The Science Museum in London as just gone through a new Lighting Installation for Making the Modern World, one of the museum’s flagship galleries, which includes artefacts like the Apollo 10 command module and the first Apple computer.
The project was designed by White Light’s in-house lighting designer Jason Larcombe. The designer was tasked to light the exhibits in a sympathetic manor and provide a long term solution for lighting the events.
All the control between the many sections of the gallery was done wirelessly, with W-DMX™. The installation took over 12x Micro R-512 G5, 5x WhiteBox F-1 G5, 2x BlackBox F-1 G5 and 1x WhiteBox F-2 G5 transceiver. “We knew an entirely new infrastructure would be extremely costly. As a result, we conceived a scheme that made use of existing lighting tracks and wiring, and relied upon wireless technology for data transfer, thus allowing us to maximise the spend on actual fixtures and avoid costly changes to infrastructure”, said Jason.
The installation featured several GLP impression X4 S and SGM R2s. Four transmitters were used throughout the space, and each fixture is paired with a Micro R-512 receiver, while the SGM fittings are fitted with an integral wireless receiver. Jason explains: “Due to the complex nature of the space, we realised that we needed to have clear coverage – something we could achieve with four transmitters. By ensuring that all spotlights had micro-receivers, this immediately reduced the need for any extra data cable and made it much easier to retro fit fittings. The Micros were perfect to sit alongside fixtures discretely. Also the R2 fixtures were equipped with wireless receivers that operated with W-DMX™, meaning we could install one universal wireless solution. I had also used W-DMX™ in the Natural History Museum for both the Earth Hall and the exterior and both had performed very well”.
Wireless Solution got involved from the very beginning of this project to specify the equipment for White Light. David Ferraz, International Business Development Manager for Wireless Solution, said: “We did several analysis of the wireless space from the beginning, as we were dealing with a venue in Central London“. David added: “We did not see any abnormal traffic, but the venue asked us to limit the transmission to channels 8 and 9, so they could allocate other devices on the remaining channels. W-DMX™ allows this channel masking very easily through the use of the Configurator software. Once we made these changes and the connection at White Light’s premises in Wimbledon, the only thing the installations team had to do was power up the devices and send data“.
Larcombe added: “We favoured W-DMX™ due to its reliability and range. We completed signal tests before confirming a specification and there was no question W-DMX™ was better. We also wanted the option to expand the system to allow the use of uplighters etc, which also operate on W-DMX™.”
The system runs from an Interactive Technologies Cue Server 2 that allows the space to be as versatile as possible. WL programmed the system so that it runs scenes by day, specifically for the exhibitions on show. WL also supplied an iPad that features pre-recorded scenes, colours and light different sections of the building’s architecture as well as provide facility for stage lighting and highlighting of food stations and bars.
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