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Swedish song contest Melodifestivalen 2012 gets an injection of excitement with ‘light suit’ costumes.


drivers to convert the 4 channels – 1 channel each for red and blue and 2 channels for white, enabling a split in the body to enable chases. The LEC light is white so the tube itself is coloured to acheive the red and blue. Lundin controlled the lighting on the suits


W-DMX™ by Wireless Solution Sweden was part of a show-stopping performance during the recent Melodifestivalen 2012, helping to create a custom “light suit” for contestant Danny Saucedo and his backing dancers for the performance of the song “Amazing”.


Melodifestivalen is the annual Swedish song contest that determines Sweden's song to be internationally represented in the Eurovision Song Contest, and Saucedo’s costume received excellent feedback from judges.


Henrik Lundin, Lighting Designer at Satellite Live was in charge of the “light suit” concept and realization, using innovative LEC technology in combination with W-DMX from Wireless Solution Sweden. Each suit contains approximately 30 meters of LEC using a RC4Wireless W-DIM for W-DMX 4-channel wireless dimmer, and a Newtech scroller. The 2-piece suit runs off 8 AA batteries and plugs together with the pants holding


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from a dedicated grandMA2 Light console located at the side of the stage and communicating with the suits via a W-DMX transmitter. Over 200 cues were pre- programmed via time code. “The W-DMX signal was strong enough even in the crowded air space to control the suits when the performers sat in the Green Room, located in the middle of the arena approximately 60 metres away,” explains Lundin.


LEC, manufactured by Sweden-based ThinLight, stands for Light Emitting Capacitor, a principle that produces


luminescent light of electrical energy. When one adds electricity to a thin layer of luminescent zinc sulfide, it produces light. The typical lamp consists of a glowing phosphor layer between two conductive electrodes, much like a paste and allowing for flexibility.


Lundin said of the W-DMX, “It was important that I was able to use the 5.8GHz bandwidth that comes standard with W-DMX considering the amount of cameras and other wireless equipment fighting for air space in the arena. I had absolutely no interruptions and the performances were flawless.”


Contact


Wireless Solution Sweden T: +46 522 511 511 www.wirelessdmx.com


CREDIT PHOTOS: M & M Production MgmT www.a1lightingmagazine.com


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