Posts Tagged ‘LPC 1’

Sky Wind Turbine, London

Friday, February 20th, 2015
Sky Turbine © Urbis Schreder

Sky Turbine © Urbis Schreder

A wind turbine over 50m tall with a unique curved column is instantly recognisable to drivers on the M4 corridor which heads into London. Built by British Sky Broadcasting’s west London office in 2012 it generates enough power to make the building completely energy self-sufficient. A Pharos control solution has been specified by to make a feature of the structure and ensure Sky’s brand presence is visible on the London skyline.

A Pharos LPC 1 controller brings the turbine to life through various colour change effects on multiple Urbis Schreder LED light sources. Photocells automatically turn the scheme on when darkness falls and off when daylight breaks, resulting in further energy saving benefits and helping Sky to minimise its overall power consumption, with the provision to link colour changes to the levels of energy generated from the main building.

A particular challenge of the project was to meet the Civil Aviation Authority’s requirements in respect of the turbine’s proximity to Heathrow’s flight path. 16 Schreder Neos LED floodlights are carefully positioned around the base of the turbine creating a uniform wash of light over the whole structure to remove any potential hotspots or glare, which could confuse approaching aircraft.

Sky Turbine © Urbis Schreder

Sky Turbine © Urbis Schreder

Pharos’s versatility in providing an easily programmable control option means that the LPC has no issue with running the lighting fixtures independently or together, and its Designer software provides an intelligent solution for the management of energy consumption and to highlight the ongoing conversion of wind to power.

Central Station Wagon Hoist, Leeds

Friday, February 13th, 2015
Central Station Wagon Hoist © LITE ltd

Central Station Wagon Hoist © LITE ltd

A classic pair of steam-powered wagon hoists were originally situated on each side of the viaduct leading to the Leeds station goods warehouse. Sadly only one survives but the remaining hoist has now been fully restored and positioned to front a brand new office development in Leeds city centre.

Pharos partner LITE ltd used a Pharos LPC 1 to illuminate the old wagon hoist in Leeds central station using pre-programmed multiple colour effects designed to bring the development to life. Uplighting is positioned to cover all sides of the building, and are controlled wirelessly. Photocells automatically turn the scheme on when darkness falls, with resulting energy-saving benefits.

Built for the Lancashire & Yorkshire and London & North Western Railways in the 1850s, the hoists remained in use until the 1950s. The restoration and new lighting installation highlights the hoist’s important Blue Plaque heritage to the many visitors of Leeds, and illustrates Pharos’ versatility in supporting both form and function.

Central Station Wagon Hoist © LITE ltd

Central Station Wagon Hoist © LITE ltd

Edinburgh Castle

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

In the capital city of Scotland, the Edinburgh Castle is a major visitor attraction due to its historical significance and architectural beauty. This iconic symbol, which dominates Edinburgh’s skyline, houses both the crown jewels and National War Museum of Scotland, and remains home to an operational military station.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle © LITE ltd

Pharos partner LITE ltd was commissioned to work with Historic Scotland to revamp the Castle’s existing 10-year old lighting with an LED solution. When the project began, a wireless control system was rejected due to the thick stone walls making signal strength unusable. In order to preserve the fabric of the building the use of existing floodlight positions and mounting brackets was requested when possible. As only the existing lighting infrastructure could be used, the Philips IntelliPower system was a perfect fit.

The 384,670 sq ft (35, 737m2) fortress holds frequent large-scale events, including the Edinburgh Tattoo, St. Andrew’s Day, Hogmanay and Erskine Week, the commemoration of the passing of 70 years since the D-Day Landings for which the castle was illuminated purple.

Edinburgh Castle © LITE ltd

Edinburgh Castle © LITE ltd

The previous conventional lighting system required several days of cumbersome labour to apply gels to the fixtures to create coloured lighting effects onto the castle’s façade and perimeter stone walls. In addition, there was a substantial running cost to maintain the conventional fixtures. The replacement Philips ColorReach and Color Graze LEDs are programmed by a Pharos LPC1 to enable activation by photocells to automatically turn on when darkness falls, and be turned off by a timer at set intervals with resulting ecological benefits.

Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain

Thursday, June 5th, 2014
Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium © LSI International

Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium © LSI International

LSI International – Light Lab have completed one of their first large scale projects with their new Shockwave line of products using a control solution provided by Pharos Controls. The Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium is the new home for Al Ain FC, a leading football club in the UAE, and is acclaimed as being one of the most advanced arenas in the region.  The Al Ain club not only needed a lighting system to illuminate the stunning exterior but also to react in real time to events during a match.

LSI International chose a Pharos LPC 2 and LPC 1, working together to provide 1536 channels of control.  LSII also commissioned Pharos to construct an intuitive iPad web app that would give the stadium managers and score keepers instant and direct control of the lighting. The Pharos system and iPad Interface provides all the control that is needed during a game day, non-game day and special events.  At any time the lighting effects can be changed, stopped, paused or placed into an automatic mode.  If new requirements are needed, the lighting system also has full remote access so that programmers and creative staff can update the system any time anywhere.

Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium - Web Interface

Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium – Web Interface

Fallsview Casino, Ontario

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
Fallsview Casino Tower

Fallsview Casino Tower © Zortech Industries

The Fallsview Casino Resort façade forms one of the most prominent features of the Niagara Falls skyline. Canadian architectural lighting specialists Zortech Industries have designed eleven separate lighting installations to enhance the view overlooking the Horseshoe Falls. These zones are all connected by a single networked control system supplied by Pharos Controls. A selection of LPC 1s and 2s are deployed across the site’s existing network for unified control of all areas as well as local control of the LED fixtures. The project primarily runs using the built in Astronomical clocks in the LPCs which automatically turn the dynamic lighting programs on and off to enhance the façade at sunset and sunrise.

Fallsview Casino Light Boxes

Fallsview Casino Light Boxes © Zortech Industries

The ease at which the controllers could be deployed across the huge site was one of the key factors when choosing the control system according to Paul Zorad, CEO of Zortech Industries. Paul said, “Zortech has used many lighting controllers over our 10 year history. Many other controllers take too long to program but Pharos’ intuitive Designer software easily offers the most optimum programming to maximum capabilities ratio.”

Fallsview Casino Dome

Fallsview Casino Dome © Zortech Industries

Fallsview Casino Fountians

Fallsview Casino Fountians © Zortech Industries


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