Lightwire Theater Travels the World with Wireless Dimmers and El Wire

by Stage Directions

When it was time for Lightwire Theater—home to touring productions of The Ugly Duckling, Dino-Light, Moon Mouse, and more—to step up their technical game, they turned to RC4 Wireless for wireless dimming and DMX control needs. Here's a video of Lightwire Theater's Dino-Light showing off their work:

Their first foray into wireless was with a cheap keychain remote for dimming; after that experience, they turned to the professionals at RC4. “We use RC4Magic Series 3 [2.4GHz] transceivers with four and two channel dimmers; we wire into 12V inverters for EL [electroluminescent] wire,” notes Ian Carney, co-founder and performer at Lightwire. “The [RC4] products are as low tech as you want or as high tech. I’m not even scratching the surface of what RC4 products can do, and it’s changed the way we can make shows.”

The RC4Magic 2.4GHz Series 3 line of products are the firm’s most popular units, and has been a staple in theaters, theme parks, and on concert tours. “My objective with RC4Magic, and all our Series 3 wireless dimmers, is power control for anything a props master or show electrician might need to manage,” says James David Smith, President and Chief Product Designer at RC4 Wireless. “Along with LEDs, lamps, motors, and more, RC4 dimmers can drive electroluminescent materials, like EL wire. Ian and Lightwire have done a spectacular job of putting this functionality to use. Their award-winning work is beautiful and amazing to see. I love it.”

Lightwire shows travel the world and take RC4 Wireless products along for their journeys. “All the units are being stored in non-climate-controlled environments, on things like ships going to China,” states Carney. “If they’re sitting in the trailer and it’s freezing cold or it’s really hot, it doesn’t matter; we’ve never had an issue.”
One of the characters created by Lightwire Theater

RC4 Wireless is more than just a wireless vendor to the team at Lightwire. “In terms of money, for a relatively small investment you are in a very solid world with RC4; they have great tech support and are an organization who is going to be a partner with you,” says Carney. “The quality, the service, and the flexibility are there for a company like ours. RC4 Wireless is not just for the big businesses.”

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