When Britney Spears’ new Las Vegas revue Britney:Piece of Me opened at the end of 2013, leading production designers Baz Halpin and Chris Nyfield of Silent House Productions invested it with a typically dynamic and versatile set.
Halpin, who boasts a veritable portfolio of global superstars among his credits, first started using SGM’s groundbreaking XC-5 colour strobes last year on world arena tours with P!nk and Taylor Swift, as rental stagers PRG invested in inventory to meet the demand.
This time he has deployed 40 of the LED strobes on the stage at Planet Hollywood Resort as the only strobe platform in the set.
“This is a high energy pop show fused with a club environment,” confirms Halpin. “The lighting fixtures needed to be powerful and durable and these XC-5s bring high intensity strobe power with the freedom of colour choice.”
Housed in a black, slim aluminium chassis, the XC-5 was designed to sound the death knell of the old xenon-based effects, with such high wattage that they need many generators to power them. The XC-5s can be overdriven 20 times without destroying them, and can produce numerous different flash combinations from the combination of 1,080 RGB LEDs, each offering a lamp life of 50,000 hours.