The most radical innovation in lighting to come along in more than four decades has been moving luminaires—remote-controlled lights, computer-controlled lights, intelligent lights, wiggle lights, movers, moving lights, whatever you choose to call them. The introduction of the Vari*Lite in September of 1981 by Showco, Inc., a concert lighting company from Dallas, stunned the concert community, not only because of the innovative quality of the product but also because they were not a manufacturer looking to sell a product.

How could the giants of the lighting world miss this idea? Actually, remote control of luminaires had been around for a long time. From my trips throughout the world—specific ally, what I saw in Japan's NKH ...

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