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Lighting upgrade for The House of Dancing Water

Lighting upgrade for The House of Dancing Water
Images courtesy of Chris Luk Photography Limited

Lighting upgrade for The House of Dancing Water


Franco Dragone’s The House of Dancing Water show in Macau’s City of Dreams has received a lighting upgrade with the installation of six Robert Juliat 600W LED Oz followspots. The fixtures were supplied by White Light Ltd via Robert Juliat’s local distributor, Pacific Lighting (HK).

The show’s lighting designer, Luc Lafortune, originally specified Robert Juliat Victor followspots and 14 RJ D’Artagnan profiles when the show first opened in 2010. During the course of more than eight years, they have played 10 shows a week and withstood the moisture-filled environment created by the water-based spectacular thanks to the maintenance from the lighting team led by Karl Jenkins.

‘Robert Juliat provides some of the most optically accurate luminaires in the world and, for this reason and their amazing longevity, they were chosen for the original build,’ said Jenkins. ‘There was no question that the replacement for the Victor followspots, after eight years of excellent service, would be anything other than another RJ fixture. With the large push towards sustainable shows and LED technology across the board, the RJ Oz is the best fixture on the market by far for our needs and, with its release aligning precisely with a major upgrade of the show, it was a perfect candidate for the replacement.’

Pacific Lighting (HK) provided a demonstration of the 600W LED Oz followspots so that The House of Dancing Water lighting team could determine that, as a replacement, they would retain the production’s initial design. ‘The performance of the Oz when seen side-by-side the Victor exceeded our expectations and the light output was more than suitable for our needs,’ said Jenkins. ‘Brightness, beam quality, robust engineering, reliability, ergonomics, power consumption – all of these were considerations that we took into account when making the decision, but, for me, it was the power from the LED that ultimately won me over.’

As with their predecessors, the six Oz followspots are spaced evenly around 270° of the circular grid above the audience. They are used to highlight the show’s main protagonists. ‘The production has an incredibly heavy and meticulous followspot design as is the case with many of Luc’s designs,’ explained Jenkins. ‘For this reason, an elegant yet powerful LED fixture was required to achieve everything from the beautiful low-light character highlights to high-energy powerful punches of light. In addition to this, from the operators’ point of view, Oz’s lack of ballast and the general heat reduction is also a great asset, and the electronic dimming in the LED fixtures is based on the same physicality of the existing dimming system, so makes for an incredibly simple transition for operators.’

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