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Christmas Lightingg The beautiful Thixotropes lighting installation by Troika is part of Selfridges ‘White Christmas’. Images by Andrew Meredith


The retailer is harnessing the pure wintry colour of white to create an experience that combines art, music, fashion, design and technology to produce an array of beautiful displays and installations to add to the companies existing reputation for celebrating Christmas in style. One of the central installations in Selfridges ‘White Christmas’ is a 30-metre long lighting installation titled ‘Thixotropes’. The installation was designed by technology- driven London based designers Troika, and will be suspended in the stores central atrium space. The installation is in perpetual motion, creating hypnotic abstract shapes using eight separate structures fixed with dozens of shafts of LED white and yellow lights.


The Christmas Decorators have been a part of some high profile commercial installations, as well as working on community and household decorating. The company can create beautiful roof-line lighting, which carefully follows the architectural lines of a building, as well as unique branch wrapping services to create a beautiful exterior lighting effect. The company prides itself on creating the perfect scheme for any decorating needs.


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The company enjoys the ability to have a little fun with decorating designs; “Choosing a theme is a great way of ensuring you create a magical experience for your family and friends at Christmas” explains Nick Bolton, Director of The Christmas Decorators. “Over the years, we’ve done everything from ‘Christmas in New York’ to ‘Narnia’s winter wonderland’. The Christmas Decorators can produce Christmas decorations for any installation, no matter how big or small. “Christmas wreaths, garlands and fairy lights are always our best sellers” explains Bolton, “they’re timeless classics that are easy to hang, look impressive and never really go out of fashion”.


Arranging the lighting aspect of large scale decorative installations can be a difficult business. Attempting to monitor and control lighting across an entire installation is hard work, which is why Harvard Engineering have developed LeafNut, a way of managing and controlling both regular street lights as well as Christmas lighting. This system will help Local Authorities increase the reliability of their installations in a number of ways. LeafNut has already been


implemented by Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, where a MagNode - a miniature wireless radio control system – is attached to groups of Christmas lights, allowing the system’s central server to communicate with each group of lights, ensuring they can be accurately synchronised at times of switch on and off. The system also creates greater maintenance accuracy, as operators can identify light problems in advance, accurately predicting failures. The system makes life easier, reducing time spent on maintenance and control of the installations.


Michael McDonnell, sales and marketing


director at Harvard Engineering, commented, “We first intended for LeafNut to be used solely for street lighting, but the potential for the system to manage and control a variety of outdoor lighting quickly became apparent. The solution can not only help Councils with different outdoor lighting requirements, but also many companies that manage large outdoor lighting systems to save energy, and reduce CO2 emissions as well as maintenance costs.”


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