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Lighting is often used to accentuate the appearance of luxury items, from diamonds to designer clothing. A well-planned lighting scheme helps to improve appearance, and this is something that is used to great effect in car showrooms, where reflections of light add to a sense of magnificence. Car showrooms are usually opulent spaces, and the larger the price tag the more opulent they get. Collingwood Lighting were recently involved in a very prestigious project designed and constructed by Electrikery Ltd for a ‘MediaCube’ installation for the luxurious Bentley showroom in Manchester. Key to the lighting brief was the need to


create a calm and relaxing environment where it was bright enough to be able to read, but not so bright that it would interfere with the projector. A sophisticated


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We take a look at how lighting can be used to create the perfect setting at a car showroom.


aesthetic finish was also an essential requirement, so the specified products needed to combine high-quality optical performance with a sleek and understated appearance. Also, with the MediaCube having a state of the art Crestron control system with a digital DMX interface for full control of colour change features, Collingwood was the obvious choice for seamless integration and reliability. Collingwood Lighting supplied its Starstrip RGB lighting to the project, showcasing the sophisticated lighting effects that can be achieved using LED technology. Dan Challinor, Director of Electrikery, explains: “The stipulations of the brief meant that we needed smart products that would create effective but diffused illumination. Collingwood Lighting’s Starstrip RGB lighting was the ideal


solution, as it is very discreet and easy to install. It’s a compact product but has an exceptional brightness ratio compared to its size, which was exactly what we wanted.” 30m of Collingwood Lighting’s Starstrip RGB was installed in the media room, 18m of which was hidden within a coffered detail, casting light across a suede effect stretch ceiling, with the remaining 12m installed to shine down across the carbon fibre cladding. With a beam angle of 110°, it is an innovative strip light suitable for a wide variety of applications, such as stairway accent lighting, ceiling cornices and even colour washing walls. Katie Wood, from Bentley Manchester, said: “We are really pleased with the MediaCube, which has been a great addition to our showroom. The lighting in it strikes exactly the right balance of innovation and sophistication, and we are


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