Golfing Season—-Finally, I Think?

With the approach of April, I get extremely excited about my favorite pastime of the past 22 years that I play for 8 months of the year—GOLF!!! (Yes if you do the math, 8 months takes the season through November and I have played on Thanksgiving in recent years.) While I only play for 8 months, in reality it lasts …

Change in Lighting Rental Shop Inventory

Over the past 10-15 years, there has been a dramatic change in the types of equipment that AV and lighting rental and staging companies carry in their inventory. Previously, staging companies would stock up on the “basics” as dictated by the lighting rentals they receive and subrent specialty items. Now, these companies purchase specialty equipment and depend on regional lighting …

A Little Bit Rock & Roll and a Whole Lot of ADHD!

Ryan James Bundy

I am fortunate to love what I do and have worked hard over the years to continue to try to find the joy in this sometimes crazy business of entertainment lighting. If you know me or have heard the stories from my co-workers, clients, friends, and family, I tend to not be the type of person that stays still. I …

Trade Show Lighting

I hope you had a chance to read my earlier post about lighting rental oversights (cleverly titled Light Oversights” posted on March 5th).  Since I am now in Las Vegas for the Exhibitor Show, I wanted to write more specifically about trade show lighting rentals – what’s new and what can be done to create a better overall experience.

Signs of Spring

Spring is in the air. How do I know this? I can see the clues. It’s not even 50 degrees out and my kids insist on wearing shorts to school and no jackets. The irises I transplanted from my parents’ garden in Long Island (who transplanted them from my grandparents’ garden back in Brooklyn) are starting to bloom. And once …

Lighting Rental Guy or Video Rental Guy?

Over the past several years, “the convergence of lighting and video” has become a more and more popular phrase. Since I worked at a couple AV companies before moving to the world of lighting rentals at ILC, I enjoyed the merge of the two departments but I never thought it would be so complete.

Assembling Your Professional Team

Back in mid-January, I alluded my next Blog would be about “assembling your professional team”. Did you notice you hadn’t heard from me in a while? For our captive audience members, you might have figured out that we make it thru our rotation of bloggers about once every six weeks. That means I’m a cycle behind having skipped March. My …

The First Bro Blog

Tony Winarski

Hello Fans. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. This is my very first blog entry, at ILC or anywhere else. I have a background in construction and had no prior experience in entertainment lighting. Needless to say, I had a lot to learn. In two short years, I became a certified motor technician, on site lighting …


Most of our work in the lighting industry is functional, while making sure a strong visual effect is present. One of our jobs is to make certain our clients’ products become a focal point to their audience. In addition, we have to ensure everything is lit properly and safe.

Lighting Rental turns into Hardware

On April 2nd, ILC was awarded the 2013 “Best Use of Lighting” N.I.C.E. Award by the Chicago Chapters of NACE (National Association for Catering and Events) and ISES (International Special Events Society). Our award submission was the concert lighting rental we did for the Andrew Bird show at the Auditorium Theatre.