LD Systems, a premier provider of audio, lighting and video equipment, production services and audio visual integration products, has invested in 26 Ayrton Rivale Profiles.  LD Systems has two main divisions, event production services and audio visual systems integration, and is headquartered in Houston, Texas with a second location operating in San Antonio.  ACT Entertainment is the exclusive distributor of Ayrton lighting in North America.

The purchase marks the first by LD Systems in the current Ayrton product line; the company already has Ayrton WildBeam effects lights.  The acquisition, the first IP-rated profile fixture for LD Systems, will be used for its own production work and be available to rental clients.

The IP65-rated Ayrton Rivale Profile is a unique projector that delivers creativity, subtlety and power – the most versatile fixture created by Ayrton to date.  It offers unprecedented performance for its size and weight and features continuous rotation of the pan and tilt movement.

“We were in the market for a mid-range profile that was IP rated,” says Nathan Brittain, Lighting and Rigging Operations Manager for LD Systems.  “Previously, it seemed that you had to compromise to get a fixture with an IP rating, but we knew that new IP-rated lights had come out and at LDI we homed in on three or four.

“In ACT’s LDI booth, the Rivale profile stood out, especially for its output: the beam seemed to punch way above its weight,” he continues.  “After the show, ACT shipped us a demo unit that we tested against some other fixtures, and it won out for its output, design and size.  The Rivale had an amazing output for such a compact, lightweight fixture.”

Brittain saw the Rivale Profiles filling the gap for LD Systems’ mix of clients, including festivals and special outdoor events where their IP65 rating promises worry-free usage.

Although the company just took delivery of the fixtures, they have already been dispatched on a number of projects, including a nighttime special event at the San Antonio Zoo where they illuminated buildings and landscaping.

The Rivale Profiles were utilized outdoors and indoors for The Houston Symphony Orchestra’s “Strauss Festival: Salome in Concert.”  They illuminated the exterior of Jones Hall, home of the Symphony, and were hung on the downstage FOH truss for the joint orchestral-opera performance.

The new fixtures also lit the stage for hip-hop headliner Macklemore whose performance concluded day two of LIV Golf’s tournament stop at The Golf Club of Houston.

“Ayrton has an established name and user fan base, so we see no issues with acceptability for the Rivales,” reports Brittain.  “We believe everyone will be excited to use them.”

Text: Courtesy of ACT Entertainment
Photos: © Ryan Paulin/LD Systems

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