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Architainment Lighting Southend-on-sea


Seafront under the Spotlight Southend-on-Sea gets lighting makeover with six new lighting masts Images by Ian Davies for Architainment Lighting Ltd


As part of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s ‘Better Southend’ scheme, Architainment Lighting Ltd was approached by lighting design consultants, Pinniger, in the spring of 2009 to provide programming, commissioning and LED expertise for six lighting masts to be erected along the town’s promenade. After being approached by the council, Pinniger contacted Architainment for its LED programming and control equipment to help with the project. They also called on street furniture and external lighting manufacturer, Woodhouse, to work on making the 21.6m-high masts a reality. After a period of consultation, Pinniger specified 180 strings of Philips Color Kinetics’ iColor® Flex LMX to achieve the desired effects. Using 30 strings per mast, this flexible strand of large, high-intensity, full-colour LED nodes has been designed to illuminate vast distances without the constraints of fixture size or shape. Each iColor® Flex LMX strand consists of 50 individually addressable LED nodes, each producing full-colour output of up to 6.56 candela. Given the beachfront location of


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the masts, the technology needed to be both durable and weather resistant and, ideally, the iColor® Flex LMX is fully sealed for maximum fixture life and IP66-rated for outdoor applications.


The LPCX also simultaneously outputs the ARTNET Ethernet protocol to communicate with seven Artistic Licence ArtLynx O/P units that in turn output DMX to manage non-Ethernet controllable fixtures. Also used in the control system are two Artistic Licence ARTRELAY units, which are again controlled via ARTNET from the LPCX. The ARTRELAY units are used to control electrical contractors that switch the ambient white lighting on each of the masts, and in other pedestrian areas. Commenting on the installation, Architainment Lighting Technical Services Manager, Chris Campbell said: “A great deal of work has gone into completing the lighting masts for Southend city beach and we’ve really enjoyed working with the council, Pinniger’s and Woodhouse on this challenging but incredibly rewarding project.”


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nightly basis, triggered by the internal astronomical clock of the LPCX. The controller will be interfaced with standard Photocell that will be used to activate the ambient white lighting in the pedestrian areas.


Contact


Pinniger T: 01883 744377 W: www.pinniger.co.uk


Architainment T: 01494 471340 W: www.architainment.co.uk


Woodhouse T: 0 1926 314 313 W: www.woodhouse.co.uk


Philips Color Kinetics T: 0845 601 1283 W: www.colorkinetics.com


Artistic Licence T: 020 88 63 45 15 W: www.artisticlicence.com


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