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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

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

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

LED Lighting Solutions

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

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

Pulsar Wins Again

PULSAR WINS AGAIN LUXEOS Range Selected for Iconic Building Our Luxeos Range Outshines the Competition Pulsar Luxeos Range has been selected to illuminate one of the world’s newest, and most technologically advanced buildings. This iconic cultural complex is in one of the harshest environments for luminaires (hot, dusty and corrosive) - all conditions Pulsar products are renowned for withstanding. The centre took 10 years of innovative construction to complete, is over 1 million square feet, and required the most up to date Architectural Lighting solution for its unique and beautiful façade. Pulsar is proud to be part of this highly advanced project and integrating advanced communication, controls and system monitoring to illuminate the buildings with the best in Architectural lighting in the world: Luxeos. The Luxeos range is the latest in Pulsar's Architectural range, supplying superior brightness, Variable White and Vivid Colour along with

LED Colour Mixing Explained

LED Colour Mixing Explained  LEDs have had a long association with colour, from the advent of visible spectrum red LEDs in the early 1960’s to the ground breaking development of the blue LED by Shuji Nakamura. As soon as blue LEDs became commercially available, lighting manufacturers like Pulsar started to experiment with colour mixing, creating a vast palette of colours from a few carefully chosen light sources. Fast forward to the present day, and LED colour mixing has become the standard for architectural and stage lighting. So why are LEDs so effective at colour mixing? Most light sources produce a broad spectrum of light which has to be filtered out to make specific colours, whereas LEDs are very efficient at making precise specific colours directly from the source. Adding these colours together rather than having to remove large portions of the light spectrum is far more energy efficient, controllable and convenient. Simply by changing the levels of each LED, a massive

Flying Scotsman rests with Luxeos

The Challenge Pulsar was presented with the pleasant challenge of illuminating the Flying Scotsman to create a dramatic and atmospheric effect on its return to The National Railway Museum. The bill was to be ensure "bright and of ultra high quality for photography, as well as being unobtrusive". The task was made increasingly difficult as the lighting had to be set up and packed away each evening with only a 30 minute window to do so. Choice of light The solution needed a large amount of light in the right place to be successful. Any large object, such as the Flying Scotsman in its painted livery, effectively absorbs light. i.e. light reflects and bounces all over the place, reducing the impact of what you (and your eye see). The fixtures used needed to by substantial enough to withstand knocks, bangs, kicks and moving in and out each night. With all this in mind, fixtures also must be 100% reliable and configured to operate in exactly the same way each time it was

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