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Caerphilly Castle, Wales

Constructed in the 13th century, Caerphilly Castle is an extensive medieval fortification located near Cardiff in southern Wales. It is one of the largest castles in the United Kingdom, and is encircled on all sides by artificial lakes, said to be ‘the most elaborate water defenses in all of Britain’. The north and south lakes around the castle are created by fortified dams. The southern dam features eight large buttresses, and the northern dam is fortified by three great towers. Pulsar’s brief was to provide illumination for the fortified walls and towers that protect these dams. Additionally, Pulsar were to illuminate the huge outer gatehouse that comprises the main entrance to the castle. Lighting the Castle Pulsar’s flagship LUXEOS 36 floodlight was chosen to illuminate these grand and imposing structures, due to its powerful light output and versatile beam angle options. To light the wall sections, HBS (holographic beam shaping) diffusers were fitted to

Students Create Dramatic Lighting at Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly Castle - Illuminating an Iconic Structure   Lighting Design students at the University of South Wales caused a stir on the 17th & 18th November, by illuminating the stunning exterior of Caerphilly Castle.   The exciting lighting display ran alongside CADW film nights, which take place at the castle annually.  The event provides a unique opportunity for students of the university to plan and execute a large-scale lighting project. The brief from CADW was to create a gothic feel with lots of imagery, and a focus on the colour red. To achieve this, the students planned to light the front of the castle in red, and to use custom gobos, and specific lighting states, to complement each film. The students used a range of lighting equipment to bring this vision to life, including Pulsar ChromaStrip 25 linear fixtures. Lighting student Josh Hill described the approach taken by the team. ‘Each film had its own state with unique colours to accent the text. We