Wednesday, October 31, 2012

CINEMILLS is Honored to Service Warner Brothers Studios Leavesden, UK

A week ago, CINEMILLS - Director of Marketing and Sales, Malcolm Mills, re-visited the Warner Brothers Studios Leavesden, UK.

After being part of the extravagant, Royal World Premier of, "SKYFALL," in London. Malcolm visited the Warner Brothers studios management lot.

CINEMILLS was honored to service Warner Brothers for their lighting needs. In early 2012, CINEMILLS custom built several Silver Bullet units.

Custom made CINEMILLS 20/24K Tungsten Studio Units Silver Bullet for Warner Brothers.

Looking back earlier this year, 2012, here are some pictures when the lights were getting ready to be shipped out to Leavesden.

US manufactured and built in Burbank, CA. the CINEMILLS Silver Bullet, known to be a work horse lighting unit in the industry.

The Cinemills 20/24K Tungsten incandescent, fresnel continues to serve at the forefront of the studio lighting industry. With 24,000 watt upgrades, this legendary luminaire represents the CMC commitment to future proofing the product line. In an age where power, durability and performance top the list of requirements for a standard set of studio tools, the CMC 20/24K sets the bar offering the finest, domestically produced components. A flattering 29” Fresnel produces splendid contrast and control without artifacts or distortions and is augmented by a brilliant new 16” reflector system that produces voluminous light. Topping the list of the 20/24K’s qualifications is an incredible hand fitted construction, by experienced craftsmen, ensuring the best possible tolerances in an attractive and dependable fixture. The CMC 20/24K can be cold started, or used in conjunction with a fully DMX-able, stand-alone dimmer pack. Globes are available in 208,220 and 240vac specifications. Scrims are also available in stainless 29”.

A halogen lamp, also known as a tungsten halogen lamp, is an incandescent lamp with a tungsten filament contained within an inert gas and a small amount of a halogen gas.  The combination of the halogen gas and the tungsten filament produces a chemical reaction known as a halogen cycle which increases the lifetime of the filament and prevents darkening of the bulb. Because of this, a halogen lamp can be operated at a higher temperature than a standard gas-filled lamp of similar power and operating life. The higher operating temperature results in light of a higher color temperature. The function of the halogen is to set up a reversible chemical reaction with the tungsten evaporating from the filament. In ordinary incandescent lamps, this tungsten is mostly deposited on the bulb. The halogen cycle keeps the bulb clean and the light output remains almost constant throughout life.  Quartz Iodine Lamps were the first commercial halogen lamps, and were launched by GE in 1959. Halogen lamps are manufactured with enough halogen to match the rate of tungsten evaporation at their design voltage. Increasing the applied voltage increases the rate of evaporation, so at some point there may be insufficient halogen and the lamp goes black. Over-voltage operation is not generally recommended.  There are many situations where halogen lamps are dimmed successfully. However, lamp life may not be extended as much as predicted. The life span on dimming depends on lamp construction and the halogen additive used. Like all incandescent light bulbs, a halogen lamp produces a continuous spectrum of light, from near ultraviolet to deep into the infrared. Since the lamp filament can operate at a higher temperature than a non-halogen lamp, the spectrum is shifted toward a higher effective color-temperature. Halogen lamps get hotter than regular incandescent lamps because their surface is closer to the filament. This high temperature is essential to their operation. Because the halogen lamp operates at very high temperatures, it can pose fire and burn hazards. Any surface contamination, notably the oil from human fingertips, can damage the quartz envelope when it is heated. Contaminants will create a hot spot on the bulb surface when the bulb is turned on. This extreme, localized heat causes the quartz to change from its pristine form into a weaker, crystalline form that leaks gas. This weakening may also cause the bulb to rapidly form a bubble, thereby weakening the bulb and leading to its failure or explosion, and creating a safety hazard. Consequently, manufacturers recommend that quartz lamps should be handled without touching the clear quartz. If the quartz is contaminated in any way, it must be thoroughly cleaned with alcohol and dried before use.

Some of the CINEMILLS team just before the lights were shipped out.
CINEMILLS is honored to service Warner Brothers in Leavesden, UK and Burbank, CA.

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