Martin by HARMAN Lighting Wins Spot in Historic Presidential Debate

Martin MAC Viper fixtures welcome candidates and dignitaries to first 2016 U.S. presidential debate

HEMPSTEAD, New York—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the world’s largest audio, video, lighting and control manufacturer, today announced that Martin lighting products were featured at the first 2016 U.S. Presidential Debate. The debate between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump took take place in the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex at Hofstra University and featured Martin MAC Viper lighting solutions.

Lighting designer and production manager Kevin O’Brien selected Martin MAC Viper Performance and MAC Viper Wash DX fixtures to light the exterior façade of the building. Christie Lites provided the Martin fixtures for the event, with the remaining lighting equipment provided by Bestek Lighting & Staging. Brendon Boyd of Boyd Designs provided the programming. 

Explaining his choice, O’Brien cites the reliability of the Martin line, adding, “The clean, flat beam you get out of the MAC Vipers is fantastic, and the shuttering capabilities of the Viper Performance is unmatched in the industry.” O’Brien selected Martin MAC Viper Performance fixtures to highlight banners and other architectural features, using the shuttering capabilities of the Viper Performance to tailor the light beam to the specific dimensions of the architectural features. For the overall building wash, O’Brien chose Martin MAC Viper Wash DX fixtures.

The first U.S. 2016 Presidential Debate was the most-watched presidential debate in modern history, with an estimated total of 80.9 million viewers across the 12 television channels that carried it live as well as many more that streamed the debate on various online news sites. “It is an honor to play a part in such an historic occasion,” says Brian Divine, VP, Touring and Cinema for HARMAN Professional Solutions. “HARMAN solutions continue to be selected for top events, tours and performances worldwide, and this is another example of how our industry-leading products are trusted for their proven quality, reliability and performance.”

Photo credit: Danielle M. Sayevich


HARMAN ( designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions, and connected services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. The Company’s software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 29,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $6.9 billion during the 12 months ended June 30, 2016. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.
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