Pump House Theatre gets Chilli with Zero 88
The Pump House Theatre and Arts Centre in Watford, UK, is a hub for local and national performing arts. The intimate 124-seat venue has just upgraded its power distribution and dimming system with the installation of three 24-channel Zero 88 Chilli Pro bypass dimmers. Jason Brameld, who is technical director at Torpedo Factory Group – a longstanding professional customer of Zero 88, has also been Pump House Theatre’s volunteer technical director since 1996, and he specified the new Chilli system that was needed to deal with the increasing amount of LED light sources now in the rig and user demands for more flexible power distribution, a trend that is set to continue.
The Pump House’s new dimmers replace older ones, some of which were also Zero 88 products still going after 30 years, a testament to the brand’s build quality! However, the change was driven by the need to update due to general advances in more sustainable light source technology. “We needed a more flexible system with additional options for hard power, so the Chilli Pro with ‘bypass’ functionality was a perfect solution,” stated Jason. The Theatre’s permanent lighting rig currently contains around 30 LED fixtures and about 50 conventional. Additionally, intelligent fixtures can now be added easily as required for some of the more complex shows. The Theatre has enjoyed a great long term working relationship with Zero 88 as a technical partner. Three years ago, they purchased an FLX console, and at that point, Zero 88, which also has an office in Watford, started using the Theatre regularly for product training sessions. The FLX was actually Pump House’s third Zero 88 console, so, as with the dimmers, there is a consistent track record of Zero 88 control.