Moorestown, New Jersey-based Starlite has purchased a complement of Ayrton Khamsin-S, Ayrton’s super-compact and highly versatile profile fixture. The company has one of the largest inventories on the East Coast of AV, lighting and control equipment to meet the needs of clients in the broadcast, concert touring, corporate, performing arts and educational markets. ACT Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Ayrton fixtures in North America.
The Khamsin-S purchase represents Starlite’s first acquisition of Ayrton products. “ACT Lighting demo’d the whole Ayrton line for us, and we evaluated the Khamsins in our shop for our rental inventory and use on our own productions,” says President and CEO, Dean Danowitz.
“There was a fair amount of debate internally regarding which profile fixture we should invest in next,” notes Jason Danowitz, Vice President of Event Technology. “Ultimately, we chose the Khamsin-S because it checked so many boxes for our touring and staging clients, including an 8:1 zoom (7oto 58o), 40,000-lumen output, CMY color mixing plus fixed colors, variable CTO, two frosts, two rotating gobo wheels, prisms, an animation wheel, rotatable framing shutters and an iris. In addition, they’re flicker-free, which is essential for our clients with broadcast applications.”
As soon as Starlite took delivery of the fixtures they were quickly dispatched on a broadcast project. “The minute they hit our docks, they were booked for a major televised awards show,” says Starlite’s Rental Manager, Matt Strickland. “The Khamsins will work for so many applications that they will never be here – which is ultimately my goal!”
Jason Danowitz points out that, “the Ayrton brand has a reputation for innovative and well-designed fixtures, and they have amassed a loyal following among designers. Also, we’ve enjoyed great support from ACT Lighting through the years, so we’re happy to embark on this venture with them.”
“We’re looking for the Khamsins to be a true multi-purpose fixture for us across our client base,” concludes Dean Danowitz.