Friday, December 09, 2011

News from Barbizon Lighting Company - Winter 2011

Barbizon Lighting Company
From all of us at Barbizon,  we want to wish you a very Happy Holiday Season and thank you for choosing Barbizon as your partner in production.  We know there are many choices out there for you to purchase your equipment and expendables from, but we appreciate and value your business and never take it for granted.

We've been busy this year, we've added some handy tools to the website like an online gel cross-reference and remember you can compare all the major manufacturer's gobos side by side to get the exact look you need.

As always, if you have any questions or comments please call or email me at

Have a terrific and safe holiday season from all of us at Barbizon.   
             JR sig inverted
         Jonathan Resnick - President/CEO

In This Issue
● Website & App Update
● New Light Initiative
● Project Spotlight
● LDI Show Report
● The Dana Dolly
● UNCSA Lighting Extravaganza
● Capitol LED Showcase
● Florida LED RGBBQ
● 2011 Tradeshows
● Lights Gone Wild!

It's Time For Holiday Gobos

Adding projected effects will enhance any holiday stage, room or event.  The holiday-themed gobos (also called patterns or templates) are available in both sleel and glass designs. For added wow-factor you can incorporate a rotator.  Click HERE to be linked to our website to checkout holiday gobo selections or call your local office at 866-502-2724

New Team Members

Barbizon is pleased to welcome these new employees:

Stefanie Brewer - Denver

Kathy Fogg - Denver

Karlene Gayle - Florida

Marianne Greco - Chicago

Vasanth Kumar - India

Linsdye Law - Denver

Christine Metgzer - Phoenix

Chris Moore - Denver

Mike Moore - Florida

Chris "Topher" TreviƱo - Dallas

Thomas Wilkowski - Denver     

Welcome to the family!

 Barbizon Website and App UpdatedBarbizon Gel X-Ref
We've added and updated some useful tools on the 
website and our app!   New to the website is a gel
cross-reference between the major gel suppliers. It's clickable from the front page under the Resources menu.  Or just click the image to the right.

Also just in time for LDI we posted a new version of our Electrician's Handbook for iOS and Android.  The new version has new tools like working formulas and an offline version of the Gel Cross Reference. If you had it already it should have updated.  If you would like to download your very own copy to try it, CLICK HERE.

Barbizon Launches its New Light InitiativeNLI Logo

Barbizon's New Light Initiative aims to work with manufacturers to bring to market the best in energy saving lighting and control products and to build a business model that benefits the customer, the environment and our staff.

At the moment there is a shift in the public view, individuals and companies are exploring ways to reduce energy costs and updating outdated technologies to illuminate their buildings. The concept is simple: generating power costs money and resources, so each bit of energy wasted is bad for your bottom line, whether you're a corporation or an environmentalist. Thankfully, decreasing waste can be as simple as changing a light bulb.

It has been estimated that buildings with inefficient lighting systems contribute 40% of the worlds greenhouse gases. A great deal of this pollution is the result of outdated incandescent technology that has already been banned in some places like California.

Our goal is to provide customers with a range of eco-friendly products which save energy, increase company profits and benefit the environment.  To accomplish this Barbizon utilizes our extensive network of agents and partners. We also pride ourselves on the advice and services we provide to suppliers and customers wishing to become more sustainable by ongoing education of our staff and having experts to answer questions when needed.  Barbizon's New Light Initiative aims to provide a complete end to end solution.  Being 'environmentally friendly' is often misunderstood, however we can help a company address the following issues:
  • Becoming more 'green' and eco-friendly, through the implementation of various energy saving products
  • Operating more efficiently and effectively and reduction of the carbon footprint
  • Saving more energy by operating more efficiently and effectively
  • Becoming more environmentally friendly by integrating various internal processes into every day business operations such as recycling and waste management of lighting and recyclable production equipment.
Contact your local Barbizon office if you need more information or would like to start a conversation about the best steps to save energy with your current system.


Project Spotlight: Merrimack Access Television     

Background:  Merrimack Access Television is a public access cable Merrimack, NHstation serving the local community in Merrimack, NH.

The project was a complete renovation of the selectmen's 39'x39' meeting room.  The Drop ceiling height was at 13' with no option for a pipe grid to use conventional fixtures.  The Room was being used approximately 35-40 hours a week. 

Solution: Jonathan Lipsy of Barbizon Light worked with the station management to determine an appropriate fixture package for their needs that fit within their drop ceiling, but also started a dialog with the local power utility to see if there were any energy efficiency incentives available. 

From the local utility's custom incentive application (filled out by Barbizon), along with Jonathan's energy calculations, it was confirmed that Merrimack fulfilled the needed requirements to secure energy incentives.  Due to Barbizon's previous experience in securing utility incentives, Merrimack was able to receive an incentive worth over 45% of their total lighting package and was able to cut their studio utility bills by almost 85%!

For more information on this project, or if you would like Barbizon to help you navigate the confusing waters of utility energy efficiency rebates, call your local Barbizon office at 866-502-2724.

LDI 2011 Show Report Posted
LDI 2011
We sent our team out to scour the show floor for all the news from our manufacturer partners and compiled the highlights for you. Whether your interests are the latest in rigging, dimming or LED's you can Click Here to check it out.


Barbizon Now Carries Dana Dolly

Barbizon is now a dealer for DANA DOLLY. The Dana dolly is a portable camera dolly system that works on basic 1.25" speed rail. Starting at only $599.00 this is a great system to add production value at an affordable price. The link to the video below is the "Rental Kit" which costs $899 as shown. It has very smooth performance, despite using a bit of rough speed rail we found in the warehouse.
Dana Dolly

Barbizon Charlotte's UNCSA Lighting Extravaganza Jan 13th

Our Charlotte office is hosting their 4th annual Lighting Extravaganza at the UNCSA campus on Stage 6 January 13th. Over 20 different manufacturers will also he on hand with the latest in production gear.  For more information about who will be there and to register online click HERE.

Barbizon Capitol Sets Date for Jan 24th LED Showcase
LED's Transparent Background
Barbizon Capitol comes to George Mason University with the all the current LED technology for hands-on demonstrations.

For more info click HERE.

Barbizon Florida Sets Date for Jan 26th RGBBQRGBBQ

What do you get when you have all the latest in solid state lighting along with a gilled lunch, why a RGBBQ of course!

Barbizon Florida has set aside January 26th for their second RGBBQ. Education seminars, and all the latest gear will be in one place for people to check out. For more info click HERE.
Barbizon Teepee Booth
Barbizon on the Road in 2011

Barbizon will be at lots of National and Regional events next year. Once they are all confirmed we will post them to our website. Shows already confirmed are:
  • PLASA Focus - Austin
  • NAB
  • LDI

Holiday Lights Gone Wild

All across the nation the yearly holiday lighting arms race had commenced. In the spirit of the season we dug up a new example, This time in HD!  This year's pick is from Fort Lauderdale.  They have 65K LED lights on the house.  Even though LED's are efficient, we bet their electric bill is still pretty high.  Click on the image to watch the YouTube Video.

Lauderdale Christmas