Philips Entertainment Lighting in the running to win two prestigious awards at PLASA 2011

09 September 2011,

 Excitement is building at Philips Entertainment Lighting HQ this month as it announced the company is in the running for no less than two prestigious awards at this year's PLASA show.

The first is the Theatres Trust People's Choice Award 2011 for sustainable products. The accolade, which recognises a company's commitment to creating products that make a real difference to theatres' sustainability, will be voted for at this year's PLASA show at London's Earl's Court, taking place from 11-14 September.

Philips Group has pledged to invest €2 billion in green innovation by 2015, and its Entertainment Lighting division is hoping to win this esteemed award for the Philips Selecon PL1 LED Luminaire, and its recent use at The Sydney Theatre Company.

Graham Eales, recently appointed as general manager of Philips Selecon discusses: "At Philips Selecon we are focused on using energy efficient sources in our luminaires to help our customers achieve not only savings in energy but in carbon emissions too. This has been one of the successes of products like the PL1. As we move forward we will continue to develop products around the proven LED engine of this innovative luminaire and demonstrating our commitment to this, showing for the first time at PLASA is a cyc light based on this technology. What is heartening for us as developers and manufacturers is to see companies like the STC embracing this advance for its green credentials but then also benefiting from the creative options it gives them. The savings go beyond energy to elements like less used gel to dispose of to less lamps to recycle to reduced setup times."

The second award is the respected Gottelier Award, named in honour of the late designer, developer and commentator Tony Gottelier. This award aims to recognise those product developers who have made a significant and sustained contribution to the development of equipment that enables entertainment technology practitioners to push the boundaries of event production, presentation and installation.

Nominated this year is Jeremy Collins who, over decades, built the Selecon lighting brand before and after Philips Entertainment Lighting acquired it in 2009. Collins, who retired in June 2011, has already won the Entertainment Technology New Zealand Lifetime Achievement Award 2009.

Collins has been instrumental in ensuring that lighting fixtures continuously respond to the needs of the end users and the environment in which they work. In an ever-changing business, environmental and political atmosphere he has ensured his team has responded quickly to ensure Selecon products are as energy efficient, effective and fit for purpose and thus the fixture of choice for many lighting designers and technicians the world over.

"Philips Entertainment Lighting is honoured to have been nominated for these awards," says Eales. "The company is committed to pioneering the best lighting solutions possible, and if we can lead the way in sustainability, eco-friendliness and quality, then we're succeeding. Winning these awards would be a great moment for everyone involved. And we'd also like to take this opportunity to thank Jeremy Collins for his amazing impact on the world of lighting – we're thrilled and proud that he is up for the Gottelier Award, and wish him the very best of luck."

The winner of the Gottelier Award will be announced at the PLASA Show 2011 – Monday 12 September, 6pm at the Central Bar.

The Theatres Trust will present the People's Choice Award 2011 at the PLASA 2011 show, as the culmination of its 'Sustainability Tuesday' series of Education Programme events. The Award ceremony will take place on the Trust's 'Ecovenue' stand (2-M14) at close of day on Tuesday 13th September.


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