DMX and Bluetooth combined at Science Museum

A CONTROL system which marries the theatrical control protocol DMX with Bluetooth wireless has been created for a new venue space at London’s Science Museum.

The lighting had to be able to be controlled by an app on a phone or tablet, giving the user hundreds of scenes and the ability to change the level on any luminaire or group of luminaires live during an event

The multifunction spaces on the fourth and fifth floors – dubbed ‘Illuminate’ – have been transformed into an engaging and original light experience by independent lighting designers Sutton Vane Associates.

The team put lighting layers into the spaces in order to provide lighting that can be adapted to a huge range of special events.

Scene setting possibilities from a bright white contemporary look, to a warm and inviting evening setting and colour branding are all possible.

The lighting had to be able to be controlled by several different methods: by traditional push buttons to select from a range of the most popular scenes; by an app on a phone or tablet, giving the user hundreds of scenes and the ability to change the level on any luminaire or group of luminaires live during an event; and finally, from from a theatrical control board, when one is brought in, for complex events with added temporary stage lighting.

For the first time a system that runs both DMX and Bluetooth Low Energy simultaneously has been successfully achieved and implemented in the space.

Working with the Bluetooth experts, a specially created very intuitive lighting control app was developed by Sutton Vane Associates to control all the lighting and manipulate dynamic and sensational colour effects in the rooms. Screen shots of typical pages from the app on a phone are shown.

The custom-made luminaires fit the minimalistic and raw style of the space, appearing as a part of its construction.
 

 

 

 

  • Learn more about Bluetooth at LuxLive 2019, taking place at LuxLive 2019. The exhibition takes place on Wednesday 13 November and Thursday 14 November 2018 at ExCeL London. Entry is free if you pre-register HERE

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