Engadine Tavern and Saltec turn to Show Technology for lighting solution

Posted on Thursday, February 26th, 2009

When the owners of Engadine Tavern decided to renovate their bistro into a more modern restaurant, the back bars became cocktail bars with a built in DJ and a funky dance floor was created transforming a dull and dingy corner into happening weekend destination for the area’s youngsters.

Saltec were asked to design and install an audio and lighting solution and Stephen Askins, Saltec’s project manager, immediately turned to Show Technology’s Mark McInnes for some innovative lighting ideas.

Stephen readily admits he is an audio guy and so Mark’s professional input was gratefully received. However, Stephen had seen the benefits of LED lighting at other venues and was keen to use this technology.

Mark suggested using four Pro Shop LED 4 way panels behind the DJ to provide a focal point and light up the wall in an effective and unusual manner.

“It was hard to light up that wall and the LED panels were a great solution,” commented Stephen. “The 4 way panels run off their own little controller which is a nice, easy option. We then used red Pro Shop Neonflex as architectural highlights at the bottom of the DJ box.”

Six Pro Shop LED strips were used to decorate the venue adding colour, light and movement.

“We’ve found the LED strips to be very versatile and they deliver an interesting lighting effect at a minimal cost,” said Stephen.

Dance floor lighting is provided by four Martin Mania SCX600 scanners whose separate colour and gobo wheels create a multitude of brilliant effects. A moonflower effect is delivered by a couple of Geni Spyro’s that delivers an exciting twisting, spinning vortex of colour. A Pro Shop Max 2500 strobe adds flash when required.

“As this space in the venue is multipurpose, the owner requested that no roof mounted ‘disco’ lighting be used,” said Mark McInnes. “The SCX’s were perfect as they are slimmer than a moving light with really fast mirrors that can reach all areas of the dance floor. The SCX’s and effects are mounted off the support columns to ensure clean sight-lines across the ceiling.”

Control is provided by a Studio Due Control 5 lighting controller a new 16 bit remote controller with full 512 DMX channels. Easy to operate it can be smartly used anywhere and stores up to 4000 scenes. Up to 40 fixtures can be controlled.

“The Control 5 is great value for money and so simple to use,” added Stephen.