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News in pictures 9 March 2011

JCC Lighting is the First Choice partner; ATEÏS is back stage at L'Opéra Bastille; Great service from Vaddio at Grace United Church; Duel role in sports bar for Anolis.

JCC Lighting has been appointed by First Choice Holidays as its lighting partner, to supply lighting solutions in their new concept holiday superstores, and their shop-in-shop pods located in large department stores throughout the UK. The most recent store to open is the Greenford superstore in Middlesex.

This high profile project required low energy lighting solutions, in particular LED lighting, to save energy, and reduce maintenance and re-lamping costs. Previous lighting systems utilised 100% 35W and 70W CDM-T, which produced intense light and uncomfortable heat in the working areas. JCC was easily able to provide an alternative low energy lighting solution, with typical energy savings in excess of 60% whilst maintaining original lighting levels.

The Aztek spotlight range was featured heavily throughout the store due to their high output, long life and versatility. Black versions of the 10W LED spotlights were used across the main store on black Mainline track, providing the effect of ‘disappearing’ into the ceiling void. To provide extra punch in specific areas, Aztek 70W CDM-T spotlights were also used at a ratio of one to four in amongst the LED spots.

The Rakula 16.8W LED downlight was utilised in floating ‘cloud’ units throughout the store, highlighting specific messaging to customers. Rakula downlights provide a high output performance and are perfectly suited to commercial applications of this kind due to their long life and wide light distribution.

The Welcome counter at the front of the store featured the Ragoza LED strip, used as a hidden highlight feature under the pelmet of the counter. This discreet, flexible striplight LED system allows an even illumination without thermal effects, ideal for an area that could be accessed by children. With a lifetime of 50,000 hours, Ragoza offers a low maintenance low energy lighting solution.

An ATEÏS International IP-based communications system has been installed at the L’Opéra Bastille Paris opera house so stage managers, performers and crew know what is happening and when. The 2,723-seat venue was designed by Canadian-Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott and opened on 13th July 1989, the day before the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille. Updating technical equipment is a continual process at big venues and the Bastille Opera is no exception.

ATEÏS finished work on the building-wide paging and stage monitoring system at the end of 2010 and is now upgrading the public address installation. Unusually ATEÏS France installed the paging and monitoring equipment itself, rather than just supplying products to a systems integrator. “On this project products didn’t exist,” explains Jerome Beyls, commercial director of ATEÏS France. “So the best way was to deal directly with the Opera so that new products could be developed to match what they needed.”

The new paging system covers 14 stages, 233 dressing rooms and 13 kilometres of corridors. The core of the installation is the ATEÏS [email protected] PA distribution server and controller. Based on IP (internet protocol) technology, this is the backbone of the monitoring and show call system.

Each dressing room has a monitor loudspeaker and a touch screen for selecting to which stage someone wants to listen. The loudspeakers receive messages from the stage manager made on one of 23 stage call stations positioned around the Opera.

Just because you’re based in a small town doesn’t mean you can’t have big-city ambition. Husband and wife team, Doug and Beth Voss, run the audiovisual system at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville, a rural Minnesota town with a population of 2,200. Looking for a unique way to reach the extended Paynesville community they hired Intermedia Systems Group of Burnsville, Minn. to install a complete AV system featuring high definition video displays, a Vaddio HD PTZ remotely controlled camera system and a digital audio sound reinforcement system to back it all up.

The main goal was a quality, high definition broadcast of weekly church services for the local cable channel. Selling DVDs of weddings, baptisms and special holiday programs would also help subsidise the new AV system. The video system includes three WallVIEW CCU HD-18 PTZ cameras: one located on the face of the balcony – front and center, one mounted back in the sanctuary and the “Bride Cam” located behind the alter for capturing the bride as she walks down the aisle. Controlling the cameras back at the head-end is Vaddio’s ProductionVIEW HD camera controller and switcher.

Architect Karel Janća decided on a fresh and vibrant approach when he was asked to design a completely new interior scheme for the Duel Sports Bar in the town of Zubri, Czech Republic.

An Anolis LED lighting scheme is an integral part of the new look and feel for the popular bar and eatery. Duel is adjacent to a busy sports hall run by the city of Zubri, located in-between two bustling Moravian towns – the historically significant and beautiful Rožnov pod Radhoštěm and the buzzing commercial centre of Valašské Meziříčí.

Janća wanted to use energy-efficient lighting to add zest, energy and fun to his newly created interior, which includes zingy colours like lime green, white and yellow with natural wood finishes, topped off with an eye-catching steel architectural feature in the centre of the space. He also wanted the lighting to help capture the excitement and vibe of sports events featured on the big screens in Duel, and to compliment the natural light which streams in through the windows running all down one side of the long, strip-like space.

Above the bar is a frosted perspex light box which contains 10 Anolis ArcLinks, and the bar itself contains another 10 ArcLinks. The bottle shelves at the back of the bar are up-lit with 12 ArcLinks. At the top of the entrance stairs – Duel is on the first floor of the building – illuminating a lightwall feature is a single Anolis ArcLine 36 RGB Optic fixture with 25 degree lenses. This is so bright and effective that one unit is perfect for the application. An Anolis ArcPower 36 is supplied for control.