Architectural Lighting controller advice
Posted 28 February 2012 - 03:30 PM
I am looking for an architectural lighting controller that will output DMX and let me have various looks/chases/etc accessible at the touch of a button. I've installed a number of RGB downlighters around the perimeter of a building and now I need an idiot proof way of controlling them, (the venue staff to turn them on and off, not myself!) I am also happy to programme the controller, whatever it may be.
I also need said controller to have an input for some sort of LUX sensor to allow something to happen when the ambient light level dips down to a certain level.
Any ideas? I've been going around in circles and I can seem to find much.
Posted 28 February 2012 - 05:15 PM
Whilst they can do what you ask, they are relativly expensive and a specialist job to setup (the names to look for are Phillips-Dynalite, iLight, lutron etc)
so if you want to kepe the costs down, forget dedicated system and see what theatrical stuff you can re-purpose, the issue you may find is archetectual systems once setup can run for decades and theatrical stuff is not designed for that kind of runtime.
Posted 28 February 2012 - 05:34 PM
Which would do everything you want of it. Unfortunately I changed jobs and never quite got round to using one in the real world. I seem to remember talking a ball park cost of just under £1k per unit.
Posted 28 February 2012 - 06:10 PM
I've done a few random architectural control solutions myself.. including one where the colour of the lights was controlled by a text message, for a company which mainly specialises in mobile stuff, so pretty much anything's possible...
Steer clear of iLight / Lutron if you want to do this on a budget and repurpose other products (I'm in the process of doing just that with my house which will be ran off DMX rather than any of the bespoke architectural systems by the time I'm finished with it)
Posted 28 February 2012 - 07:41 PM
Cueserver was 1100 odd list, Pharos quite a bit more.
Have considered Daslight`s recent offerings , but mounting was a pest, wall plate or DIN rail is usually easier.
At the couple of hundred quid level there are some DMX recorders that will play back a recorded stream, usually limited to short chunks so slow fades aren`t possible.
Posted 28 February 2012 - 07:49 PM
Website: http://www.davidbuckley.name, a good place to go for PCStage tips and techniques
Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:47 PM
Would caution on placement of the light sensor, most all of the architectural recorders will have some dry switch input to trigger, just need a standard lux sensor from an electrical wholesaler.Just mount it high enough that it reacts to daylight, not trees in leaf , passing traffic, reversing trucks etc...