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Lighting External Landmarks part 1

 

June, 2017

 

This month we asked our Value Added Partner, LITE, to give us their top tips for lighting external landmarks.

 

Below is part one in the series.

 

Often we are asked to give a unit or meterage price for a Philips Color Kinetics (PCK) product for a local authority project.

 

The client is then somewhat perplexed when I inform them I cannot give a price because I need to ask them many questions about the project to build up an accurate price for the system. External dynamic lighting projects like these are made up of many components and processes, helping to illustrate one of the main reasons why Philips Lighting operates the VAP (Value Added Partner) programme. We are highly knowledgeable about the PCK portfolio and, in the same way Apple and Microsoft resellers only work with that brand, for us at LITE, PCK is the number one product range.

 

We have identified up to 40 steps on the journey from the initial enquiry to completion. I’ll highlight some of the key points to consider below

 

Most important is to visit site. Only then can you determine the key factors such as power availability. If there is no power, for instance, on top of a hill, lighting that ancient monument will be very difficult. Consider the location of the building in relation to its surroundings; will there be issues with light spill, trespass or pollution?

Is the building listed? Is there existing lighting? If not, planning permission may be required either locally or by Westminster. If there are existing fixtures, by selecting products that are neutral in appearance planning may not be required, assuming it is a one for one replacement.

 

What are the client’s expectations and are they realistic? Floodlighting glass, for instance, is not possible. Modern structures of aluminium and glass with clean lines call for a different approach, with internal floodlighting of atriums or lift shafts being more effective.

 

And, the laws of Physics cannot be broken. Light cannot be bent round corners.

 

Dynamic luminaires are intelligent and once powered need to be told what to do by a data command from a controller, so data needs to be able to get to each fixture. If the light fixtures are on either bank of a river, when lighting a bridge, for example, it’s unlikely a hard wired data cable will be possible and a wireless solution will be required. Where can aerials be positioned? What direction do they need to point? Is there a clear line of site?

 

Next, I’ll look at the demonstration to completion stages.

 

Part 2 is coming soon.

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