TSL Lighting Announces £500,000 Stock Investment as Acquisition of Blinding Light Completes

TSL Lighting Announces £500,000 Stock Investment as Acquisition of Blinding Light Completes

UK - TSL Lighting has invested more than £500,000 in new rental stock as it announces the completion of its acquisition of corporate and event lighting specialist, Blinding Light.

The investment expands the company's stock of fixtures from a range of manufacturers, including Chroma-Q, Claypaky, Luminex, Chamsys and Litepanels.

"This marks a significant moment for TSL and Blinding Light as we underpin our commitment to growth and service with significant stock expansion," says Managing Director, Sam Tamplin. "Both brands share common core values - to provide the best quality lighting and rigging equipment and services to the production industry, delivered by skilled, knowledgeable and friendly project managers and technicians. I truly believe that our combined team - made up of well respected, experienced staff who share these values - will be a huge advantage to all of our clients, both existing and new."

Both locations - Gatwick and Basingstoke - continue to operate under their respective individual brands under the overall control of Sam Tamplin. TSL Account Directors Dom Sheerman and Loz Wilcox will remain in their management roles at Blinding Light, working alongside design directors Anthony 'Turbo' Hall and Neil Harvey, and the rest of the Blinding Light team.

"Customers of both TSL and Blinding Light are assured that they will retain the same points of contact and will continue to enjoy the same great level of service, quality of equipment and personal relationships," Sam continues. "My plan for both sites was always about growth and unlocking extra capacity, so we're delighted to have added extra staff in the office and warehouse at both locations.

"The emphasis for both brands remains as it has always been: on providing a personal and individual service, supplying well prepared, quality equipment and ensuring our staff are suitably trained and experienced for every project they work on," Sam concludes. "It goes without saying that we are focussed and committed to supporting and developing these core values as our group continues to grow."

TSL Lighting to Acquire Blinding Light

TSL Aquires Blinding Light

TSL Lighting has today announced that it has agreed to acquire the corporate and event lighting specialist, Blinding Light.

Both companies and locations will continue to operate as normal under their respective individual brands, with MD and owner of TSL, Sam Tamplin and his senior team leading both companies.

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Imagination - Rolls Royce Phantom Global Launch

Rolls Royce Phantom

Imagination Ltd took the founding philosophy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars – “When it doesn’t exist, design it” – and commissioned Blinding Light to supply a bespoke, one-of-a-kind LED Chandelier for the global launch of the extraordinary new Rolls-Royce Phantom. The iconic new car, which for so many is the signature of Rolls-Royce, was revealed to the world at Bonhams international flagship saleroom on New Bond Street, London in an exhibition of the “Great Eight”; eight of the most historically significant Phantoms from throughout the 92-year history of the illustrious model.

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New AngLED Battery Spotlight

AngLED Battery Spotlight

Our new AngLED Battery Spotlight is now available for hire. Ideal for lighting areas where a mains supply is limited or unavailable, AngLED is a four-head, free standing LED Battery Spotlight designed exclusively by Blinding Light.

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Imagination - Range Rover Velar World Premiere

Range Rover Velar

Taking its place alongside the design greats of all time, the Design Museum welcomed the new Range Rover Velar. Blinding Light were on hand to support Lighting Designer Jonny Milmer, Head of Lighting for creative agency Imagination who produced the reveal.

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Blinding Light extends its project management team with the appointment of Joe Marter

Joe Marter Joins Blinding Light

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Marter to further strengthen our project management offering to customers.

Joe joins Blinding Light from Aurora, where he has built a wealth of experience working on television & broadcast events. With additional knowledge gained during his time as Technical Manager at London Light and from significant freelance experience, Joe is a welcome addition to the Blinding Light team.

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YouTube Brandcast UK 2016

Brandcast 2016

12th December saw the 2016 YouTube Brandcast, hosted by James Corden, take place at ExCeL London. Blinding Light were proud to have been involved in the high profile and innovative event, produced by live experience agency SET Live.

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Type-4 24V LED Driver

RGBW Quadcore 746x440

In response to continued demand, Blinding Light have made a significant investment in more of their proprietary Type-4 24v LED Drivers. Each 2U Power Supply contains a 640w power supply capable of controlling 40m of LED tape, either as a single uniform output or in four distinct control zones. Units are rack mountable, or can be supplied with flying frames for direct attachment to truss.

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New Emergency Exit Signs

Emergency Exit 746x440

For as long as the event lighting industry has existed, rental companies have faced a dilemma with the trusty emergency exit sign. A vital part of any temporary installation, the commercial units available to the market until now have simply not been rugged enough to cope with repeated temporary installation or flexible enough to be incorporated into any event environment.

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QWO 800s now shipping with...

News Imagery QWO800

Following feedback from clients, our stock of Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800 now ship with a dichroic Half Minus Green filter installed in the static colour wheel, to enable precise colour correction to the MSR Platinum 35 lamp.

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We've increased our stock of Martin Mac Aura XB's

Mac AuraXB News

The MAC Aura XB takes an award-winning, innovative, compact LED wash light to the next level, incorporating many new features first introduced with the MAC Quantum Wash™. Not only does the MAC Aura XB offer additional brightness, it also features a new superior colour mixing system and an optimised lens design for tighter beams and more even washes. Martin's unique and patented Eye-candy Aura Effect™ is also part of the package.

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New - ASTRA 1x1 bi-colour LED panel

News Imagery Astra

The ASTRA 1x1 bicolour panel builds on the legacy of the original 1x1 fixture This innovative new daylight to tungsten tuneable colour model is designed with high CRI, surface mount LEDs and paired with custom designed TIR optics. 

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Now stocking - Martin Mac Viper Performance

News Imagery Viper

The MAC Viper Performance is a full-feature framing fixture that delivers an output and performance never before seen in a fixture this size or one using so little power. Unlike other fixtures in this class, the MAC Viper Performance does not forgo an iris or animation wheel – they are both included along with a framing system and rotating gobos.

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New equipment purchases for 2016

What better way to start the new year than with some new equipment. As always, our purchases reflect the feedback that we get from our customers. Our latest investments include:

  • Luminex Gigacore 12 Ethernet Switches and Luminex Ethernet Nodes
  • More Chamsys MQ100 desks
  • Aditional mains distribution
  • An increase to our stock of Selecon Rama 1.2k Fresnels.

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Blinding Light welcomes Dave Charters to its expanding project management team

Dave Charters

23rd November 2015

As the team at Blinding Light continues to expand rapidly, we are really pleased to announce that Dave Charters has joined our team of project managers.

With over 20 years’ experience in the live events industry, Dave is a strong addition to the Blinding Light team and will be on hand to help our customers to execute a range of live events from product launches to conferences, exhibitions and more.

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Nobel Biocare: EuroPerio 2015

Exhibitions Nobel-Biocare

Lighting Designer Owen Pritchard-Smith from Spirit Design approached Dom Sheerman at Blinding Light about an exhibition lighting project he was undertaking for Andreas Messerli AG and dental implant manufacturer Nobel Biocare. Blinding Light supplied lighting , rigging and power distribution to Owen’s brief and design, this included Daylight MSR Pars, ETC Source 4s and Truss and motors.

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Download our new Mains Distribution Brochure

15th September 2015

Mains Distribution Brochure TBWe've invested heavily in distro over the last 12 months and now we have produced a useful guide to help you find the most suitable mains distribution unit to suit your power requirements. 

The brochure also features useful mains calculations and cable ratings to help make your job just that little bit easier. 

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New Outdoor LED Fixtures have Arrived

14th September 2015

Lumipar Outdoor ParWe have already made a significant investment this year in new LED products and now we've made this part of our portfolio even stronger with a range of outdoor LED fixtures including:

  • Prolights Z8 Outdoor Battery LED Battens
  • Lumipar Outdoor LED Pars
  • Outdoor Battery Uplighters

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Meet our New Low Profile LED Battens

9th September 2015

LED StripExclusively researched and developed by Blinding Light. These units are fully dimmable with white 4000k LEDs at 30w per metre. The battens are extremely slim at only 30mm deep and are available in two lengths 1165mm & 880mm. With a diffused cover they provide soft light and are an ideal replacement for traditional architectural battens.

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New Control for our LED Fixtures

7th September 2015

LED Controller 400x170Our new Type 4 24v 600w LED Controller is a DMX controlled, dimmable power supply designed to control Blinding Light's range of 24v LED products. The unit has four individual internal drivers of control that can be individually DMX addressed plus stand-alone modes.

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Salesforce: World Tour 2015

Exhibitions Salesforce TBFor the third consecutive year, Blinding Light was approached by Matrix UK Solutions to provide lighting and mains distribution for the European leg of the Salesforce World Tour. Blinding Light’s team was led by Anthony (Turbo) Hall as it travelled to various venues across Europe including the Amsterdam RAI, London’s ExCeL, the Port de Versailles in Paris and the Munich Messe.

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Ford: The New Mustang

Ford_Mustang.jpgFor the first time this iconic car has finally come to Europe and Blinding Light were privileged to work with Mansfields Design on the European launch. The event took place over a 4 week period in two specially constructed domes situated in the German countryside where Blinding Light supplied mains distribution, truss, rigging & lighting.

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NP & Co: Letters Live 2015

Special EventsAcross four nights at the beginning of April 2015, Blinding Light was proud to illuminate the spectacular Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden for Letters Live. Each show featured a unique line up of artists including Sir Ian McKellen, Kylie Minogue, Tom Hiddleston and Sir Ben Kingsley led by Benedict Cumberbatch in which 103 memorable letters were read to a sold out audience.

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Dimmers, fresnels and distro arrive at Blinding Light

9th March 2015

Selecon Rama 1kwLast month we told you about our investment in new equipment that included P-5 wash lights, Smartbats and Source Four fixtures.

We’re pleased to say that our investment in new kit has continued in March and we have recently taken delivery of Avolites Art 48 way Dimmers, Selecon Rama 1kw Fresnels and various types of new distros.

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Ford: The New Focus RS

Product Launches 2Mansfields Design approached Blinding Light to work on the reveal of the new Focus RS on behalf of Ford of Europe. The brief was to produce a “show” rather than a typical news conference or product reveal. A concept that would rely heavily on the lighting.

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Fire Light: Themed Party at One Mayfair

Fire_Light_Party.jpgBlinding light was delighted to support Fire Light Design and production company Firehouse with lighting for a themed party at One Mayfair. The party for the FTSE 100 end client had a horror theme and as well as immersing attendees into the macabre, the lighting also had to support numerous entertainment acts that would perform throughout the night on the main stage.

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P-5s arrive at Blinding Light

27th January 2015

SGM P5We have continued to invest in our growing inventory of LED fixtures with the addition of the increasingly popular P-5 wash lights. 

These fixtures are just about the brightest we've seen and are fast becoming the industry benchmark for LED wash lights. They are ideal for creating high impact colour washes and with an IP65 rating, can be used to great effect outdoors and inside. They'll even work under a jet of water, on a barge travelling down the Thames...we've tried it!

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Smartbat LED wireless uplighter inventory is growing

28th January 2015

smartbat-coversThey say good things come in small packages and it's certainly true about the new SMARTBAT portable LED uplighters. Offering brightness that's comparible to the market leading uplighter, these compact, battery powered uplighters are an ideal accent luminaire suitable for all kind of events.

We now have nearly 100 of these fixtures in our growing range of LED lights. We've also commissioned the production of some fantastic polished stainless steel covers which give the light a premium feel. 

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Flare Lighting: Westfield Lights Switch On

Stage Lighting WestfieldBlinding light was delighted to support Flare Lighting on the high profile Christmas Lights switch on event at Westfield London. This year’s switch on featured a set from MOBO award winning solo artist Rita Ora and the Sheppard’s Bush shopping centre wanted to create a real wow factor and concert experience using additional moving lights.

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Barclaycard: Leadership Conference

experentialIn November last year, Blinding Light embarked on lighting a leadership conference with a twist for Barclaycard at the Thames Four Pillars hotel in Oxford. The challenge was to transform a conservatory breakfast room into an “outdoor park” making attendees feel like they were out in open space.

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UFC: World Wide Tour (Berlin)

UFC.jpgBlinding Light was approached by Input Media to provide lighting for the EMEA leg of the Ultimate Fighting Championship world tour. Starting in May with a Fight Night in Berlin, Blinding Light worked with Emmy Award winning lighting design company, Frank Gatto & Associates to provide the kit and crew for the first of three events.

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Audi: Goodwood Festival of Speed

Audi.jpgWorking with live event and experience agency, Shelton Fleming, Blinding Light was once again involved in bringing together the Audi experience at Goodwood Festival of Speed. This year’s event involved the creation of a truss arch for the 4x4 area, provision of wireless LED lighting for the Orangery VIP area and 150w power to the TT area.

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Private Party: The Great Gatsby

partiesIn December Blinding light were asked by Mirage Parties to assist with turning a dark & draughty agricultural barn into a scene from the Great Gatsby and a Chinese street scene for a 50th Birthday celebration.

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Deloitte: Conference 2014

Deloitte.jpgThe Fairmont Hotel in Monte Carlo was the venue for Deloitte's recent three day leadership conference. Working closely with Chaos Visual Productions, Blinding Light supplied the lighting fixtures to make a design by Greg Norgeot of UVLD in New York come to life.

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Nespresso: Cubania Coffee Launch

ExperientialFor the launch of its new Cubania coffee, Nespresso wanted to immerse their guests in Cuban coffee culture. Blinding Light worked with global brand experience agency, Jack Morton to create six distinct environments within a warehouse space in London’s East End.

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Jack Morton: Conference 2015

Conferences EUIn June, a leader in enterprise cloud commerce solutions held its annual European conference in London. The two day conference attended by around 750 people provided a vital platform for their user community to engage, interact and network.

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Department for Business Innovation & Skills: Made in Great Britain

exhibitionsIn 2012 the Department for Business Innovation & Skills commissioned an exhibition at the Science Museum in London celebrating the success of British manufacturing. Demonstrating some of Britain’s most exciting great British innovations of recent years, Blinding Light was asked by organisers to provide lighting and rigging for the high profile exhibition which featured exhibits by McLaren Group, Mars Chocolate UK, Microsoft, Sunseeker International, BAE Systems and The Royal Mint.

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Blinding Light Extends Range of LED Fixtures Even Further

4th July 2014

Lumipar 7Our continued investment in new lighting fixtures is designed to provide you with new ideas and lighting solutions that can be implemented at your next event for maximum impact. Our latest purchases are no exception. 

Meet the Lumipar 7. This compact LED parcan has 6 colour mixing LEDs, RGBWAP. The addition of purple LEDs in this fixture, enables a whole new range of colours, that were not possible to create previously, can now be achieved. This new generation also affords full control over colour saturation and temperature, again features that were not available on previous models. 

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British Fashion Council: Britain Creates

Britian_Creates.jpgOn 27th June 2012, the fashion and art industries came together to celebrate Britain Creates 2012 at a VIP Gala fundraising event at the Old Selfridges Hotel. The project conceived by the British Fashion Council and Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation and in partnership with the Mayor of London, was a unique opportunity to celebrate and strengthen the longstanding relationships between fashion designers and visual artists and brought together a plethora of names that had collaborated to produce specially commissioned one-off works of art.

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New hire strengthens project management team at Blinding Light

23rd June 2014

Dominic SheermanNew Hire Strengthens Project Management Team at Blinding Light.

Blinding Light is pleased to announce the addition of Dominic Sheerman to its in-house project management team. With 30 years' of experience in the lighting industry and 16 years specialising in the provision of lighting and rigging services for the corporate and special events market, Sheerman is a valued edition to the growing Blinding Light team.

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Dreams: Conference & Awards 2013

conferencesQuite often the conferences we work on aren’t just conferences, when Blinding Light worked with DMS in December on a conference for Dreams this was exactly the case. Not only did we prepare for a full day conference, this event at Hinkley Island hotel also featured an awards ceremony and a fashion show to support the launch of new staff uniforms.

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Vertu: Constellation Touch Screen Launch

architechtural lightingThe launch of a new handset from the world’s most luxurious mobile phone manufacturer demands an exclusive event. Blinding Light worked with INCA Productions to execute a variety of creative and contemporary lighting solutions at the launch of Vertu’s Constellation handset in Milan and London that would wow the A-list celebrities and lifestyle journalists in attendance.

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New designer hits the ground running at Blinding Light

4th March 2014

neil harvey 2In January this year Blinding Light welcomed Neil Harvey to the team at Blinding Light.

Since then, in his role as Lighting Designer, Neil has been involved in a number of different projects that have taken him all over the world including 4 weeks in Sochi, Russia completing lighting design and installation for a Coca Cola pavilion on the Olympic Park.

He has also been working with live event agency, (heart) Productions, to produce lighting for the world premieres of Robocop and Cuban Fury in London

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Blinding Structures

1st December 2013

In need of a stage? Or a building that can be erected in a matter of hours? Blinding Light has the answer through a new range of structures that can provide comfortable and safe accommodation for a wide variety of temporary or semi-permanent applications.

With entertainment being a key aspect of many events – be they private, public, corporate or media-related – the provision of temporary staging that is practical, reliable and fully compliant with regulations is an important concern for event organisers, company promotions and broadcasters.

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Putting the spotlight on new trends at London Fashion Week

4th March 2014

Hailed as one of the “Big Four”, twice a year London Fashion Week provides the fashion world with a glimpse of upcoming trends. The latest event provided an exclusive preview of Autumn / Winter 2014 collections from some of the industry’s biggest names.

Blinding Light is proud to have been involved in two of the week’s top shows.

For the fifth time, Blinding Light’s Anthony (Turbo) Hall designed the rig for London Fashion week’s flagship show. 420 ETC Source 4 profiles were used on the runway, along with 120 generic fixtures to create a lighting base and environment for the catwalk show.

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Ambersphere Provide the Solutions for Blinding Light

20th November 2013

When faced with the overwhelming choice of lighting fixtures on the market, how can a lighting design and rental company be sure it is making the right decision for its business and its clients when investing in new products? 

Reading based event lighting specialist, Blinding Light has been in business since 1999 and over the last fourteen years has undoubtedly made its mark in what is a fiercely competitive sector.  With a diverse client base that demands a range of solutions from corporate and architectural lighting through to  full stage artistic rigs at high profile events such as BBC Proms in the Park, Blinding Light has to be sure that its warehouse inventory matches exactly what the client is looking for.

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Land Rover: The all new Range Rover

product launchesWhen it came to launching the all new Range Rover back in 2012, our team spent 12 weeks in the Moroccan dessert creating an unforgettable spectacular to match the impressive features of Land Rover’s latest luxury 4x4. The event took place across two different locations.

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Proms in the Park 2012

2nd December 2012

Kylie Minogue, Sir Terry Wogan, Alfie Boe … and Blinding Light! All stars of the 2012 BBC Proms in the Park concert held in London in September. It was the 10th year that the company has provided lighting for this increasingly popular event.

Coinciding with the Last Night of the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall, and other celebrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the Proms in the Park concert series is held in London’s Hyde Park, providing a mix of both classical and popular music. As well as high-profile live artists, the event includes a live big-screen link-up with the Royal Albert Hall at the culmination of the traditional Last Night celebrations on the Saturday.

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