All Elation LED for Upper Manhattan’s Bar 151
Wednesday, 2 January 2019
bar-151cBar 151 - an upscale lounge and performance space
USA - Tirso Lighting has installed an all-LED Elation lighting package for another Wahi Group club opening in northern Manhattan, this time Bar 151, an upscale lounge and performance space in the neighbourhood of Inwood, a quieter and more affordable enclave of New York City that has become increasingly popular of late.
Tirso Lighting has been around since 2009 and has been using Elation lighting since its inception. Nevertheless, Bar 151 was the design and integration company’s first all LED lighting project. “I was really looking forward to doing an all LED project and this was a good chance to realize that,” says Tirso Lighting owner Tirso Pelaez, who served as lighting designer on the project and suggested the green approach to the client. “Elation’s choice of products allowed us to put together an all LED lighting package for Bar 151 that can stand on its own.”
Bar 151 is an intimate venue with a capacity of about 300. Because it is tucked in a narrow space, Pelaez says it was important to keep patrons moving away from the entrance once they enter the club. His design therefore sought to draw people to the back of the club where the stage is, which doubles as a VIP area.
“We wanted to attract guests to the back, near the stage, and then fill the club in backwards from there,” the designer said. “We covered the stage and the area in front of the stage, which is the dance floor, with lighting to entice people to move deeper into the club and avoid congestion near the door.” As the ceiling height in the back of the club is higher than at the entrance, it also provided more room to mount lighting fixtures and made for a better space to compose a more effective lighting design.
Pelaez took a symmetrical approach to the design, pairing Elation’s narrow-beam DARTZ 360 LED moving head with compact ZCL 360i single beam moving effects over the stage/VIP area. More DARTZ fixtures alternate with E Spot III LED moving heads over the dance floor. Also over the dance floor area and directed toward the stage are SixPar 200 LED Par lights along with Protron 3K strobes. The system works double duty as both performance and dance floor lighting.
“The DARTZ has a nice beam look. I like that we can also use it as a spot fixture with its prisms that give off a gobo look. Its output is more than enough for the space,” says the designer. “The venue’s small size fit well for a compact moving light effect like the E Spot III. It's a fixture we use often because of its versatility.”
On nights when there are no on-stage performances, the stage doubles as a VIP section that overlooks the dance floor. “We can then use part of the lighting system to put focus on the VIPs on stage and really make them feel like stars.”
Coupled with the opening of Arka Room last year, also a Tirso Lighting project featuring Elation lighting, the Wahi Group is investing in the Washington Heights and Inwood areas of northern Manhattan as an emerging nightlife entertainment hub.
(Jim Evans)

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