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A.C. Lights the Lowry Designer Outlet in Manchester

24th April 2002

The imaginative use of exterior colour changers has marked the recent opening of the new "Lowry Designer Outlet" in Salford Quays, Manchester - a project undertaken by Orbit Developments (Manchester) Limited. The exterior and interior lighting scheme for the project was devised by Into Lighting Design's Northern Studio in Nottingham, and supplied and installed by A.C. Lighting Ltd of High Wycombe.

The exterior installation utilises thirty-two Martin Professional Exterior 200 colour changers. These were chosen due to their versatility, compactness and wide beam characteristics. The fixtures use a powerful 150W discharge lamp and are rated at IP65 for outdoor use. Control is provided via DMX using Grand-Master Flash V4, a PC based lighting control programme, produced by London based company, Artistic Licence. This was programmed by A.C. Lighting to provide an ever-changing and dramatic ripple of colour round the exterior of the designer outlet and features a special red and white sequence which is activated when England football matches are being played at Old Trafford. 

A number of Astralite trusses have also been installed including two of 3.5m diameter which carry an array of low voltage fittings. In each of the atrium areas, special white coloured 8.5m x 3.5m Astralive box trusses with in-built three-circuit track have been installed. Each truss carries 10 ETC Source Four Junior Zoom CDM 150W fixtures and 2 Optikinetics GoBoPro effects projectors. An additional Optikinetics GoBoPro projector has also been installed in an area containing a variety of amusement machines.

A key part of the project was to complete the lighting in readiness for the Designer Outlets busy opening period. Peter Keiderling, Special Projects Manager at A.C. Lighting stated "It has been a pleasure working with Into Lighting Design to bring to fruition such an innovative lighting scheme".