Westwood High School Auditorium’s Transformation

Westwood High School is a high school in Mesa, Arizona. With orchestra, band, guitar, choir, and drama as part of the school’s performing arts program, the auditorium is in demand. The lights that the theater had were easy to reach for maintenance, but the lamps were too dim for the throw distance. The school reached out to Clearwing Systems Integration, with offices in Arizona, Colorado, and Wisconsin.

Before Install

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In 2017, Westwood had 60 RETRO-Classic™ 700s at 3000K and 14 RETRO-Classic™ 150s at 3000K installed. It has been a “night and day change” according to Jill Maurer, Systems Design Engineer. “It is so bright in that auditorium now.”

After RETRO Install

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An auditorium is such an important showcase of a school with all the students’ performances, assemblies, and other events. We’re pleased that our lights have made the client and dealer happy, and that they’re part of the shows and presentations at Westwood.

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New Coat of Paint and Seats? No—New Lights

Dwain McMillan, Lead Sound Support and Lighting Tech for Fairfax County Public Schools, attended Fairfax High School, so when it was time for them to upgrade their auditorium, he had extra reasons for wanting the job done right. One of Artistic Concepts Group’s typical go-to solutions for houselight replacements are The RETRO series, and they have produced a number of success stories with them.

Fairfax High School originally had 500watt E11 Mini Candelabras, and they replaced all 105 units with 3000K RETRO-Classic™ 500 E11 mini candelabras with short reflectors. They dim on ETC dimming system Sensor 3 Dimmer Rack. The school went from using 500 watts to 49 watts per unit, over 90% reduction in power. 52,500 watts down to 5,145 watts instead! Replacing with The RETRO-Classic also increased the light quality in the room by 30-40%. This is assuming the auditorium was fully lamped, as their previous lamps would start to go out after only 2-3 months of use.

Fairfax Before And After

The school’s drama teacher loves how he can actually see the seats now, and it looks like the auditorium had a makeover with a new coat of paints and seats. The secret was just changing the lighting!

Below is a video of the before/after timelapse. The video was shot with a smartphone. Please excuse an iris/aperture adjustments during dimming up or down.

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Northern Virginia High School Shines a Little Light on the Subject

Falls Church High School in Northern Virginia has a robust performing arts program between theatre, band, orchestra, choir, guitar & music theory. The auditorium was built in the 1960s, and since it is such a widely used space between extracurricular activities and school events, it was important to have a nice, bright space, as well as save on energy being used.

According to this Education Week article, “Data: US School Buildings: Age, Condition, and Spending,” the average age of high school buildings in the United States is 44 years. Schools have a lot of areas of maintenance to be sure that they cover, and lighting is one area that can make both aesthetic and necessary improvements for the buildings. Switching to LED can help save money in the long run, freeing up funds for other building development later on.

The auditorium had 38 200 watt long neck A lamps, and we replaced those with 38 RETRO-Classic 500s without reflectors at 3000K with lamp extenders. Their dimmer rack is a new ETC Sensor 3 Dimming Panel using standard D20 dimmer modules.  Power use was decreased by 75%, and the auditorium became 200% brighter. Light distribution really evened out, covering the walls.

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Michael Wysolmerski from Artistic Concepts Group (ACG) was the dealer for this job, and commented that “The client was really interested in improving the overall coverage in the room. Because the RETRO was able to have adjustable optics, we were able to change room coverage without having to make modifications to any of the existing lighting positions.”

Teachers and administration at the school were happy they could use the auditorium to full potential again as it was so much brighter than before. “The best solution by far; money well spent,” said Dwain McMillan, Lead Sound Support and Lighting Tech for Fairfax County Public Schools.

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