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Canto USA’s RETRO Series Is a Perfect Fit for Paw Paw High School

Paw Paw High School Michigan CantoUSA RETRO Install

Jason Reeves - VP of Marketing

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October 19, 2021

Paw Paw High School in Michigan was having some issues with its auditorium. However, the biggest problem was access to their fixtures. Lamp replacements were a major cost and time issue with the need for lifts and scaffolding to reach them. They knew it was time for a change.

Technical Director, Kristofer Perkins, began researching options. Being a small rural school district with limited funding for their theatrical program their biggest obstacle would be the cost. During his research, Kristofer discovered Canto USA’s RETRO series. He reached out to his local dealer, TPC Technologies, Inc. and together they determined the RETRO was an excellent fit at an affordable cost for their budget.

Once they had the fixtures in hand, the install happened quickly. In total the job took only three days. Two days for electricians to reach the ones they could from their catwalks and with an in-house lift. The final day the remaining were replaced using scaffolding. No major changes were made to their preexisting system and only minor adjustments were needed for their house cans to accommodate the RETRO. In all 70 RETRO-Classic™ 700’s were installed using Edison and mini candelabra bases.

“The look is amazing,” said Kristofer. “The output is amazing as well. We never run our house lights above 90%. Knowing it will be years before I ever have to worry about my house lights is fantastic. I have been asked many times if we have had any compatibility issues. We have Strand CD80 dimmers, an ETC board, and RETRO houselights. Thanks to the team from TPC Technologies, they all work in harmony.”

The RETRO Series Line of Products

RETRO-Classic™ – Flexibility & Customization

CantoUSA RETRO-Classic Series Product Photo

The RETRO-Classic our original 0-100% phase dimmable (forward and reverse) variable wattage LED 2700K-6500K 80-97 CRI engine retrofit house light and most customizable RETRO in the entire RETRO family. They are heavier than the Fusion, yet lighter than Passive.

RETRO-Fusion™ – Lighter & Smaller

CantoUSA RETRO-Fusion Series Product Photo

With the RETRO-Fusion being lighter and lower profile, along with a beveled top edge, it is able to squeeze into more shallow fixtures without having the lens protrude from the front of the trim ring. That reduces any type of glare. This new design opens up more opportunities and applications.

RETRO-Passive® – Absolute Silence

CantoUSA RETRO-Passive Series Product Photo

Being fanless, the RETRO-Passive is perfect for sound-sensitive spaces like museums and concert halls. They also have heavier heat sinks to compensate for not having active cooling.

RETRO-PAR – PAR Lamp Replacement

CantoUSA RETRO-Par Series Product Photo

The RETRO-PAR is easy to replace/install, modular, and customizable. Customizable features include active or passive cooling, different wattage outputs, and different optical beam spreads. It comes in PAR 38, 46, 56, and 64 styles, as well as custom.


CantoUSA RETRO-HPL Product Photo

The RETRO-HPL is a direct replacement for existing Source 4 PARs in the marketplace, especially those used for house lights.

About CantoUSA

Founded in 2013, Canto USA is a manufacturer of houselight retrofits and followspots. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to our mission: “Our customers come first. In order to do this, we continuously train our team on the latest trends and needs of the industry, while at the same time becoming a trendsetter in the development of new products and technology that no other company has available.” 

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