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Checking Back with the Town of Cary

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January 9, 2024

Home to world-class business and national retail stores, we check back in with the Town of Cary, located in the heart of the Triangle area of North Carolina. Three years ago, Cailen Waddell (Program Supervisor of Technical Operations for the Town of Cary) and Andrew Fisher (Bandit Lites) reached out to the team at Canto USA to find a lighting solution for the Town Council Chambers. They were looking for an LED retrofit solution that would provide superior performance to the existing luminaires, with wide optics, high output and smooth dimming on camera. Furthermore, as the town had identified lamp replacements in the Council Chambers as high-risk due to maintenance staff having to change lamps over steep sloped seating risers, they needed something with simple installation and easy maintenance.

The Town of Cary procured 20 RETRO-Classic’s at a tungsten-perfect 2700 Kelvin CCT to replace their existing Halogen lamps. The installation was a simple process that was completed in-house in half a day. The fixtures were installed directly into the existing mini-candelabra sockets and worked seamlessly with their current dimming system. “Everything has been working great [since the replacement]!” said Cailen Waddell. “The factory was great about working with us to make sure we got the right lenses for the fixtures, so we haven’t had to make any changes since. Our biggest issue [when finding the replacement] was one of maintenance and man hours accessing house lights over steeply raked seats and the aesthetic concerns of fixtures being out. The RETRO-Classic addressed all those concerns.”

At Canto USA we strive to provide our customers with satisfaction in both product performance and customer service. There is no doubt that the Town of Cary was satisfied with both. “We will likely continue to look at Canto Followspot options as we build additional facilities” said Cailen. 

The RETRO Series Line of Products

RETRO-Fusion™ 2.0 

Canto Retro Fusion 2 Image

With the RETRO-Fusion 2.0 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. Now featuring field-swappable bases and a removable safety cable. This new design opens up more opportunities and applications.

RETRO-Passive® 2.0

Canto Retro Passive 2 Image

Being fanless, the RETRO-Passive 2.0 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-HPL Series Availability

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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