AC-ET Supplies LumenRadio Solution to Black Light for Edinburgh Science Festival’s ‘Light Fantastic’

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd.’s Lighting division has supplied a range of LumenRadio products to Lighting, Sound, Staging and AV specialists Black Light, based in Edinburgh, to create a wireless DMX connection for lighting up the city’s Melville Monument as part of the recent International Science Festival.

The event, called ‘Light Fantastic’, took place ‘from sunset to sunrise’ between 12th March to 28th April 2015. It invited visitors to ‘Change the face of the Edinburgh skyline with a Tweet!’ Organisers encouraged the public to Tweet their favourite colours using the hashtag #lightfantastic, which would then change the lighting state at the Melville Monument automatically.

Black Light invested in a LumenRadio CRMX Nova TX2 RDM transmitter, four CRMX Nova transmitters and four outdoor-rated receivers, plus ancillary antennae and cables which were utilised on this event.

Heading up the team on the project was Black Light’s Calder Sibbald, alongside moving light and systems technician Andrew Green, who was responsible for the Wireless DMX and ArtNet systems.

“Phil Haldane from Black Light created custom script allowing the software to poll the amount of Tweets every 3 minutes. The most popular colour Tweeted would then automatically change the lighting onto the monument”, explains Andrew. “The LumenRadio products were used to create a wireless DMX link between the control room in the centre of the monument, and the fixtures on the outside perimeter of St. Andrew Square.”

“When choosing which wireless system to invest in we did a lot of research as our main concerns were reliability, range and functionality. As we were using the system in a heavy Wi-Fi traffic area in Edinburgh’s city centre, it was imperative that the system was reliable, not prone to interference, and did not disturb other networks. LumenRadio’s coexistence function was ideal for this, as well as its high range and durability.”

Featuring award-winning innovation and ground-breaking technology, LumenRadio’s Wireless DMX and RDM products have been developed to guarantee reliability even in the most technically challenging scenarios.

Operating licence-free on the 2.4GHz frequency, LumenRadio’s patented Cognitive Coexistence technology ensures optimum performance even when other wireless systems are operating in the same area. LumenRadio’s innovative CRMX technology continuously scans the wireless frequencies, detecting activity from other networks and where gaps are available. The radio modules ‘hop’ into these available frequencies, making best use of the available space whilst reducing the effects on other networks.

“I was most impressed by its ease of use. The SuperNova software provides an ideal interface to set up the devices and monitor them during use, whilst the capability to monitor RDM devices and Wi-Fi traffic in the area is also extremely useful”, Andrew continues. “I configured the system at Black Light’s offices, and once onsite it worked first time, and for a further six weeks without fail, whilst enduring some typical Scottish weather – including high winds, rain, snow, and even sun!”

The LumenRadio sale was overseen by AC-ET’s Northern Lighting Sales Manager, Grant Smith. “A.C. delivered this kit quickly, and their support has been excellent”, adds Andrew. “We look forward to using the LumenRadio products on more projects in the future.”

AC-ET are the exclusive UK distributor for the LumenRadio wireless lighting control range. Contact the company now to discuss how they can help you achieve your production aspirations, on +44 (0)1494 446000 / sales@ac-et.com, or visit www.ac-et.com.