The classic ballroom, which dates back to 1853, is located within Accrington Town Hall and run by Hyndburn Leisure working in partnership with Hyndburn Borough Council. It recently underwent a £750k respectful restoration to enhance its striking original features, as well as bring its technical facilities right up to date for hosting modern events.
When it came to upgrading The Ballroom's stage lighting rig, the venue wanted to invest in a state of the art, energy-efficient, colour-changing effects lighting system which would provide an impressive visual enhancement for singers, orchestras, and other live performers.
Taking into account these technical requirements, Chroma-Q® Color One 100 LED Pars were specified to provide rock 'n' roll style washlighting over the stage, as well as effects lighting for the curved truss and legs running around the front of the performance area.
The Chroma-Q Color One 100's innovative fully homogenised beam, which virtually eliminates the colour separation and shadows synonymous with LED lighting, made it ideal for this project - providing a front light with clean shadows, and a downlighter with a smooth, even beam.
In addition, with its extensive colour-mixing palette, the fixture is perfectly suited to the lighting needs of the diverse range of events hosted in the room - whether it be live performances requiring vibrant, saturated colours, or corporate events requiring super-soft pastels.
Furthermore, the Color One fixture's energy-efficient LED design has contributed to a reduction in The Ballroom's event lighting power consumption, and shortened set-up times for events due to the unit's huge colour-mixing palette as compared to the original stage lighting system's conventional Pars and coloured gels.
Other premium-performance features include theatrical grade dimming, convection cooling for near-silent operation, a versatile mounting yoke and a choice of IP20 / IP65 models for temporary events or permanent installations.
Kerry Smith, Cultural Services Manager at Hyndburn Leisure, commented: "The Ballroom is the jewel in the area's crown, so given the level of investment made to restore the room to its former glory, we wanted to invest in a high performance stage lighting system which would provide a visually impressive complement to the room's interior. The (Chroma-Q Color One) stage lighting is fantastic and delivers on everything we wanted."
The Chroma-Q range of premium performance solutions is designed and built to exacting standards in North America, and has been adopted by many leading designers and specifiers for some of today's most demanding and prestigious lighting applications - including opera, theatre, TV, venues, touring, events, or other sectors. As a result of this, the brand has received awards from several industry associations.
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