Lighting designer Douglas Brenan of Project Lighting Design (PLD) envisioned a dynamic display of light and changing colour with an eco-friendly solution. PLD worked together with Philips SSL Solutions for the lighting design. Philips SSL Solutions recommended Color Kinetics LED modules for the spokes and capsules. The biggest challenge was getting the DMX signal to the units. This required some innovative wireless technology. After careful planning, W-DMX by Wireless Solution was chosen as the most reliable choice.
The LED modules consist of 280 Color Kinetics iColor Accent Powercore, 112 2-Foot Color Kinetics iColor Accent Powercore, 224 Color Kinetics iColor Blast, 12 Powercore, and one Color Kinetics Light System Manager. Four W-DMX BlackBox transmitters were positioned to handle four DMX Universes, together with 28 W-DMX BlackBox Receivers.
"Working on a large moving structure made this a very challenging project," says Tony Symms, project lighting manager for Creative Lighting Asia, who supplied the equipment, "All installation, testing and commissioning work had to be organised with the main contractor to get the wheel into the right position when required. We also had a very limited working period, as we could only work from late at night until early morning, in order to prevent delaying other work and the completion of the wheel."
Symms continues: "The Singapore Flyer installation would have been impossible using cable. W-DMX also gave the lighting designer new possibilities, for both indoor and outdoor installations, that were simply not possible in the past. We are all extremely pleased."