Woodstock Opera House lighting setup upgraded

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:12 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:16 a.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Streamlining of cables and the installation of new LED fixtures and dimmers are brightening the outlook of the lighting setup at the Woodstock Opera House.

The second of a two-phase project to update old equipment will get going in January when contractors install 96 new dimmers to replace 36 old ones. They’ll also rearrange and add circuits.

During the first phase, completed earlier this year, the Opera House got a new digital lighting control console, LED stage lighting fixtures and low-voltage wiring. Phase one of the project cost the city about $86,000.

Contracts for the second phase were approved by the City Council last week at a cost of about $65,000.

The improvements up efficiency while pulling lighting components into a more organized state, Opera House Director John Scharres said.

“Because they’ve been added over periods of time, they’re in different housing, have different configurations,” he said. “We’re taking the opportunity to straighten all of this out and make it essentially state of the art.”

The LED lighting fixtures installed earlier this year open up color options for the theater. Previous fixtures were white lamp stage lights, colored by shaded gels. The new LED lights have the ability to, through digital controls, come up with just about any color instantaneously.

“It’s a fraction of the size of what’s currently doing the work and expands our capability by a significant margin,” Scharres said.

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