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Phoenix Arts Club rising higher thanks to support from White Light, Chauvet Professional and the Music Venue Trust’s Sound + Vision project

Phoenix Arts Club, London’s home of cabaret, live music, musical theatre, burlesque and LGBTQ+ entertainment; has upgraded its technological offering thanks to Music Venue Trust (MVT)’s Sound + Vision initiative. As collaborative MVT partner and long-standing supporter of Phoenix Arts Club, technical solutions specialist White Light (WL), facilitated and managed the project. The scheme enabled Chauvet Professional to install its highest ever resolution LED video solution in the iconic venue, significantly elevating the production value for its diverse events programme.

Launched in 2017, MVT’s Sound + Vision initiative aims to deliver a 21st Century live entertainment experience to artists and audiences all over the UK. Having supported nearly 50 venues to date, the scheme supports venues that are seeking funding via the ACE, making industry leading technologies accessible to grassroots venues. Jason Larcombe, WL’s Senior Project Manager, comments: “Thanks to our ongoing work with MVT and long-standing relationships with Phoenix Arts Club and Chauvet, we are thrilled to have been able to provide support for this vital scheme. With our roots and heritage in London’s Westend, it’s been hugely rewarding to see one of its legendary venues transform overnight through innovative technology.”

Using its slim-bodied F2 2.9 mm pixel pitch LED video panel, Chauvet built a 4m x 2.5m screen in the 100-capacity venue. Sam Bowden, Chauvet’s UK Sales Manager, says: “At Chauvet we were delighted to be involved with this great project at such a prestigious venue. F2 is designed for applications where crystal sharp clarity is essential from any viewing angle, even from as close as 7.5ft. Having spent many an enjoyable evening at Phoenix Arts Club ourselves, we look forward to spending many more there with their fantastic new screen!”

Peter Dunbar, Managing Director at Phoenix Arts Club, adds: “This upgrade has been game-changing for our venue. Seeing a state-of-the-art screen as soon as you enter, transports guests to an exciting new place. We can now add depth to performances, using dynamic content to show artists and hosts, even when they are not live on stage. We’re proud to now offer a premium Westend theatre experience in an intimate cabaret environment, without having had to significantly increase our ticket prices. We are incredibly grateful to WL, MVT and Chauvet for making this a reality and we’re excited to further diversify our extensive events programme thanks to this scheme.”

The Sound + Vision initiative provides ongoing support for Grassroots music venues. Please contact our team to discuss the opportunities available.

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Signify’s lighting solutions installed in every Everlast gym across the UK

 

GuildfordUK– Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, has been appointed by Frasers Group to design and supply the lighting for all 69 Everlast Gyms across the UK. The lighting upgrade is part of the Fraser Group’s ‘elevation strategy’ to develop a unique model within the UK fitness industry and offer an unparalleled class and gym experience for Everlast members and visitors which is both inclusive and immersive.

In addition, designing the gyms with LED lighting dramatically cuts the energy consumption by about 80%, when compared to the traditional technologies that were deployed earlier. Added controls will help manage and reduce energy consumption by creating and managing uniform light schedules for all 69 gyms from a single dashboard, reducing operational costs, ensuring compliance, and efficiently planning maintenance.

Professional LED lighting enhances experience

Everlast gyms at Denton, Shirebrook and Preston have already been upgraded and offer members a variety of different environments – or ‘innovative zones’ – to train in, creating unique gym experiences. Contemporary luminaries from the Modular range distribute a soft yet functional light that is designed for hospitality venues, public, retail and other large spaces. These lights use minimalist design principles that add to the visual appeal of the space. To compliment this, the Keyline range, from the Philips portfolio, creates chevrons, lines and squares in the ceiling, directing members to the different zones and identifying the individual areas.

Connected lighting control system for flexibility and intelligent operation

As part of the redesign, the Interact connected lighting system, which includes multisite management capability, provides centralised lighting control for all the gyms. Agreed scenes and schedules ensure a consistent look and feel, as well as providing increased visibility, flexibility, and control of the lights. The cloud-based platform collects data from all light points via a connected lighting infrastructure and is displayed on a centralized dashboard. This enables better comparison, monitoring and management of lighting across multiple locations for improved efficiency.

Designed for the circular economy

The gyms also feature tailor-made pendant and projector lights which are 3D printed luminaires designed and developed to suit the exact needs of each individual location. These fixtures are made of 100% recyclable polycarbonate material, which is also lightweight and therefore cheaper to transport. The luminaires are serviceable and offer the ability to prolong the technical and economic lifetime of the product after it has been put into service.

The first of our elevated sites in DentonPreston and Shirebrook reflect our ambitions for Everlast Gyms and perfectly demonstrate the gym experience we aim to bring to all of our members throughout the UK,” commented Daniel Summerson, Managing Director of Everlast Gyms, Frasers Group. We needed to make sure that the lighting added to the look and feel of the club, while also keeping the facility environmentally friendlyIt has been great to switch on these solutions and I am looking forward to working with Signify on the roll-out across the UK, with Nottingham to be the next gym to have the upgraded experience for members.

Daniel Maskell, National Sales Manager, Signify UK&I, added: The design of the gyms, combined with the innovative zones’, makes this a very exciting project for us at Signify as it ensures that lighting plays a key role in the entire experience. The LED solutions and the connected lighting system that we have installed make Everlast gyms the venue of choice for many. positive impact on the environment is another huge benefit for the gyms: the upgrade to LED lighting reduces energy consumption, while the implementation of 3D printed technology further reduces Everlast gyms carbon footprint. The gyms really make a statement to the fitness industry, and we are looking forward to working with Everlast on the rest of their gyms across the UK.

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Gira smart technology adds intelligent comfort to The Edge House

Gira, one of the world’s leading full-range suppliers of intelligent building solutions for commercial and residential properties, blend comfort, connectivity and style at The Edge House, a deluxe smart home near Krakow in Poland.

Just four kilometres from the city centre, a former quarry has been redeveloped in true contemporary style and is now home to The Edge House, a luxury property defined by its extreme architecture, angular slate roof and minimalist aesthetic.

With a quarry edge measuring 8 metres high, the extravagant plot location proved to be a major design challenge, which was amplified by the planning restrictions as pitched roofs are a legal requirement in this exclusive neighbourhood. However, the homeowners wanted an original and creative solution for the plot and so their search for the perfect design took two years.

Several architects were commissioned, but the design concepts never quite met the clients’ expectations. Architect Przemyslaw Olczak from the internationally acclaimed studio Mobius Architekci in Krakow, finally won their trust and was awarded the contract. His idea was to build the house on the quarry edge. He placed the building on the rugged cliff, adapting it to the contours of the slope with steeply inclined façades and using dark slate to offset it against the existing pale limestone.

The exquisite building is made truly extraordinary through the architect’s ingenuity with differences in height. Viewed from the south, The Edge House looks like a single-level home, whilst the cliff side to the north reveals three storey’s that appear to be integrated into the rocks. The homeowners wanted a wildflower meadow to be incorporated into the design. In order to prevent the house from overpowering the meadow-rich plot, Ofczak designed parts of the site to slope slightly downwards towards the south and west sides of the building. This reduced the height, whilst simultaneously creating a private living space and pool area out of sight. Several balconies and terraces ensure that the residents can enjoy the sunshine or the shade as much as they wish.

The understated architecture continues inside with 850 square metres of living space on three levels: a basement, ground floor and first floor. The entrance is at ground level and leads into a spacious kitchen and open plan living and dining area. To the right of the entrance, there is a media room and one bedroom with a guest bathroom. The upper level boasts two large bedrooms with bathrooms and dressing rooms, in addition to a work and office space.

Minimalist yet multifunctional: Gira Smart technology completes the concept. The Gira Esprit Design Line is the perfect complement for the elegant interiors and as the homeowners wanted extra comfort and sustainability, they chose a KNX system from Gira to install many complex functions. At the heart of this wired bus installation is the Gira HomeServer, which enables the household to control the building technology thanks to a range of different devices. By adding the extra power of the Gira FacilityServer to the Gira HomeServer, the KNX system at Edge House links everything together: from door communication, the security/alarm system, blinds, electrically-operated windows and doors to the audio system, lighting, heating and climate control technology.

Wherever they are, the residents can enjoy all the benefits of mobile smart home control on the go via the Gira interface on the Gira HomeServer app. At home, they can call up defined functions and individual scenes in any room using the Gira pushbutton sensors. With dimmed lighting and the blinds down, the living area can be transformed into a home cinema. The KNX installation in the Edge House not only offers an incredible range of functions and enormous flexibility, but it can also evolve in the future – because an electrical engineer can reprogram the system to add new functions at any time, without any complex building work or additional cables.

Gira Esprit Design Line – brimming with personality this socket and switch series comes in 15 different options to bring a design accent to your home. You can mix and match with frames in on-trend metallics, sustainably sourced Linoleum-Plywood and luxe glass. Offering functional and fashionable elements, Gira Esprit is available in bronze, aluminium, aluminium light gold, aluminium brown, aluminium black, chrome, stainless steel, anthracite, dark brown, light brown, glass mint, glass umber, glass white, glass black and light grey. It works seamlessly with the Gira System 55, which offers over 300 functions to assist intuitive smart home living.

Gira Pushbutton Sensor 3 – bringing together multiple functions at the touch of a button, you can control lighting and blind, adjust the temperature or store and call up complete scenes of light, blinds and music. This versatile room controller will maximise the benefits of smart living and can be easily customised to your needs.

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The Mansion, FIVE Jumeirah Village

The recently opened The Mansion nightclub celebrates the glitz and opulence of the 1920s era. This glamourous venue is located in the FIVA Jumeirah Village hotel.

Designed by leading Interior Design Practice, Russell Stage Studio, the lavish space is inspired by the “Scarface” mansion with its iconic staircase and Roman architectural elements. The nightlife destination features stunning gold and black furnishings, digital art screens showcasing transformative art pieces and graffiti designed by renowned artist Pichi Avo.

Russell Sage Studio appointed Victoria Jerram Lighting Design for the destination’s lighting scheme. Layers of lighting were designed into the fabric of the venue, allowing the venue to offer a new experience on each visit.

Each surface, from the all-important bar and that staircase, to the columns and DJ booth, has been considered and designed with lighting at its core. The UV washlights highlight the UV graffiti art applied to the walls and back bar, and decorative light fittings bring a touch of glamour to the space.

The lighting scheme is highly flexible, using the latest in LED lighting technology. The lighting rig includes ambient quad-colour (RGBW) moving head projectors, special effects projectors and Video LED tape, all programmed to create a synergy between light and music.

This layered lighting effect creates an immersive environment, transporting party-goers to a bygone era. It’s a venue that truly must be seen to be believed.

Project credits:  

Lighting Design: Victoria Jerram Lighting Design

Interior Designer: Russell Sage

Client: FIVE Hotels and Resorts

Photography: Courtesy of FIVE Hotels and Resorts

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Ansell Launches New Wallpack

  • ‘Wolf’ delivers optimum beam distribution whilst ensuring minimal light pollution

Combining modern design with robust materials, Wolf is the latest external wallpack from Ansell Lighting.

Specifically designed to deliver wide lighting distribution for optimum spacing and uniformity outdoors, Wolf features advanced lens technology which also provides enhanced glare control and ensures minimal (less than 1%) up light and light pollution helping with Dark Skies compliance.

Robust and hardwearing, Wolf is IK10 rated thanks to its tough polycarbonate cover and die-cast housing which protect against external impact and vandalism. It is available in a choice of black or silver-grey electrostatic paint finishes which delivers enhanced corrosion resistance.

An added benefit for contractors, Wolf’s thoughtful design means that it is quick and easy to install. It features multiple conduit entry and BESA fixing points as well as disconnectable internal gear trays and push-fit terminals.

CCT and power selectable, Wolf can be programmed to deliver specific lighting hues and outputs suited to the application.  For added functionality, further options such as OCTO Smart Control, Digital Dimming, Electronic Photocell, Integral Microwave Sensor and a choice of three different Emergency versions are also available.

Mark Abbott, Managing Director at Ansell Lighting said: “Wolf is a versatile new addition to our outdoor lighting range. Its clever design means that it is ideal for use in settings of all genres, efficiently illuminating external spaces whilst generating minimal light pollution.

“The multiple options available also mean Wolf is suitable for a variety of lighting installations; from a hi-tech connected installation to emergency compliant systems, it has widespread appeal. And although this is a new product to market we are already planning to extend the range with the addition of a mini version, to come in the final quarter of the year.”

For more information about Ansell’s Wolf Wallpack, visit https://www.anselluk.com/

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DALI-2 Within Emergency Lighting

David Allcock, Mackwell’s Technical Manager, looks at the advancement of DALI-2 to cover DALI Emergency, and the benefits this offers to the emergency lighting sector. 

The use of DALI protocol to automatically test and monitor emergency lighting is well-established across the globe. It is internationally recognised as a reliable and robust solution that meets the safety critical requirements of the sector.  

 

Recently, the DALI Alliance extended its DALI-2 certification program to include DALI Emergency. This further extends the interoperability of devices and opens up the potential for integration into building management systems. This in turn brings a number of benefits. 

 

Path to DALI-2 Emergency 

DALI emergency lighting has been in operation for many years, offering a great deal of advantages with regards to testing and monitoring. While DALI-2 has been operational for general lighting, it is only now that DALI-2 Emergency is being introduced. It will be released in 2 stages across 2022-2023. DALI-2 Ed. 1 (2022), which is now open for registrations, will cover test sequences for improved interoperability. And, due for release in 2023, DALI-2 Ed.2 will include a range of advanced functions including diagnostics, data, reliability features, and more. 

Benefits of DALI-2 

DALI-2 offers improved compatibility between different manufacturers’ products, thanks to mandatory certification. In today’s technology, advanced systems for managing charge through embedded software – which also include diagnostics – are already available. These will be developed into a standard range of features in DALI-2 Ed.2. 

This is a significant step forward in the adoption of DALI-2 as the protocol of choice for smart emergency systems, and consequently even smarter buildings. Ultimately, DALI-2 Emergency raises the bar for emergency lighting systems, providing facilities managers with the confidence that technologies will work together seamlessly now and in the future, and for the lifetime of the system. 

Overall, DALI-2 provides seamless integration of these products and will assist greatly with the future safety of occupants of a building. This is undoubtedly a change to be welcomed and embraced across the emergency lighting sector. 

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Ely Cathedral shines bright with Pharos

Ely Cathedral is located in the picturesque city of Ely in East Cambridgeshire. The site can be dated back to AD 763, when it began its life as an abbey church built by St Etheldreda. The current building dates from 1083, and Ely was raised to cathedral status in 1109.

As part of the Church of England, Ely Cathedral is committed to being carbon neutral by 2030. To help achieve this, the lighting at Ely Cathedral is currently being upgraded to a more energy-efficient and sustainable system.

While the Cathedral is primarily a place of worship, it is also an important heritage attraction, a venue for music and events, and an occasional location for filming. It was therefore key to ensure that any new lighting scheme was capable of showing the architecture off to its full potential, while supporting a range of uses and enhancing the Cathedral’s daily round of worship. The new system will reveal more of the detail and beauty of the building while being less visually intrusive.

The work has been split into phases, with phase 1 focusing on the exterior of the Cathedral’s Octagon Tower.

Light Perceptions, specialist lighting consultants for historic buildings, were appointed to the project. Their brief was to remove the existing flood lighting and design a scheme that was flexible and controllable while offering higher levels of energy efficiency.

The flexibility of the external system is important as it allows the Cathedral to use colours and dynamic lighting to mark special occasions or events, such as red, white and blue for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, or the colours of the liturgical calendar. The previous lighting allowed for only a single colour. In addition, the new system has removed the need for someone to change the lighting manually when required, which incurred time and cost.

Light Perceptions worked exceptionally well with the Cathedral to obtain the permissions needed. These are especially exacting for a Grade I listed building governed by the Church of England’s regulatory system.

To deliver the control aspect of the exterior lighting design, Pharos Architectural Controls was selected by Light Perceptions. A Pharos TPC (Touch Panel Controller) is now used by the Cathedral, offering a customisable 4.3” touch screen with a single Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) network connection. The touch screen interface allows Ely Cathedral to create multiple pages of controls and configure their appearance to provide immediate visual feedback.

The advanced technology of the Pharos TPC allows for control of lighting levels and playbacks that can gracefully transition between scenes, timelines, effects and pixel-mapped media.

To bolster the system further, a Pharos EXT has also been used. The EXT is an extension for the Pharos TPC and together they form a standalone, mains-powered lighting control system with flexible output and show control options. In addition, the EXT provides local DMX and DALI output for the TPC, as well as power and other hardware interfaces.

Tim Edwards, Director of Operations for Pharos Architectural Controls commented: Ely Cathedral is a beautiful structure, and it is hoped that the new lighting will allow visitors to appreciate its rich architecture, especially once all phases are completed.  

It’s great to see the Cathedral to now have flexible system from Pharos that allows it to use the lighting for special occasions and other celebrations.  

Bruce Kirk, Director at Light Perceptions said: “Ely Cathedral is visited by thousands of people every year, which makes us incredibly proud to know we have contributed to the new lighting system now that phase one is complete. It’s another hugely successful project to add to our strong portfolio as we celebrate our company’s 20th anniversary. 

“The outdated lighting was no longer fit for purpose, using high levels of energy and therefore costing far too much. The new lighting system will give the Cathedral the ability to control the lighting easily, and embrace this to its full potential. Light Perceptions has worked with Pharos on a number of projects and, as always, their contribution and market-leading technology has completed the lighting scheme perfectly.” 

The Very Revd Mark Bonney, Dean of Ely, added: “The effect of the new lighting on the exterior at Ely Cathedral is superb. Not only are we reducing our energy use, the beauty of the fourteenth-century Octagon Tower is more fully revealed at night.  

“It is wonderful that the exterior of the Cathedral can now mark occasions and events through more flexible and controllable lighting. Using the lighting to show support for the people of Ukraine was a poignant moment for us.” 

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Shining A Light on Residential Security

Ansell Lighting unveils new compact security light

With twin adjustable heads providing wider coverage and performance, Zeker is the latest security light to be unveiled by Ansell Lighting.

Suitable for residential settings, the compact floodlight emits light at a 90-degree angle and is the ideal luminaire for illuminating doorways, patios and gardens spaces.

Available with and without the option of PIR technology, Zeker offers complete flexibility, providing either a constant source of light or alternatively, illumination only when presence is detected. Conveniently, the PIR version does also have an 8hr manual override facility giving users the best of both worlds when required.

Constructed from a robust aluminium the luminaire is IP65 rated and comes complete with a two-year warranty for added peace of mind.

CCT selectable between 3000k, 4000k and 6000k, Zeker is non dimmable and has an LED Lifetime of L70 54,000 hours.

Mark Abbott, Managing Director at Ansell Lighting said: “Utilising years of insight and expertise, our design team has strived to create a discreet yet effective security light for the residential market.

“As a result, Zeker is a highly flexible luminaire that can act as both a constant outdoor light source and a motion reactive security light. Available in both white and black finishes, it is a stylish addition to any home and will complement a variety of property designs.”