Robe in the Spot‐Light
Auckland based Spot‐Light Systems – now part of the NEP Live Group – is among New Zealand’s leading lighting live show and event rental companies, and one that has continued to invest in Robe moving lights as the country emerged from the pandemic, adding 24 x MegaPointes, 12 x Tarrantulas to their existing fleets, and for the first time, 20 x ESPRITES joined the inventory.
While New Zealand managed – via strict quarantine and travel restorations – to keep Covid cases to a minimum, full‐scale and capacity shows and live events did not properly re‐start until several months into 2022, when things became crazy busy, related Spot‐Light Systems’ head of lighting, Matt Tong, and this is what drove these latest Robe purchases.
With nearly 400 Robe moving lights already onboard, Spotlight Systems returned to a brand they know and trust for a multipurpose LED profile type fixture, settling on the ESPRITES to join the mix of Robe BMFL Spots, BMFL Blades, MegaPointes, Tarrantulas, LEDWash 600s and LEDBeam 100s and 150s. It is currently the largest concentration of Robe moving lights in the country. “Robe is ubiquitous in New Zealand and elsewhere, so that
oﬀers great value for money, firstly for servicing our own shows then as a cross rental item when available,” stated Matt, adding that their Robe luminaires have been constantly busy. “All the Robe products are worked hard and oﬀer great performance, and everyone is happy to use them,” he said.
The ESPRITES were ordered quite soon after the acquisition of Spot‐Light Systems by NEP Live. The mother company also owns broadcast lighting and video rental specialist, Big Picture, which, conveniently for continuity, also has Robe moving lights in stock. The brand has a strong presence in New Zealand thanks to the proactivity of distributor Jands New Zealand. “We needed a general purpose ‘workhorse’ LED moving light that was bright, quiet, had great colour mixing and was lightweight,” Matt notes, expecting the ESPRITES to become a signature fixture type, just as 700 series moving lights did during their era.
They did however conduct a shootout with selected competitor products before fully committing. Beam uniformity and the overall quality of light were also factors in the choice, “ESPRITE basically ticked all our ‘essential’ boxes and more, like Ethernet connectivity, framing shutters and a good menu system that’s straightforward for technicians to set up plus many other refinements.”
The benefits of Robe’s TE (TRANSFERABLE ENGINE) technology, allowing diﬀerent or new LED engines to be swapped in and out the fixtures in less than 5 minutes to cover diﬀerent applications, were also of interest.