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£70k investment in new LED lighting for the Grand Pavilion

This investment has allowed the iconic Grand Pavilion to replace the existing theatrical lighting rig in its auditorium which had been in place for over 25 years, with a new, modern energy efficient LED theatrical lighting system.

There is a positive environmental impact and benefit with the new LED lights which will see an approximate 90% reduction in electrical consumption in its first year. The new LEDs have a lamp life of 250 times that of the old tungsten lamps which will vastly reduce the need for replacement lamps each year. The LEDs can also mix their own colour at source, so this removes the need for coloured theatrical gel, making a saving on gel sheets from 120 to 0 per year.

This new lighting system will be ensuring far less energy is wasted from the heat generated by the previous lighting system. The reduced heat levels in the auditorium will also make it a more comfortable environment for both performers and audience members.

Hannah Kester, Head of Cultural Development of Awen Cultural Trust, said: “The new lighting equipment will allow us to maximise the capabilities of our stage lighting system as well as significantly lowering our carbon footprint. As lighting is a key part of all theatrical productions, we will be able to offer all of the artists who work with us the most modern lighting for their productions. As well as professional companies and artists, community organisations such as Bridgend Youth Theatre, Porthcawl Amateur Operatics and Dramatic Society and local charities will have a state-of-the-art lighting system for their shows and events, allowing them to use a wider range of lighting states/colours.”

The Grand Pavilion is ambitious in its programming and continues to endeavour to engage high quality artists and household names to entertain the people of Porthcawl, South Wales and beyond. Having state of the arts facilities to host those events will ensure we continue to attract the best shows to this iconic venue. Since installing the new LEDs last week, the system has provided lighting for sell out performances for the Stylistics, Only Men Aloud, Goldie Lookin’ Chain and will be showcased in full at this year’s pantomime ‘Snow White’ which runs until 5 Jan 2020.

 Awen Cultural Trust a registered charity – Making People’s Lives Better.