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Serbian Cultural Center Upgrades to ETC Control, Dimming, and Fixtures

Palilula Culteral Center in Belgrade, Serbia upgraded with ETC

ETC's Serbian distributor Studio Berar installed and commissioned the latest generation of lighting at the Palilula Cultural Center and theatre in Belgrade, complete with ETC lighting, dimming, and control.

Studio Berar's marketing manager Lazar Josanov, says: "The theatre's managers were looking for a complete new lighting system that would last them well into the 21st century, and would come with the backup and support that they would need. Studio Berar has a long relationship with ETC, and we were quick to recommend them. ETC has always provided efficient and helpful service, with 24-hour customer support where necessary."

Studio Berar project manager Aleksandar Kruscic, who designed the system, explains: "We supplied ETC's latest update to the Source Four range, the Source Four Fresnel, as well as Source Four Zoom, Source Four jr Zoom, and Source Four PAR. The theatre was impressed with both the quality of the fixtures' optics, and the ease with which the fixtures can be handled, with quick replacement of the HPL lamps."

Normally, to change the beam angle on a PAR fixture, a replacement lamp would need to be fitted; however, the Source Four PAR comes with four interchangeable lenses, enabling the beam to be easily switched. And where a PAR fixture would normally contain a 1kW lamp, says Josanov, "the 750W in the Source Four PAR easily replaces one from any other manufacturer, enabling up to 40% energy savings. The client was also impressed with the price of the HPL bulb, which is significantly lower than conventional halogen-sealed beam lamps."

The Palilula Cultural Center has organized a range of educational and cultural programs since it opened 50 years ago. "With this new, totally renovated theatre," says Josanov, "organizing events will be much easier, and the theatre will be able to achieve greater versatility for its guests."

He continued: "The technicians specified wall-mounted ETC SmartPack 12-channel dimmers, which provide a choice of dimming curves. To provide the easiest control of the lighting, a wall-mounted button station offers up to 10 presets."

"Lighting system control and management is provided by an ETC Element lighting console, which is part of the ETC Eos family of control. Says Kruscic: "The technicians wanted quick and easy control of the range of different fixtures installed -- predominantly conventionals, but with a few intelligent fixtures and the option to work with other multimedia at a later time. The Element desk is very user-friendly and provides quick and easy control of the entire lighting system, with graphics displayed on two touchscreen monitors."

Josanov added: "After completing the installation and commissioning, the Studio Berar team provided a full training program for all the technical staff. They were all extremely impressed with how quickly they were able to get up to speed with the desk."

You can find a virtual tour of the Palilula Cultural Center and theatre at the URL below right.



(17 July 2012)

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