Philips Showline SL NITRO 510s Illuminate South Africa’s TV, Live Music and Events Market

Two of South Africa’s most established rental companies recently invested in
Philips Showline’s high-output SL NITRO 510s led-based strobe-type lights. The
SL NITRO 510s have proven to be a popular choice for some of the country’s
biggest events. The SL NITRO 510s provide 68,000 lumens and six programmable
zones for a multitude of looks. Gearhouse, technical Supplier to South Africa’s
Live Event Industry, recently invested in 140x SL NITRO 510 units and
immediately supplied them to the Johannesburg International Motor Show. They
were used to light Tata trucks and buses on the Tata commercial vehicles

“The SL NITRO 510 is an innovative unit in that offers all the functionality
of a strobe, but can also be used as a static white wash,” says Gearhouse’s
Lighting Operations Manager, Stuart Andrews. “It also has programming
facilities that allow us to create some stunning visual effects. The unit
reduces power consumption and can save a small fortune on lamps. It also has
more features than a standard strobe so has potential for a number of purposes,
from lighting trucks on an exhibition stand, to international concerts or as
pixel mapping effects units for special events and shows. This is exactly the
kind of innovation, in terms of product that we at Gearhouse SA look for. On
the Tata stand, the SL NITRO 510s were so bright we had to run them at 60%!
They performed flawlessly and made the vehicles look as if they were glowing

“The SL NITRO 510 features an array of over 1300 tightly packed, high
power LEDs that ensure maximum output and full-field, even distribution across
adds Duncan Riley, managing director of Philips Entertainment
product distributor in South Africa – DWR Distribution. “Their rugged
construction makes them ideal for touring or outdoor situations, and Showline’s
standard LCD menu system along with the continuous-on operation and lower power
consumption make the SL NITRO 510 very simple to programme. In addition, the
easy to use quick-connect systems allows SL NITRO 510 units to connect together
top-to-bottom and side-by-side.”

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Gearhouse also supplied SL NITRO 510s to South Africa’s popular televised
reality dance competition So You Think You Can Dance. “This was a big night
in South African television. The finale of the show was a big deal for our
client – production company Rapid Blue,”
continues Andrews. “Our
in-house LD, Robert Grobler, wanted to use something with a real kick, so we
added the SL NITRO 510s as effects strobes alongside other fixtures. I expect
live events to be the SL NITRO 510’s forte – without a doubt the compact size
belies their stunning output – they are blindingly bright!”

At about the same time MGG Productions, which also supplies lighting to
events and productions across South Africa, purchased a number of Showline’s
NITRO 510s and supplied them to the live music concerts – Afrikaans is Groot,
which attract some of the biggest names in African music.

“The Afrikaans is Groot production team asked for an additional ‘stab’
lighting effect, and I knew the SL NITRO 510s would offer just that,”
MGG’s Mark Gaylard. “They worked very well for the live show and looked
especially great on TV. The SL NITRO 510s are easy to rig with some very nice
solid rigging hardware included, either flown or on the floor.”

Gaylard discovered the SL NITRO 510s on the Philips stand at Frankfurt and
immediately ordered a batch from DWR Distribution.