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Direct Arena

First Direct Arena, Leeds


Colour-changing LEDs bring the first direct arena to life.

First Direct Arena

The lighting
really brings

the building to life and everyone involved has been very impressed with the results.”


- Jason McDaid, Project Director

First Direct Arena

Customer challenge


Philips ColorGraze colour-changing LED lighting, combined with Pharos controls, is enabling the new first direct arena in Leeds to come alive at night with a kaleidoscope of colour to suit different events.

First Direct Arena

The right lighting 


The Philips ColorGraze luminaires are used to provide colour-changing lighting using red, green and blue energy-efficient LEDs with 9 degree beam angles to provide an almost infinite choice of colours with a high level of saturation. Control is delivered through a Pharos system which can be accessed via an internet-based control interface for ease of access by the venue operators.


A further benefit of using ColorGraze was its PowerCore technology, which facilitates installation by using single leaders and jumpers cables to link the products, avoiding the need for separate drivers or data cabling. At the first direct Arena the PowerCore system is also used for onsite addressing.


This combination of Pharos controls and PowerCore system enables the arena to adapt lighting scenes to suit each event, with potential for linking to triggers such as motion, temperature and music inputs.

  • ColorGraze MX Powercore
    ColorGraze MX Powercore
    Many architectural structures need a linear fixture capable of illuminating multiple storeys with minimal setback. Property owners/end users need a controllable product capable of ...
    • Superior light quality, consistency and output thanks to Philips Color Kinetics Optibin and Chromasync technologies
    • Simple installation and long run lengths enabled by Powercore technology
    • Static and dynamic lighting effects can be designed, displayed and changed via Philips Color Kinetics controllers

Lighting the
First Direct Arena

The Team

SMG Europe, Property Management

Project Partner

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Populous London

Project Partner

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Arup Lighting Sheffield

Project Partner

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BAM Construction Leeds

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