Lighting Insights


Erwin van Lokeren – Minimalism Moves Mountains

“I apologize for such a long letter, I didn’t have time to write a short one,” Mark Twain reportedly once told a friend. The 19th century American humorist liked to recount this story to emphasize the power of minimalism. In his case, this involved paring language down to its core to make more powerful points […]

Over 280 Maverick MK3 Washes Light Global Show

Asked to describe his impression of Global Citizen’s Vax Live, The Concert To Reunite The World, Tom Kenny answers with a simple six-word phrase, “Full of Grace, Full of Light.” The globally televised event, which raised $302 million, enough to procure 26 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, was certainly all of that. There was […]

Time and Place – Nicholas Murphy and Saltair Pavilion

With its vintage Moorish architecture, complete with domed ceilings and towering minarets, the Saltair Pavilion looks as if it popped out of a vintage movie. The building and its predecessors, the first of which was built in 1893, has indeed been featured in multiple films and music videos. It’s even been the subject of a […]

Roland Greil – Boundless Light

There are no demarcations in the red hot center of the creative process where different visions hurtle toward one another at blistering speeds, surrendering much of their individual identities along the way, to give rise to something new and truly unique. Over the past 25 years, this Munich-based designer has become accomplished at navigating his […]

Storytelling in Light

There is a story to be told every time someone walks on a stage – and we aren’t referring only to theatrical productions either! Concerts, comedy routines, talking presentations and lectures, all need to involve an unfolding narrative, it they are to engage the audience on the deepest level. Lighting should contribute to the telling […]

Rogue Warrior Returns

The outdoor stage at the Avondale Brewing Company was smaller than the ones Pigeons Playing Ping Pong normally plays on, probably not much more than 30-feet in length. But adaptation is the order of the day as live music gradually returns throughout much of the USA. Anyway, the size of the stage didn’t matter much; […]

Eric Cathcart – Harmonious Light

During the dark cold days of the COVID-19 lockdown, this Kansas-City based designer found one small consolation. Cut off from his busy pre-pandemic touring schedule, he was, for the first time in many years, able to sit back and, as he puts it, “listen to music recreationally.” For Cathcart, the act of listening to music […]

Improvising Light

Anticipation accounts for 90-perecent of his job as a lighting designer, says Peter L Spadaro III. Good thing too, considering this Nyack, NY based LD’s improvisational approach to design. Working for a diverse range of clients like Stick Figure and Matisyahu, Spadaro busks virtually every show, but that’s just the tip of his creative iceberg. […]

A Treat For European Ears

Some of Europe’s leading concert venues made a significant upgrade during the coronavirus lockdown, and when audiences return, they aren’t going to hear a thing about it. From France to Norway, these sites have enhanced the listening experience by installing our new generation of silent and ultra-quiet fixtures. At the stunning Frank Gehry designed Luis […]

Tony Caporale – Validating Light

Like love itself, creativity is one of the most elusive of all human qualities. Difficult to define and impossible to measure, it dwells within the realm of infinite space that resides in each of us. This award-winning Nashville designer never tires of exploring this endless labyrinth, viewing it as a journey of open-ended possibilities and […]