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traditional skills were needed for the work to be done. Three of the energy efficient chandeliers were located in the Ballroom - an elegant addition to this spectacular listed Georgian interior dating back to 1787. The ballroom is a stunning vision with a pallet of soft greys and ducky whites; floor to ceiling mirrors run at either end making it seem the room goes on forever. To complete the renovation each chandelier was dismantled section by section then boxed and labeled accordingly. The larger fittings were dismantled and refurbished in component form and then reassembled on site over a three week period. The chandeliers had more than half a million crystals to be cleaned and replaced correctly and this was done alongside Keith Gunn Electrical services. With the chandeliers surviving the ages of candlelight, gas and electricity, it was vital


Assembly Rooms has got its sparkle back.” The historic RSA (Royal Society of Arts) building is grade 1 listed and originally designed by Robert and John Adams in 1774. Over the years it has been through many transformations. Mindseye were invited to provide a lighting scheme for the building by Matthew Lloyd Architects. Their brief was to support the architects vision; to produce a state of the art facility whilst still remaining true to the original features. Part of this vision prohibited the use of any recessed fittings. The main difficulty when choosing a lighting system was the multiple functions each room was needed for. The Great Room in particular was difficult as it was used for seminars, presentations, weddings and exhibitions. The Great Room also housed 18th century oil paintings which clad all four walls of the room. To preserve these paintings all lighting needed


every piece was restored and replaced correctly. One challenge faced by Chelsom was to


install a lighting system throughout the venue that not only was in keeping with the buildings aesthetics. Osram Halogen 42W candle and GLS lamps were selected due to the amazing sparkle these create with crystal, further emphasising the overall impact of the lighting restoration. Manager of The Assembly Rooms, Shona Clelland, said “The chandeliers throughout the Assembly Rooms are what makes the building iconic and the Chelsom team did a wonderful job of restoring them to their former glory. When visitors come into the Ballroom, it is the moment they see the three large chandeliers that leaves them speechless. Thanks to Chelsom, the


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to be kept below 150 lux to prevent degeneration. Both these projects show that with a


good brief and a respect for the buildings heritage and materials, lighting schemes can be tailored to work to certain confines, while still producing a beautiful end result.


Contact Chelsom +44 (0)1253 831400 www.chelsom.co.uk


Mindseye +44 (0)20 7923 0508 www.mindseye3d.com


John Cullen +44 (0)20 7371 5400 www.johncullenlighting.co.uk


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