With the rise in popularity of outdoor festivals and the growing unpredictability of the weather, the industry has increasingly turned to IP rated fixtures to allow them to continue to provide quality outdoor lighting rigs while minimising the risk to their equipment.
On large outdoor stages, the front lighting truss is probably the most exposed to the elements, and the trend for large framing profiles and multi element LED wash lights on these trusses has led to the development of IP65 versions of these fixtures. Elation’s Proteus Maximus and SGM’s G-Profile can both handle the framing profile tasks with ease, with Elation’s Proteus Razor 760 taking care of wash and pixel FX duties.
While not as exposed to the elements as much as the front truss, the rest of the rig is still susceptible to moisture. The majority of Australian festivals happen a stone’s throw from the beach and/or in very humid conditions, meaning everything is getting exposed to moisture. For this reason, it makes sense for the whole rig to be IP rated. Even smoke and haze machines are getting the IP treatment, with MDG now offering IP versions of its rider spec ATMe Haze and Me series Fog machines.