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Castell Coch, Wales

Located near Cardiff, the heritage of Castell Coch dates back to the Norman conquest of Wales. Whilst the first castle at the site was built in the 11th century as a Norman fortress to defend Cardiff, the current castle was constructed in the 1800’s. Featuring a gothic revival exterior with high Victorian interiors, no expense was spared, and the castle has been described as ‘one of the great triumphs of Victorian architectural composition.’ The castle is now in the care of Cadw, the historic environment service of the Welsh government. The site is open daily to the general public; Cadw’s conservation efforts, installations of touch screens and multi-sensory technology ensure that it a compelling and inclusive place for all visitors. The castle also hosts art exhibitions and other events. Lighting for Effect and Conservation Six of Pulsar’s flagship Luxeos 36 VC floodlights illuminate the gothic-revival facade. The RGBW light engines can create a full range of

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

RGBW Luxeos LED fixtures light the Christmas tree in blue

Pulsar Luxeos Fixtures Bring Light to the Darc Awards

Image Credit: Gavriil Papadiotis (www.gavriilux.com) On Thursday December 6th, Pulsar teamed up with a group of lighting designers to bring to life a gigantic christmas tree installation for the Darc Awards. An important date in the annual lighting calendar, the Darc Awards brings together lighting designers, manufacturers and light artists for an evening that celebrates the creativity of the world of lighting. An Opportunity for Collaboration   As well as the awards themselves, the Darc Awards night provides an opportunity for lighting designers to team up with manufacturers to put together a creative lighting installation for the event. This year, Pulsar teamed up with Marcus Steffen of MS Lighting Design, Barry Townsend from Workplane Lightplanning, Harish Persad and James Poore of JPLD.  Kitchmas   The final piece, titled 'Kitchmas', was based around a huge four metre tall white fabric tree, illuminated with eight Luxeos 09 floods - four in variable white

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

Pulsar at Darc Room 2018

The New Kid on the Trade Show Block   On the 19th and 20th of September, Shoreditch will play host to the 2nd edition of darc room. Taking place at the Nicholls and Clarke building, the show features a curated set of creative displays, giving lighting designers and specifiers a taste of what the latest products have to offer. Whilst only in its 2nd year, the show's association with the darc and arc magazines and the darc Awards makes it a powerful insight into the world of creative lighting.   Pulsar at darc room   We'll be bringing our latest and greatest products, and showing them off with an emphasis on all the creative possibilities of coloured lighting. We will also be showing off our brand new Luxeos InGround 09 for the first time, so make sure to visit us at stand 004 for a special preview of our exciting new RGBW LED in-ground light. We are looking forward to sharing a drink with our customers, friends and collaborators at darc room, and we

Pulsar at the Hotel Summit

The Hotel Summit   Held at the Radisson Blu hotel near Stansted Airport, the annual Hotel Summit sees attendance from hotel mangers, facilities managers and buyers. We brought our  experience of hotel facade lighting to the summit which was very well recieved by the attendees. Our sales team were kept busy with more than 15 meetings across the two day event. Pulsar Sales and Service Manager Mitesh Mistry attended the event. 'Over the course of the 2 days, we came away with a number of enquiries which we are actively pursuing and looking forward to working closely with some big brands!' Pulsar have decades of experience in lighting hotels around the world. From exterior lighting on large hotels like the Baku Hilton, Azerbaijan (pictured below) to luxurious interior lighting for the Shangri La hotel. (also pictured below)   We want to help to make your building look amazing   We can help to advise on the right approach to achieve your vision and fit

Changes Are Coming!

The Pulsar Team Grows Spring is almost here, and that means exciting developments here at Pulsar. We are delighted to welcome Mark Trainor-Hayes to the Pulsar family. Mark has joined our sales department and has a wealth of experience in architectural LED lighting installation, programming, engineering and electronics. His skills and knowledge will be invaluable for the unique projects that we work on. Starting out as a lighting jockey, he went on to work in various industries including audio, video, and projection, although he always came back to lighting. Mark has worked on lighting installations in the UK and around the world. He specialises in bridges, pubs and clubs, fitness centres and gyms and other public spaces. Mark has worked with Pulsar on projects before, including Elgin Bridge, a project that was highly commended at the Lux Awards, so he knows all about the Pulsar product range! Novalight Speaking of products, Our team have been working hard to expand our

Wine Tasting in a New Light

A new way to experience wine   Pulsar are proud to have helped once again with the annual E-luminate festival in Cambridge. Taking place at the popular Hotel du Vin restaurant, the E-luminate wine tasting event is a uniquely colourful experience. Visitors sample different wines, each with a complimentary lighting scheme. Pulsar’s Snowy Johnson programmed the fixtures for the event. The lights are configured remotely via RDM and using a Pharos system to intelligently pick or play back preset looks. Our Luxeos 18 floodlights provided illumination for the event, complete with version 2.0 electronics… More information on that coming soon! The E-Luminate festival is packed with fantastic installations and events and takes place until the 14th February. To find out more about the festival and the events taking place over the next few days, follow the link

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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