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.
Lights on opposite corners running synchronized cues.
Each corner has a Miranda controller keeping it in sync with the others.
Three corners of the demo section of Liberty Avenue.
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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
- 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
- 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 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.
The Prospero is a 3.5” tall rack-mountable device with modular switch panels, allowing the panel to be reconfigured show-to-show. This provides you with the benefits of a custom cue light controller without the cost of a custom faceplate for each new show.
The Prospero outputs up to 24 channels of DMX, allowing you to control cue lights, dimmers, relay packs, standalone lights, or even fog machines. Our modular switch panels provide a variety of options for controlling each channel.
Two years ago, a Broadway electrician came to us in search of a better cue light controller. Working closely with him, we developed the Prospero to the specifications of Broadway electricians and stage managers. Since it went into production in 2014, it has been used on more than 20 Broadway productions and tours, as well as numerous installations in regional theatres and road houses. (You can find a mostly-complete list of Prospero installations here.)
Because the Prospero was designed in collaboration with both stage managers and electricians, it has features that make it a great choice for both of them.
For the Stage Manager:
- Sturdy toggle switches with long levers for easy use and physical feedback of actuation
- Reconfigurable face panels for custom colors and groupings of switches,
allowing the panel to be designed for maximum usability
- Ample 1″ label space between switch and LED
For the Electrician:
- DMX output – no proprietary protocols
- Use any DMX-controlled system for your cue lights – no need to buy specialized equipment
- Slide fader, dial fader and 2-toggle options available
Size: 2RU (19”x3.5”) x 8”D
Weight: 11 lbs.
Switch plate options:
- One toggle switch with colored LED indicator
- Two toggle switches with colored LEDs
- Slide fader
- Dial fader
- Blank plate
- 4-space blank plate
Front panel includes space for 22 switch plates (maximum 24 switches):
Rear panel includes: XLR 5-pin thru and out DMX, IEC power connector, main power switch,
and dip switches to set start address and mode:
Download the cut sheet here, or contact us to order your own custom cue light panel!