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Television and Film

"It is an exciting time to design lighting for television: cameras and lights keep getting amazingly better, so our work looks better. And there are more channels that need programs, so we have more opportunities for work.

- Lighting Designer and Director of Photography, John Gates

Television and Film Lighting and Rigging

Throughout our history, Barbizon Lighting has been at the forefront of television and film technology. In our early days we were instrumental in introducing tungsten-halogen lamps to the entertainment industry. Today, we are helping our customers stay on the leading edge by offering efficient lighting solutions that feature the latest in LED lighting fixtures. To compliment these power efficient lighting heads, we are helping our clients implement “dimmer-less” studios designed around distributed data and power relay systems.

New Light Initiative

In order to stay at the forefront, Barbizon has developed the New Light Initiative, a group of employees committed to providing the most cost effective and environmentally friendly studio solutions that meet the latest LEED requirements and building recommendations. The New Light Initiative team’s goal is to implement sustainable practices into every Barbizon operation. As we initiate the latest environmentally friendly solutions in our practices, we also educate the theater and film industry. Barbizon actively promotes energy efficient solutions that meet your lighting system requirements. 

Lighting, Rigging and Expendable Items

As always, Barbizon continues to offer more traditional lighting, rigging and expendable items for the TV and film world. We also offer products such as curtains, track, rigging hardware, chroma-key effects, and hard or soft cycloramas from manufacturers across the industry. Whether you’re looking for replacement lamps, diffusion, or for the latest in energy efficient LED lighting, Barbizon is the best source to meet your needs in the Video, Broadcast and Film industry.

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MSNBC Studios - Secaucus, NJ


MSNBC Studios - Secaucus, NJ

The Newsroom at MSNBC was a complex design that incorporates lighting for broadcast as well as general and specialty architectural lighting. Located in the newsroom studio alone are more than 700 architectural fixtures and 400 theatrical fixtures. The problem for Steve Brill, the lighting designer, and Barbizon as the systems integrators, was to control all "on camera" lighting sources from the console while providing the required levels of general illumination for the operations of a working newsroom. In addition, many of the set pieces contained internal lighting, much of it fluorescent, that had to be balanced with the overall lighting levels of the room. Another consideration of the design, was the necessity of the lighting systems to conform with building codes. Since the "on camera" lighting also incorporated general lighting, contingencies has to be made for emergency egress. To conform to those requirements, an Emergency Lighting Transfer System was installed to switch selected lighting sources from the lighting control system to emergency power feeds in the event of power or equipment failure.

The pipe grid, which supports the majority of the broadcast lighting, is hidden between decorative ceiling panels, giving the space the appearance of large office area while providing discreet hanging positions for television lighting.

The Production Studio design is a practical as well as versatile concept. The pipe grid was assembled in section that are independently adjustable for trim height. This multi-level grid can conform to variations in set heights. The power distribution is also very flexible. The multi-circuit drop boxes can be evenly distributed over the room, or concentrated in areas that are heavily loaded with fixtures. Surface mounted wall boxes add convenience where practicals are used on the set(s).

Technical Details

Newsroom Studio
Approximately 17,000 square feet
Lighting Control System: Electronic Theatre Controls
Dimmers: 480 x 2.4kw Sensor with Advanced Features
Power Distribution: Rigging Innovators Connector Strips and Plug Boxes as well as Architectural Lighting
Control: Expression 2x with expanded Reflection Backup

Production Studio
5,000 Square Feet
Lighting Control System: Electronic Theatre Controls
Dimmers: 480 x 2.4kw Sensor with Advanced Features
24 x 6kw Sensor with Advanced Features
Power Distribution: Rigging Innovators Plug Boxes
Control: Expression 2x with expanded Reflection Backup

Design Team for Both Studios
Architect: Phillips Janson Group, New York, NY
Lighting Consultant: Berner & Brill Lighting Design, New York, NY
MEP: Edwards & Zuck, P.C. , New York, NY
Structural: M.G. McLaren, P.C., West Nyack, NY