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A.C. Special Projects Supplies Exterior LED Lighting Scheme for Da Mario Italian Restaurant

31st October 2012

A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) Ltd. have provided an attractive exterior LED colour-changing lighting scheme for Da Mario Gastronomia Napoletana, an Italian restaurant in the heart of London’s busy Gloucester Road area known for being a popular celebrity haunt.

Located a short walk from Kensington Palace, the 120 year old building’s beautiful architecture merges Venetian and Gothic styles and was commissioned by Queen Victoria.

Having previously provided the restaurant with a custom multi-zone audio and DJ system for their basement, when deciding to upgrade their exterior lighting system, Da Mario naturally contacted ACSP about the project – who also have extensive experience supplying and installing specialist LED lighting schemes.

Lance Bromhead, who Project Managed the job for ACSP comments, “It was really vital for the lighting to be elegant, understated and appropriate for the application given the historic significance of the building’s exterior, and we set out to fulfil all these criteria.”

After initial site surveys, a lighting trial was undertaken using key architectural LED brands. Based on the results, it was decided to illuminate the top story of the building’s facades with a careful combination of Pulsar ChromaFlood 100 fixtures featuring 25 and 45 degree beam angles, and ChomaBatten 200s with 10 x 50 degree lenses.

These weatherproofed IP66 units were chosen for their proven reliability and compact size -enabling them to be concealed discreetly with minimal impact on the architecture - and because they met the budget. The fixtures were also favoured due to their three-year warranty and British manufacturing.

ACSP also supplied a Mode ColorStyle DMX controller. This was chosen for its in-built astronomical clock feature, which turns the installation on and off at predetermined times of the day. It was programmed and commissioned by ACSP’s Technical Project Manager, Dave Cowan.

The default programme is a very slow, subtle colour changing cycle that fades between six colours, beautifully illuminating the facades and creating a highly visible feature that draws attention to the restaurant’s stunning exterior.

Da Mario’s management have the full flexibility of tailoring the colours and effects to suit special events and promotions, and are once again delighted with the results.

Marco Molino, Da Mario’s owner commented, “ACSP have been very helpful, from choosing the equipment, to installing it and training our staff how to use it. We are very pleased with the results and the exterior lighting has really helped bring the building’s features to life.”

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