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Pubs, Clubs & Bars


Club lighting is in a league of it’s own. We take a look at how some of the latest installation designs have tackled the task of making an impact.


Lighting has a multitude of different uses, but when it’s being used to merely wow and excite, lighting truly comes to life. Clubs are traditionally very low-lit places, so the lighting used tends to be as much about spectacle as it is about visibility. LED Projects have recently worked to


create an amazing lighting scheme for a multi-story Home nightclub in Lincoln. The company had originally provided lighting for the club in 2004, but the venue later closed. With a £3m renovation project, MD of LED Projects, Ian Kirby, was tasked with providing a sustainable, next-generation lighting infrastructure. He and the team have used technological advancements to deliver customised high-impact effects including a stunning LED-lit glass rod chandelier centrepiece, which is based on a grand Las Vegas hotel. “This was John O’Donoghue’s idea,” Kirby


explains. “The design features strings wired with glass beads — he then wanted us to come up with a product to interact with the glass.” With DVI- and DMX-based output, LED Projects used the DMX512 capabilities of MADRIX to drive the LED chandelier with the aid of a ShowCAD Artist. For the 3D mapping of the chandelier, a special 2D patch was created; this provides the basis of the 3D mapping and addresses each LED pixel individually. In addition, custom scripts were programmed for the MADRIX Script engine in order to create genuine 3D lighting effects, such as 3D waves and 3D bars.


Meanwhile, six SGM Idea Scan 250, four Idea Beam 300 and six Idea Wash 575 heads, mounted on a custom grid surrounding the floor, interact with the chandelier, scattering saturated colour and spraying gobo patterns across the dancefloor. The other treasure to be found in ‘The Main Event’, as the main club is known, is SGM’s groundbreaking new X-5 LED white strobes, which are used to great effect.


Mike Glover of Essex Sound & Light has spent 2011 engaged in installation projects as far afield as Delhi and Spain — but he saved one of his best creations for the nightclub Chameleon, right on his own


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Southend doorstep. Glover’s team envisioned a theme based on the clubs name, largely by deploying 105 RGB MR16 colour changing downlighters around the edge of the circular venue. The dynamic dancefloor lighting is suspended from a conventional circular overhead truss bearing industry standard fixtures. These include ten Martin Professional MX-10’s and four Martin Pro Wizard Extremes — each providing fast- action scanning from 250W discharge lamps — along with four Martin Atomic 3000 strobes. An impressive multi-colour laser adds to the armoury, with six Studio Due Shark 250 moving heads providing atmosphere around the dancefloor periphery and 12 IP-67 rated Studio Due Archibar 150 LED battens colour washing the building exterior.


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