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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

Aperia Mall, Singapore

Pulsar's installation of architectural lighting in singapore is situated at Aperia: a new mixed-use development which is located within the Kallang-Lavender area of Singapore. The site consists of a business office tower, supermarket, leisure facilities, a shopping mall and a wide range of food outlets. The shopping and food courts are located around a central 3 - storey atrium that serves as a centrepiece to the space. DiMeLED, Pulsar’s partners in Singapore, were tasked with providing both functional and decorative lighting to this central atrium. The aim was to provide a welcoming and stimulating environment to visitors shopping and dining at the mall. Lighting the Central Atrium The lighting scheme for Aperia Mall needed to provide both decorative colour changing lighting for the ceiling, and functional lighting for the ground level. To light the ground floor level, Pulsar UniBays were used for the high light quality and output of the fixtures. The UniBays

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

RDM network with King Abdulaziz Center

What is RDM? – Remote Device Management

RDM (remote device management) is a protocol designed by a task group under the overview of the ESTA Technical Standards Program to enable two-way communication over DMX. It might sound complicated, but in practice, it’s quite straightforward and can be an invaluable tool for lighting designers. Having two-way communication means that the lighting fixtures can send data back to the controller rather than just receiving commands.RDM - Two Way Communication over DMXTo use RDM, you just connect your DMX light fixtures and controllers as you normally would. The only difference is that to use RDM, both the controllers and light fixtures must be compatible. Once the system is connected, your controller will recognise the RDM fixtures connected to it and will give you access to several parameters that can be accessed from RDM (called PIDs). What these are varies depending on the fixture but there are certain PIDs that are standardised across different manufacturers. Find out useful

Luxeos 36 RGBW producing purple light

LuxEOS VIVID COLOUR

A Bigger Colour Palette   LuxEOS Vivid Colour light engines are custom designed by Pulsar to give you all the colours that you need. From striking bold primary colours to subtle pastel shades, our four colour light engines have it covered. We use a deep blue LED source which gives the Vivid Colour light engines an especially wide colour gamut (the range of colours a light can produce), particularly extending the range of blue, magenta and cyan colours and making it possible to create deeper shades than with many other LED luminaires. Another thing that sets Vivid Colour apart is the high quality white light LED source, which we carefully chose to compliment the coloured LEDs either to create white light or mixed colours. Vivid Colour light engines use 90+ CRI white light sources. Combined with the wide gamut colour mixing, this makes it possible for lighting designers to create subtle pastel shades with a very high level of detail and clarity. We carefully

Pulsar Knowledge – What is Colour Temperature?

Pulsar Knowledge - Colour Temperature Series Pt. 1   What is Colour Temperature?   Colour temperature is a way to measure the colour of the colour of white light. But wait, isn’t white light just one colour? The short answer is no. In the 17th century, Isaac Newton showed that white light is a combination of many different colours. Later, Max Planck, another physicist, showed that the exact mix of those different colours is determined by temperature. White light comes in many different shades, from the warm glow of a fire or tungsten bulb to the cool clarity associated with daylight, or a laboratory. Here, temperature refers to how hot you’d have to heat up a material (this could be a filament) to create that specific colour of white light. Lower colour temperatures tend to be closer to amber, and higher colour temperatures become bluer. Why do we consider these colours to be white, rather than amber and blue? This is simply because these light sources still

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

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

Seef Mall, Bahrain

Seef Mall – Sees the Light

Seef Mall was Bahrain's first mega-mall - opening in 1997 and quickly becoming the go-to place for locals and expats who were keen to experience the variety of international stores the mall had the pleasure of enticing to make their debuts in the country. Today, it still remains one of the most family-friendly shopping and entertainment destinations in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Ideally located in the Seef district, the mall expresses itself with distinctive architecture and bright open spaces, inviting visitors to explore all that is on offer in the 135,000 sqm venue. The mall caters for every need, with a classic selection of stores ranging from budget to high end, including 2 food courts incorporating numerous restaurants and cafe’s, health & beauty stores and 2 separate cinemas - because one cinema is just not enough. Working closely with one of our partners in the region - Elames Lighting BSC in Bahrain, Pulsar was selected to supply external lighting to illuminate the

LED Optics

4 Things to Understand About LED Optics

Optics are one of the most important elements of an LED luminaire. They shape, focus and mix the light created by the LED light sources into a shape, whether it’s a wide flood light, a narrow spot, or an elliptical wall grazer. Well-designed optics are also critical for getting the most efficient performance from a luminaire, and for mixing colours effectively.1. Luminaires often have more than one type of optics Many LED fixtures use both a primary and secondary optic. The primary optic is built in to the LED itself, and usually takes the form of a small dome on top of the device. This is designed to maximise the useful light output of the LED, and provides the basic beam shape of the fixture. Secondary optics, such as TIR lenses or reflectors, are then used to shape the light, typically making the beam narrower. Secondary optics are crucial for colour mixing luminaires, because they determine how well the colours mix. On Pulsar’s Luxeos range of products, a third optic is