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Fibre optics


Above: Bruce Munro designed this stunning fibre optic chandelier feature for the Camelot HQ. Below: Fibre optics from Crescent have been used to create chandeliers in function rooms at The Sofitel Hotel in St James, London.


illusion of water trickling down the feature screen, which was created by using textured glass panels. To achieve this effect, Universal Fibre Optics installed round P19 paver fittings in the floor behind the glass panels. These shine upwards and the textured panels pick up the light creating the desired water-like effect. The UFO P19 paver was especially suited to this project because as well as a standard flat glass lens on the front, it also contains an inner domed lens. This allows the beam angle to be adjusted to suit the application. For this project, 150W tungsten halogen light sources were chosen ahead of their metal halide counterparts as the light output was a warmer colour temperature. The Sofitel Hotel in St James, London has


refitted two of its multi function meeting and conference rooms, the Westminster and Mayfair rooms, including fibre optic chandeliers. Working closely with the designers, Crescent Lighting brought the concept through to a practical product that


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was able to be installed within the tight confines of the ceiling structure. Two designs were completed, a circular one for the Westminster and a larger oval shape for the Mayfair. Thousands of individual glass stems were used, which required a lot of meticulous and time-consuming construction and installation. The results however, look stunning and have made all the hard work worthwhile. Camelot’s HQ has received a touch of Bruce Munro’s magic with a stunning 9m long fibre optic chandelier. The piece has been installed in the central stairwell at the head quarter building. The fibre optics are illuminated via one 150W metal halide projector, and hang from a ceiling plate measuring 1.2m in diameter. ‘Camelot approached me because they had seen one of our installations. The space was perfect for the "light shower" design concept that they liked,’ explains Munro. ‘The power consumption is fairly minimal for a feature installation (150W);


it's not a gas guzzler. This time I didn't use colour, in fact it was a joint decision. In this situation colour wouldn't have added anything.


‘Commissioned pieces begin from other peoples briefs and expectations. It is enjoyable and interesting to do both these and my art installations; it certainly keeps me on my toes! For installations I suppose I am the client, in other words they are created from my own personal brief (this does not make it easier).’


Contact


Bruce Munro 01985 845 228 www.brucemunro.co.uk Crescent Lighting 01635 878 888 www.crescent.co.uk


Lighting Design International 020 8600 5777 www.lightingdesigninternational.com Starscape 01289 332 900 www.starscape.co.uk Universal Fibre Optics 01890 883 416 www.universal-fibre-optics.com


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