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Artistic Licence Engineering showcases Multichrome Tube at Bow Arts Trust

Andrew Brister 21 August 2012
Artistic Licence Engineering showcases Multichrome Tube at Bow Arts Trust

Bow Arts Trust, the East London arts educational charity, is the recipient of the first major installation of Artistic Licence Engineering’s new modular Multichrome Tube LED fixtures. Integration company Technical Entertainment Services, which specialises in architectural LED feature lighting, was commissioned by Bow Arts Trust to refurbish its permanent installation of vertical tubes of light which are suspended over the public walkway between its two buildings on Bow Road. “Bow Arts Trust wanted to replace the existing fluorescent tubes with an LED alternative which would better comply with their environmental concerns, and offer extended lamp life with reduced maintenance and running costs,” explains TES technical director Matthew Owen. Owen proposed a multi-pixel RGB fixture as the best solution to these requirements, which would also allow artists in residence to offer their design input to the artistic direction of the installation. Owen then set about sourcing a suitable product from a range of international and UK manufacturers and discovered Artistic Licence Engineering’s modular Multichrome Tube fittings were the perfect fit. Multichrome Tube is a linear LED fixture, available in a variety of customised lengths and in different configurations, including single or double sided strips and a choice of pixel pitches. This modularity offered the client the extra flexibility to alter the design as required. Optimised for designer-friendly colours, no less than 16 million high purity colours can be obtained from Multichrome Tube’s colour mixing ability, in addition to excellent white tracking. Owen specified 10 of the 500mm and 20 of the 1000mm customised RGB LED Multichrome Tubes which, despite their standard IP67 rating, were made even more rugged for permanent outdoor use by Artistic Licence Engineering, who provided additional waterproofing for the long-term outdoor installation at Bow. Photo: Jeff Hubbard

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