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Christmas Lighting


Lit up like a Christmas Tree!


Christmas lights bring festive cheer to our towns and cities; we look at what to expect from this year’s lighting designs.


Main Image: Christmas Lighting at Covent Garden, London, by Piggotts. Images above: Christmas Lighting at London Designer Outlet, by James Glancy Design.


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There is nothing quite like Christmas, and the lead up to the big day is every bit as exciting as the main event. Christmas lights play a big part in the festive feeling and once lights are turned on, towns and cities across the nation become twinkling winter wonderlands. James Glancy Design has recently been working on a lighting scheme for the London Designer Outlet. This location comprises of 350,000ft2 of retail space, with 70 retail units, 15 restaurants and bars and a nine-screen cinema complex. James Glancy Design have constructed 12 x 1m and 5 x 2m steel wire framed cubes that will be rigged on wire rope lines, giving a sense of them tumbling down the mall, complementing the Crystalline London Designer Outlet branding. Each steel framed box is covered in RGB LED strip on two sides and has mirrors on the other two sides to endlessly reflect the stunning lights. By mounting the tape they are able to use mechanical fixing methods to allow for easy maintenance. The steel frame is then rotated through 45 degrees to maximise the light levels and illuminate internal additional dressing. The 2m cubes are controlled by a wireless DMX-512 system with high powered IP65 RGB drivers, developed in conjunction with a German supplier. For the 1m cubes they have fabricated a number of DMX LED


controllers in house. Each cube has 12 channels (4 each of RGB respectively). The DMX control system is calendar based to output desired looks at specific times. The control system is interfaced using wifi technology with an app running on an i- pad. Additional fluorescent fittings are installed on the mall canopies to complement the cubes and the crystalline aesthetic. DMX wireless technology was supplied by Astera Lighting. The control technology was supplied by Interactive Technologies and the fluorescent fittings supplied by Encapsulite. Covent Garden have selected Piggotts to create the illuminations across the market square and surrounding streets. The concept behind the project was to create an enticing public space, increasing footfall and ultimately encouraging economy for local businesses. Piggotts have produced the Christmas lighting for Covent Garden in the past and due to the success of the previous lighting schemes, the contract has been extended by another three years. Using an array of six metre wide light curtains, incorporating snow fall tubes and festive red baubles, the Piggotts team created a stream of dramatic white LED lights hanging between the streets leading toward Covent Garden Market. The streets initially involved within last


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