Project News

Martin and MA On The Point

Posted on Monday, May 29th, 2017

Perth’s exciting On the Point development includes the Beaumonde Fraser Point Function Centre, one of the finest venues the city has to offer, with picturesque surroundings and state of the art facilities.

Specialising in corporate events, celebrations and weddings, the venue offers different room configurations and also boasts a sophisticated Sky Lounge Bar.

PAV designed the AV systems from the ground up, installing the equipment and managing it in-house, working closely with PAV installations manager Carl Blewett and suppliers to ensure the best possible outcome.

A highlight of the design are the 52 x Martin RUSH MH6 wash light used as table spots and for effects. The RUSH MH 6 Wash offers a fully pre-mixed colour system from 12 x 10 W RGBW LEDs with a spectacular 10°–60° zoom. It also offers full electronic dimming, strobe effects and temperature-controlled fan cooling for quiet operation.

Being able to offer table spots for a function has traditionally been the preserve of large, well-resourced ballrooms, and has been a real point of difference for the casinos and exhibition centres. But Martin’s well-priced MH6 brings professional looking individual table spots into the realms of the financially possible.

“The Martin MH6’s paired with the MA onPC control system, give us the ultimate flexibility in the function centre,” said Mike Bird, PAV Business and Technical Manager. “From being able to colour-wash the room, spot individual tables, or light the stage with a lectern, the MH6’s zoom range and brilliant colour rendition make these units perfect for any event in our venue.

“Having the MA onPC in control of these fixtures allows us to get creative with our colour sequences over the three different rooms to create spectacular looks for each event.”


Mosman Art Gallery reignited with lighting

Posted on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

The Mosman Art Gallery is a dedicated public gallery established by Mosman Council. As well as presenting a rich and varied program of high quality exhibitions, educational activities and special events, it offers a range of well-appointed function rooms for hire.

The Gallery is part of the Mosman Art Gallery and Community Centre which in its former life, was a Methodist Church designed by Burcham Clamp and Walter Burley Griffin, and built in 1915.

In 1998 the building was opened to the public after adaptive design work by the architect Hugh Fraser.

While the building retains its original architectural integrity and beauty it has been lovingly refurbished to provide outstanding exhibition facilities, function rooms and a Grand Hall.

The Grand Hall has impressive architectural features, such as stained glass windows, a soaring interior which creates excellent acoustics, rich timber detailing and polished floors, which give the room an atmosphere of heritage and tradition. The perfect venue for a wedding reception, party, corporate function or large gathering, the Grand Hall can accommodate over 200 people.

Along with some of their competitors, Show Technology were invited to put forward a presentation of how they would reignite the venue through lighting.

“Looking at the impressive architectural features of the Grand Hall, we decided to put forward a lighting solution that would highlight original venue features but also cater to their operational requirements,” commented Stephen Dallimore, Show Technology’s Business Development Manager.

For ease of control, especially as the venue has no dedicated technician, an ELC AC6 12 twelve-memory push button playback panel was installed. This provides simple touch panel control with presets that instantly bring up a selection of lighting states.

“It’s a very venue-friendly control system which is difficult to mess up – an important consideration when such a variety of people are using the system!” said Stephen.

Chosen for their cost-effectiveness and great wash options, Martin RUSH MH6 wash lights are used to flood the ceiling in colour and their spectacular 10°–60° zoom means you don’t need many of them to supply a nice even coverage. Show Pro LED Profile FC fixtures are installed for presentations and spot lighting.


XMLITE for Juniors Kingsford

Posted on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

18 XMlite 915Z LED Matrix Moving Heads joined the Juniors Kingsford’s new lighting rig early 2017. These 915Z features French GAGGIONE lens for premium colour blending quality from ProLight 15W RGBW LEDs. The heads are pixel mappable and supports infinite Pan/Tilt, with a 10-50° zoom function.

Lighting designer Paul Kirk has been using them a lot and he love them. “the pixel mapping really helps me to create various effects efficiently. I could just run a video across the fixtures”, “The lights are quiet, fast and very powerful for their size. I am only running them at 70% output”.


Firefly honour the Submariner’s Heritage Trail

Posted on Friday, May 5th, 2017

Firefly Lighting are honoured to have lit the new Submariner’s Heritage Trail memorial signage on the river at Teneriffe, Brisbane.

A memorial to the Australian, UK, NZ and US submariners who were based at the Capricorn Wharf at Teneriffe during World War II marks the beginning of the Submariners’ Walk Heritage Trail along the Brisbane River where the submarines used to dock. Along the trail, between Hastings and Beetson Streets, are plaques and seats commemorating the men, the ships and their service during WWII.

The steel sign, by Street + Garden, is painted in navy grey with a classic naval stencil font perforated in the steel used to spell out Submariner’s Heritage Trail. Through the stenciled text glows Firefly’s digital LED Neon RGBWarm white controlled by a Pharos system. The digital LED Neon allows movement in the monument rather than just the normal RGB colour changing.

Along the walk are ‘submarine benches’ under lit in blue to represent submarines floating in the water as darkness falls.

The lighting was switched on in time for the Teneriffe / New Farm Anzac Day dawn service. In the pre-dawn darkness all the street lights were turned off, then the sign and the submarine seats along the trail glowed a deep red to simulate being in a submarine. Once the service had started, the sign glowed and gently scrolled through the Australian flag colours of blue, red and white.

“Dad was involved with the Submarine Association and the project with Don Currell OAM before he died,” commented Heath Williamson, managing director of Firefly. “I hope the Captain’s looking down and likes it! This one is for you Dad.”

Every night the sign and the submarines along the Heritage Trail will light up red or blue, and on special nights, the lighting will accordingly be adapted. On Australia Day the sign will go green and gold, red and green for Christmas and so on.


Home Nightclub upgrades with Martin and MA Lighting

Posted on Friday, April 28th, 2017

Located on Cocktail Bay overlooking Darling Harbour, Home is Sydney’s only true superclub. Built in the late nineties, the club features over three levels of purpose-built clubbing space. With a capacity of 2100, the venue is one of the largest in the southern hemisphere.

Incorporating innovative creative design and with four venue areas, including a luxurious rooftop terrace, featuring both indoor and outdoor areas, Home lends itself perfectly to all aspects of entertaining.

The club owners recently decided it was time for a renovation of the venue’s lighting and turned to Show Technology, Australia & New Zealand’s number one professional lighting distributor, for advice.

Darcy Cook, production designer at the club, worked closely with Show Technology’s Business Development Manager Stephen Dallimore who said, “The design of Home lends itself more to a New York warehouse vibe, incorporating some fantastic street art work by local artist Lister, rather than a modern nightclub.  So it was important to look at suitable options that would compliment the space and allow the team to work across different clients, from clubbers to corporate functions, who are attracted to its location on Sydney’s famous Darling Harbour”.

A world class venue requires world class lighting and so the decision was made to go with Martin and MA Lighting as the latest in technology. Darcy was keen for all the lighting to be LED for cost effectiveness, low maintenance and ecological reasons.

“I put the idea to the Susanah Page, the owner, and Ash Kollmorgan, the licensee, and after several meetings and consultations, including Rob Hardy the venue’s production manager, they decided to go for it,” commented Darcy. “I replaced the rig, more or less, one for one with a few new additions. We had eighteen old profile movers in there and I thought that amount gave us good coverage, so I stuck with that configuration.”

First choice was the Martin MAC Quantum Profile, an extremely bright LED profile fixture combining top-quality white light with a fast, smooth CMY colour mixing system and crisp gobo projection on surfaces as well as mid-air. It also features the new Animotion™ FX system that allows never-before seen beam animations.

“I was incredibly impressed by the MAC Quantum Profile’s optics, the sharpness of the gobos, the brightness and the colour rendering index,” said Darcy. “The way the colour system works is very impressive; you get a really nice blue, green and red out of them plus ultra-sharp gobos across the very wide zoom range that they have.”

Darcy reports that the eighteen MAC Quantum Profiles have been performing extremely well since their installation with absolutely no issues at all. He noted that they are doing well across the three different styles of lighting that the club requires. Friday is trance night with lots of gobos, clever effects and bright lights. Saturday night is party mode with lots of colour and colour effects – this is when the Quantum’s colour mixing system delivers an almost unlimited range of colour effects. Sunday is darker and smokey, and again the Quantums nail this style of lighting.

Six Martin RUSH MH6, offering a fully pre-mixed colour system from 12 x 10 W RGBW LEDs with a spectacular 10°–60° zoom, were installed primarily to act as stage light for the dancers onstage and live acts.

“As a stage wash, they put out a really nice CTO,” remarked Darcy. “We also use them to light up the venue when we want a nice room wash and they’re good at that too because of the enormous zoom range that they have. We can paint the room in pretty much any colour.”

Four Martin Atomic 3000 LED strobes, delivering a perfect blend of a traditional strobe and cutting-edge LED technology, were also chosen with Darcy describing them as incredible.

“We have to run them at 30% otherwise they’d be too bright,” he laughed. “They are insane! I can’t wait to use them on a big arena show. The Aura effect is cool, you can do some subtle colour effects using the strobe of which I’m quite a fan.”

Ten ShowPro LED Sunstrips were supplied as moveable eye-candy and are currently ‘outlining’ the room’s central screen adding a theatrical element to the venue. Four ShowPro X-Blinders were selected as a substitute for the standard DWE Blinder and Darcy reports that they have been well received.

“They have the nice warm colour temperature you’d expect plus they have the ability to fade out on a flash so they act like a real Duet,” he added.

For control, Darcy recommended a MA Lighting MA2 light saying it is the standard console amongst the electronic dance music industry.

“I rarely see any other console used,” he said. “The power of what the MA2 can do and how you can operate is astounding. You can use them in so many different ways. Added bonuses are features such as ‘speed groups’ which is important for the dance scene where you need lights moving and chasing to the beat of the music. I’ve been an MA user for around five years – in fact I bought one myself! All three major clubs in Sydney run MA, it’s the only console to go with really.”

The venue plans to attract high profile acts and in choosing MAC Quantums and MA Lighting control, they believe the ability to provide industry standard equipment will be a massive drawcard.

“Just over three years ago, Sydney introduced the “lock out law” that saw venues not allow entry after 1:30am nor the serving of drinks past 3am, which has seen a number of venues sadly close their doors,” Stephen Dallimore said.  “This was a sizeable investment by the team at Home in uncertain times but they are already seeing the results of the upgrade and using industry specified fixtures is great. To be working with them on their new chapter has been awesome.”


Lightmoves at Sydney Olympic Park Precinct

Posted on Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Lightmoves has successfully completed the installation of a custom engineered architectural lighting control solution for Sydney Olympic Park Precinct. Working from an initial design from Lighting Art & Science with Colin Barker and Richard Mason, the brief provided Sydney Olympic Park Authority the ability to bring the precinct to life with light via a combination of Martin Exterior LED fixtures, architectural lighting control systems and point to point wireless control.

Initially envisaged for the NRL State of Origin Game 2, the final architectural lighting control solution now provides the precinct operator the ability to provide the public and event organisers an immersive experience with light.

Pharos, Martin, Dynalite and More

The solution specified by Lighting Art & Science called for a sophisticated combination of control system integration across a geographically large precinct area to provide continuity of control and precinct appearance. This was achieved using Point-to-MultiPoint (PtMP) wireless devices strategically designed to be positioned across the precinct, allowing transmission of all lighting control protocols instantaneously for experiential consistency across the precinct.

Martin LED Luminaires

Lightmoves prepared the scores of Martin 400 ext fixtures for outdoor use, fitted the appropriate lenses and glare shields and installed the Martin fixtures on custom made brackets. This installation included all communication cabling to the lighting designers’ specification and the final engineered solution represented a collaborative design and construct solution.

Pharos Architectural Lighting Controllers

With the use of Pharos TPC lighting controllers and POE switches as part of the IT backbone installed by Lightmoves,  this also allows  the precinct operators to schedule specific lighting themes for events as well as the ability to change in real time the colour theming globally or on a building specific level. These real-time changes can be achieved on computers and mobile devices via the custom designed GUI provided by Lightmoves.

Philips Dynalite Intelligent Lighting Solutions

As part of the installation, the ceiling of the architecturally impressive railway station is included in the design brief and pivotal to starting the precinct’s nocturnal experience. Previously this ceiling structure was lit with standard flood lighting – but only for effect. If unchanged, this large wash of white light would drown out the effect of the LED fixtures. Lightmoves engineered around this using Philips Dynalite DMRC210 relay controllers. As with most Philips Dynalite products, the DMRC210 is controllable natively via DMX meaning these relay devices were integrated into the design easily and cost effectively. This solution enabled the white flood lights to be controlled at will without any electrical switchboard changes or upgrades, reducing the overall costs of the project and providing for more flexibility in lighting control too. The introduction of the Philips Dynalite relay solution is another example why Lightmoves was chosen to engineer and install this sophisticated architectural lighting control solution.

Integrated, Engineered Architectural Lighting Control Solution

As with all projects of this scale and size, cross organisational cooperation and stakeholder management enabled successful implementation and execution. Starting with the lighting designers, working closely with Sydney Olympic Park Venue Management for access and IT support; Accor Hotel management for access; right through to State Rail staff on the ground, multiple stakeholder were involved during the process. The final result is testament to all parties and their willingness to help make this happen. From the original vision of the precinct management and the lighting designers through to facilitation of access.

Coupled with Lightmoves’ experience and lighting control solution engineering, the Sydney Olympic Park Venue can now provide all visitors a spectacular, lighting driven experience.


Studio Due colour Arts Centre Melbourne

Posted on Friday, April 21st, 2017

In mid-2016 Rachel Burke, along with Relume Consulting, was commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne to upgrade her existing lighting design to the Theatres Building Forecourt.  The original design had served the premiere cultural venue for over ten years but lamp technologies have changed drastically over that period. It was time to replace a variety of fixed and moving head fixtures running discharge lamps with state- of- the- art LED luminaires.

After considerable research the Studio Due CityColor 20/30 RGBW 20w and Turbo-Color RGBW 16w were recommended for site trial based on with their technical specifications.

“The fixtures appeared to meet our performance requirements in terms of output with a range of options for housing finishes and modest physical dimensions for both products,” commented Rachel.

Both the CityColor and the Turbo-Color, with anti-glare baffles and barndoor kits, were tested at a night trial for suitability along with five other contenders. .

All fixtures were mounted on Level 10 of the Theatres Building and aimed at the Forecourt between the podium and National Gallery Victoria. Each fixture was run in full white and full blue and a light meter was used to test light level in full output mode. The two Studio Due fixtures were deemed to have the best performance attributes in terms of colour, output and beam quality.

“Fixture set up and operation was supported by Show Technology, with Arts Centre Melbourne staff, on a cool and clear winter evening in August,” said Rachel. “The project, led by Robert Last Project Manager, Theatre Technical Development ACM, was fully supported by Show Technology who worked knowledgably and cooperatively with designers, installers and client.”

According to Rachel, the designers and the client were pleased with the measured lux level results of the CityColor and the improved intensity and quality of the colour washes on the forecourt.

“The deep blues and purples produced by this fixture were especially noteworthy, helping to link the ground plane with the spire lighting scheme above and with the Hamer Hall facade.”

Wide and narrow lens options were subsequently trialled on a second night to ascertain the most appropriate beam angles for a range of throw distances from the two forecourt poles.

“The Studio Due CityColor LED exceeded our performance expectations and six fixtures were ordered in a combination wide and narrow lenses for installation and programming,” Rachel commented.  “The results of the new scheme have delighted Arts Centre Melbourne visitors and users whilst colourfully and creatively reinvigorated this landmark point of arrival.”