Posts Tagged ‘LPC 1’

Streatham High Road, London

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Streatham High Road  © Architainment

Streatham High Road © Architainment

Streatham High Road is famous for being the longest high street in the United Kingdom. Architectural lighting has now been used to create a greater sense of place and community for local businesses and society, and breathe new life into the area with the idea of combining its individual elements to light up the Streatham skyline.

Michael Grubb Studio, in collaboration with Pharos partner Architainment, developed a ‘Streatham wide’ lighting concept using a Pharos LPC controller. The remote accessibility of the Pharos operating system allows building owners to have independent control of the lighting on a daily basis, and also allows Lambeth Council to have access during special events to coordinate the entire street.

Linked to a calendar that has been created in partnership with the many communities of Streatham, the buildings on the High Road can celebrate a key religious or social day, commemorate birthdays of local residents past and present, note days of remembrance or simply make people aware of upcoming events.

There are over 100 dates already programmed. The Pharos LPC1 can control over 16 million colours with an endless array of patterns to create a unique sequence of colour or animations in keeping with a designated day. Each building was approached uniquely in design and bespoke details were made to make the lighting both effective and discreet from the view of the road.

Philips ColorKinetics fixtures have been used throughout the five buildings included in the first phase of the project, and the expectation is that the surrounding buildings, businesses and community groups will join the initiative in the future. The scalability of the Pharos system allows for the prospect so that future fixtures and controllers can be easily added without diminishing performance or creating complex programming and maintenance issues.

Streatham High Road  (Pratts & Payne)  © Architainment

Streatham High Road (Pratts & Payne) © Architainment

Streatham High Road © Architainment

Streatham High Road © Architainment

Herne Bay Clock Tower, Herne Bay

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

The Herne Bay Clock Tower was the first freestanding tidal clock tower in the world. Built in 1839 on the Herne Bay seafront in Kent it has over its 176-year history become a much-loved landmark of the town.

Herne Bay Clock Tower © Architainment

Herne Bay Clock Tower © Architainment

Herne Bay Clock Tower © Architainment

Herne Bay Clock Tower © Architainment

Funding by the Heritage Lottery allowed for a complete refurbishment of the Clock Tower, and the installation of a modern lighting control solution formed an important element of the design brief. Pharos partner Architainment distributed Philips Colorblast Powercores and other RGB units across all four sections of the tower, and all are managed and controlled from a Pharos TPC Touch Panel Controller.

The Pharos Designer software permits a state of the art tidal-linked colour-changing scheme through a scripted program which utilises a comprehensive database of tidal information. At low tide the top section is illuminated in red, subtly changing to green at high tide.

For most of the year white light is used to exhibit the stone to best bring its unique architectural features to the fore, while the bottom three sections can be illuminated in any colour. This was finely demonstrated on March 26th this year when the Clock Tower was lit up in purple in tandem with other famous worldwide monuments to mark National Epilepsy Day.

Hammersmith Eventim Apollo, London

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

The Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, south west London, is a favourite entertainment venue for thousands of fans of all ages and genres. Originally opened in 1932, it is one of the country’s largest theatres and was designed by Robert Cromie in an Art Deco style. For a certain generation, this Grade 2 listed building will always be synonymous with famous performances by Motorhead and Thin Lizzy as well as being the final resting place of Ziggy Stardust.

Hammersmith Apollo © Architainment

Hammersmith Apollo © Architainment

James Morse Lighting Design was tasked with refurbishing the façade of the building, and Pharos partner Architainment used a Pharos LPC1 to control colour changing LEDs in a manner sympathetic to English Heritage’s preservation requirements. Philips ColorKinetics products were selected to replace the conventional light sources originally lining the theatre entrance, and the structure has been revitalised by the saturation in rich colours of its bold columns and distinct marquee. The simplified installation and control process reduced the necessary alterations to the original façade, and enhances a charming building for a new generation of audiences.

The interior of the Apollo had become a rather jaded, dark space, and specifier GDS was invited to join the design team tasked with its restoration. Using a template of vintage photographs, their vision was to work within the original design and wherever possible to restore historical features, such as the chandeliers and ceiling lights, to their original glory.

A Pharos LPC 1, with POE patching and distribution, is used to highlight the interior features, and the original fixtures are complemented with a new RGBW colour changing strip designed to achieve an even coverage of light throughout. The LPC1 communicates with wireless technology to output a large number of DMX channels to fixtures that cannot be cabled allowing for a flawless data transfer.

Hammersmith Apollo © Architainment

Hammersmith Apollo © Architainment

Of critical importance to the refurbishment was the need for the work to progress quickly. Pharos’ versatility in managing the lighting of both historical and modern features supported the speed of completion within a nine-week turnaround, and delivered a complete transformation of the entire space.

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