the perfect wedding or event are equally important, lighting is the only one that can change how everything is perceived. Lighting can change the look and feel of the entire event, from the mood, to the color the place setting appear to be, make sure you have the right team handling your event. You can learn more by checking out our informational article on wedding and event lighting. Take your event lighting to the next level.

Check out a full display of our services here.

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Conditions Anniversary Show

Local pop-punk legends Conditions reunited on the 5th anniversary of their album Florescent Youth. Richmond, Virginia locals that are familiar with the band might have attended their disbandment show at the National in Richmond in July of last year, where The Lighting & Sound Co. provided concert lighting, giving the band a proper send-off. We once again coordinated with Conditions, in association with Syke, on their anniversary show to provide a show four times as big. 

Check out Brandon Hambright’s awesome photography at the Canal Club in Richmond, Virginia!

 

 

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Photography by Brandon Hambright

Conditions custom concert lighting rig:


6 x Elation Platinum Beam 5R
4 x Chauvet Intimidator 350
6 x Elation Design Wash 60
2 x DTS Jack Spot
6 x ADJ MegaFlash
4 x Chauvet Slim Panel 24
2 x ColorTran 1000W Floods
2 x Chauvet Funfetti Confetti Cannons
1 x Chauvet Nimbus Low Fog Machine
1 x Look Solutions Unique 2.1 Hazer

ETC Ion 1000 Control Surface
20x Fader Wing
2 x 19″ ELO Touch Screen

 

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Everything you need to know about DJ Expo 2015!

Each August, DJ Times presents The DJ Expo at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Produced by DJ Times and its publisher Testa Communications since 1990, the Expo remains the DJ industry’s best-attended, most-successful trade show and convention. Lighting companies geared towards mobile DJs and consumers, such as American DJ and Blizzard Lighting, often have enormous booths made of truss and huge assortments of the newest lighting gear and tools. Walking into DJ Expo is a little bit of a surreal experience as you move the relative quiet of the hallway turns into what can only be described as organized chaos as you enter the show floor. The space is enormous, dimly lit, and very hazy. Every booth vies for your attention with loud electronic music and flashy light shows, and as with any expo, free stuff.

This was our first year at DJ Expo, but we were lucky enough to be accompanied by local DJs and seasoned veterans of DJ expo, Mike Beene and Eric Cunningham, who showed us around and introduced us to everyone. DJ Expo 25 was a great opportunity to network with pretty much everyone who is anyone in the DJ world, including Jim Tremayne, editor of DJ Times Magazine. That’s what DJ Expo is, now here’s what you need to know:

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We spent a lot of our time looking at Blizzard Lighting’s booth, conveniently located at the front of the expo. This is great for them, as the only booth in front of theirs was audio electronics giant Pioneer. If you don’t know who Blizzard is, I don’t blame you, but maybe you should. Blizzard was started in 2010, so it has only been around for 5 years! Yet, they have a pretty tricked out product line of various movers, LEDs, and their aptly named Pixellicious, which is an awesome name. While Blizzard hasn’t been around long enough to establish an extensive reputation, they have a commitment to quality that is evident in their products.

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The GLP U-Torm is a versatile and innovative trussing solution.


GLP’s U-Torm

The U-Torm is a flexible solution to hanging drop fixtures and finding tormentor positions, for lighting, projection, and other equipment in a completely modular solution from Cosmic Truss.

Comprised of lightweight modules and sections, the U-Torm allows endless configurations fro single fixtures, double hangs or ladders of multiple fixtures, either rigged or floor mounted.

The U-Torm is available in two standard sizes, but can be built upon and customized using the standard cosmic Truss F31 range of 2″ pipes, T-Sections, spigots and corner adaptors. These all fit seamlessly into the U-Torm allowing you to create hanging positions or structures in an unlimited variety of combinations. The U-Torm 50 is able to take a center point load of up to 110 lbs. / 50 kg, and if hung in a ladder configuration, it is possible to mount up to 10 units together. The brackets are available in a natural aluminum or black finish as standard, and other colors can be provided on request.

In the custom event industry, having a highly versatile and dependable support structure is very useful!

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The Nimbus helps us to provide an affordable low fog solution for our clients.

Chauvet’s NIMBUS Pea Souper (Ground Fog)

Nimbus is a professional dry ice machine which produces thick, white fog that hugs the floor and dissipates without rising. This powerful machine heats enough water to create fog from 10 lb of dry ice to provide 6 minutes of run time. Output and flow are easily controlled, thanks to an adjustable multi-level control arm. Dual heaters allow for faster heat-up and recycle times. We saw a demo of Nimbus at the expo, and picked one up to add to our ability to create a custom atmosphere. We’ve often used an LSG fogger before to achieve this “ground fog” effect, but with the Nimbus, we can provide a more affordable option to our clients, with almost no drawbacks! 

 

Pin Spotting for weddings

Wireless and light-weight, Chauvet’s new pin spots can hang from almost anything.

 

Chauvet EZpin IRC

EZpin IRC is a battery-powered LED pin spot, perfect for lighting centerpieces, cakes, and focal points. Its magnetic base affixes to most metal surfaces, eliminating the need for clamps, and the scissor clip with eye loop easily attaches to drop ceiling supports, for quick setup and cable management. Wireless on/off operation is available with the optional IRC-6 remote, and we can easily achieve multiple lighting looks with the included gel pack.  With the ease of setup these new fixtures provide, we can cut down on setup time, allowing us to offer more affordable wedding pricing for pin-spotting, which is a popular wedding lighting look. 

 

 

Powered Line Array Sound

The KLA12 is a powered 12″ line array that packs a punch

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QSC’s incredible KLA12 line array speaker combines astounding power, amazing flexibility, and road-ready dependability in a surprisingly lightweight package that sounds absolutely stunning. The KLA12 is powered by a 500W x 500W module that provides plenty of clean, clear power to the 12″ LF driver and the 1.75″ HF compression driver. Ar-Q frequency optimization lets you tune the KLA12 to the array; in fact, you can adjust for the number of speakers in your array and get the most out of your KLA12.

This is another piece of gear we saw at DJ expo that we are adding to inventory. The size of the KLA12 makes it easy to transport and use at mid-size to large events. This line array can be used to create quality, affordable, and powerful sound solutions for weddings, corporate events, parties, concerts and more. The quality that comes behind a QSC product means we won’t have any issues with equipment failure.

 

 

DJ friend David Sporn will be doing a followup to this post shortly from a DJ’s perspective.