Philips Selecon PLprofile1 LED luminaires provide 'magical light' for immersive installation
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
by Philips Entertainment

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Award-winning Australian lighting designer Flynn Talbot utilized the intense color of Philips Selecon PLprofile1 LED luminaires to add another dimension to his latest stunning light installation 'Primary' at the PSAS gallery in Perth.

A three-sided triangular wall installation made from cardboard, 'Primary' explores the three primary colors of light - red, green and blue, with the structure designed to fragment the light and demonstrate how colored light is mixed.

"For this project I needed intense color and absolutely pure light," explains Talbot. "The installation is purposefully designed to break up light into many shadows but unless the light source was completely even, the effect and the magic would have been lost. I needed a smooth and color-rich shift between primary colors, so I chose the Philips Selecon PLprofile1 LED luminaires. I was then able to illuminate all three sides of the structure and create a moving and immersive environment for the audience."

The PLprofile1 is an innovative combination of LED source technology and precision optical design, with a key benefit that it is no longer necessary to change lamps or color filters. The luminaire's single source RGBW LED chip delivers limitless color mixing capabilities and variable color temperature, and is a homogenized, fully mixed light that prevents multiple color shadows.

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Talbot mounted one PLprofile1 luminaire to the ceiling of the gallery and two on the floor on each side of the structure, equally spacing them from the central point of the installation in order to generate a uniform shadow effect. The three luminaires were then custom programmed through a ten-minute light show to demonstrate the color mixing of the shadows and various different moods.

"It was integral for this project that the triangles to appear to glow," says Talbot. "This meant I needed a luminaire with the ability to shape the beam to precisely the edge of each triangle as any spill light would detract from the effect. The PLprofile1 luminaires delivered a perfectly defined beam, even at their widest beam angle of 44º, which was ideal for lighting the large structure from a relatively short throw distance."

The PLprofile1 boasts variable beam options and precise beam control and pattern projection from a high output beam and is available in 18º-34º or 24º-44º beam angles.

Talbot worked hard behind the scenes to make sure that each perspective of 'Primary' was a unique visual experience. The structure appeared 2D from a long view, transforming to 3D the closer the audience got. A soundscape, also designed by Talbot, complemented the installation for a fully immersive experience.

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"It took a lot of time and preparation to design the quantity and depth of the polygons, to ensure my vision of intense and dramatic color mixing was fulfilled," explains Talbot. "I performed a series of on-site tests, physical models and 3D visualizations to ensure there were no surprises when we got to the space to set up. Everything went smoothly with no problems at all, leaving me very pleased with the installation and the performance of the Philips Selecon PLprofile1 luminaires."

Talbot is currently talking to different lighting festivals around the world to find the right space to exhibit Primary again.

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