OSRAM subsidiary Clay Paky lit up the Eurovision Song Contest

OSRAM subsidiary Clay Paky lit up the Eurovision Song Contest

2016 OSRAM was the Eurovision's official lighting partner for the second time

Photo: Martin Bohm

More than 200 millions of spectators worldwide

For the second time in succession OSRAM, as the official lighting partner for the ESC, provided the lighting for the 42 participating countries in the semi-finals and the final.

As the official lighting partner for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, OSRAM turned the super show into a mega event for lighting technology.

Setting new standards

“The Eurovision Song Contest is a unique event in the television year with some of the highest production values in broadcasting. I am delighted that our cooperation with OSRAM will continue into 2016.”

Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest

“Light is emotion. And as emotion is the main connotation when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest, we are very pleased to be once more partner of this unique entertainment event.”

Hans-Joachim Schwabe, CEO of OSRAM’s Business Unit Specialty Lighting

Cutting edge technology and fascinating light settings

Lighting is central to a fascinating show, all the more when it comes to a show that is as important as the Eurovision Song Contest. Therefore we are proud that we could provide a majority of the lighting technology for this world's largest TV entertainment event. Most of the cutting edge lighting technology in the show was provided by OSRAM's subsidiary Clay Paky.

Clay Paky is a worldwide reference brand for entertainment lighting and in the professional lighting industry. Clay Paky has been supplying products for the ESC shows for many years.

Clay Paky lights are installed in architectural and architainment environments worldwide, as well as in the best venues, night clubs & bars, theme parks, shops, conference rooms. Clay Paky lights are used for top productions in the theatre, television, live events, concerts, tours, exhibitions, and corporate events.

State-of-the-art lighting technology

There had never been a performance at the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) quite like the one by Sergey Lazarev for Russia. He climbed a wall, seemed suspended in mid-air and flew through space on an asteroid – perhaps the most spectacular stage show in the entire 60 year history of the competition. It may not have been enough to secure top spot in the public vote at the 2016 ESC in Stockholm – that accolade went to Jamala from the Ukraine with her moving ballad “1944”. But in terms of the three-dimensional combination of state-of-the-art video, lighting technology, stage set, choreography and singing, the show by Sergey Lazarev certainly set new standards.

“Lighting and video technologies will merge even more in future”, said Frederik Jönsson, lighting designer for the ESC in Stockholm. “I welcome this development as it will fuel the creativity of everyone involved.” According to Frederik Jönsson, the Eurovision Song Contest is like the Holy Grail for lighting designers. And that Holy Grail was found in Stockholm with the aid of Clay Pkay's products Sharpy, Mythos and Scenius.

This was the Eurovision Song Contest 2016

Photo: Ralph Larmann

"The Sharpy changed everything."

“The Sharpy changed everything. It produces the massive light beams that are all around in TV stage lighting these days.”

Richard Gorrod, “lighting gaffer” at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015

“The Eurovision Song Contest is like the Holy Grail of television. It attracts an enormous number of viewers from all over the world, and it's a huge challenge: to do it and to do it right.”

Fredrik Jönsson, Lighting designer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016

Sharpy Wash 330: extraordinarily compact, lightweight 330 W washlight
Mythos: highly advanced hybrid light, excellent 470 watt-lamp spotlight

Sharpy Wash


Sharpy Wash 330 is an extraordinarily compact, lightweight 330 W washlight, with the luminous efficiency, graphic and optical performance of a 1000W fixture. It is extremely silent and quick, and fitted with a complete CMY color system, special colors, 6.5°-48° zoom, mechanical dimmer, beam shaping filter and motorized top-hat. It is an eco-friendly light, allowing considerable running and consumption cost savings.

Mythos is a highly advanced form of hybrid light. It is an excellent 470 watt-lamp spotlight, which produces an outstanding large light beam, featuring a zoom that ranges from 4° to 50° (1:12 ratio). Its Light beam is sharp, with perfectly defined edges, from the first millimetres after the front lens right along its entire length. The zoom is optimized for focusing, which is separate from that of the fixed and rotating gobos. Its movements are smooth, fast and very quiet.