SGM G-Spots Conquered Hawaiian Sea Breeze and Salt Water

The Polynesian Cultural Centter in Hawaii expereinced major advantages with SGM's G-Spot

Despite being placed under protective domes, the wather in Hawaii was too much of a challenge for the PCC's 1200 W spots. After experiencing a lot of issues and constant breakdowns and repairs, the PCC decided to shift to SGM's IP65 rated seawater resistant G-Spots.

The PCC in Hawaii overcame salt water challenge with SGM G-Spots

With a shift to SGM IP65-rated seawater resistant G-Spots, the PPC was able to continue their amazing fire-filled outdoor shows, without worrying about theur spots breaking down. SGM conquered both the oil residue from the fire udes in the theatrical performances, as well as the high level og humidity and salty sea water.

In 2015, Richard Sidal, Theatrical Computer System Analyst at the PCC in Hawaii, began a comprehensive fixture replacement due to a substantial amount of issues with their 1200 W spots.

"In Hawaii, when it rains, it rains sideways. The sea breeze pushes the rain inside your theater and usually the outer truss is dripping with water," said Sidal, who was well aware of the challenges of the site.

"We are an outdoor venue and very close to the sea. Sea breeze caries a lot of salt and moisture ruining all metal parts as well as high humidity. Plus, the show uses lots of flames and the oil residue goes right into the fixtures," explained Sidal, who handles all computerized lighting systems as well as maintenance, installations, and programming of some of the shows at the PPC.

When Sidal was put in charge of upgrades for the theatre and Luau venues, he was quick to choose SGM G-Spots as their new lighting fixtures.

"When I first saw the SGM G-Spot, it was in a pool of water with water dripping from the top. Thatw as exactly what I wanted, something that was sealed and waterproof. Something that would stop moisture and salty air from corroding the lights," said Sidal.

With the old setup, Sidal would lose about three moving heads every time it rained hard, but with the switch to SGM, the PCC has reduced time and maintenance substantially.

"The SGM G-Spots have been working even with all the rain. It is a much-needed relief for me to know that I can have all my fixtures working during our show," said Sidal whose favorite feature in the G-Spots is the IP65-rating.

As maintenance is always an issue for lighting professionals and can take up valuable time and resources, the PCC attended a product training seminar at SGM Inc. in Orlando, to make maintenance efficient and ensure the lifespan of G-Spots.

"The G-Spots are easier for us to clean, since all my technician has to do, is spray it down with water. I also like the amazing colors, I can get from it. The LED color is addictive, so I tend to get more light instead of losing it, compared to our previous equipment. The beam is also pretty even, and I don't have to worry a lot about hot spots," said Sidal.

Experiencing an increasing interest from the install market and an overall growth of SGM Inc., Director Fillipo Frigeri stated: "It's great to be able to offer our customers high quality products while reducing the need and cost for maintenance."

The PCC is open all year round, six days a week with close to a million visitors a year. Now featuring the latest lighting technology from SGM, their daily action-packed show, HA-Breath of Life, showcases exceptional Hawaiian entertainment and cultural presentation of the Polynesian Islands.

Products used

48 SGM G-Spots installed at the amphitheater, Pacific Theater, which is also the main venue for the eveing show.


The Polynesian Cultural Center, Hawaii

Planning and Design
Richard Sidal, Theatrical Computer System Analyst and George Pasi, Lighting Technician

4Wall Entertainment

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