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GANTOM LIVE! TO UNVEIL THE RETAIL VERSION OF ITS ZTAG GAME IN JANUARY AT HALLOWEEN PARTY & EXPO AND HAUNTCON
Valencia, California, January 9 – Gantom Live! (the division of Gantom Lighting & Controls that specializes in live entertainment) will be unveiling its ZTag game designed for retail outlets and haunted attraction owners at the Halloween Party & Expo from January 14-17 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans as well as the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference (HAuNTcon) from January 26-30 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel and Conference Center in Nashville.
In ZTag, players wear infrared (IR) badges that interact not only with the environment but with each other. Players experience a real-life zombie infection outbreak using smart badges. The smart badges are programmed to allow players to engage in different challenges—they can try to infect each other or work together in teams to find a cure. The investment cost for ZTag is low, and the system acts as a profit center for an attraction through souvenir sales or as a ticketed experience. This iteration of the Torch Technology was released at the 2016 IAAPA convention in Orlando, but Gantom Live! now has a retail kit available for direct sale to consumers.
The retail version of ZTag allows for a Live Zombie Simulation Game anywhere, in player groups from 2 to hundreds. Badges are sold in two-packs and allow players to play ‘Zombie’ Tag using the smart badges right out of the box. This retail model paves the way for the next stage of Gantom Live!’s ZTag product development—players who buy the smart badges at retail stores can take those badges to attractions and play larger, themed and sanctioned games. The retail packaging design is by C2C Studio in Pasadena, California (www.c2cstudio.com).
ABOUT GANTOM TORCH TECHNOLOGY
ZTag is based on Gantom Torch Technology, an infrared (IR) based communication system for themed entertainment use. IR beacons are placed throughout a venue to transmit live show data to guest wearable lights that interact with the environment, providing an interactive and immersive experience for each guest. When Torch modules come into range of a transmitter, they synchronize to show data as guests travel from one space to the next. Gantom Torch Technology was a recipient of the 2016 Thea Award for outstanding achievement in technology designed for a limited budget.
“Every single day we work to ‘Illuminate and Inspire’ the future of themed entertainment,” says Quan Gan, Founder and President of Gantom Lighting & Controls. “ZTag is the next stage of Gantom Torch Technology,” he explains.
ABOUT GANTOM LIGHTING & CONTROLS
Gantom, formerly Darklight, was founded in the Spring of 2010 as a manufacturer of special-effects lighting equipment catering to the themed attraction industry. The company specializes in illumination of low-light and space-constrained environments where traditional theatrical luminaries aren’t suitable. Its award-winning products are the “secret weapons” of many lighting designers and industry experts and have been installed around the world in a wide range of applications including theme parks, museums, bars and clubs, and haunted attractions venues.
For more information, contact Philip Hernandez at 575-639-0511 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(Valencia, California) – Gantom Lighting & Controls is partnering with several IAAPA vendors in an interactive scavenger hunt that demonstrates the new Torch Technology versatility.
Gantom’s Torch Technology (2016 Thea Award Recipient for Outstanding Achievement — Technology, Limited Budget) provides designers with a palate for light based magic. IR beacons placed throughout a venue transmit live show data to a localized area. Torch modules coming into range of the transmitter synchronize to the local show data. As guests travel from one space to the next, the receivers they carry synchronize with the show data in each space the instant they walk in.
The Next Stage of Torch Technology
“Every single day we work to ‘Illuminate and Inspire’ the future of themed entertainment,” explains Quan Gan Founder and President of Gantom Lighting & Controls.
“ZTag is the Next Stage of Torch Technology,” Quan explains further, “ZTag removes the barriers to Torch Technology usage and provides an off-the-shelf turnkey solution to add new interactivity to any environment or attraction- all while acting as an additional profit center!”
How ZTag Works
Guests wear IR badges that interact not only with the environment but each other. In one off-the-shelf version of ZTag, guests experience a real life zombie infection outbreak by searching for the virus cure while avoiding getting infected; players can infect each other and work together in teams to find the cure. In another off-the-shelf version, guests embark on a scavenger hunt and unlock additional experiences or prizes once they find all the checkpoints. The ZTag investment cost is low, and the system acts as a profit center for the attraction through souvenir sales.
The Scavenger Hunt
IAAPA Attractions Expo participants will test out the ZTag System through a scavenger hunt organized by Gantom and several other show vendors. Participants will begin at the Gantom’s booth (858) by checking out badges and then proceed to locate at least five checkpoints at other booths on the trade show floor. Once participants complete the scavenger hunt, their badges will turn white. White badges will automatically unlock prizes and experiences at the Gantom booth.
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Business Relations Director
Philip Hernandez, Philip@gantom.com
Gantom has experienced tremendous milestones over the past few years. As Gantom continues to grow, I am challenged everyday to adapt, to lead, and to foster a company culture reflective of my ideals. We’ve had great success in hiring talented individuals to meet our new challenges, and I’m proud of every Gantom employee; I’m proud of their resourcefulness, of their adaptability, and of their commitment to our culture. Today we are announcing the addition of a new team member: Philip Hernandez.
Philip joins Gantom as our Business Relations Director, and due to the myriad of opportunities our young company has, his role will be multi-faceted. Gantom’s Halloween and attractions endeavors will be shifted to Philip, allowing us to expand into other markets. Philip will also be spearheading the expansion of our Torch Technology, fostering new business partnerships, and maintaining the operation is his media outlet: The Haunted Attraction Network.
Philip’s role at Gantom will be instrumental in helping us form new partnerships with both our customers and vendors and help us become an integrated part of the themed entertainment community. His multi-faceted background will give us the creative edge we need in a rapidly changing market environment.
I created Gantom to help people and I believe we accomplish this for not only our customers but also for our employees. We support the passion of our staff and encourage them to develop their projects. Philip has grown The Haunted Attraction Network into one of the industry’s largest global media agencies (encompassing a print magazine, podcasts, and web properties) to help the industry achieve more. Gantom is honored to support and expand these efforts by bringing the Network in under the Gantom flag. Philip will continue to have full editorial control and to operate The Haunted Attraction Network and their many platforms utilizing his current staff. Our hearts and roots remain in the Haunted Attraction space and we will continue to contribute to it as an industry leader.
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Lighting Designer Benjamin Cisterne turns to Gantom Lighting & Controls for refresh of Australian War Memorial exhibition
The renewed First World War Galleries of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra opened to the public in December 2014, with a new lighting design by Benjamin Cisterne that makes extensive use of customized LED lighting fixtures from Gantom Lighting & Controls (formerly Darklight: Precision Lighting System) to illuminate both the historic dioramas and the display cases.
“Over the past years, demand for Gantom products, among museums and unique exhibits around the world, has steadily increased. This is due to the modularity and versatility of the lighting products we make,” said Gantom president Quan Gan. “It’s thrilling to see a gifted lighting designer such as Benjamin Cisterne apply his vision with our lighting products in this outstanding exhibition venue.”
“The Australian War Memorial (AWM) is one of the most visited places in the country,” said Cisterne, whose company Benjamin Cisterne Design was subcontracted to exhibition designer Cunningham Martyn Design (CMD). “The First World War Galleries had not had much done to them since the 1970s and were in need of a revamp.” Australia in the Great War, in the Galleries, is said to be one of the most significant First World War exhibitions in the world, drawing on the Memorial’s unique collection of First World War artifacts, technology, uniforms, medals, photographs, film, and personal items such as letters and diaries.
For the display cases, Cisterne sought an alternative to traditional tungsten lighting. He approached Barbizon Lighting to help him identify LED options that were compact, state-of-the-art, powerful, and could be mounted in a variety of ways. “After reviewing several manufacturers we elected to go with Gantom as they had a more complete and finished offering of products that were plug-and-play and had excellent optical properties,” said Paul Lewis, system sales, Barbizon Australia Pty Ltd.
Lighting the dioramas called for fixtures that combined theatricality with durability. “My background is in theatre design and one of the things that people come to me for is to bring something of that to museums – not just to illuminate the objects but to employ a level of interpretation in the design,” said Cisterne. “I had used Gantom fixtures previously on some smaller projects and been impressed. They are well-built, which gives confidence to put them into a project that needs to exist for 20 years or more and at the same time the fixture is as flexible as that found in a theatre. The color-ability of the Gantom DMX range and the direct-ability of the Precision range just outdoes anything else on the market at that size and price mark.”
The new diorama lighting uses 120 Gantom DMX Dynamic White Flood and 120 Gantom DMX RGBW Flood fixtures. The display cases use over 1000 Gantom Precision Z Spot and Flood fixtures ranging from 3000K to 4000K with custom glass-top mounts designed to conceal the fixtures.
Roughly half the lighting fixtures on the project were manufactured by Gantom, and all of the Gantom units were installed by Cisterne’s team. ODG and BUILT were the main contractors for the electrical install. “Using DMX native fixtures made this a complete and versatile system, and made integration a breeze,” said Cisterne.
Compactness and versatility
Gantom’s Precision Z fixtures afforded Cisterne the flexibility he sought for the display cases. “They made it possible to give each displayed item an individual focus that best defines its shape, colors and place in the story,” he said. “The cases range in size as do the objects on display, and the types of material range from metal to paper to fabric prints and wooden artifact.” The compactness of the fixtures provided an additional benefit of saving space.
“The units reduced the overall size of cavities required above cases,” said Cisterne, “and the variance in beam angle was very useful for getting light into the right places inside the cases. The very narrow units are great for shooting a spot far down onto a small object or text at the base of a case and the wide floods are brilliant for washing a background. The units dim really well and the color temperature remains at low brightness. This is especially useful when lighting a paper object next to a metal one.”
For the beloved dioramas the selected Gantom fixtures supplied the range Cisterne required to meet the design challenge – to “give them a new vibrancy” and fulfill guest expectations. “The dioramas are well known and treasured by visitors internationally,” he said. “It was essential for me to get these right. The Gantom fixtures enabled us to focus and color a theatrical scene for each that has reference to place and time of day, and conveys the mood of the imagery. Two of the dioramas have digital backdrops that cycle through a timed sequence. The Gantom fixtures allowed us to create dynamic lighting effects for those scenes.”
Collaboration and innovation
To realize the lighting design vision required extensive collaboration between Cisterne and CMD, the Museum, Barbizon and the display case manufacturer, Designcraft. “Working with CMD for more than 10 years, we have developed a distinctive design style,” said Cisterne. “I was directed by their designers and asked to add additional ideas.” Part of Cisterne’s process is to fully learn the needs of the end user. “The team of technicians who will inherit the system – in this case, at the Australian War Memorial – will have an influence on my choices, as I find this to best aid the design for its long future.”
Said Cisterne, “I needed to mount the Precision Z fixtures above glass in a way that I used to do with older MR16 fixtures. I drew up a new mount for the Precision range, and Barbizon and Gantom had it prototyped and eventually built for the project. This is the kind of interaction we desire, as designers collaborating with suppliers and manufacturers.” The new custom glass top display case mount is now part of Gantom’s standard product line.
Barbizon developed and manufactured locally a cowling for the new mount, as well as a rail clip for mounting the fixtures to a rail system. These collaborations resulted in specifications and prototypes for custom plug-and-play cabling and mounting accessories that were then manufactured by Gantom. “We turned the Gantom range of fixtures into a full-fledged museum and gallery lighting system,” said Lewis.
“It was an honor to be a part of this amazing project and to work with designers and system integrators who understand the technology and were able to give us a well-defined set of requirements,” said Gan. “What drives us at Gantom is seeing our products and efforts enabling the creative genius of designers and being a part of the magic they create.”
Gantom Lighting & Controls, formerly Darklight Precision Lighting System, is a California-based manufacturer of compact lighting fixtures and control equipment. Specializing in low-light and space constrained environments, Gantom’s products are used where traditional lighting equipment are not suitable.
The new company name, Gantom, combines the last name of president and co-founder Quan Gan with the word “phantom,” retaining the essence of the company’s origins in the haunted attractions business. “Seeing that we are now being pulled towards multiple industries, we thought it was best to rebrand the company to encompass a wider scope that will allow us to grow,” said Gan. Gantom is a member of PLASA, USITT, TEA, IAAPA and HAA. Visit www.gantom.com.
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In recent years, Gantom (formerly Darklight) has grown at a tremendous pace because of our loyal supporters. I am sincerely grateful for the journey we have shared with everyone involved, from our representatives, dealers, and end users to the students that dream big and will someday use Gantom products to create new magic in theaters and themed entertainment around the world.
I believe that a company is only as strong as the people behind it, and it is because of this philosophy that I am excited to announce a positive change that has recently occurred within Team Gantom:
As of today we have named Landin Fusman our new Marketing Director. I chose Landin because he has the skills and qualities that will help Gantom maintain not only its current standards of workmanship, engineering excellence and attention to detail, but also help bring Gantom into the future and ultimately exceed your expectations in every way.
Landin was originally hired as a project manager and has an extensive and eclectic background in fields ranging from engineering to sales and customer service. More importantly, he cares deeply about not only our customers but the state of the world at large. His role at Gantom is to ensure that your needs are fulfilled and he takes this role seriously. Please do not hesitate to contact him with any input, questions or concerns you may have (landin [at] gantom [dot] com) and I am confident that he will go to great lengths to assist you in reaching your goals.
Aside from work, Landin is also a sincere and wonderful friend. If you ever get the chance to meet Landin, go grab a beer with him and exchange a few stories!
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Monday, November 3, 2014:
As of today, our company will be known under a new name: Gantom.
In the past few years we have gone from working out of my parents’ garage to becoming a leading manufacturer of LED lighting fixtures. Along with such growth comes an expanded horizon and the possibility of developing new products beyond our original scope.
The name change to Gantom represents a metamorphosis of our company to something larger and no longer limited by its cocoon “Darklight”. Former Darklight products will still be just as awesome without compromise. Gantom is a combination of “Gan,” my last name, and “phantom,” which represents our Halloween lighting beginnings.
Over the next few weeks we will be making a gradual transition to the new name including a new website, new e-mail addresses, and marketing material updated for Gantom.
I want to give a big thank you to our customers, employees, family, and friends for being a part of our incredible journey. I look forward to the future and hope you will embrace our new name!
Valencia, California. USA. Oct 31, 2014 – Darklight Precision Lighting System announced the company’s name change to Gantom Lighting & Controls. Gantom is now a global company with representation in Europe, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea and Canada in addition to its established network of representatives and dealers throughout the US. The company has launched a new website at www.gantom.com.
Darklight began as a manufacturer and supplier of compact LED fixtures to haunted attractions and dark rides in 2010. Founders Quan Gan and his wife Charlie Xu, having operated a successful haunted attraction the prior year, faced many challenges using the available lighting technology that mostly catered to larger and brighter applications. Along with their close friend and multi-talented engineer Jerry Dong, the trio set out to develop Darklight: a versatile and compact lighting product line that was high quality and durable while still being affordable. The progression from napkin sketches in a coffee shop to exhibiting fully functional prototypes at their first tradeshow took less than 3 months. This fast paced development cycle remains a core strength of their business to this day. Now carrying the torch as Gantom, the company will continue branching out to serve the architecture, museum, theme park and theater industries with an ever increasing range of innovative, professional grade products.
Gantom is a portmanteau of “Gan,” the last name of a co-founder, and “phantom” in a salute to the company’s origins in the Halloween attraction business. The rebrand marks a milestone and pivotal year of not only business growth but also personal growth as Gan and Xu are expecting their first child this December.
At the LDI show in Las Vegas Nov 17-23, booth #1665, Gantom will display its established Precision product line while introducing two new products in its premium Gantom line: the Gantom One pinspot and the DMX Programmer app for the iPhone. “We hope that both of these new products will become ubiquitous and ingrained into the vocabulary of lighting professionals,” said Gan.
New products launching at LDI
Gantom One is an LED-based rethink of the standard pinspot fixture that is a mainstay of event lighting. Compared to a traditional pinspot, the Gantom One is smaller, lighter, more energy efficient and offers superior optics. It is hockey-puck sized instead of football-sized, and draws about one-eighth as much power; 4 watts as opposed to 30 watts. Because it uses LEDs the need for lamp replacement is completely eliminated. “They take up less space in inventory and can be easily transported in a small hard case, whereas your traditional bar of 8 pinspots on a giant rack calls for a truck,” said Gan. “For a large event using one per table, it can really add up.” The Gantom One also features an innovative magnetic accessory mounting system that allows the user to easily adjust the optics as needed.
Gantom’s new DMX Programmer app uses the iPhone hardware (Android version to follow soon) to replace an earlier, 4-button device called the DarkBox Programmer which configured addresses and presets for Gantom’s DMX lighting fixtures. The new app offers a more user friendly touch interface to all compatible fixtures shipping from the factory beginning Q4. It is available as a free download from the App Store. “As we continue to launch new products, it just made more sense to take advantage of established mobile hardware to control them,” said Gan. The DMX Programmer app uses a patent pending technology that encodes control signals over the mobile device’s audio port directly to the controlled fixture.
As a licensed manufacturer of devices that feature Disney’s SyncLink™ Technology, Gantom’s IR Mini-Emitters help enhance the experience of hearing- and visually-impaired theme park visitors as well as foreign guests needing translational services. Handheld and head worn devices, currently in use at several Disney parks, deliver content such as captions and audio descriptions on cue when triggered by proximity to the IR Mini-Emitters. The products have also been licensed and are in use at several national parks and museums.
Gantom envisions this technology being applied for other purposes in the near future such as safety and maintenance protocols and in rides and attractions, but also in non-entertainment sectors such as manufacturing. Get more information at Disneysynclink.com.
In another partnership with BlinkFX, Gantom is developing IR emitters for mobile and wearable devices with built-in, DMX controllable LEDs. The devices have a myriad of possible form factors and applications in entertainment, theater, events and attractions. The IR emitters can be hidden in key locations to trigger special lighting effects on these wearable LEDs. The BlinkFX devices are currently popular as wristbands worn by audience members at various musical events and corporate parties, producing effects synchronized to music. Get more information at BlinkFX.com.
Gantom Lighting & Controls, formerly Darklight Precision Lighting System, is a California-based manufacturer of compact lighting fixtures and control equipment. Specializing in low-light and space constrained environments, Gantom’s products are used where traditional lighting equipment are not suitable. Visit www.gantom.com for more information.
Gantom is a member of PLASA, USITT, TEA, IAAPA and HAA.
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Media inquiries: Quan Gan (quan[at]gantom.com)
To set up a meeting with Gantom during LDI, contact: Landin Fusman (landin[at]gantom.com)
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Darklight is happy to announce a new partnership with JTH Lighting. JTH Lighting will be representing Darklight and providing local support to the Minnesota, Iowa, and Dakotas markets.
JTH Lighting Alliance is a nationally respected manufacturer’s representative working in the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. We work directly with trade professionals including architects, engineers, electrical distributors, lighting showrooms, and electrical contractors by helping them find solutions to their most challenging lighting applications.
We are proud to announce our latest representation expansion into Colorado and Wyoming under the CTLS team.
CT Lighting Sales is an architectural lighting representation firm with approximately 60 specification lighting lines. With Cree at the heart of the line, CT Lighting Sales offers a full compliment of products to the specification and construction community. And with offices in Denver and Loveland, we are well positioned throughout the Front Range and Mountain communities to respond quickly to the needs of our clients. CT Lighting Sales was founded in October of 2008 as the sister company to George Lacey Sales, the lead sales representative in lighting controls in the region.
For more information, please visit the CTLS website at: http://www.ctlightingsales.com/
Valencia, CA: nestled in the Los Angeles suburbs is an up and coming lighting manufacturer of some of the smallest luminaires on the market. Darklight, a young company founded by Berkeley-Stanford engineer Quan Gan, prides itself on creating “Brilliant Light from Tiny Fixtures”. The company produces an arsenal of LED spotlights that are smaller than fist size yet packed with enough punch to illuminate a small stage.
The Gantom iQ, at only 4 inches in length, is capable of projecting razor sharp images and patterns that were previously only achievable with products several times its size. Darklight believes this will enable lighting designers to discover completely new and unique applications. For example because of the low cost of producing color slides, frequently changing restaurant menus or daily specials are very much possible with a small projector like this.