Harrisburg Bridges [Miranda]

Harrisburg Bridges [Miranda]

In 2017, the City of Harrisburg embarked on a project to retrofit the Market Street and Walnut Street bridges, a pair of bridges that span the Susquehanna River just two blocks apart in downtown Harrisburg. The city was looking for new lighting with dynamic effects in addition to single color looks, and they wanted to avoid having to close down traffic lanes to reprogram controllers or change presets.

The Efficiency Network designed a system that used our Miranda DMX to control Lumenpulse’s Lumenbeam fixtures via LumenLink. This enabled them to create a cohesive system that could run dynamic cues, despite some of the obstacles the existing system presented.


The Obstacles

The Market Street bridge was a fairly simple system, with all power terminating in a single box at one end, but the Walnut Street bridge was dual-fed: power fed from both ends and split somewhere in the middle. As an additional complication, there was no internet connection available at any of the three control sites.

Because of the existing power setup, the system essentially required three control domains, two of which were on the same bridge. Since the two bridges are so close together, it was necessary for those domains to be able to run dynamic cues in sync, without being able to talk to each other. This is, of course, exactly what Miranda DMX was built for.

The Solution

Combining the Lumenpulse fixtures with Miranda controllers was an excellent use of the technology, as it wouldn’t require any rewiring of the bridges, only some new gear on the ends of the bridges. The three control locations each consist of a Miranda DMX, a cell modem, and a Lumenpulse LumenLink. The Mirandas run their cues in sync, so – within the LumenTalk limitations – anything is possible, as if the two bridges were a single DMX universe.

Ease of Programming

Programming large structures like this frequently involves temporary point-to-point wireless links or very long ethernet cables run to the programming site. Because of the cloud-connected nature of Miranda, the programmer was able to do all of the programming from his car, sitting in the parking lot between the bridges, using only a wireless hotspot.

Additionally, the cloud connectivity allows programming changes requested by the City of Harrisburg to be implemented from Pittsburgh, without the usual 3 hour drive.

Bloomfield Lighting Project [Miranda]

Bloomfield Lighting Project [Miranda]

The Bloomfield Lighting Project is an ambitious multi-year project to light about a mile of the shopping district along Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield, a vibrant neighborhood in Pittsburgh. Designed by Pittsburgh-based company Clear Story Creative, the project will create a unified, cohesive lighting design on the facades of all of the buildings along both sides of the street within the mile-long business district. The system, controlled by a fleet of Miranda DMX controllers, will also give the Bloomfield Development Corporation the ability to easily change between looks, allowing them to change colors for holidays, parades, and other events.


The Demo Installation

The project began with the installation of a demo site, at the intersection of Liberty Avenue and Pearl Street. St. Maria Goretti Church on one corner provides an anchor for the installation, while the other 3 corners house a bank, a restaurant, and a laundromat. The lighting on each building facade varies, but the back end is the same: each corner has a Ubiqiti wireless node and a Miranda DMX controller. The busy urban environment means that the wireless link between the nodes is sometimes unreliable, but the use of Miranda enables the system to run synchronized cues, even without a reliable network.

Planning for the Future

With the complete planned installation stretching across a mile of Liberty Avenue, the ability to scale easily and remain synchronized over long distances becomes increasingly important. Once complete, the system will consist of more than 50 Miranda controllers – one per block, on each side of the street. It would be virtually impossible to build a reliable wireless network over that distance, which is why Miranda is perfect for this application – each individual controller will be able to stay in sync with the others, even if its network connection drops out every now and then.

With 50 controllers and hundreds of fixtures in the final build-out, being able to monitor the entire system via the cloud will also be critical. Failures will inevitably happen on a system this large, and Miranda’s monitoring features will allow us to remotely detect those failures and alert maintenance crews before they become a problem.

Miranda Show (waterproof)

Miranda Show (waterproof)

Miranda Show takes our Miranda DMX controller and puts it in an entirely waterproof IP65 enclosure, passing all cabling through similarly rated connections. This creates a box that you can deploy anywhere, under nearly any conditions. As a bonus, the polycarbonate enclosure permits WiFi signals through, allowing for infrastructures based around 2.4GHz WiFi and potentially eliminating cable runs.

We see applications for this in all sorts of installation environments, but it can be useful for live production environments as well. Wet-rated light fixtures have become relatively common, but being able to achieve the same rating in your lighting controller is difficult; with Miranda Show, you have an outdoor rated lighting controller in an off-the-shelf product.

View the full line of Miranda Controls.


Specs

  • Size: 8.25”x6”x2.5”
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs.
  • Enclosure: UV-resistant black polycarbonate. Color-changing resettable desiccant inside box prevents moisture build-up, indicates when it needs to be reset.
  • Output: (2) isolated DMX outputs, IP65 Neutrik NC5FX-HD tails through cable gland.
  • Power: powerCON TRUE1 inlet and passthrough outlet.
  • Data: (2) switched 10/100 ethernet ports with 24VDC passive PoE, allows daisy-chaining. Ports have an integral cable gland (gland wraps your cable creating a completely waterproof connection when installed).

Features

Miranda Show includes all the typical tools you would expect out of an installation lighting controller, plus a variety of unique features:

  • Functions as either an sACN Node or standalone playback unit. Fallback on loss-of-signal, or triggered switch from external input to internal cues.
  • Daisy-chaining PoE ethernet reduces the network and power cabling required.
  • Synchronized playback between multiple units on different networks allows for unbelievable opportunities to distribute the lighting throughout a building, theme park, or city.
  • Internet-based monitoring, programming, and control allows for updates to happen from anywhere, without having a direct connection to the lighting network.
  • Astrotime or scheduled triggers.
  • Remote triggers via ethernet or contact closure.
  • Built-in lighting effects library, permitting easy programming of systems.
  • Wide ambient temperature support (-40C to +80C) permits installation in unconditioned cabinets.

For a complete list of features and specs, download the cut sheet here, or contact us to discuss a Miranda installation for your project!

For examples of some current Miranda installations, check out our Mirandas in Action page.

Miranda Controls

Miranda Controls

The Miranda line of controllers offers a new way of looking at lighting controls, facilitating innovative system architectures without compromising control or maintenance.

At its core, Miranda is much like other lighting controllers: high quality on-board flash storage keeps your programs safe without concern about an SD card going bad; contact closures provide flexibility of input triggers.


“Islands of DMX”

Miranda’s differences come into play once it’s connected to the cloud. Because Miranda does not need a high speed or high reliability connection, it can be deployed in applications where you would never think to stream DMX between locations. Rather than thinking of your lighting system as a single set of DMX universes, you can start to think in islands of DMX that run autonomously, but still stay synchronized.

Multiple Output Options

Miranda’s platform offers a unified programming and control interface with three output options:

Since multiple Mirandas are programmed as a system, not individually, you can mix and match Miranda types within the same system without conceptual edges between systems.

Remote Preset Recall

Miranda’s, remote preset recall is simple for building owners to use, since it doesn’t require a downloaded app, only a web login.

Monitoring, Programming & Diagnostics

Remote monitoring and programming allow you to diagnose issues and update cues without having to make field calls. The remote programming is mediated through the cloud, so you don’t need a fast or reliable internet connection; you can reprogram the lighting from anywhere, even an airplane’s WiFi connection. Diagnostics are stored in the cloud, so you don’t have to remote into a functioning system; if a controller is offline, you still have access to your all of your diagnostic information.

Key Features

Miranda includes all the typical tools you would expect out of an installation lighting controller, plus a variety of unique features:

  • Functions as either an sACN Node or standalone playback unit. Fallback on loss-of-signal, or triggered switch from external input to internal cues.
  • Daisy-chaining PoE ethernet reduces the network and power cabling required.
  • Synchronized playback between multiple units on different networks allows for unbelievable opportunities to distribute the lighting throughout a building, theme park, or city.
  • Internet-based monitoring, programming, and control allows for updates to happen from anywhere, without having a direct connection to the lighting network.
  • Astrotime or scheduled triggers.
  • Remote triggers via ethernet or contact closure.
  • Built-in lighting effects library, permitting easy programming of systems.
  • Wide ambient temperature support (-40C to +80C) permits installation in unconditioned cabinets.

Download the cut sheet here, or contact us to discuss putting Miranda on your next project!

For examples of some current Miranda installations, check out our Mirandas in Action page.

Miranda DMX

Miranda DMX

From simple single-universe standalone systems to large multi-controller cloud-connected architectures, Miranda DMX provides compact DMX output capabilities. Miranda DMX is able to switch between being an sACN node and a standalone controller, as well as run internal timeclocks and remote preset recall.

Miranda DMX is powerful enough to run two universes of fixtures, but it’s priced economically enough to be a go-to solution for running just a few fixtures as well.

View the full line of Miranda Controls.


Specs

  • Size: 2.5″x4.75″x1.25″
  • Weight: 6 oz.
  • Enclosure: Anodized black aluminum.
  • Input: (4) contact closure inputs, 3.5mm pluggable terminal blocks.
  • Output: (2) isolated DMX outputs, 3.5mm pluggable terminal blocks.
  • Power: 5VDC power input via 3.5mm pluggable terminal block.
  • Data: (2) switched 10/100 ethernet ports with 24VDC passive PoE, allows daisy-chaining.
  • Control: Three-way switch for local control and EC testing.

Features

Miranda DMX includes all the typical tools you would expect out of an installation lighting controller, plus a variety of unique features:

  • Functions as either an sACN Node or standalone playback unit. Fallback on loss-of-signal, or triggered switch from external input to internal cues.
  • Daisy-chaining PoE ethernet reduces the network and power cabling required.
  • Synchronized playback between multiple units on different networks allows for unbelievable opportunities to distribute the lighting throughout a building, theme park, or city.
  • Internet-based monitoring, programming, and control allows for updates to happen from anywhere, without having a direct connection to the lighting network.
  • Astrotime or scheduled triggers.
  • Remote triggers via ethernet or contact closure.
  • Built-in lighting effects library, permitting easy programming of systems.
  • Wide ambient temperature support (-40C to +80C) permits installation in unconditioned cabinets.

For a complete list of features and specs, download the cut sheet here, or contact us to discuss a Miranda installation for your project!

For examples of some current Miranda installations, check out our Mirandas in Action page.

Miranda DC Dimmer

Miranda DC Dimmer

Miranda DC Dimmer is a hardwired PWM dimmer for 12VDC loads. Rather than use a DMX-driven PWM dimmer, you can dim your PWM loads directly over Ethernet. Like the rest of the Miranda line, it supports running internal cues, taking external sACN, or doing a mix of both.

Additionally, the Miranda DC Dimmer can control external LED ballasts that support PWM-based dimming, giving you distributed Ethernet-based control of a variety of fixture types.

View the full line of Miranda Controls.


Specs

  • Size: 2.5″x4.75″x1.25″
  • Weight: 6 oz.
  • Enclosure: Anodized black aluminum
  • Output: (6) Independent outputs, 5A/60W maximum each. 3.5mm terminal block dimmed outputs (low side PWM dimming).
  • Power:
    • 5mm terminal block power input (12VDC, 120W maximum total).
    • May be powered off the 12VDC rail, separate 5VDC input (3.5mm terminal), or 24VDC passive PoE. External power allows relay switching of 12VDC supply and/or monitoring of 12VDC supply health by the Miranda.
    • 5VDC power input via 3.5mm pluggable terminal block.
  • Data: (2) switched 10/100 ethernet ports with 24VDC passive PoE, allows daisy-chaining.

Features

Miranda DC Dimmer includes all the typical tools you would expect out of an installation lighting controller, plus a variety of unique features:

  • Functions as either an sACN Node or standalone playback unit. Fallback on loss-of-signal, or triggered switch from external input to internal cues.
  • Daisy-chaining PoE ethernet reduces the network and power cabling required.
  • Synchronized playback between multiple units on different networks allows for unbelievable opportunities to distribute the lighting throughout a building, theme park, or city.
  • Internet-based monitoring, programming, and control allows for updates to happen from anywhere, without having a direct connection to the lighting network.
  • Astrotime or scheduled triggers.
  • Remote triggers via ethernet or contact closure.
  • Built-in lighting effects library, permitting easy programming of systems.
  • Wide ambient temperature support (-40C to +80C) permits installation in unconditioned cabinets.

For a complete list of features and specs, download the cut sheet here, or contact us to discuss a Miranda installation for your project!

For examples of some current Miranda installations, check out our Mirandas in Action page.

Miranda Pixel

Miranda Pixel

Miranda Pixel solves two problems often seen with pixel tape: First, chaining together multiple devices, like an sACN node and a DMX pixel driver, introduces complexity you just don’t want. Second, one universe of DMX can only control 178 pixels, which is not nearly enough.

Miranda Pixel combines Ethernet connectivity with direct-driving of pixel tape, allowing you to drive up to four universes of pixels — 680 in total — from a single device. Additionally, it can synchronize its cues with other Mirandas, run cues internally or take external sACN universes, and even switch to internal cues if the main sACN stream goes away.

View the full line of Miranda Controls.


Specs

  • Size: 2.5″x4.75″x1.25″
  • Weight: 6 oz.
  • Enclosure: Anodized black aluminum
  • Input: (4) contact closure inputs, 3.5mm pluggable terminal blocks.
  • Output:
    • (8) independent outputs for single-wire (data-only) LEDs, or (2) independent outputs for two-wire (data+clock) LEDs. 3.5mm pluggable terminal blocks.
    • Drives up to (4) universes of LED pixels (680 pixels), which can be split between any of the outputs.
  • Power: May be powered by the LED power supply (5VDC), its own power supply (3.5mm terminal block), or 24VDC passive PoE.
  • Data: (2) switched 10/100 ethernet ports with 24VDC passive PoE, allows daisy-chaining.

Features

Miranda Pixel includes all the typical tools you would expect out of an installation lighting controller, plus a variety of unique features:

  • Functions as either an sACN Node or standalone playback unit. Fallback on loss-of-signal, or triggered switch from external input to internal cues.
  • Daisy-chaining PoE ethernet reduces the network and power cabling required.
  • Synchronized playback between multiple units on different networks allows for unbelievable opportunities to distribute the lighting throughout a building, theme park, or city.
  • Internet-based monitoring, programming, and control allows for updates to happen from anywhere, without having a direct connection to the lighting network.
  • Astrotime or scheduled triggers.
  • Remote triggers via ethernet or contact closure.
  • Built-in lighting effects library, permitting easy programming of systems.
  • Wide ambient temperature support (-40C to +80C) permits installation in unconditioned cabinets.

For a complete list of features and specs, download the cut sheet here, or contact us to discuss a Miranda installation for your project!

For examples of some current Miranda installations, check out our Mirandas in Action page.

Capulet 2.0 (WiFi DC Dimmer)

Capulet 2.0 (WiFi DC Dimmer)

An updated version of our original Capulet system, the Capulet 2.0 is a 12-channel ArtNet or sACN-controlled WiFi DC dimmer pack. Specifically designed to be easily incorporated into a costume, it can also be used in a variety of other situations where low voltage DC dimming is needed. With a maximum input voltage of 12.5V, the Capulet can easily control 12 channels of LEDs or LED tape, EL wire, motors, MR16 lamps, or a variety of other DC loads.


A Note on running ArtNet or sACN over WiFi: As performance wireless goes, it’s not a perfect solution. WiFi is subject to a lot of interference from guest cell phones, other 2.4GHz solutions, and other WiFi access points. However, sometimes it’s all you’ve got, so we’ve built this solution for those cases where occasional signal loss or interference is acceptable.

Specs

  • Size: 2.75” x 2” x 0.8”
  • Runs on 5V to 12VDC
  • Two connector options:
    • 2mm JST connectors: 2A per input, 2A per channel
    • 3.5mm pluggable screw terminals: 8.3A per input, 3-5A per channel
  • Approximately 1500Hz PWM
  • WiFi-based, 802.11 b/g/n, supports WPA2 PSK mode

Features

  • 12 channels of output, fed from two separate power inputs
  • 8-bit or 12-bit channel control (1 or 2 DMX slots per channel)
  • Internally hosted web based configuration
  • Supports artRDM for input voltage and per-input current monitoring
  • Static IP or DHCP support
  • Accepts ArtNet and/or sACN control

Download the cut sheet here.

MSC Box

MSC Box

The MSC Box is a unique tool that gives you visibility into your MSC message stream. It also allows you to pause the data stream, letting you temporarily isolate portions of your show control system.

The Box uses a relay to physically connect and disconnect the MIDI line, leaving no latency changes whether it’s installed inline or not. The large screen shows information about the last message received and flashes blue as new messages come in.

When the screen is green, messages will pass normally; if the screen is red, messages will not pass through. The state of the box is easily changed with using the button on top of the box.


Specs

  • Size: 3.12″x1.85″x5.5″
  • 20×4 RGB LCD Screen
  • Momentary pushbutton on top
  • Reversible (left/right) cable entry panel with:
    • (2) MIDI DIN connectors
    • (1) 2.1mm barrel jack (5VDC Input, USB compatible)
  • Aluminum case

Features

  • Decodes and displays SysEx cue messages
  • Uses electromechanical relay to interrupt both lines of MIDI signal
  • Relay is non-latching/normalling; disconnecting the power will cause the signal to pass through
  • Screen color indicates pass-through status (Red=pause; Green=pass)
  • Screen flashes blue when new message comes in
  • No setup or configuration required

Download the cut sheet here.

Horatio

Horatio

Horatio is a manufacturer agnostic system that monitors lighting systems to collect diagnostic data and send out alerts when there are problems. It can integrate with any lighting network and monitor all devices on that network, even looking through supported nodes to see RDM fixtures, in order to send out alerts when the system isn’t working as it should.

Horatio is easy to commission and install, cheap enough to put on every project, and provides a monitoring solution through an entire support period, allowing installers and integrators to better serve their customers.

Horatio is currently monitoring numerous architectural lighting installations, from museums to office buildings to bridges, as well as being used on temporary projects from public art to the Saks Winter Palace on Fifth.

Visit the Horatio website for more information, or contact us to discuss including Horatio in your next installation.