The 480-seat Singapore Airlines (SIA) Theatre and several studio and rehearsal spaces in the LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore is a stunning example of modernity and creativity dedicated to providing its students with top class education in contemporary arts and design. When it was time to update some of the theatre’s original lighting inventory, Senior Technical Officers, Patrick Wong and Sayuthi Bin Jasmin, were happy to take delivery of ten Robert Juliat Dalis 860 Cyclorama LED battens to replace their 10-year old conventional cyclorama and groundrow lighting. “Prior to the acquisition of our new Dalis units we were using eight tungsten cyclorama lights and a similar number of tungsten groundrows,” explains Patrick. “These have been excellent workhorses, but conventional lighting fixtures come with their problems as well. Tevin Heng, Executive Director at Total Solution Marketing Pte Ltd, Robert Juliat’s exclusive Singaporean distributor, brought the Robert Juliat Dalis fixtures to the attention of the team at LASALLE. Patrick and his team established that ten units would be perfect to backlight the 13m x 7m span of The SIA Theatre’s cyclorama, despite the short throw distance available. Five RJ Dalis units have now been installed on a truss behind The SIA Theatre’s cyclorama cloth and another five Dalis units placed on the floor at a distance of 1.5m, from where they combine to provide seamless and supremely controllable coverage. “As with most venues in Singapore, there is always a lack of distance between cyc-cloth and wall for proper cyclorama lighting, with the distances normally ranging from 0.5m to 2.5m,” says LASALLE’s Sayuthi. “The Dalis, however, were able to give an excellent beam coverage even at these short distances. The output is extremely bright and the operation is simple with a very user-friendly interface on the fixture. Add to that the light weight of each unit combined with the good quality manufacture and we are very happy.” Lighting designer and 2006 alumnus of LASALLE College of the Arts, Adrian Tan, has had the opportunity to use the Robert Juliat Dalis fixtures in production at LASALLE, and his experiences confirm the views of Patrick and Sayuthi. “Robert Juliat Dalis has exceptional beam coverage at 90° vertical angle. I could place the fixture just 1.5m away from the cyclorama and still cover the entire cloth with no problem,” he says. “This means that venues with short distances between cyc and wall no longer have to compromise on light quality. “Dalis also has one of the best colour mixes I have ever seen in any lighting fixture. The warm white mix is exceptional and the colour mix is equally impressive. With eight colours, I have more precise control over which colours I wish to see. The brightness of the fixture is also worth mentioning – it means that I will never again have a dark blue that is not bright enough!
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