Osram lit up the landmarks of Stockholm at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm

OSRAM lit up the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm

And the voting of the fans illuminated the most famous landmarks of Stockholm. Watch the video!

Photo: Martin Bohm

More than 200 millions of spectators worldwide

As the official lighting partner for the Eurovision Song Contest, OSRAM turned the super show in Stockholm into a mega event for lighting technology. For the second time OSRAM was the official lighting partner of the Eurovision Song Contest. Thus OSRAM provided the lighting for the 42 participating countries in the semi-finals and the final.

OSRAM not only lit up the show. OSRAM allowed fans all over the world to vote for their own light voting during the show. Therefore Stockholm’s most famous landmarks were illuminated with special light technology. This lightshow was controlled by the fans. With the OSRAM's free app they could rate each song during the performances and the colour of the light showed how much they liked the song!

This was the Eurovision Song Contest 2016

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.

"We can't imagine any show today without lighting!"

Watch interview with Clay Paky's Pio Nahum

Photo: Ralph Larmann

State-of-the-art lighting technology

“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 Paky's products Sharpy, Mythos and Scenius.

There were many breathtaking lightshows and performances at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. One of them was the one by Sergey Lazarev. It may not have been the top spot in the public vote at the contest – that accolade went to Jamala from the Ukraine with her moving ballad “1944” which also was the winner. But in terms of the combination of state-of-the-art video, stage set and lighting technology it was an example of the before mentioned merging of video and lighting.

"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.

Mythos movingheads by Clay Paky at the ESC2016

Mythical performance