With its unmistakable signature shell, the Hollywood Bowl is one of world's largest natural amphitheaters, and a famed American landmark. It is home to the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the host venue for hundreds of musical events each year.
The Hollywood Bowl had a lighting makeover with the help of Color Kinetics LED lighting solution. The team was led by lighting designer Jay Winters of JK Design Group, and Paul Geller, Los Angeles Philharmonic Director of Production. Their goal was to seamlessly illuminate the entire arch of the shell with concealed, color-changing fixtures. Previously, color-changing effects were achieved using conventional light sources with scrolling color changers or dichroic color-mixing fixtures.
When considering a new shell lighting system, the team compared several technologies and determined that an LED-based approach was the way to go. According to Winters, "The move to Color Kinetics' LED-based system allowed not only the ability for straight color changes, but also an unlimited variety of sequenced effects and an amazing range of effects in terms of how we moved from one color to another."
The team chose iColor Cove MX Powercore high-output linear LED luminaires, and mounted them in custom, 1.2 m (4 ft) long sheet metal channels. The metal channels provided the proper cut-off to control the luminaires' wide beam dispersion, ensuring the effective illumination of each surface of the shell's concentric baffles with no light spilling onto the other surfaces of the stage area. The luminaires were compatible with the Hollywood Bowl's existing theatrical DMX console, which made the switch to the new system seamless.
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