Located in the heart of Glasgow city centre, the St Enoch shopping centre is a very popular retail paradise bursting with outlets offering everything including clothes, homeware, toys, and food and drink.
Following a high spec redesign, an LED-based façade now sits above the centre’s entrance on Osborne Street, home to the Vue cinema. The installation is set to provide dynamic lighting effects and entice more visitors to the centre from Dunlop Street. Creative architectural lighting designers, Match Lighting Studio, were appointed for this project, which uses Pharos for comprehensive lighting control.
Over 3000 individually controlled RGB diffused Tryka LED pixels have been installed in panels which are mounted above the entrance, at 60 pixels high and 105 pixels wide. The pixel array is comprised of custom length strings fitted to manufactured cladding panels with 20mm apertures, through which the domed diffuser protrudes. These panels then form the metal work of the feature.
Each panel has an Ethernet control link back to the main controller box, which is mounted within a waterproof enclosure to the bottom left of the feature. A Pharos LPC 30 controller is also located within this enclosure, providing all of the control and data for the Tryka Pixel Nodes.
The Pharos LPC 30 is a standalone unit which runs independently via programming that is uploaded from a PC and can also be managed online via Pharos Cloud. It offers an extreme level of power and integration, making it an ideal lighting control solution for architectural and landmark lighting installations.
Two Pharos EDN 20s provide the interface between the lighting controller and each LED panel. The Pharos EDN (Ethernet Data Node) provides Ethernet-distributed DMX in an easily configurable networking node adding physical DMX ports to Pharos controllers. This is one of the first, and most notable projects to date, to use the new Pharos EDN.
Once the system has been fully programmed using Designer 2 software, the Pharos LPC 30 will function automatically, operating the façade on a daily schedule based on timeclock and astronomical triggers. Changes to content and scheduling can easily be achieved either by using Designer 2 or alternatively by using the power of Pharos Cloud.