Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid, is Spain’s biannual style statement for the
international fashion stage, and a forum in which Robert Juliat’s Merlin followspot
was able to work its magic. Entrusted with its high-profile lighting design, Citylight
S.L., a leading Madrid-based rental, sales and installation company, boosted its
lighting inventory with the purchase of four Robert Juliat Merlin followspots to
ensure the country’s hottest fashion moments were bathed in light of the highest

Citylight positioned the four Merlin spots front-of-house in the vast Feria de Madrid
venue to cover the models as they paraded on the catwalk. “With throw distances of
30m to 40m, it was very clear we required the high quality afforded by the
Merlins,’ Citylight stated.

Robert Juliat’s Merlin 2500W HMI touring followspot occupies a unique space in the
market. Its vast 3°-12° zoom range offers the widest choice of ranges in one single
unit, along with an output that belies its 2500W power consumption. This makes
Merlin, with its 4:1 ratio, the most versatile followspot capable of covering both
long and medium throw distances. Its variable zoom optics also ensure sharp focus
at every beam angle.

Designed originally to endure the rigours of touring, the fully-featured Merlin
followspots, supplied to Citylight by Robert Juliat’s Spanish distributor,
Entertainment Equipment Supplies (EES), proved themselves flexible enough to
confer a subtle yet powerful beam onto the fashion stage.

Merlin’s internal frost and other filters enabled soft-edged looks, whilst the shutters
focussed the light to contain excess light spill. Merlin was also put through its paces
in following the models along the length of the exceptionally long catwalk. This
highlighted Merlin’s exceptional zoom capabilities as each unit retained perfect
beam control over the whole length of the stage from front to back.

Citylight were “very satisfied’ with the solid contribution of the Merlin followspots to
the final design, enthusing that “everything was precisely as it should be’ in terms of
operational ease, rigging and set up.

EES added, “We are getting better and better feedback on the Merlin and are so
confident that it is going to become the new icon amongst followspots. Merlin is a
“must have’ for all sorts of quality events and venues, so it is very exciting to have
them in our inventory.’

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