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Lighting the Locomotives – National Railway Museum

Lighting the Locomotives is a Teamwork Triumph at National Railway Museum The Great Hall at the National Railway Museum at York was the singularly impressive location for the 7th annual ‘Locos in a Different Light’ competition. Sponsored jointly by Ambersphere Solutions and Pulsar Light of Cambridge, the aim is to challenge six teams of students from different colleges across the UK who are studying technical lighting at Further and Higher education levels, to each light one of the iconic locomotives in the Museum’s Great Hall. Each team is given a selection of lighting fixtures, an MA dot2 console and two hours to rig and programme their chosen design. Even for those not smitten by the sight and smell of these gigantic engines, there can be no doubting the very real challenge of successfully illuminating one of these heaving beasts of yesteryear. With a limited number of fixtures and with some of the locomotives up to sixty metres in length, not to mention being a 3600 canvas

Eluminate Festival England

Colour your City with Light

“Colour Your City with Light” For the fourth year running Pulsar Light is proud to be a part of e-Luminate Festival Cambridge 2016. Last year’s event saw Pulsar illuminating the Fitzwilliam Museum with great effect. This year, Pulsar's very own Snowy Johnson in collaboration with lighting designer Susie Olczak had the task of illuminating the Senate House and the adjacent Old Schools with the installation being handled by Hawthorn. Susie’s brief was to create a light experience, which the public could interact with whilst viewing the impressive Senate House. This was achieved by creating environment chases and linking them to a control panel which allowed passers by to engage in the spectacle and feel even more a part of the festival of light. Susie created a low energy interactive light installation using Pulsar equipment to illuminate the façade of Senate House. This interactive installation used complementary colours while challenging the audience to make choices

Atrium Lighting

Pulsar Fixtures Illuminate Defining Features – Warsaw, Poland

Cosmopolitan Twarda 4 is Warsaw’s premiere residential skyscraper (160 meters high, 44 storeys), in central Warsaw, Poland. It has 236 apartments, each with floor-to-ceiling windows which provide panoramic views of Warsaw. The building also has a commercial level at ground level, three floors of offices, and a recreation area at level 4 for residents. The tower was designed by architect Helmut Jahn, and developed by Tacit Investment. “To me, urban space is essential to architecture. All my buildings  respond to the existing urban space, while creating it with their arrangement and rhythm” says Helmut Jahn. As part of his design, the tower has a red ceiling above level 4, providing a key visual element from street level and for residents enjoying the recreation area. Pulsar provided a well designed lighting scheme for the red ceiling which took into account desired effect, viewing angles (pedestrians and residents), operating costs and maintenance costs. The solution was 8

Cheltenham Swimming Pool reduce annual running cost by 53%

Council owned Cheltenham Swimming Pool required higher levels of light to better see swimmers and improve the overall look of the facility. Areas of the pool bottom were dimly lit and hard to see in to. Initially equipped with 60 x 400W High Intensity Discharge (HID) fittings burning for 3500 hours per year, the installation had a total wattage of 6 kW and consumed 153,754kWh of electricity per year - generating an annual bill in excess of £20,908. By visiting the site and assessing its needs, Pulsar Light was able to optimise a fixture layout to maximise the light uniformity and improve luminance in key areas, while also reducing the total number of fixtures needed. These features of the Eco-Range solution made a huge difference to the Cheltenham Swimming Pool operation and to the satisfaction of the management and employee team. Pulsar recommended the high brightness EcoFlood 130’s with an 70+ Colour Rendering Index (CRI), the EcoFlood 130 fittings have greatly increased

Pulsar proud to be a part of Lightscape Exhibition – Houghton Hall

Houghton Hall, Norfolk - The James Turrell Lightscape Exhibition In 2015, Houghton Hall, Norfolk hosted an ambitious and important exhibition - The James Turrell Lightscape Exhibition. Pulsar were extremely proud to be a part of  this spectacular event. ★ ★ ★ ★ “Turrell… is a magician” The Telegraph For a detailed insight in to the The James Turrell Lightscape Exhibition, please click the link   Built in the 1720s for Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, Houghton Hall remains one of England’s finest Palladian houses. Houghton Hall is open to the public and can be visited from the 1st May 2016. Their is so much to see at Houghton Hall from their impressive collection of sculptures, the walled gardens and park, including its unusual herd of white fallow deer. Take a look for yourself Photo credited to : Pete

Light Experiment with e-Luminate

In October 2015, the e-Luminate Foundation team invited distinguished guests to take part in an experiment to prove whether lighting conditions influence our perception of wine. Recreating a 2009 German experiment reported in the Journal of Sensory Perception, e-Luminate worked with the Cambridgeshire Wine School to create an immersive sensory experience for all. The wines were kindly sponsored by Bosca (www.bosca.it), whilst the lighting effects were provided by Pulsar (www.pulsarlight.com). We are very grateful to bot for their contribution. A special thanks to Gonville and Caius College (www.cai.cam.ac.uk) for giving us access to the stunning Fellows' Dining Room to run this unique event. Click ( HERE ) to watch a short video online. To find out more about this and other events please visit our website at

Holy Trinity Church standing tall amongst the features of the night sky..

Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh, Suffolk Is known locally as “The Cathedral of the Marshes” and it stands tall, visible for miles from the A12 trunk road. Like many other Churches, Holy Trinity relies on carefully designed external lighting to make its flint decorated architecture a local landmark by night as well as by day. A warm colour rendering, minimal light pollution and restricted glare were inherent factors in the design brief of this relighting project, which covered every elevation of this wonderful building. Following a successful re-lighting of St Peter & St Paul, Wangford, which is in the same group of parishes, the design and installation team of James Laws and Boggis Electrical of Wrentham was chosen by Blythburgh PCC to re-light Holy Trinity. They selected Pulsar Light Eco-Range floods for both projects. Holy Trinity Church was previously lit externally with a variety of sodium and other discharge fittings, with an estimated total power consumption of

Wine tasting on a light note..

e-Luminate Wine Tasting Experiment. Last week the e-Luminate Cambridge Festival team organised a most unusual experiment to explore whether lighting conditions influence our perceptions. The experiment consisted in tasting wine under different lights in the prestigious Fellows ‘Dining Room at Gonville & Caius College. With e-Luminate being in the business of light not wine, the team engage the services of Mark Anstead from the Cambridgeshire Wine School to host the evening. David Cleevely, Chairman of Cambridge Wireless and Raspberry Pi, said "It was a brilliant evening, very entertaining and an great opportunity to find out more about the work the e-Luminate Foundation does in Cambridge through their educational programme and the light festival " Guests, enjoyed a selection of Italian sparkling wines by Bosca, whose cellars are UNESCO World Heritage Site. The spectacular and immersive lighting effects were achieved using products by Pulsar Light, a local

Top Five Advantages of LED Lighting

Top Five Advantages of LED Lighting Efficiency - We’ve all heard about the energy efficiency of LED lights, but what’s the real story? Compared with fluorescent and metal halide, well designed LED lights will typically use between half and one quarter of the power to achieve the same light output. Compared to halogen or tungsten, the savings are even greater. Whilst it’s true that light emitting diodes are fantastically efficient light sources, the light fixtures need to be properly designed to maximise this efficiency without damaging the LED itself and degrading its light output over time. Lifetime - LED Fixtures last many times longer than their traditional counterparts, removing the cost, downtime and inconvenience of having to hire access equipment and purchase of new lamps. The long lifetime of LED products really comes into its own when considering difficult to access areas, such as the roofs of factories, warehouses and hangars, and for decorative architectural

Sports Village Sutton scores an ACE with Pulsar’s UniBay

The Sports Village - Sutton Tennis, like many sports, relies on carefully designed lighting to deliver the high illuminance levels required for standard and competitive play. Crucial to both the designer and the fixture manufacturer is minimising glare and shadow while also ensuring the court is as evenly lit as possible. The courts at Sutton Tennis were previously fitted with fluorescent tube totalling around 6480W per court of power consumed. Continuous play meant the Club was consuming over 262,080kWh total for a total of 9 courts. Pulsar Light was approached by the The Sports Village Sutton about the Eco-Range solutions, particularly the UniBay130 - a fixture designed by Pulsar Light in collaboration with England sports bodies and players. After visiting the site and preparing extensive light calculations with the UniBay130, Pulsar Light created a scheme that reduced the running cost of each court and provided an increase to the original light levels. The final