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‘We supply a lot of cascading glass and crystal chandeliers to this market, and the beauty of this is that designers can take our original

concepts and design them as per their specification.’ Will Chelsom, director at Chelsom

glass walls) and classical pendants,’ explains Peter Veale from Firefly Lighting Design. Firefly selected Light Corporation, Modular and Cube halogen downlights, and iGuzzini CFL downlights in the kitchen. Roblon fibre optics were used in the water feature, while DGA LED fittings were specified in the globes, and KKDC and Crescent linear LEDs, and Osram LED tape in the bar. ‘We helped ACDC develop a custom cold cathode fitting that was used behind the blue glass walls. Rosco gobo projectors were used to create the animated water-ripple effect behind the bar,’ continues Veale.

Budding songsters in London are in for a

treat when they visit the newly refurbished Karaoke Box in Smithfield, London. Now the lighting in the bar and one of the private karaoke rooms also joins in with the music. Afandi Topham of Karaoke Box wanted to update the surrounding seating areas, creating a bookable area by the bar with their own barman and waitress on hand. ‘We also wanted to install LED lighting to improve the ambience within the venue, particularly in the new seating design,’ explains Topham.

Colour changing LED lighting is now being controlled by the amBIENT XC from amBX. The newly installed amBIENT XC enables the venue to control multiple zones that were previously independent of each other, allowing them to light up each area separately or together. The output from the sound desk is now connected to the XC allowing all the LEDs to respond to the music being played when the DJ is playing. They also have a digital projector in the main bar that can be used to show movies, visuals or presentations. When connected to the XC, all the LED lights within the bar join in with what is being shown on the projection. RGB LED lights were installed in the back of custom built seating, lighting up the walls behind. More LED lights were installed under champagne ice buckets in each seating area, and RGB LEDs were installed within the bar top itself replacing


tube lamps that didn’t offer the same quality of light. Underneath the custom seating area, RGB LEDs were installed allowing light to spill down on to the floor. In the private Karaoke room, Pulsar Chromaspheres were fitted with the XC live karaoke feed running through the amBIENT XC so the lights join in with the karaoke.

Whilst interior spaces usually enjoy a high quality lighting design, exterior areas can often be forgotten. Mervyn Carter, UK sales and marketing manager for Paviom, says exterior lighting is just as important for clubs and bars as interior systems are. ‘Many see exterior lighting as a means to an end. It’s either installed to highlight signage, or displays or for navigational purposes. Whilst this is true, exterior lighting is also key for creating a striking first impression, which customers will remember. Moreover, architecturally pleasing exterior lighting is also needed in external spaces that act as an extension to the pub or bar. With many establishments looking to increase revenue through increasing capacity, exterior areas are having a significant role to play,’ explains Carter. ‘Luckily, more manufacturers are placing an increasing emphasis on the design and development of exterior lighting products.’ Paviom offers a comprehensive portfolio of exterior lighting designs including the Limbus and Lentus ranges. These exterior light solutions offer specifiers the freedom of uplighting or wall washing with T5 fluorescent or a variety of LED colours to create a colourful and contemporary lighting scheme.

Getting the lighting scheme right both inside and out will make customers come

back time and again. Be adventurous, and the more creative the better – its all about sticking in people’s minds and creating a great experience for them.

Above from left: Chelsom provided fittings for Sofitel, London Heathrow Terminal 5, and a typical large shade from Chelsom. Below: Paviom’s Lofoot range of exterior fittings can be used to create great effects on the outside of clubs and bars.


AMBX Chelsom 01253 831 400 Firefly Lighting Design 0208 746 2991 Paviom 01293 804 688 Pulsar 01223 403 500 Sutton Vane Associates 020 8563 9370


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