Photo by: Linus Lintner
Photo by: Linus Lintner
Jan Wichert is an expert in dynamic lighting at Kardoff Engineers. He created a lighting concept he called ‘Lictwolke’ which means ‘light cloud’. It constituted 400 internally illuminated spheres to be suspended from the ceiling at different heights and in a seemingly randomised pattern comprising a 3D illusion. Each sphere was to be individually controllable for colour and intensity; according to Jan Wichert, the cloud of spheres should be used to create different emotional lighting scenes. Martin Opolka, illumination Physics’ European manager, handled the liaison.
In consultation with the lighting designer, it was decided that a group of ten spheres would be connected to a central circular mounting node (eventually dubbed Spiders) containing a power supply and the custom DMX driver. This allowed the AC power and DMX data distribution to be significantly simplified in a single specially designed cable.
The cables that connect the spheres to the spiders varied in length to create the randomised effect the lighting designer was seeking.
The spheres and the spiders were factory assembled and tested as a complete unit to streamline the installation. Each complete spider and its ten spheres were pre-addressed in our factory and packed as a numbered unit according to the designer’s designation on the installation layout drawings. illumination Physics’ custom design service includes making the installer’s task more efficient as this effects the overall cost.
Before shipping, all the DMX addresses were set in the factory to reduce time and cost for the programmer on-site in Potsdam.
This is part of illumination Physics’ circle of care – it begins with a concept and is completed by every assistance we can provide to the installer.
After completion of the installation, which was carried out by an installer commissioned by the customer and accompanied by Illumination Physics in the form of a Supervision of Installation, the programming was carried out by Illumination Physics in coordination with the lighting design office and according to customer requirements.
- 40 x IP custom spider fixtures consisting of:
- 400 x IP custom led sphere RGBW with custom cable lengths
- 40 x IP Custom spider central hubs
- 6 x IP WMP DMX splitters
- Ecue control system with Glass touch panel