The exterior of historical castle Ulfsunda Slott, situated near Stockholm city centre,is now illuminated with washlights from SGM.
Built during the Thirty Years’ War, the castle has a rich history, which includes being used by royalty, a prime minister and a county council. It is now owned by Torbjörn Blomqvist, a furniture designer from Svensk Inredning (Swedish Interior) who initiated a major renovation upon the acquisition in 1999. The castle is now ranked as Sweden’s number one luxury hotel, featuring facilities for art showrooms, conferences and restaurants.
The illumination of the 364-year-old castle by night has been a challenging task for Blomqvist, and for the owner of design and installation company MegaEl, Pelle Nyström. With previous tests of other equipment resulting in rejection due to the size of the fixtures and their low output, Nyström looked to SGM.
SGM Sweden conducted an onsite test together with MegaEl to prove to Blomqvist that the bright SGM P-5 wash light was the right solution for this installation, despite – and possibly because of – its small footprint. With the customer convinced, just four units were needed for this fixed installation, lighting up the entire front and rear of the castle. The mounting positions were fixed on the roof of the adjacent annexe buildings, meeting another obstacle of providing a powerful light output from a distance. However, as stated by SGM Sweden’s Mikael Uddh: “I had no doubt that the P-5 was the right product for this installation and it certainly overcame each challenge.”
MegaEl takes pride in its professional role as advisor, finding attractive and intelligent solutions to clients’ lighting problems. As a first hands-on with SGM’s products, the owner of MegaEl was very pleased with the experience. Nyström was in particular excited about the W-DMX of the P-5 and commented: “I was stunned when I saw the output of the P-5 and it’s nice that it has built-in wireless receivers, simplifying installations in old buildings as Ulfsunda Slott, where pulling new cables is not always permitted.”