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Ayrton MISTRALs Fly Off the Shelves at Harrisburg’sPremier Production Services

Premier Production Services, Inc. (PPS) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has taken delivery ofAyrton MISTRAL-TC (true color) spot luminaires for its inventory and they’ve been in active use since arriving. ACT Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Ayrton fixtures in North America.

PPS offers lighting and/or audio packages and production assistance for corporate meetings, school dramatic arts and other live events in central Pennsylvania.

“We had replaced our older static fixtures with LEDs and wanted to replace our moving intelligent lights with LEDs as well,” says PPS Vice President Rocco DiBacco. “ACT Lighting brought us some MISTRAL-TCs for a demo and a shootout with another fixture brand, and we really liked a lot of things about the MISTRALs.”

MISTRAL-TC is devised for applications that require perfect color reproduction. It is equipped with an entirely new LED module using a monochromatic light source with a native color rendering index greater than 90, extremely high TM30 readings and a color temperature of 5700 K. MISTRAL-TC also delivers a 8:1 zoom ratio with a zoom range of 6.7° to 53°. The optics, equipped with a 119 mm frontal lens, can achieve an extremely uniform flat beam that can render images perfectly in all conditions and at any beam angle.

“We like the versatility of MISTRAL: We can use them for theater and arena venues and for corporate and TV work,” DiBacco notes. “We like the animation wheel, its massive zoom range – almost as wide as a wash fixture, the super-high CRI, and the CTO, which is an excellent feature not found on many older fixtures nor the newer LEDs. In the two months we’ve had the MISTRALs they’ve been in the shop for just a day or two. They’ve gone out on projects for seven consecutive weeks now.”

PPS used its full roster of MISTRALs for about ten dance school recitals in the Harrisburg-Hershey area, some of them in high schools and some in theaters. “We used them in FOH and over the stage,” says DiBacco. “The CRI was an awesome feature for the dance programs.”

The company also deployed MISTRALS for a two-day Giant Food corporate meeting at the Giant Center arena in Hershey. “We hung them over the top of the stage for the general sessions,” DiBacco explains. “It was great to have the CTO since we needed to make video recordings of the sessions.”

MISTRALs were part of a number of large-scale graduation ceremonies, including one at a theater in downtown Harrisburg. PPS plans to use MISTRALs for graduation at the Milton Hershey School, a private philanthropic boarding school in Hershey.

“It’s a beautiful event we’ve done before,” notes DiBacco. “They pull out all the stops for the kids, they go all out to celebrate.”

He reports that PPS is so pleased with its MISTRALs that it plans additional purchases. “We’ll be buying more MISTRALs – or its sister profile fixture with shutters – probably later this fall,” DiBacco says.

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