Posts Tagged ‘LPC 1’

Oasis Academy, Oldham

Friday, January 24th, 2014
Oasis Academy

Oasis Academy © GHSLED

The Oasis Academy in Oldham is a school like no other with its unique façade lighting design. GHSLED Special Projects designed, installed and programmed the lighting system. Special RGB LED light boxes were manufactured for the project with frosted material that diffuses the light, creating smooth gradients and transitions across the length of the building. The LED fixtures are controlled by an LPC 1, which interfaces via RS232 to a building management system for manual overrides. In the absence of an override, triggers linked to the LPC 1′s onboard real time and astronomical clocks ensure the lighting remains varied and interesting.

Oasis Academy

Oasis Academy © GHSLED

Durham Cathedral and Castle

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Durham Cathedral and Castle

Durham Cathedral and Castle © Graeme Peacock

Stainton Lighting Design Services were recently tasked with revamping the lighting design for two neighbouring world heritage sites: Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle. The design called for the sites to retain a clear visual definition, which was achieved by using different colour temperatures of light for each. Prior to the re-design, the two sites used old sodium fixtures with no smart lighting controls. The new design brings the two sites up to date with new white LED fixtures controlled by a Pharos LPC 1. The system utilises wireless DMX to reduce the amount of cable required – something very important for sites of this significance.

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral © Graeme Peacock

The LPC delivers smooth DMX control of the fixtures with manual overrides and effects for special events. The LPC’s default web interface provides remote access to the controller for both Durham County Council and Durham University. With its intuitive timeline interface and easy triggering setup, the free Pharos Designer software makes programming the two sites simple.

Durham Castle

Durham Castle © Urbis Schreder

In lumine tuo – Dom Tower, Utrecht

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
Dom Tower © James Newton

Dom Tower at night © James Newton

In lumine tuo is the title of a new, narrative lighting design by Speirs and Major for the Dom Tower, Utrecht, featuring a Pharos control system designed and installed by Rapenburg Plaza. Standing 112.5m tall, the stunning architecture of the tower has been revitalised with a lighting design comprising mostly of white LEDs. Once the sun sets, a specially programmed show is started every 15 minutes in perfect synchronicity with the bells of the 17th century carillon. Thanks to the timeline-based programming tools in Pharos Designer, matching sound with light was simple and the high fidelity transitions across almost 512 control channels allowed the designer’s vision to be realised. This project shows its true power during these dynamic sequences, which feature strobes as well as the standard LED fixtures.

A Pharos LPC 1 and a Pharos TPC control the design, with the LPC handling the lighting control output. The TPC offers a feedback interface to on-site staff who can view the current lighting playback status, with the option to override the programming once the correct access code has been entered.

The video below shows the full quarter-hourly show.

Lighting London’s Bridges

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Millennium Bridge © Louise Stickland

One legacy of 2012 is a permanent lighting installation infrastructure for six of London’s downstream bridges: London, Southwark, Millennium, Blackfriars, Waterloo and the Golden Jubilee Footbridges which run each side of Hungerford rail bridge.

Brand experience agency Innovision was commissioned by the GLA and the Mayor of London’s Office to create a scheme that celebrated the 2012 Olympic Games. The agency commissioned lighting designer Paul Cook who, following a detailed inspection of each bridge, proposed a scheme that was sympathetic to the individual bridges, but synchronised every hour on the hour to produce a stunning light show.

Southwark Bridge © Louise Stickland

Cook said: “The colours and patterns of light that I used were strongly influenced by the Olympic brand documentation, enabling the lighting to link with all other celebratory decoration in both the London boroughs and across the nation. An individual lighting sequence was designed for each bridge, which came together as a synchronised light show and required an extremely accurate yet cost effective control system, plus the fixtures used had to be energy efficient.

“Although proposed as a temporary project, a closer look at the costs showed that some of the work required could be permanent and so provide a great legacy for this section of the Thames.”
Temporary planning permission was granted for the more dramatic parts of the installation, which featured additional elements such as a laser show of sporting images onto Waterloo Bride and ever-changing shard patterns of the fixtures installed on the Golden Jubilee Footbridge.

Golden Jubilee footbridges © Louise Stickland

Specialist lighting solutions company Architainment Lighting provided the technical services for a number of the bridges and also supplied a range of Philips Color Kinetics LED fixtures. London Bridge was fitted with 36 Philips Color Kinetics ColorBlast 12 Powercore XRE fittings, 12 on each of the two supporting piers and a further six on each bank. The arches of Waterloo Bridge were illuminated by four ColorReach and two ColorBlast LED fittings on each of the four piers, while the suspension wires and arms of the Golden Jubilee footbridges were fitted with Philips Color Kinetics ColorBurst fixtures. Architainment Lighting also provided technical support and wifi for all the bridges.

Blackfriars Bridge © Louise Stickland

Aquila Design installed their Neos 2 LED floodlights on Southwark and Blackfriars Bridges. Neil Arnold, lighting engineer with the City of London, tested numerous floodlights for the job and found that for these particular bridges, the Aquila Neos 2 LED floodlight was the only product with the size and distribution to achieve the solid colour they were after from a single unit. Aquila delivered the fixtures pre-wired with power and data to simplify the installation, which was invaluable because access to all the installations was often by boat!

Control was key to the realisation of Cook’s vision for the bridges and this was provided by Pharos LPCs throughout, with Pharos technicians undertaking the programming. Pharos also persuaded 13 riverside landmarks to co-ordinate their lighting with the bridges, seven of which were existing Pharos installations, including the London Eye, County Hall and the National Theatre. The project gained Pharos a further six clients, among them Tate Modern, HMS Belfast, the Globe Theatre and OXO Tower.

London Bridge © Louise Stickland

Waterloo Bridge © Louise Stickland

Fountains enliven open space in Downtown LA

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

L.A.’s Grand Park recently opened after a major renovation, providing downtown with its first sizeable amount of open and green space. Thanks to Fluidity Design Consultants, come nightfall, a myriad of other colours come into play in the substantial fountains that are an integral part of the park landscape. All the fountain jets and LED fixtures are controlled by a single Pharos LPC 1.

LA's Grand Park © Fluidity

Lighting control for toddlers

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

The private Malibu residence of renowned lighting designer Marc Brickman was recently renovated with Philips Color Kinetics fixtures and Pharos Controllers.

© Anthony Masters Photography

Brickman enjoys creating light shows with the Pharos LPC1 controller, especially when he and his wife are entertaining. “I love the flow color-changing program in the evening. I turn the lights on, make pizza in the wood-burning brick oven, and it’s a party. Easy.” In fact, the control system, which is accessible from portable devices such as his iPhone, is so easy to use that his two and a half year old daughter is often the one who selects the light show for the night.

The full story is available in the Philips showcase.


Cristo del Pacífico

Thursday, January 5th, 2012
Cristo del Pacifico Opening Ceremony

Cristo del Pacifico Opening Ceremony

Cristo del Pacífico is a mystical monument located in Chorrillos, Lima, Peru. The 122ft (37m) high statue, representing Jesus Christ, is a farewell gift from President Alan Garcia to the country of Peru and the city of Lima. The iconic sculpture provides city beautification and it has already become a part of everyday life for all residents of Lima through its dynamic, colour-changing design.

Pharos Designer in action

Pharos Designer in action

Cristo del Pacífico speaks to the city through a wide palette of colours, changing its appearance according to a carefully designed schedule. The Pharos LPC tracks over 50 dates, dynamically changing the lighting to commemorate religious and national holidays as well as significant anniversaries of historical Peruvian and world events. 16 powerful Philips Color Kinetics ColorReach fixtures, mounted at both the sculpture’s base and on two lighting towers, bring out the sculpture’s depth and beauty.

The lighting system is also comprised of a wireless broadband connection to the Internet, a Panasonic IP camera mounted on one of the lighting towers and a custom iPad web interface. LED-LS designed, engineered and programmed the system with remote management in mind – utilising Pharos Installation Manager and the live IP camera, they can view the installation from anywhere in the world, control the lighting and make programming changes.

The inaugural lighting of the monument was on 29th July 2011 when President Alan Garcia presented his gift to Peru, making use of the iPad interface to officially light up the statue for the first time in front of thousands of people, who were then treated to a spectacular fireworks display.

Statue overlooks the city

Statue overlooks the city

Largest Pharos installation to date

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Control cabinet, Vegas Mall, Moscow

We are thrilled with every LPC 1 that goes out the door, but shipping eight LPC Xs to Russia for one installation was rather special!

This Phillips Lighting project required over 650 universes of control, distributed across a mixture of LPC70s, LPC80s and LPC100s.

The controllers output KiNet to 333,360 control channels of Philips Color Kinetics fixtures throughout the mall, lighting architectural features and 64 low-res screens. The installation takes advantage of the multi-output capability of the LPC X; the fixtures are patched to both the KiNet and DVI outputs of each controller, which operate simultaneously. The DVI outputs are connected to local DVI displays in the control room for monitoring the lighting in the facility.

The installation also used a couple of Pharos button panels, the Pharos PoE switch and an LPC 1 for master control purposes.

Bas Hoksbergen, Controls System Consultant for Philips Lighting, project managed and programmed the system.  He comments, “One of the great benefits of using Pharos is the reliability, another is the flexibility to map to different matrices. Some effects are specific to each screen, other effects use a multiple of screens acting as one, simply by programming on a different pixel map. This gave flexibility even mediaservers would struggle to provide”.

Bas also used our new Dynamic Media Manager utility (on general release soon!). Instead of programming media and effects directly onto timelines in Designer, Media Slots are programmed as placeholders.  The content is then created and edited in Dynamic Media Manager for upload to the controllers.  This allows graphical content to be changed by end-users without changing the overall Designer project file, and allows a programmer to quickly upload large amounts of content to the nine controllers via Pharos Installation Manager.

Pharos Designer v1.7 now released

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Pharos Designer software version 1.7 is now available. This release includes support for 64 bit operating systems and Windows 7 and introduces discovery tools for KiNet and RDM. Designer v1.7 also integrates with our new Installation Manager software.

  • RDM discovery: LPCs can now discover, identify and address RDM-capable fixtures. You’ll find the RDM configuration tool in the Patch tab.
  • KiNet discovery: Designer can now discover and associate KiNet power supplies, streamlining KiNet setup for large installations.
  • Improved accuracy for LPC X clock: now accurate to one part per million, in line with the LPC 1 and 2 clocks.
  • Colour temperature support: all presets on the timeline now allow a colour temperature to be programmed. Fixtures with colour temperature channels and hot and cold channels are now supported.
  • DMX-in via Serial Port for AVC: yes, the AVC has a new DMX-in option! You can now select a new mode of operation for the AVC’s serial port and use the connection for DMX triggering. We think this opens up great opportunities for the AVC – particularly in theatrical applications when the lighting desk is cueing projection content provided by the AVC.
  • AVC brightness master: new action allowing mastering of video intensity from incoming realtime variables, such as DMX-in levels.
  • Offset function for 2D presets – for all those 3D array projects out there!
  • Timeline reports include hold/loop status.
  • Import fixture plan improved with additional new fields, including rotation angle & fixture dimensions.
  • Export fixture plan tool.
  • Saving in new versions prompts to archive in previous version.
  • XML controller status and feedback for custom web pages via HTTP requests.

A couple of housekeeping points to note:

  • AVC Firmware: please note that to upgrade an AVC to v1.7 you must run the AVC firmware upgrade tool. This is expected to be a one-off, one-way process; restoring an AVC to version 1.6 firmware is not straightforward. Please only upgrade your AVC to version 1.7 if you are certain it will not be required immediately for any version 1.6 installations. Please contact for more details.
  • Mac OSX for PowerPC: from now on, we will be making separate installers for Intel and PowerPC Mac users.
  • As always, please ensure you have archived any active v1.6 projects and please remember to reinstall v1.6 to edit or work with them.

We would very much welcome your comments and feedback as always.  Please get in touch with us at

We hope you enjoy what Designer version 1.7 has to offer you.

Happy programming!

A Sensory Crossing

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

The Bridge of Peace spanning the river Mtkvari is the third project in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi using Pharos controllers with the collaboration team of Italian architect Michele de Lucchi, French lighting designer Philippe Martinaud and Dutch lighting engineer Marco de Boer.  A graceful and elegant sculpture evocative of a marine animal, its dynamic, mesmerising illumination is created using only white light.

Bridge of Peace, Tbilisi, Georgia. Photo © Ivane Goliadze

The 1200 fixtures in the glass canopy provide a substantial canvas for geometric and organic lighting patterns suggesting animation and breathing.  Martinaud explains, “Through the lighting design, I could create a second skin to stress the architectural structure and give it a light which is alive and in perpetual movement.”  The canopy effects are generated by a networked Pharos LPC 1 and LPC 2.

An additional four LPC 2s and three LPC 1s control the 4100 LEDs incorporated into the glass parapets of the 150m interactive walkway.  Integrated along the walkway are 256 sensors connected to the digital inputs on 32 Pharos RIO 80 remote devices networked via 16 Pharos PoE switches to the LPCs.  As pedestrians pass the sensors, sections of lights follow their progress across the bridge.  The LPCs’ support for scripting greatly simplified the task of handling the trigger inputs from the many sensors and allowed the team to make rapid adjustments during commissioning.  A Pharos button panel (BPS) is also installed for local triggering of override sequences.

From sunset to the early hours, the controllers run a change of program every fifteen minutes, culminating in the hourly sequence that expresses a universal message: the chemical elements that comprise the human body.  This was achieved by translating their periodic table chemical symbols into Morse code and programming the dash-dot pattern as a text effect in Pharos Designer. The resulting light pattern travels across the parapet. Martinaud adds that, “This message celebrates life and peace between people.”