Look Back at Lighting ------ Optikinetics (now Opti)

November 1970 is when it all started for Optikinetics, formed by Keith Canadine, Neil Rice and Philip Brunker. Around 1973 they were rapidly growing and apart from lighting, also sold sound gear. A quick search on the net will give lots of info on the history, so here are a few pics to get you started.
Early Days at Optikinetics

 

Photographs by Brian Davies?
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1973 Otikinetics showroom 1980 Phil Brunker & Neil Rice Margaret Devon filling oil wheels Kevin Whooley (graphics) & Jenny Hayward (UK sales)
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1973 Studio showing HiStand, note the Tutor II The Solar 250 production line at Luton (1980) The 'Patternlite' projector, with 6" wheel and 3" cassette options. A modified Czech projector made from cast metal parts (later ver has steel cover)
Ok so it's mid seventies now and Opti have a range of effects lighting and accessories, check these out.
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Bubble Lite Projector

Above are two leaflets showing effects from the 70's  
..Original Patternlite pre 73..

Solar 12v skt Accessory power outlet

Solar 12v Plg Accessory power plug

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Modern Splodascope

Panoramic Rotator
A typical image created by a 3" pattern wheel.
Dynagraph set Rotagraph set 3" cassette motor 6" wheel motor
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Optikinetics very successful bubble making machine.
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Still selling. Note the outer casing is now different to the first Czech units.
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Cassette version.Note the outer casing is now different to the first Czech units.
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The Opti projectors of the day. Note the aux connectors on these early types were Bulgin 3 Pin, supplying 240v to the motors! This did not last long and these were rapidly changed to 12v. Some idiots tried plugging the 12 motors into these early units which gave a whole new light show-- followed by darkness....   Strobes were used frequently. Most of us went for the Super Strobe
Glamour - click for the big picture Crystal Pulse--click for bigger Pic        
Possibly Rare example from Optikinetics titled "Glamour" from 1970's Above - the crystal pulse. This has to be seen working to appreciate it.        
               
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