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Using HMI lighting in high speed filming applications

Shooting at high frame rates requires substantial lighting levels which makes HMI sources an ideal choice. However, the process can reveal artefacts in the light which would not be apparent at regular shooting speeds. Dr Phil Ellams of Power Gems gets to the source of the potential issues and offers... Read Full Article

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The universal language of ballasts

When exhibiting in China, our partnership with the China Film Equipment Corporation (CFEC) really comes to the fore. The language barrier can mean waiting to be called over to help the local sales team to highlight product benefits. Fortunately, our trusted partners have the technical expertise t... Read Full Article

Michal of Power Gems celebrates a degree of success

Michal Nazarewski of Power Gems has graduated at a ceremony in Manchester, the culmination of three years hard work combining vocational learning with ballast assembly and testing. Michal graduated with an HNC Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Trafford College, in an awards ce... Read Full Article

Summer student leaves – a year late

Russell Lea joined us 13 months ago as a summer student, keeping production flowing while full-time members of the Power Gems team take a well-earned summer break. Now, we often complain in Manchester that it’s difficult to tell when the summer starts or finishes – there’s a perpetual grey ... Read Full Article

Why Power Gems designed a high-power LED power supply

Power Gems specialises in the design and manufacture of high power electronic power supplies primarily for the location lighting market. We have watched with interest the growth of LED lighting fixtures within the entertainment market and seen them develop from relatively puny sources into the subst... Read Full Article

End of an era: Longest-serving Power Gems employee retires

The longest-serving member of the Power Gems team is retiring. At the end of July, John Collins will be leaving after nearly 23 years with Power Gems. John, aged 70, joined in February 1995, and even though he has been with us for 23 years this is not his longest period of employment! He was ... Read Full Article

Taking off: Power Gems ballasts in China

Every Power Gems ballast is made by hand in Manchester, and most of them are shipped overseas. Or in this case, flown by air freight to China - the fastest route for distribution to lighting rental companies in Beijing and Shanghai. Winging their way to China, the substantial shipment from Power... Read Full Article