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Winter Gardens dome lit in yellow, white and blue by Chroma powerline

Blackpool Winter Gardens

Blackpool’s Winter Gardens is one of Europe’s biggest entertainment complexes. The historic building, constructed in 1878, contains all kinds of venues, including an opera house, ballrooms, theatres and halls. The complex has hosted some of the world’s most famous performers and shows over it’s 140 year history.  An atrium beneath a large dome greets visitors to the Winter Gardens. In 2018, Pulsar provided lights to illuminate the dome for the annual Lightpool Festival - an architectural lighting even that runs alongside Blackpool’s iconic Illuminations. Lighting domes and arches comes with a specific set of challenges. Getting consistent, even illumination on a curved surface can be tricky. However, with the right products and know-how, it’s possible to get some stunning results. The dome is lit up using 24 of Pulsar’s Chroma PowerLine fixtures. The dome consists of 12 different segments, and two Chroma PowerLines light up each segment. The reason to pair up

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Mallaig Marina – Lighting a Cliff Face

Mallaig Marina   In mid 2016, a client contacted Pulsar to help solve some problems with an installation in a remote location.   A challenging installation   A year earlier, the client had purchased 29x 30W RGBW floodlights to illuminate an 80m long rock face at the Mallaig Marina on the west coast of the Highlands in Scotland. The lights were to provide an eye-catching view for boats and ferries passing/entering the marina. Sadly however, one-by-one the units started to fail. Unable to resolve the problems with these lights, the client needed a quick and robust solution. The project proved to be challenging; firstly, the harsh extremities of the marine environment and climate called for a very robust fixture. Additionally, the natural rock face varied in heights from 5-8m in places, and so we could only position luminaires at varying distances of between 0.5m and 2m away from the rock face. We also needed to consider the numerous LED streetlights

Pulsar Highly Commended at Lux Awards

Lux Awards Intercontinental Hotel – O2 Arena – London   On the 16th November, we attended the Lux Awards at the stunning Intercontinental hotel, at the O2 Arena, London. Having been nominated for our work at Elgin Bridge in Scotland, we are honoured to have been ‘highly commended’ by the panel of judges at this year’s Lux Awards. The awards ceremony brought together lighting designers, manufacturers and intermediaries from across the UK, celebrating the best products and projects from across the United Kingdom. With the bridge having been a target of vandalism, Pulsar worked with the local authorities and installers to make the installation at Elgin Bridge a success. Key to the success was the recycling of damaged luminaires and repainted vandalised housings, using extra tough materials. This made the project a perfect fit for the ‘recycling’ category of the Lux Awards. Click here to read more about the project. We were bowled over by the sheer

4 Signs that it’s time to change your lights!

How many times have you seen a building with failed lights on the outside, or mismatching colours? Chances are that when the lights were first installed, it looked fantastic, but it’s probably long overdue a refit. In this article, we’ll look at 4 different ways to tell that a lighting installation needs updating. Failures Sooner or later, all luminaires will fail. Sometimes, depending on the installation, it won’t be that noticeable if a few fixtures have failed, but often there will be gaps in the lighting scheme or details that are not illuminated. Even worse, with colour mixing LED fixtures, a single channel can fail which means that the luminaire will be on the wrong colour- imagine a situation where red and green channels are being mixed to create amber, but the red channel has failed on one fixture so one of the lights is green instead. Light Output Dropping Over time, all types of lights drop in output; the lifetime of LED fixtures is usually measured to

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World Record: LED installation – Longest Continuous Service

Back in May 2003 we installed our own LED lighting on the front of the building, confident in its reliability, longevity, and durability. 12 Chroma Panels were installed on the South-facing front of the factory building and have been running 24/7 ever since. We believe this to be a World first with Pulsar holding a World Record for the “Longest Lasting LED Installation.” Fast forward to today and the original ChromaPanels printed with the Pulsar name have clocked an impressive 13 years 10 months of continuous activity – actually surpassing 115,000 hours! This real-world industry first is proof of LED’s amazing longevity and also of Pulsar’s dedication to making the highest quality LED lighting fixtures on the market. In the May of 2005 an additional 21 metres of ChromaStrip2 product were installed on Pulsar’s Facade. Would you believe it, our ChromaStrip2 product has now also surpassed 100,000 hours! Yes, we’ve done it again! The world’s second longest

Schmidt Logistics Commercial Warehouse Lighting

Pulsar’s LED UniBay – Once Again the Fixture of Choice

“Pulsar’s outstanding LED UniBay product is once again the fixture of choice for a large-scale fast-track warehouse and logistics development.” Mitesh Mistry - Genprise Delta Construction Co. W.L.L. was selected by the MEP and Structural Consultant to put forward a lighting solution for Schmidt Logistics.  The new warehouse unit consisted of 3 separate halls for a very high profile client in the Oil & Gas industry. The client stipulated that the selected products should be 100% European design and manufacture, with strict performance and reliability criteria. A key design criteria was to ensure adequate lighting levels between racks which were only 2 metres apart, creating narrow aisles, with a ceiling height in excess of 12 metres. Pulsar supplied a project spearheaded by the same Consultant, however there were requirements which had to be met along with a high level of competition from other manufacturers. Various lux levels and options were trialled, with

Al Aujan Warehouses Wanted “British engineering and Innovation”

“I wanted to break the mould and show that a well-manufactured product, with the rich history of British engineering and innovation, would prove that LED technology has a place in the harshest of environments” Mr Neelakanta - CEO of Delta Construction Back in early 2014, Pulsar was invited to bid for a multi-functional warehouse project in Hidd - a largely industrial area on the north east coast of Bahrain. A warehouse in this location, being beside the sea, has several challenges, ranging from high winds and extremely dusty/sandy/salt air conditions, to external temperatures regularly exceed 45 degrees. The client - Al Aujan Group - were building a collection of warehouse units, and the civil, mechanical and electrical works were awarded to Delta Construction. Initial designs by a local consultant were based on using a 400W metal halide solution. Pulsar’s 130W Unibay was selected after a very detailed technical evaluation including testing on site. The UniBay was

Pulsar is Shortlisted for Darc Awards

The darc awards is a unique concept utilising mondo*arc and darc magazines’ reputation as being the most widely read and respected lighting design publications in the world. With the entries now shortlisted by the panel of international lighting designers, it’s now over to independent architectural lighting designers or light artists to get voting. Pulsar are very pleased to have been shortlisted for the following installations. A list below takes you to our online entries. STRUCTURES: Best Exterior Lighting Scheme – Low Budget SPACES: Best Landscape Lighting Scheme – High Budget ART: Best Light Art Scheme – High Budget KIT: Best Architectural Lighting Products – Exterior Luminaires THE VOTING PROCESS - PLEASE READ • The voting period is July 06 – August 06, 2016. • Only independent architectural lighting designers or light artists are eligible to vote (no members of the public and no suppliers of any sort including manufacturers or

Everyone’s a Winner

Pulsar held an open evening for Cambridge Architects and Lighting Designers. The evening consisted of a short presentation followed by a Architectural lighting demonstration. Architects and Designers from Cambridge had the opportunity of meeting members of Pulsar’s team, ranging from Technicians to Engineers, with the opportunity to interact with various product lines, including the Latest Luxeos Range. At the end of an informal yet entertaining evening, Pulsar gave all who attended a chance to win an iPad. The lucky candidate was Jon Capper. Jon Said "Thanks to Pulsar for interesting evening about their latest product releases and the services they can offer to support them, I'd really recommend getting along to their next event" Pulsar would like to say a big Thank you to Ambersphere for the loan of the Mythos, enabling us to demonstrate advanced architectural control integration, and thanks to all that attended, it was a great evening to be involved in. Watch this

Pulsar Highlights Natural Stone Campus

Pulsar recently added to it’s ever-growing list of Middle East projects with completion of Phases 1 & 2 at the Royal University for Women in Bahrain. A female-only university, the university stands proud in the wealthy Awali district (which is also home to the royal palace and many of Bahrain’s elite). A very select student population consists of members of the royal family, and daughters of diplomats and government officials from Bahrain, and across the GCC, who come to study Fashion, Art and Business amongst many other disciplines. The initial degree programmes of the university were designed in collaboration with McGill University in Canada and Middlesex University in the United Kingdom. After testing on-site with various products, colours and beam angles, Pulsar’s EcoFlood 60 was selected by the University - both for high quality and durability of the fixtures, and their proven ability to survive in the searing heat, high humidity & marine-like conditions. Over 2