March 27, 2015

NYC station does morning news sans lights

What do you do when you’re four minutes to air and there are no lights in the studio? Improvise. And use Twitter to tease your broadcast. WPIX-TV, the CW affiliate in New York City, had a power issue this morning in its studio that caused the studio lighting to go out. Anchor Lisa Mateo tweed […]

March 3, 2015

De Sisti launches Super Series of LED fresnels

De Sisti has introduced a new series of fresnels, dubbed the LED Fresnel Super Series. The lights include improved studio performance, with higher light output and a wide projection beam. “The biggest request we receive is for LED instruments to have the same optical performances as traditional tungsten fresnels with the equivalent light output,” said Frank […]

February 17, 2015

PrimeTime announces GUS 51LED Fresnel

PrimeTime Lighting Systems has released the GUS 51 LED Fresnel, which is the equivalent of a 1,000 watt traditional fresnel. The new lamp requires non fan and is energy efficient, drawing only 58 watts. The lights optics create a even wash of light from side-to-side and is adjustable from a tight 11 degree beam angle […]

January 28, 2015

NYC studio loses power, only set’s accent lights remain on

New York City‘s WCBS-TV suffered a power outage in its studio this morning that wreaked havoc on its power-hungry set. As anchor Chris Wragge observed in a tweet: “A few lights work. Just not the ones we need.” The lights that did work were mainly the accent lights on the set, including the internally lit […]

January 20, 2015

LDG illuminates CNN Heroes gala

Steve Brill, president of The Lighting Design Group, worked with CNN and designer Clickspring Design to light the CNN Heroes gala and award ceremony this past November at The American Museum of Natural History in New York City. “The museum and specifically the Whale Room are very active, so the biggest challenge was having time […]

December 30, 2014

PrimeTime introduces new line of energy-efficient LED lights

KW/2 became PrimeTime Lighting five years ago with little fanfare. In 2013, Glen and Cynthia Harn acquired the company and realized customers didn’t realize the switch had occurred. “Chief engineers at television stations across the country tell us that KW/2 lights are the most durable and lasting luminaires in their studios,” said Glen Harn, CEO of […]

December 11, 2014

The Lighting Design Group helps CNBC celebrate 25 years

CNBC celebrated 25 years in November with a gala at the Time Warner Building in New York City. The Lighting Design Group staff designers, programmers, gaffers, and Local One I.A.T.S.E crew members worked with CNBC on the project, creating multiple lighting setups in Rose Hall, home to Jazz at Lincoln Center. The first event of […]

December 9, 2014

CNN repurposes ‘Piers Morgan’ set for Cosby interview

The former home of “Piers Morgan Live” played host to a CNN special on the recent accusations against TV star Bill Cosby with some key lighting changes and subtle modifications. The special, hosted by Don Lemon and Alisyn Camerota, included five women in the network’s New York studios who have come forward to accuse Cosby of […]

October 16, 2014

Portland NBC updates lighting and set

Working with Advanced Broadcast Solutions, KGW-TV updated its main studios lighting package and set design in August and September. “Between the lighting and the new Planar wall, it feels like we have a new set,” said David Boyd, KGW-TV director of technology. “As expected, there were some concerns with the plan to pull out the […]

September 26, 2014

Q&A: Inside the technology of ESPN’s Studio W

We recently had a chance to speak with Jim Landy of AV Design Services about the technological integration on ESPN’s new studio W, home of the networks NFL programming. Working on site for 10 weeks, AV Design Services make sure all the pieces connected to create its unique appearance on air. Landy is no stranger to large studio […]