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continued from page 9 Example of CAD rendering "[With CAD), everything is realistic down to the lighting and shadowing. For example, if you light something up in a club, it's going to bounce off fabric in a different way than it will bounce off of leather or polyester. With CAD, it gives them a real, live estimation of whether or not [the renovation] is something they want to put their time and their money into." — J.R. Neefe And when it comes to lighting, there are three letters that seem to say it all: LED. "LED [light-emitting diode] is the way to go, no questions asked," says J.R. "There is 10 times less power going to an LED light compared to a more traditional lighting fixture, which can easily add up to well over $1,000 in savings on your power bill. And on the electrical side of it, the old type of lighting fixtures, such as moving heads, are 400-500 watts; if you have 10 moving heads you need 10 separate electrical lines. Conversely, with an LED set up, you only need one line. Not to mention, when you're talking about electrical permits and electricians, that adds up to a lot of money real quick. There's no other way to go other than LED." This shift toward LED has even moved to club furniture, as J.R. and Rick have designed a table that incorporates this technology. "We've put together a line of illuminated tables with an LED light in the center, and it has the look and feel of marble," says Rick. "But it also lights up, so that the bottles and glasses are illuminated as well." For those who want to take their sound and lighting to a more advanced level, XGenRen offers their own "sound-tolight" application, where specific notes in the music being played in the club are assigned to different colors within the lighting spectrum. "It's the type of effect you'd see at a concert, where the music is synced up with the lighting," says Rick. "But instead of having a whole team of sound and lighting engineers con10 July 2013 Club Bulletin 10 July 2013 Club Bulletin trolling it, our 'sound-to-light' software application is a simple as using a touch screen—and the affect is amazing." And for those clients who still don't know exactly what they want, XGenRen is able to offer a way to see the finished product before one dollar is spent or one wall is knocked down. CAD—computer-aided drafting—is a tool that XGenRen utilizes that allows them to plug all of the proposed renovation designs into their computer, which then produces a very realistic 3D image of what the club will look like after the renovation. "When Rick and I were in school for aerospace engineering, we learned all about CAD and its benefits," says J.R. "If you've seen some of today's video games, it's the same idea; the technology behind 3D games and movies has advanced dramatically. Everything is realistic down to the lighting and shadowing; it's just like real life. For example, if you light something up in a club, it's going to bounce off fabric in a different way than it will bounce off of leather or polyester. All of those elements need consideration, and all are included in our CAD designs. With CAD, it gives them a real, live estimation of whether or not [the renovation] is something they want to put their time and their money into." The bottom line is the bottom line But club renovations aren't the only ways in which XGenRen can help an adult nightclub operator. As club owners themselves, they utilized their experience and do-it-yourself attitude to create their own POS system—Bravo POS—which www.EDpublications.com www.EDpublications.com

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