Saturday, March 16, 2019

Light It Up Blue for Autism Speaks Day April 2nd and World Autism Month with Rosco and Barbizon

Barbizon and Rosco are working together to with Autism Speaks to Light It Up Blue on April 2nd and throughout the month of April for World Autism Month
Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
Rosco Light It Up Blue Products:
Roscolux #68 Parry Sky Blue and #80 Primary Blue are the official color filters of Autism Speaks. Use these color filters (aka gels) on the lights illuminating your home, restaurant or building and help Light It Up Blue on World Autism Awareness Day - April 2nd and throughout April for World Autism Month.
Roscolux #80: Primary Blue
For use on brighter light fixtures or if the illuminated surface is more reflective and/or light-colored.
Roscolux #68: Parry Sky Blue
For use on lower-medium intensity light fixtures or if the illuminated surface is less reflective and/or darker-colored.
How To Light It Up Blue – Exterior:
Roscolux color filters are available in 20”x24” sheets and 24”x25’ rolls. Most light fixtures can be covered using the 20”x24” sheets. However, if you need to add blue to several lights, it is more economical to buy the 24”x25’ roll. Every light is different and each will accept the filter in its own way. Some fixtures may have a slot for sliding the filter in, others may necessitate a little more creativity to attach the filter in front - which may be as simple as a little tape. Make sure to leave some separation between the filter and the actual lamp, as the lamp itself can get quite hot. Securing the filter outside the glass lens of the luminaire (not the lamp or bulb) is best. Using molding materials like chicken wire to build a stand-off for the filter away from the light might help if your light is too hot right at the lens. Try to cover the entire beam because any white light not covered with the filter can overpower the blue light.
How To Light It Up Blue – Interior:
If your building doesn’t have exterior lighting – then turn the lights on the inside blue! Many fluorescent fixtures are 24”x48” and have a plastic diffuser trough in front of the bulbs. The 24” rolls are an easy way to cut multiple 24”x48” pieces that you can tape to the troughs of your office fluorescent fixtures. If your fluorescent fixture doesn’t have a trough, all Rosco color filters are also available in convenient sleeves that slide over the individual fluorescent bulbs. We’ll need to know what type of bulb you’re using (T5, T8 or T12) and how long it is.

Another option for buildings that don’t have exterior lighting is to gel the windows! Roscolux #80 is available in wider, 48”x25’ rolls; making it easy to tape the blue color filter to windows - effectively turning all of the lights inside your home or office blue for the night.
Project Your Support for Autism Speaks:

Sometimes, whether it’s due to physical limitations or good old fashioned politics, it is just impossible to light a structure up blue. If that’s the case, consider projecting the Autism Speaks logo onto the structure instead. Using specific lighting fixtures developed for theatrical and event lighting purposes, you can use a product called a gobo to project your support for Autism Speaks onto your building, home or even a bridge.
If you have any questions feel free to contact us at 866-502-2724
All these products are available at your local Barbizon Lighting office or online in our Light It Up Blue Ministore.
For more information about Autism Speaks or Light It Up Blue Day check out their Website

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Tech Tuesday: Failing Lamps, Crispy Pins, and Heat


One of our tech services folks in Boston posted a great article to our intranet and we wanted to share it with everyone because it's a great troubleshooting tip to keep an eye out for.

Unhappy stage pin damaged
arcing in the socket
"When a tech service call comes in and an end-user says they are having issues with lamps failing sooner then expected, you might recommend that they take a peek and see if they have any bad lamp socket connections.

Keep in mind too that arcing from pitted sockets can and will do the same damage to LED retrofit lamps which could be incredibly costly. 

The main issue with arcing is that it creates large amounts of heat and that heat and carbon buildup starts to break down not only the sockets, pins but also the other parts of the circuit even back at the dimmer rack.

Often overheating of dimmers is caused by a combination of the heat that has traveled back down the power lines from an arcing lamp or cable combined with the added heat from that dimmer powering that arc."

Unhappy dimmer module damaged by heat.

If you notice pitting or carbon build-up, cleaning or changing sockets or connectors is recommended. There are also tools like Pin Splitters for stage pin connectors that ensure a snug fit for good conduction.

To avoid pitting your fixture and extension cable connectors, refrain from plugging in circuits while energized. 

Pitted sockets and connectors can, and will damage LED retrofit lamps, which could be incredibly costly.  The onboard microprocessor needs clean power to operate properly and is susceptible damage caused by arcing on a power circuit.   

If you have any questions or would like to schedule one of our technicians to come out for a preventative maintenance checkup call us at 866-205-2724 or email inquiry@barbizon.com


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Jason Licht Joins Barbizon Lighting Company NYC Office as Systems Manager

Jason Licht joined the Barbizon Lighting Company’s NYC offices as the new Systems Manager as of Monday, September 24th.

Licht brings 20 plus years of Lighting experience from the A/V, Broadcast, Theater, Film and Museum worlds. Jason has worked as a Lighting Director for a variety of organizations including MTV Music, NBA Entertainment, the Lighting Design Group (including the Food Network), ABC Television (including ABC Nightly News and Good Morning America), New York City Lites (including Oxygen Network, MSNBC, CNBC, and Lifetime Television), A&E Television Networks (including A&E and the History Channel.)

Most recently, Jason held the position of the Director of AV Operations at the New York Historical Society where his responsibilities included daily AV operations for museum exhibits and all the planning, budgeting, and supervision for many of the capital lighting and AV projects the museum completed. Most recently managing AV installations at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and the Independence Visitor Center in Philadelphia among other venues.

In his new role, Jason is responsible for the day to day management of the Barbizon Lighting Company’s New York Systems group that includes: sales & integration, project management, and technical services.

Jason can be reached in the New York offices at 212-586-1620

About Barbizon:

For over 70 years the Barbizon Lighting Company has specialized in sales, integration, and service of equipment for performing arts, live productions, houses of worship, film, television, and architecture. We are an industry leader based on our knowledgeable staff, quality products, and our on-going commitment to customer service. Our Systems group offers complete integration, project management, and technical services of lighting and rigging systems. Barbizon is also open 24 hours a day, seven days a week online at www.barbizon.com.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Barbizon Lighting Company Sponsors Scholarships to Stage Lighting Super Saturday 2019

New York, NY – “Developing programs that provide educational opportunities for the next generation of the lighting industry is a priority for Barbizon Lighting and has long been one of our guiding principles,” said Barbizon Lighting’s President and CEO Tom Madden. “These scholarships provide access and financial support to students who show promise and passion in the field but are not otherwise able to afford admission. The experience allows these promising students the rare opportunity to glean wisdom and inspiration from accomplished industry veterans. Barbizon Lighting hopes these scholarship recipients will someday grow into the industry-leading lighting designers that we see and read about." Those interested should apply via https://stageseminars.com/registration/scholarships
The only event of its kind, Stage Lighting Super Saturday is a one day intensive series of workshops that provide practical and hands-on educational training to benefit the interests and abilities of all involved in the application of innovative stage, architectural, and entertainment lighting. Intensive subjects include Stage Lighting 101 for those new to the art; the use of conventional long established luminaires; the latest LED, and traditional Incandescent and Arc Source instruments; the implementation of color, special effects, mood and scene lighting; and choosing among the myriad of helpful mechanical implements such as consoles, moving lights, computers, and many others. In addition to the workshops, there will also be an impressive manufacturer’s showcase featuring approximately 20 technical specialists, as well as manufacturers of superior equipment, will demonstrate techniques and newly available cost-effective products. Among the present and past manufacturing contributors, all noted for their lighting expertise and practical implementation, are such stalwarts as A.C. Lighting, A.C.T. Lighting, ADB Stagelight, Altman Lighting, Apollo, Barbizon Lighting, Canto USA, Chauvet, City Theatrical, DraftyApp, ElationPro, ENTTEC, ESP, ETC, 4Wall, GLP, High End, Lee Filters, LEX, Lighting&Sound America, Nemetschek N.A. aka Vectorworks, RC4 Wireless, Robe, Rosco, Shadowstone, Selecon, Strand Lighting, and TMB, among many others.
All new, aspiring, and advancing stage and event designers are invited to join this unique event on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at the New York City College of Technology: Entertainment Technology Department located at 186 Jay Street Brooklyn, NY 11201. 
Super Saturday is produced by Scott Parker with the help of the City Tech and is supported in part by Media Partner Lighting & Sound America magazine.  www.stageseminars.com

Monday, November 05, 2018

Barbizon Lighting Company Announces Strategic Reorganization Of Systems Division Leadership Structure

New York, NY, Nov 01, 2018 – Barbizon Lighting Company (Barbizon) announced a restructuring initiative to accelerate the evolution of its Systems Department, the division that handles systems integration, project management, and technical services. Barbizon will intensify its focus in their high-growth Systems areas where it is positioned for long-term leadership, customer value, and growth.

New Structure Expands the Company’s Role Previously Known as The National Director of Systems to Capitalize on Growth Opportunities and Position for the Future of the Systems Marketplace.
  • Brian Dunn Named National Director of Systems Services & Operations 
  • Jeff Siegel Named National Director of Systems Sales & Integration 
  • Karen Spacie Named National Systems Estimator 

The Systems Division is Barbizon’s primary growth engine. Both the existing and new construction markets have an increasing focus on the high efficiency and longevity of infrastructure. Further, the innovation of LED lighting is so rapid that the market is seeing highly condensed product cycles with innovation focused on adding value to the customer while creating greater demand for controls, integration, and networking/programming specialists.

The restructuring initiative was outlined in an e-mail from Barbizon Lighting Company President & CEO Tom Madden to Barbizon employees.

“This further division of labor will enable us to better take advantage of the skills within the organization through the cross-pollination of information across market units while unifying process and scalability.”

In an interview, Madden further commented: “The results of our Systems Department substantiate an approach that is working and serves as a solid foundation for growth,” said Madden. “The opportunity now is to fine-tune this momentum and build on our strengths while keeping up with a rapidly changing market and technology cycle....”

“This is the first of a series of actions designed to drive long-term change to further establish the Barbizon Lighting Company as the leader of turnkey Systems Integration while adding greater flexibility and options for our customers,” he added. “I am confident that we’ll maintain our leader position in the market, but we will also emerge as a more productive company with further reach and sharper execution."

A cross-section of recent Barbizon Lighting Company projects includes Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre, The Hale Center in Sandy, Utah, the Allied E-Sports Arena in Las Vegas, and the new Telemundo studios in Miami.

The Barbizon Lighting Company serves the entire United States with offices in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Miami, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, Washington D.C., International offices include Australia, and the United Kingdom. Contact the Barbizon Lighting Company by calling 866-502-2724 or emailing more@barbizon.com.
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