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GHSLED hope the installation of a new RGB LED colour-changing lighting scheme at Oasis Academy in Oldham will help students to see their college in a new light.


GHSLED was delighted to be chosen by Architects Aedas and electrical contractors Rotary Northwest to design and install an RGB LED colour change lighting scheme for ten light boxes on the main facade of the new Oasis Academy in Oldham. Each ‘lite-box’ stands a mammoth 5m high by 7m wide, and flanks either side of the main entrance along the entire length of the building. The Architects wanted to create a spectacular visual effect by morphing coloured light back and forth across the ten gigantic light boxes along the length of the building. At only 700mm wide, the narrow width posed a challenge at installation and in achieving uniform light distribution within the box. GHSLED had to specify lighting that would be slim yet powerful enough to uniformly flood the box with light without creating hotspots or allowing too much


light spillage outside the box. To realise the requirements on this


project, Technical Directors George Bailey and Jez Hunter proposed 24 no. Circe (Series 1) RGB linear battens per lite-box. Six rows of Circes were installed in a vertical line of four behind the glazing, specifically manufactured without optics to ensure softer light distribution, thus eliminating any concern with hotspots. The 24watt linear Circe battens were


programmed in pairs to one DMX address for greater visual impact. Two TPI 8 button wall controllers were used; the first loaded with GHSLED’s programmed scenes and the second to be used by the academy students to create their own lighting shows. Using the award winning Pharos designer software, which has been used on projects such as the London Eye, the lighting can be programmed to run on


real-time and astronomical clocks, and can even be triggered remotely via Ethernet, RS232/485 serial (including DMX), MIDI, digital/analogue inputs. After the programming and commissioning of this system, the resulting visual effect is spectacular yet simple enough for clients to control and use. The project has been particularly enjoyable for GHS due to the size of the visual effect and simplicity of control that allows students to interact with the skin of the building. Going to college will probably be more exciting for students knowing that the mood and feel of the building can change on any given day!


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