QolorFLEX NuNeon® at Carrie Underwood’s “The Denim & Rhinestones Tour” in the Wings Scenic Element
Carrie Underwood launched her “The Denim & Rhinestones Tour” on October 15, 2022 with a sold-out show at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, USA. One of the scenic elements used on the tour is a set of LED neon wings, which are suspended to float behind Carrie while she sings Crazy Angels in midair, over the audience.
City Theatrical had a conversation with PRG's Technical Designer for Scenic Electrics Jay Woods, and PRG Set Electrics Team Lead R.J. Craig, members of the Scenic Electrics team from PRG North America behind this project, to find out more about the design and fabrication of the wings scenic element using QolorFLEX NuNeon, which will be used on tour through March 2023.
“I think it all came together so well due to the craftmanship of the Set Electrics team at PRG, and the versatility of QolorFLEX NuNeon as a low profile, highly flexible, super vibrant LED product backed by the team at City Theatrical.”
- Jay Woods, Technical Designer for Scenic Electrics, PRG
QolorFLEX NuNeon at Freestyle Love Supreme Broadway
We used QolorFLEX NuNeon to create the large “FLS” sign that is mounted directly in front of the back wall, behind the performers on stage. We wanted a bright neon sign that could change color, and be able to tour with the show. QolorFLEX NuNeon gives us what we wanted and needed – something bright, and colorful, with the flexibility and durability to last through our upcoming tour. We can have the sign stand out, or recede, based on similar or contrasting light color of the back wall. It is super bright, and really pops when we want it to. It gives us many layers of options.
- Jeff Croiter, Lighting Designer, Freestyle Love Supreme
QolorFLEX® NuNeon and QolorFLEX 24x3A Dimmers at the Duke Dumont Show at the Shrine Auditorium
When British Electronic Artist Duke Dumont was looking for an asymmetrical, central set piece to unveil at his Shrine Auditorium performance in Los Angeles, California and kick off his new tour, Scenic Designer Cort Lawrence, Lighting Designer Chris Thoms, and the tour's design teams sought a flexible LED linear lighting solution that could be bright enough to stand out in the darkness, and rugged enough to stand multi-year, multi-continent travel.
When the tour's fabricator, Rise Fabrication, started building the set piece, the design teams were first introduced to QolorFLEX NuNeon. Find out how they used a combination of 48 reels of QolorFLEX NuNeon, RGB and QolorFLEX 24x3A Dimmers to create the set piece concept, which amazed the artist and audiences alike.
QolorFLEX NuNeon, RGB and QolorFLEX 5x8A Dimmers in Das Rheingold’s Rainbow Bridge, presented at the Lobero Theatre produced by Opera Santa Barbara
Das Rheingold was the first opera to re-open to a live audience in California’s Central Coast region.
Everyone involved in the production process was very excited and anxious to flex our muscles again. I was not entirely
sure if all my design and production reflexes would respond, but just like riding a bicycle, we stepped right into our roles
with enthusiasm. Crystal Manich, the show’s director, and I decided to stage the orchestra in view, with the singers, as a
celebration of this reunion with the audience. This proved to be immensely cathartic, especially as the lighting engulfed the
whole theater to form Das Rheingold’s climactic Rainbow Bridge.
QolorFLEX NuNeon was essential in the realization of this design. Since the Orchestra was staged on a series
of risers, I decided to use QolorFLEX NuNeon to define and frame the negative space while bringing focus to the stage
through a series of concentric portals. The lack of elaborate scenery was easily circumvented by the striking intensity, dynamic response, and color accuracy of QolorFLEX NuNeon, RGB
which, with the help of a well designed LED lighting system, allowed
us to create rich visual and emotional landscapes. QolorFLEX
NuNeon’s ease of installation allowed us to keep our load-in to
one day, with two days of prep. It was a huge advantage for this
QolorFLEX NuNeon in the Pink Sparrow Office Renovation Automated Staircase Design in Brooklyn, New York
The Pink Sparrow team is constantly evolving the look and
feel of their office space to cultivate creativity and exemplify
their brand’s personality and the quality of products they
design and install. At the Brooklyn office, the internal staircase
provided the opportunity to showcase the team’s expertise
in LED lighting products in a playful way that could inspire
clients visiting the shop, and demonstrate how certain design
elements, like linear LED lighting, and techniques can be
applied to an experiential activation.
With a design encompassing a collection of symbols that
represent facets of the shop’s unique culture, such as a
CRUSHING IT! Hand to celebrate hard work, the Pink
Sparrow team sought an LED tape solution that would look as
bold and bright as traditional neon, with the LED benefits of
ease of use, color-changing automation, and interactivity.
City Theatrical’s QolorFLEX NuNeon was selected as the
solution to create the staircase design installation at Pink
Sparrow’s Brooklyn office. QolorFLEX NuNeon types used
to create this installation include: 20 meters of RGB, 5
meters of Green, 10 meters of Cool White, 10 meters of
Neutral White, and 10 meters of Warm White.
QolorFLEX® NuNeon™, Red in Ripley’s Myrtle Beach Outdoor Signage in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Ripley’s Myrtle Beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA
is an attraction that locals and tourists have been enjoying
since the 1990s. While its close proximity to the beach may
be a perfect location for beach goers, the waterfront location
became an issue for the building’s traditional neon signage
over the years. In addition to the ongoing maintenance
typically associated with traditional neon signs due to the
outdoor elements, the constant humidity in the air was
causing erosion to the sign’s copper leads.
To prevent these issues, the team at YESCO Myrtle Beach
sought a LED linear lighting solution that could be installed
easily, withstand the outdoor elements, and maintain its
brightness day and night. Their ideal solution would help
them upgrade the building’s sign with the benefits of LED
lighting, maintain the look of bright neon, and also provide the
flexibility and ease of use to set up and maintain the sign.
City Theatrical’s QolorFLEX NuNeon, Red was selected
as the solution to replace the traditional neon of the
Ripley’s Myrtle Beach sign. The team at YESCO created a
1/8” deep track that was 0.37” wide, in the exact layout of
the Ripley’s iconic logo, which enabled them to press and
click the QolorFLEX NuNeon into place. They secured the
tape with silicone, and drilled holes for power
QolorFLEX NuNeon, NW and Meanwell Power Supplies at Holiday Star Installation at St. Michael’s Parish Church in Edinburgh, Scotland
As part of an ongoing tradition to celebrate Christmas at St
Michael’s Parish Church of Scotland, the production team
at Blue Parrot was commissioned to refurbish the star that
is installed annually above the church for the Edinburgh
community to see and enjoy – just in time for Christmas.
The production team custom made an aluminum frame in
the shape of a star and was looking for an LED product that
would be flexible enough to cover it, yet bright enough to be
seen throughout the city. They also required a power supply
that could work seamlessly with the selected LED product.
At a height of 160 feet above the ground, the ideal LED
solution would also be IP67 rated and rugged enough to
withstand the winds and extreme temperatures of winter
weather in Scotland.
City Theatrical’s QolorFLEX NuNeon, Natural White and
150w Mean Well Power Supply were selected as the
solution for this project and can be seen shining above the
church tower at night throughout the holiday season.
“There is no other product on the
market that came close to meeting all
of our needs. With QolorFLEX NuNeon,
the star shines incredibly brightly, and
comments have already started to flood
in on how effective it looks. We are
delighted with the final result.”
- Mike Somerville, Head of Productions, Blue Parrot
QolorFLEX NuNeon, RGB, QolorFLEX RGB LED Tape, QolorFLEX 4x2.5A Dimmers, and Power Supplies in Macy’s Herald Square “Believe In Wonder” Holiday Windows in New York, New York
As their seventh time creating the holiday windows for Macy’s
Herald Square, the creative team from Standard Transmission
worked closely with Macy’s Visual Merchandising department
to develop a design concept that tied in with Macy’s national
holiday 2019 marketing campaign, “Believe in Wonder”. This
year’s aesthetic was meant to have a high end look and feel,
using more accent lighting and neon as a central element.
With six 15’ x 8’ x 6’ windows to fill, the creative team was
tasked with reducing the scale of their inspirations, like Times
Square and opera in New York, to fit inside these “small
stages” and tell a story. Half of the window designs required
extensive use of neon, and they sought an LED neon
replacement product that could bend easily, be bright enough
to transition from day to night, and could be programmed to
change color upon button press by passersby.
City Theatrical’s QolorFLEX NuNeon was selected to
provide the brightness and interactivity the team was
looking for. Three of the windows called for a total of 32
reels of RGB and 11 reels of single color QolorFLEX
NuNeon - almost 300 feet in total. Ten QolorFLEX
wireless DMX Dimmers provided dimming control to help
bring interactive lighting effects to life.
QolorFLEX NuNeon, RGB and QolorFLEX 4x2.5A Dimmers in The Flamingo Kid at Hartford Stage in Hartford, CT
Inspired by the neon artwork being created and displayed
in New York in the 1960’s, the scenic and lighting designers
for The Flamingo Kid at the Hartford Stage collaborated to
design an “El Flamingo Beach Club” sign that would establish
the setting of the show by hanging directly above the stage.
It was designed to be a featured piece, and was one of the
most important scenic elements of the production.
To maintain the integrity of the era for which it was designed,
the designers sought to find a traditional neon replacement
product that would provide the brightness and clarity of a
neon sign and not only look good on stage, but also emit the
same kind of glow that real neon does. They considered LED-based lighting solutions to avoid the delicacy of installation
and maintenance of traditional neon, and incorporate the
ability to change colors and dim the sign during the show.
City Theatrical’s QolorFLEX NuNeon RGB was selected
as the lighting solution for the show’s “El Flamingo”
sign, based on its ability to replicate traditional neon’s
brightness and glow, change colors, and dim easily in
combination with other QolorFLEX products
QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape at Girl Says Woman Says Man Says by Rutgers Theatre Company in New Brunswick, New Jersey
“With QolorFLEX, it was easy to get set
up and create a unique environment on
stage. We were able to get the subtle
warms and cools we were looking for. I
was very happy with the results.”
- Harrison Freni, Lighting Designer, Rutgers Theater Company
QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape and QolorFLEX NuNeon on Set at Netflix’s The Breakwith Michelle Wolf in New York, NY
“[QolorFLEX NuNeon] provided a
punctuated ‘zing’ of light on areas we
wanted to accent. [QolorFLEX 5-in-1
LED Tape] helped us express a soft
depth in our design.”
- Tom Lenz, Principal/Partner, 513
QolorFLEX® LED Tape, RGBA, QolorFLEX 5x8A Dimmers, QolorFLEX NuNeon, WW and CW, and QolorFLEX 24x3A Dimmers at Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights at Yale University in New Haven, CT
As a production about light, the creative team sought
to communicate light in different ways - as infinite and
expansive, harsh when created by Doctor Faustus, and
tangible and welcoming when “Marguerite Ida and Helena
Annabel” finds herself in control in Act II.
Yale senior undergraduate student and lighting designer
for the production Ryan Seffinger drafted wall-sized LED
lightboxes to represent the more abstract design concept, in
a style reminiscent of light installations by American artists
James Turrell and Dan Flavin. To make these LED lightboxes
come to life with amber colored light and mobility, he needed
an LED tape solution that was bright, dimmable, and flexible.
To create tangible-looking light, he sought a bright white LED
linear lighting solution that could be folded easy into shapes.
City Theatrical’s QolorFLEX RGBA LED Tape controlled
by QolorFLEX 5x8A Dimmers was selected for the
lightboxes, setting the abstract space for each scene
by changing orientation and color. QolorFLEX NuNeon,
controlled by QolorFLEX 24x3A Dimmers to create a
pulsing effect, was folded into rounded rectangles and
suspended midair to create a bold, linear look.
QolorFLEX NuNeon, RGB and Accessories, QolorFLEX RGB LED Tape, and QolorFLEX 4x2.5A Dimmers in Freaky Friday Presented by Coolidge Middle SchoolDrama Department in Reading, Massachusetts
With a SHoW Baby 6 wireless DMX system already in place,
the creative team for Freaky Friday was looking for a way to
create an urban Chicago setting using bright, color-changing
LED products that could be controlled wirelessly. With limited
transition time between scenes and a cast including 55 middle
schoolers and an additional 45 students working backstage,
the ideal solution would not only add dimension and visual
interest, but also require minimal relocation after installation,
and be simple and safe to use in a high traffic area.
The script called for an oversized hourglass that would be
“broken” in half on stage. This presented one of the largest
challenges of the show to the creative team: Designing a prop
that could create a magical effect, while using two separate
lighting and wireless DMX control systems.
City Theatrical’s QolorFLEX NuNeon was selected as
the lighting solution to outline the Chicago skyline that
spanned the 40-foot-wide stage. The skyline was set in
two layers, one at each wireless DMX controlled portal, to
add dimension with color-changing RGB LEDs that have
the look and brightness of traditional neon, but with easier
setup and wireless DMX dimming control
QolorFLEX NuNeon, RGB and QolorFLEX 3x10A Dimmers at Hudson New York, a Morgans Original hotel in New York City
The Hudson Hotel, known for its daring design aesthetic, has
two prominent escalators at the focal point of its entrance on
West 58th Street in New York City.
Yellowish green neon tubes were originally installed under the
handrails, running the entire length of the escalators, to match
the color scheme and aesthetic of the rest of the hotel.
Over time, the neon deteriorated and faded significantly. The
high cost of repairs and consistent foot traffic made it difficult
to maintain the look of the entrance for hotel guests.
The Hudson Hotel reached out to City Theatrical dealer
Barbizon Lighting Company for help with improving
their main entrance and updating their escalator
City Theatrical suggested that QolorFlex NuNeon, an LED
product that resembles neon tube, could be a solution for
this project. As an extremely bright and flexible sealed
LED linear product, QolorFLEX NuNeon was selected
because it is unbreakable, with a high bend radius that
allows for easy manipulation, and could be cut to length
on site. Unlike traditional neon, QolorFLEX NuNeon, RGB
can be controlled to produce any color, including yellow.
QolorFLEX NuNeon could also run in a complete straight
line over the length of the escalators rather than being
broken up by power inputs for the neon tubes.