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128 TECHNOLOGY / LED CASE STUDY


I AM SAILING


Griven Powershine exterior wall washers, using Seoul Semiconductor P4 LEDs, are used to create a splash of colour for the sails of the Scientific Center of Kuwait.


Located directly on the waterfront at Ras Al Ardh in the Salmiya region in Kuwait, the Scientific Center of Kuwait (TSCK) serves as an environment-focused educational meeting point for the whole Arabian Gulf area. It was inaugurated by the late Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and it covers an area of about 80,000 square metres with the building itself stretching over 18,000 square metres.


This magnificent centre hosts the largest Aquarium of the Middle East area. Tourists can have a wonderful time focusing on the natural habitats of the sea, getting a glimpse of the underground passages rich in marine life, the desert of the Arabian Peninsula and natural habitats of the coastal edges. Beside the Aquarium, other major attractions of the Scientific Center are the Discovery Place, a 250 seat IMAX film theatre and the Dhow Harbour that displays seven historic pearl diving boats. But more than a pure tourist attraction, the TSCK is a cultural achievement and


educational facility spreading the message of scientific and environmental awareness in the State of Kuwait, while strengthening its cultural heritage and encouraging people’s care and commitment in preserving the ecosystems of the Arabian Gulf region. High Pro, Griven’s authorised dealer for Kuwait, was charged by the Scientific Center Management Company with creating a dedicated lighting design for this renowned structure, which should be able to enhance the prestige of the centre at night. The challenge for High Pro was finding a way of evenly colouring the multi-shaped contours of the main building. The High Pro designers were charged with creating a colour changing lighting scheme which should be able to reach the diversely shaped building outlines with powerful and even colour coverage. To this end, 40 units of Powershine S colour changing washers with 37° optics and eleven units of Powershine D with 37° optics, were chosen for the dynamic lighting concept required.


The Illumination Works at the Scientific Center are currently still in progress as the palm trees of the entrance avenues need to be lit up in colours to match the vibrant pattern of the whole centre. The double cluster configuration of 180 LEDs in the Powershine D offers full independent digital control of each LED array, allowing absolute freedom to create matching or divergent effects on formerly prohibitive large-scale facades and remote spots. The single configuration module, Powershine S, offers more versatile positioning owing to its compact size and is the ideal solution for reduced space availability. The standard version combination of P4 RGBW LEDs by Seoul Semiconductor offers an astonishing white light output quality, as well as a wider variety of intermediate colour hues for an even broader range of application purposes. www.griven.com www.betterbebright.com www.highpro1.com


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