The Automated Lighting Upgrade for The Kauffman Center

by Stage Directions
The new automated lights from High End Systems installed at the Kauffman Center. Photo: Tyler Nissen/Harvest Productions
The new automated lights from High End Systems installed at the Kauffman Center. Photo: Tyler Nissen/Harvest Productions

High End Systems’ Sola Series products have replaced part of the lighting rental inventory in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Kansas City, MO venue needed upgrading and required the wide range of features and benefits of the LED automated luminaires.

Kauffman Center’s Production Services Manager Eric Miller found the right lighting solution with the flagship SolaFrame 3000s and compact SolaFrame 750s after discovering them at a recent trade show. The purchase was made through locally-based Harvest Productions.

“The LED engine influenced the purchase,” Miller explains. “The top two lighting requirements were that it had to be LED and it had to have framing shutters.” Other features needed were for it to “be quiet, have a wide variable beam angle, and color temperature that closely matches the tungsten lamp of the VL1000s,” he says, adding, “We are replacing the VL1000 inventory that does not meet our needs at this point.”

“We purchased 36 SolaFrame 750s, which will be our workhorses, because of their size, price, and they still had all of the requirements we were looking for.” Considering the 37,000 field lumens of the SolaFrame 3000, he adds, “The 12 SolaFrame 3000 were purchased for their punch!”

The new fixtures are not permanently installed, but instead are being hung for each show’s specific needs in the 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre. This would include performances from the Kansas City Ballet and Lyric Opera of Kansas City – which call the venue their home – along with Broadway shows, touring acts, and other entertainment throughout the year.

Further information from High End Systems: www.highend.com