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VL3500™ WASH FX LUMINAIRE SHOWING AT LDI/The New VL3500™ Wash FX Luminaire Offers Projection Effects


The New VL3500â„¢ Wash FX Luminaire Offers Projection Effects

DALLAS – October 15, 2008

- Vari-Lite is pleased to announce the new VL3500â„¢ Wash FX luminaire. The unit, exceeding an output of 50,000 lumens, is a remarkable wash luminaire that is also capable of acting like a spot luminaire. In its color bulkhead the VL3500â„¢ Wash FX contains one FX pattern wheel with four spring-loadable rotatable and indexable 50mm glass patterns along with one open position. The dual-wattage unit runs at either 1200W or 1500W and runs 900W in standby. The luminaire projects polished images with the ULTRA clear front lens which ships with the unit.

When asked to describe the market readiness for the VL3500 Wash FX luminaire, Bob Schacherl, Vice President of Sales for Vari-Lite said, "Lighting designers and customers have increasingly expected feature-rich products that can be adapted or configured to meet the widest possible range of applications. We pride ourselves on meeting those expectations and the VL3500 Wash FX follows onto the successful design strategy we used with the VL3500 Wash, meaning the same incredible beam intensity, wide zoom range and dynamic color capabilities still exist. The addition of rotating patterns and ultra clear lens now creates a fixture that crosses over between hard-edged and wash luminaire and furthers this product line's flexibility." Schacherl confirmed that existing VL3500 Wash luminaire owners will also have the option of purchasing a conversion kit that easily re-configures their fixtures into VL3500 Wash FX luminaires.

The VL3500 FX Wash luminaire features CYM color mixing, variable CTO color temperature correction, dual five-position color wheels, a separate dimmer, and an independent dual strobe mechanism.

“The VL3500 FX Wash luminaire contains the features that designers have loved since the release of the VL3500â„¢ Wash luminaire,” stated Vari-Lite Product Marketing Manager George Masek. “Designers saw the wide front face of the unit and knew then that the luminaire would be great for projecting effects when a clear lens was installed.”

This light gives designers yet another tool to fuel their creativity. “The VL3500 Wash FX luminaire is ideal for rock and roll,” added Masek. “It offers designers interesting ways to shape and bend the light and to move the effects patterns through the air and around the stage. Users simply have more overall control of the light.”

The multi-faceted luminaire includes three interchangeable front lenses (ULTRA clear Stipple, Fresnel) to aid beam control.

“The VL3500 Wash FX luminaire has the possibility of being something different every

day,” said Masek. “The fixture has a number of creative personalities in one unit.”

With the simple interchangeable front lens system, designers can transform the unit from a bright intense wash light to a unit capable of projecting images and powerful aerial effects.

The VL3500 Wash FX luminaires can be mounted and operated in any orientation and maintain a consistent configuration and appearance of other VL3000â„¢ series luminaires.

Orders for the new unit are being taken effective immediately. The product will ship in October 2008 and product demonstrations will be available from your Regional Sales Manager beginning October 2008.

The VL3500 Wash FX luminaire can be previewed in the Vari-Lite booth, #1133.


About Vari-Lite:

As a Philips group brand, Vari-Lite has, for over 25 years, served as a leading designer and manufacturer of premiere automated lighting systems, providing lighting equipment and services to the entertainment industry, serving such markets as concert touring, theatre, television, film, cruise lines, houses-of-worship, and corporate events. VARI*LITE® automated lighting systems are available through a worldwide network of independent professional dealers.

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