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Television premier of KNV ARC by GLP in Lisbon: 64 devices on Eurovision 2018

Jul 24, 2018

63 Eurovision took place with the participation of more than 600 GLP lighting devices, among which 64 new brightly-colored KNV ARC were also displayed


Carlsbad, Germany, June 7, 2018. The Eurovision Song Contest is the world's largest musical event, held annually since its inception in 1956. This year's show, which was broadcast live from the Altis Arena in Lisbon, was watched by about 185 million viewers around the world. The closed arena is one of the largest concert venues in the country and it was the place where "Eurovision-2018" took place.

This year, the development of light design for the competition again engaged Jerry Appelt. Together with his colleague Florian the Witcher, they decided to install more than 600 GLP devices for the bright design of this mega-event.

One of the most impressive elements of the show was the eight rings suspended above the hall. Bright circular structures were constructed from KNV ARC modules manufactured by GLP, it was the first case in the world of using these solutions in a live broadcast.

"This is the most secret light device in the world," says Ola Meltsig, director of production of the Eurovision-2018 show, and at the same time he does not make a secret of how powerful they are. "They're pretty damn bright," he adds, referring to his first impression of these devices. "And before I look at them, I would recommend first putting on sunglasses."

Michael Feldman, product manager from GLP explains: "KNV devices are a modular LED system and include the functionality of several devices in one:  a strobe, a flood light device and a pixel block. Modules are produced in two basic forms: a square KNV Cube and KNV ARC in the form of a quarter circle".

It all started with Jerry Appelt bringing the idea of ​​a modular stroboscope to GLP, and our CEO Udo Künzler immediately set a new task for the newly established Danish Research and Development Department. Now the results of our work can see everything ", - the developer shares secrets.

At the Eurovision contest, the artists also used other GLP devices, in particular, the JDC1 hybrid strobe in the amount of 262 pieces. "With JDC1 devices, we could perform several tasks using essentially one lamp. On the one hand, we had a white light of a strobe lamp, and on the other - colored sections, which can be controlled separately. Depending on the situation, we could also color the ceiling of the hall or the spectators in different colors, "says Jerry Appelt, describing the flexibility and versatility of the hybrid stroboscopes used in the famous competition this year.

More than 250 powerful GLP impression devices took part in providing general lighting and green-room appearance impression. According to Jerry Appelta, he first of all focused on the impression of the X4 L, "because they have enough powerful light sources to illuminate the halls of this size ".

After the exciting final of the contest, which took place on May 12, Eurovision said goodbye to Portugal and went to Israel. This country will host the famous contest next year, and this significant event will happen for the fourth time in history. The audience will be remembered for a long time not only by the amazing contest winner Netta Barzilai, who made a fresh air in Eurovision with her unusual performance, but also the representative of Germany, who took the fourth place, thanks to the amazing effects of the most multi-functional stage that ever existed at the contest.