TSL invests in Ayrton Perseo Profile
Lighting and rigging equipment and services specialists, TSL, has a diverse portfolio of clients across the live events industry. With an impressive remit that encompasses music, theatre, corporate, sporting and e-sport events, the need for reliable, versatile lighting fixtures to handle this varied field of activity is paramount.
“Last year, when we looked to evaluate and increase our range of outdoor profiles, we were intent on investing in LED fixtures which were robust and flexible enough to cope with the many demands we put upon our equipment,” explains TSL director, Loz Wilcox. “We were looking for a fixture which could support our clients on their exterior lighting projects. We tried out options from several manufacturers and chose Perseo above all others for a number of reasons. It’s a great feature-packed fixture, with all the things you’d expect from that range and size of fixture and, to me, it feels like the IP65-rating is just an added bonus! We view it as a light that can do everything, which can be spec’d on any show, not just outside events.”
60 Perseo Profile fixtures were purchased from Ambersphere Solutions, Ayrton’s exclusive distributor in the UK, following a demonstration from Ambersphere’s managing director, Glyn O’Donoghue. Fifty of the IP65-rated fixtures were immediately put to use by lighting designer, Adam Povey, on a high-profile, themed woodland walk in the north of England. “The event ran from October to January in the worst of weathers, during which time we had only one swap out,” says Wilcox. “Considering the usual attrition rates for IP65-rated fixtures, this is unprecedented and we are very impressed. Perseo is fantastically reliable – so the crew love them too as no-one wants to keep returning to fixtures rigged outside in the cold and wet!”
TSL has also used its new Perseo Profiles on other themed woodland walks, including that at Leonardslee Gardens, and for exterior gobo projections for the Blue Paradox immersive event at Exhibition London, and the ice rinks at Silverstone and Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. “The Perseos have already been busy fixtures for us and can turn their skills to anything,” confirms Wilcox.
It is not just TSL’s own team who have been impressed by Perseo. “We have had great feedback from so many designers and technicians – everyone who has used them has been universally positive about Perseo. They love its reliability, the flat field and great output, the fact they are feature packed, and the gobos and shuttering systems which work really well. It’s a pretty comprehensive list. Now the winter season is drawing to a close, we are finding lighting designers, who have seen what Perseo can do, are keen to bring it into their indoor work.
“By choosing Perseo we have acquired a light that works for us for the full 12 months of the year, not only with a great deal of functionality, but as an extremely useable, versatile addition to our rental stock for designers all year round.
“Ambersphere did a great job in getting us such a quantity at short notice at the height of the pandemic’s global shipping difficulties. Glyn and the whole team at Ambersphere have always given us great service through the craziest deadlines and the weirdest requests, always finding a solution. Having Ayrton’s Matt Hallard on hand was also a bonus. Knowing that the manufacturer has a rep in the UK who is part of that team, in conjunction with the service and support we get from Ambersphere, is an unbeatable formula and we feel well supported at every level.”
Text: Julie Harper
Ayrton Perseo IP65 rated fixtures help lighting designer Phil Supple to create magic at Leonardslee Gardens © James Ratchford Photography
The TSL team with some of their new Ayrton Perseo fixtures. Left to right: Director, Dom Sheerman, Managing Director, Sam Tamplin, Director, Loz Wilcox © TSL