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The GDS Team Management Team What Our Clients Say - Testimonials Thanks to everyone at GDS for your ArcSystem 4 cell linear led lighting fixture. The quality of light is excellent and your custom luminaire, delivered on time, has produced a result on stage and within the acoustic canopy concert lighting that surpasses our expectations. It is a stunning result of foresight, product design and cooperation between architect, consultant, client and not least - manufacturer. The concert stage is beautifully and evenly lit with a near perfect diffuse field of light. Sam Wise, Design Director, Venue Strategies, working on behalf of Arup Theatre Consulting "Grande Auditório Calouste Gulbenkian with the best lighting system LED technology. Thanks to the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation for choosing GDS and Siemens by having us as a partner in this project." Jorge Da Fonseca - Sales Director - EES (Portugal) - Calouste Gulbekian Foundation Project The units have been flying out of the door since we first announced our purchase back in August 2010! They are a really reliable, no fuss product, which is just what you need when you are working to tight deadlines and fast turnarounds. The output that they produce is great and with such an impressive battery life we are convinced that they will continue to remain so popular. Steve Wells, Managing Director, Richard Martin Lighting Since we invested in the first LiteWare UL units we have had a hard time keeping up with demand, and this trend has continued with the HO and now the Satellite fixtures. They are all equally popular with our external clients and our internal design teams, cutting down on valuable installation time, and giving greater flexibility on site when last minute design changes are called for. Dave Isherwood, Technical Director, White Light Since Fisher Productions purchased the first 30 GDS LiteWare back in September 2009 they have become a high demanded unit. To the point that we bought another 30 High Output LiteWare 18 weeks later…These have become Fisher’s best asset over night in Dry Hires & Events. They are very simple to use and maintaining them is no hassle. It gives our Designers & Production team more options to our clients. In the golden days, we used to have some crazy unique designs but had a struggle to light the objects without obstructions and cable everywhere… Now thanks to the GDS LiteWare we do not have these issues anymore and the designers can flow free with the unique & crazy design once again. Robert Baker, Hire Manager, Fisher About Us ArcSystem Arc System Richard Cuthbert Engineering Director Richard focuses on company and new product strategy. LiteWare Sales Team Cue System CueSystem Lite Ware Engineering Team MainsSystem Blues System Finance Department Production Department Theatres Global Design Solutions It isn’t simply that the levels of lighting in the hall have been increased – although they certainly have – but more that the quality of lighting has added a warmth to the building that we have never had before. The tangible enhancement that ArcSystem has provided would prompt me to recommend it without hesitation in any similar situation. Factor in the speed and straightforward nature of the install and one would have to say that the system is a winner in every respect. Chris Barlow, Technical Electrics Manager for Bradford Theatres The Main Theatre auditorium and stage uses 48 GDS Blues and Whites integrated into the 5-scene working light scheme, part under dimmer operation and part switched. These provide an excellent in-show access lighting solution, particularly to areas dimmed to minimum levels and in the public view. Chris Baldwin, Theatre Designer for Y Ffwrnes The Arc fittings brought the safety lighting levels in the Arena up to a very impressive level. Testimony to this is that the venue management were actually prompted to employ the system as part of the regular house lights – further recommendation of the quality on offer. Simon Needle, Special Projects Director of White Light We had no hesitation in putting the stage manager’s desks high on our shopping list. Working with GDS, Theatre Projects Consultants and Northern Light was a most productive process and ensured that what we got was what we required. Brian Gavin, Beacon Arts Centre I purchased 12 of the GDS Liteware battery uplighters when ITV re-launched their Breakfast show as Daybreak. Primarily they were for use as decorative lighting in one area of the set behind the main presenters. However, very quickly they proved their versatility and we have now used them in many areas on the set, in dressing rooms, in the gallery and outside on the terraces. They always provide strong colours and punch and the ability to be able to walk in and place them down, without the need for power or data cables, has meant that they have now become the first unit we reach for when lighting unusual areas. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them, and in fact have done so to many LD’s! Unvaryingly they are the one unit that draws the most attention whenever any visiting LD or DOP looks around our studio. Impressive when you consider that 90% of our rig is LED! Matt Carter, Head of Lighting, ITV Daybreak It was great to work with the GDS team, they immediately understood the brief and quickly developed a practical and flexible solution that now looks great and is very versatile, this was achieved with minimal impact to the fabric of the building and has made long term energy and maintenance savings. Roger Hennigan – Technical Manager, Southbank Centre We at DCLX bought into the GDS Liteware HO product about a year ago and quite frankly, we rarely see them in the warehouse. They are one of the most popular fixtures amongst our production managers and we can’t seem to keep them on the shelf, which is no bad thing! They not only save time and money during tight get-ins, they look better than any cabled option on the market. We were so confident with GDS’s ability to design, produce and deliver that we were the first to invest in their new GDS Satellite design. This, I know, will be the next saving grace for tight get-ins and gallery work, being that a battery powered, tungsten equivalent light source ‘on a stick’ is now on the market. I wish I bought into the GDS products from day one! Duncan Coombe, Director, DCLX The system is excellent. The products are great. They were very easy to install, with the result that we were ahead of the schedule we’d set ourselves. As with any project there were some teething problems, in this case associated with the wireless control, but these were down to the nature of the overall building rather than the kit and GDS were quick to help us overcome them. ArcSystem has delivered a dramatic improvement in lighting levels and will reduce maintenance and running costs, so I’d imagine the management of Portsmouth Guildhall will consider their brief well and truly met! Andy Stone, Theatre Consultant from Drama by Design PSP have a large stock of the Liteware up-lighters, we have been delighted with their durability and reliability. They have made some of our more unusual events a lot easier, particularly with quick rigs. We have used them at many venues throughout the UK and Europe and our clients have always been delighted with the product. David Woodcock, Director, PSP ArcSystem was ideal for this job, it was chosen for its ability to dim from 100% to zero, and the fact that it could utilise the existing wiring infrastructure and could be installed in-house quickly and effectively. The installation was completed overnight by the in-house technical team, it was straight-forward, fast and the fittings worked immediately, the hardware and software were installed and communicated without any problem. Petter Nilssen, Elektrik, Norway GDS LiteWare HO have been a huge success for Enlightened. Over a 6 month period the demand for the units has gone through the roof, thus making perfect sense for us to just keep investing in more. With rental to dry hire customer and use on our own productions, they are not sitting in our warehouse very often. The simplicity and ease of set-up is making them a big hit for use on production events. We are finding them of exceptional use for events in the Roman Baths / Pump Rooms as the get in time is only every 60 minutes! Andrew Bartlett, Hire Manger, Enlightened Lighting Ltd GDS is an award winning UK manufacturer that was established in 2004 with an international distribution network in over 31 countries. The company has its Head Office and manufacturing facility in Bristol UK where it produces all of its six different product ranges. The diverse range of technology based products include ARC System, an advanced wireless and wired LED Auditorium House Lighting system, SMConsole range which includes stage managers desks and consoles. CueSystem incorporating unique TCPIP programmable Ethernet based cue light systems. Mobal Tester, the original and award winning automated Socapex tester. The multi award winning BlueSystem utilising BlueBeam and BlueDome, the worlds original and leading backstage LED working light system for any venue and finally our special projects team that deliver bespoke versions of our standard products. Industry Innovation and Green Awards PLASA, ABTT, ESTA, LDI ABTT Lighting Product of the Year for ArcLamp 2014 ABTT Lighting Product of the Year ArcSystem 2011 PLASA Award for Innovation ArcSystem 2011 PLASA Award for Sustainability ArcSystem 2011 Theatres Trust Peoples Choice Award ArcSystem 2011 Best Green Product Award LDI ArcSystem 2011 Technical Engineering Apprentice of the Year - Richard Dyer 2011 Theatres Trust Peoples Choice Award BluesSystem 2010 PLASA Innovation Award for MOBAL 2008 ABTT Light Product of the Year Award MOBAL 2008 ABTT Lighting Product of the Year Award BluesSystem 2007 PLASA Innovation Award for BluesSystem 2006
LED lighting is a specialized kind of stage lighting which is highly valued by technicians due to its high light output and low power consumption. Used as an alternative to traditional stage lighting such as halogen lamps, LED stage lighting is a more than capable alternative for just about any kind of application, although it is primarily used for lighting cycloramas, and for side, back and top lighting. In addition to these uses, LED lighting can be used to â??blind the audienceâ?ť, a nice special effect which involves briefly exposing the audience to a direct light beam from the LED stage lighting at crucial moments of the concert or show. LED wash lights are also great for applying a technique known as â??wall washingâ?ť, thanks to the high intensity of their light beam. LED wash lights can provide the full spectrum of light colors, despite usually only being fitted with green, blue and red LEDs. The operator simply needs to adjust the intensity of the various colored beams of light, manipulating them to achieve the desired color spectrum. LED lighting is provided by three pieces of equipment. The most common are LED Pars, which imitate traditional stage lights and have a number of LEDs mounted onto them. Striplights, which are basically a long length of LED wash lights, are also very common, while the versatility of moving LED lights is also becoming an increasingly preferred option for many stage lighting technicians. Besides its higher light output and lower power consumption, LED lighting has a number of other advantages. One is that they have an exceptionally high heat tolerance, which means they can be used almost anywhere without worrying about them becoming damaged due to overheating. Another advantage of LED lighting is that it has a much longer shelf life than traditional lighting.