Jimmy Kimmel Live Show Brightened up with Christian Hibbard LED Lighting Designs

Behind the scenes at the Emmy-nominated "Jimmy Kimmel Live", lighting designer Christian Hibbard is busy bringing the shows musical performances to life. With two outdoor stages that host the hottest musical acts from around the world, Hibbard is asked to create the ideal lighting environment that best personifies the varying musicality of each artist. Understanding these challenges, Hibbard needs lighting instruments with a number of quality capabilities, which he has found in the VL4000 BeamWash luminaire from Philips Vari-Lite.

“I’ve been at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' since the beginning and we’ve been doing the outdoor concert series since the inaugural episode where we featured Coldplay,” began Hibbard. “The lighting rig is different every time depending upon the band performing as each artist will have a look that’s appropriate for their style of music. In this environment where we have a lot of different bands and need a lot of options for our lighting designs, the VL4000 BeamWash is an ideal fixture choice because it can do so many things, and it does them all very well.”

Niall Horan (left) and Harry Styles (right) from English-Irish boy band One Direction performing at Jimmy Kimmel Live. (All photos courtesy of Randy Holmes/ABC)


Without the need to change a front lens, the VL4000 BeamWash combines stunning wash capabilities with intense beam functionality and the ability to produce a powerful collimated shaft of light. Producing 43,000 lumens in Standard mode (35,000 Studio mode), the VL4000 BeamWash uses a Philips 1200W lamp to provide incredible point-of-source imagery through its 10 inch front lens.

VL4000 BeamWash luminaire from Philips Vari-Lite were used to light up the performance.

“I first saw the VL4000 BeamWash in online demos where I was also able to review its technical specifications,” continued Hibbard. “As the word-of-mouth reports started to spread, my interest in using the VL4000 BeamWash began to grow as well because it really is the ‘Swiss army knife’ of lights. It’s a wash, a beam, a shaft, it has gobos, color changing, animation, and the list goes on and on.”

Other artists and rappers performing on the LED lit stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live.

When used in Wash mode, the VL4000 BeamWash provides a 10 to 60 degree zoom range. By simply adjusting a DMX value, the luminaire can shift to an intense Beam fixture with an amazing 4 to 40 degree beam angle, or a Shaft fixture for a powerful, collimated ray of light where the 4 degree beam angle can be further reduced to near zero. Whether used as a Wash, Beam or Shaft luminaire, the VL4000 BeamWash includes the Infinity Color Mix system providing incredibly smooth color changes and instantaneous snaps. Two five-position fixed color wheels and variable color correction further add to the color abilities, and the luminaire also contains unbelievably smooth dimming flags which when combined with independent shutter blades deliver unmatched dimming and strobing abilities.

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