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Gantom Lights Six Flags Interactive Dark Ride JUSTICE LEAGUE™: Battle for Metropolis

Meeting unique lighting challenges for Six Flags Magic Mountain’s interactive dark ride JUSTICE LEAGUE™: Battle for Metropolis, Tony Hansen, head lighting designer and project/product specialist at Techni-Lux relied primarily on the ultra-compact LED fixtures manufactured by Gantom Lighting & Controls. Hansen’s lighting design challenge was to make the scene authentic and evocative, and lit in such a way that guests feel continuity throughout the adventure whether interacting with something built or something projected.

The Joker fires “laughing gas” at riders on JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis. Photo courtesy of Six Flags
The Gantom DMX Spot is a 4W color controllable LED spotlight for professional applications.

Gantom fixtures were found to be ideal for helping achieve a consistent look and feel in this multimedia setting. “Everything was built with lighting in mind, especially the queue,” Hansen said. “We worked with Rich Hill and Bill Kivi, with the scenic fabricators and with other team members to help lay out all the queue line elements and placement, crawl spaces, and handpoints to figure out where to put lights, which were all hidden like architectural elements, mounted to pieces of wood. We would drill a hole, mount wood behind the hole, and attach the light to the wood to shine through the hole, like a recessed fixture. Now repeat that 300 times and multiply by three!”

According to Hansen, the lighting installation for Six Flags Magic Mountain, in Santa Clarita, CA — took approximately 500 labor hours, with nearly 90 percent of the ride lit by Gantom products – more than 300 fixtures within the queue and preshow spaces. The lights had to comply with California’s stringent building and safety codes, and are UL listed. “The LEDs that are part of Gantom’s Precision Z series are the ones I made the most use of. That line is available in a variety of colors and I can pick the ones I want, then mix the lights together to get any color,” said Hansen.

Fixtures having the capability to interface with DMX dimmer controllers allow lighting designers to precisely set the level and colors for each fixture. The DMX interface also facilitates immersion and interactivity in being able to readily program the lights to change as visitors go through a room.

Specializing in fixtures for low-light and space-constrained environments, all Gantom’s fixtures are small, LED based, IP65 rated, UL Listed, and low voltage. They range from 1-Watt, single-color LED fixtures to 7-Watt, 7-color DMX fixtures. Their average fixture life is listed at 50,000 hours. Philip Hernandez, CEO of Gantom, talked about quality and quality control. “LEDs are made in batches and graded like diamonds with a rating system called binning. Gantom chooses LEDs from the same bin for every fixture type. That way, the color is of an even quality and degrades at the same half-life,” he said. “A big benefit of colored LEDs is that designers don’t have to use gels, which fade over time, and the tasks of replacement and matching colors are simplified.”

Hansen has lit seven of these interactive rides at Six Flags this way, and other projects besides. “We’re doing LED stuff everywhere,” he said, citing new projects – the recently opened Sesame Street dark ride in Port Aventura (Spain) and Reese’s CupFusion at HersheyPark, both also using Gantom products.

This article is adapted from “Lighting Jokers,” InPark Magazine #78, by Judith Rubin and Mark Eades (inparkmagazine.com)
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Gantom Lighting & Controls Offers New Pro Cable System

Plug and Play System for Permanent Installations

Wiring both a power cable and a control signal cable separately is twice the work and twice the mess. Gantom listened to feedback from top professionals in the lighting world and have created a new cabling system which combines low voltage power and DMX signal on a single cable.

This new modular cable system is suitable for outdoor installation and features locking connectors for easy and secure installation. Pro Cable connectors are sealed water-tight and securely lock together for either temporary or permanent installations in both indoor and outdoor environments. Fixtures with Pro Cable connectors are compatible with Pro Cable G8 Distribution Boxes (home run layout) and T-Connectors (daisy chain layout).
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Gantom Lighting & Controls is a manufacturer of compact lighting fixtures and specialize in low-light and space constrained environments. Gantom’s line includes spot, pin, and flood lighting such as the Gantom, Precision, and Storm series designed for professional lighting and themed entertainment markets.  
Call us at (212) 577-2552 or email info@oblaneyrinker.com for information on how Gantom products can help you on your next project!

O’Blaney Rinker Announces New York Representation for Gantom Lighting & Controls

Manufacturer of the world’s smallest intelligent spotlights

We are pleased to add Gantom Lighting & Controls to our list of lighting manufacturers.

Gantom Lighting & Controls, formerly Darklight, is a manufacturer of compact lighting fixtures. Gantom’s award-winning products have become the “secret weapon” of many lighting designers. Installations include a wide range of venues around the world such as exhibitions, museums, and theme parks.

Specializing in low-light and space constrained environments, Gantom’s line includes spot, pin, and flood lighting such as the Gantom, Precision, and Storm series designed for professional lighting and themed entertainment markets.

Precision Z Spotlight
Produces a concentrated point-source light equivalent to traditional 20W halogen fixtures.

Precision Z Floodlight
Produces a soft point-source light equivalent to traditional 20W halogen fixtures.

Gantom One DMX Pinlight
Runs cooler and safer on far less power, clean optics, and can run on batteries

Storm Z Spot
High brightness 1.5W LED spotlight suitable for permanent outdoor installation.

Gantom specializes in special-effects lighting equipment that caters to the themed attraction industry. Their products illuminate theme parks as well as theaters, bars, clubs, casinos, and eerily light up haunted attractions – perfect for October!

Call us at (212) 577-2552 or email info@oblaneyrinker.com
for information on how Gantom Lighting & Controls can help you on your next project!