11.06.2012 11:41 AM
Quincy Newspapers Stations Convert to Litepanels
Full ROI expected in three years
VAN NUYS, CALIF. – LED lighting designer and manufacturer,
Litepanels said that a fourth Quincy Newspapers television station, WGEM-TV in
Quincy, Ill., has converted its studios to Litepanels LED lighting fixtures.
“Flesh tones really pop. We’re very happy with how it looks on the air. At the
end of the day, that’s the most important thing,” said Brady Dreasler, Quincy
Newspapers’ director of Capital, Facilities and Engineering.
He added that WGEM’s news anchors have also seen a difference. “They know they
look better because of the HD cameras and the lighting, and they’re happy with
Dreasler noted that the cool operation of the Litepanels LED fixtures brought
an added benefit to the talent. “Now they’re OK wearing a jacket in the summer
time.” Previously, at each of the four stations that have undergone a
Litepanels conversion, “we were running full air-conditioning at all these
places, even when it was 20 degrees below zero outdoors.”
Litepanels said its fixtures add so little heat to the equation that at
KTTC-TV, Quincy’s Rochester, Minn., station, engineers have installed small
heaters under the anchor desk for those coldest of the cold days during the
region’s brutal winters.
With well over a year’s experience with Litepanels at KTTC, Dreasler said the
considerable energy savings, plus a healthy rebate from the local electrical
power utility, has put them on track for a three-year payback on their
Lighting designer Steve Mulkey of Redwood Media Group, who lit WGEM’s news set,
relied primarily on Litepanels’ Sola 4 daylight balance LED Fresnel fixtures,
which combine the advantages of LED technology with the classic Fresnel fixture
design. He also incorporated daylight balance Litepanels 1x1 Flood and 1x1 Spot
fixtures in the studio, and used Litepanels Sola ENG daylight Fresnel fixtures
in the newsroom.
In addition to WGEM and KTTC, Quincy has done Litepanels conversions at WVVA-TV
in Bluefield, W.V., and WSJV-TV in Elkhart, Ind.