Wilmington, Delaware and Las Vegas, Nevada based lighting rental and dry hire specialist Main Light has invested in more Robe BMFL FollowSpot LT fixtures and Motion Cameras to boost its inventory of available RoboSpot remote follow spotting systems.
Larger quantities of all the RoboSpot elements are needed to keep pace with increasing demand explained general manager Randy Mullican.
The company first invested in this technology shortly after the RoboSpot launch in 2017. Since this time, Robe has developed and refined the system with the introduction of BMFL FollowSpot LT a powerful solution for larger venues and throw distances also increased the number of its moving light ranges that can be controlled via RoboSpot BaseStations.
RoboSpots have been a popular rental item for Main Light from the off, and the latest purchase indicates a continuation of this trend as shows, concerts and live event are re-starting across North America. “We are seeing RoboSpot appear increasingly on lighting specs for all types of events” states Randy.
Main Light’s new BMFL LTs have already been out on several projects.
Randy notes that the system is particularly easy to set up and use, especially with the BMFL FollowSpot LTs that have the integral camera, and anyone with some experience of operating a classical follow spot can quickly and easily become a competent RoboSpot operator.
He underlines the safety aspects of using remote follow spotting systems, like no longer needing to have people in trusses, plus the greater creative freedom that the system gives to lighting directors and designers, who can choose lights dotted all over the rig to be controlled via RoboSpot. No longer are they limited to one or two positions!
They can also have any number of RoboSpot fixture parameters running through their lighting console ensuring the cuing is spot-on every time.
In addition to this, Main Light Robe purchased Robe’s ESPRITE profiles and the high-powered FORTEs, both using Robe’s TE (TRANSFERABLE ENGINE) technology, for their newly opened Las Vegas office and warehouse, Main Light West. This offers nationwide services for Main Light customers.
Randy has worked for the company for 26 years and the Robe started around 10 years ago and have been consistent ever since.
The inventory currently includes BMFL Spots and WashBeams, Tetra2s Pointes and MegaPointes – all hugely popular for multiple shows and events. “They are quality built fixtures that have proved extremely reliable over the years” says Randy, and this a major consideration any dry hire company, as the gear should out on most of the time and require minimum maintenance for optimal ROI.
Forging long term relationships with any brand is important, and Randy likes the individuals involved in Robe including CEO Josef Valchar and sales director Harry von den Stemmen, together with the “fantastic” team at Robe North America “who offer outstanding service and are brilliant people to deal with”. He is “continually optimistic” about the future as the industry gets back to work after the pandemic, helping deliver the massive public appetite for all types of performance, sporting, and other crowd-based events, and predicts that corporate work will return strongly in 2022 if everything goes in the right direction!