Glowing globe chandeliers. Click the image for more information.
Star panels in the National Museum of Scotland's Science & Technology Gallery
In the summer of 2011 Starscape was commissioned by Beck Interiors to fabricate several star panels for use in the National Museum of Scotland's Science & Technology Gallery. The work was just a tiny part of a £47 million project to completely refurbish a large part of the museum in Edinburgh's city centre.
Joining lines are printed on the panels to help visitors more easily identify major constellations. Orion and Taurus can be seen just above the display case in the foreground.
1260 fibre optic paver lights at Westfield Stratford shopping town in London
In the months running up to the London 2012 Olympics Starscape supplied 1260 stainless steel fibre optic paver lights to the Westfield shopping town. The fibre optic paver fittings were selected as an alternative to conventional stand-alone LED paver fittings, offering a very low maintenance solution.
As many as 14 individual fittings are illuminated by each of the LED
light sources, resulting in significant reductions in energy use and maintenance requirements.
We supplied 90 custom-made LED light sources offering colour change and twinkle effects, able to create a wide range of lighting effects to brighten up the shopping experience in the evening or in gloomy winter afternoons.
The light sources are controlled by a Philips system.
In theory, it would have been possible to illuminate the hundreds of fittings using fewer than 90 light sources, but because the lighting display extends over more than 200 metres it made sense to have a more distributed layout. There comes a point where it is more cost-effective to add a light source than to spend more money on extended fibre lengths.
Large star ceiling and LED cove lighting at the Paris Casino, Blackpool
Shortly before Christmas 2011 the Starscape team were in Blackpool to install a fibre optic star ceiling in the new Paris Casino on Bloomfield Rd. The new casino replaces an earlier, well-established one which had been destroyed in a fire.
We assembled fibre optic harnesses in our workshops and then fitted them to the existing mineral tiles in the suspended ceiling of the gaming area and a nearby corridor. Normally, we'd recommend that the fibres are trimmed back to the ceiling, but in this case the client preferred that the fibres dangle by a few centimetres.
Starscape also supplied the RGB LED tape used in cove lighting in the gaming room and also LED wall-washers for the external facade of the building.
Large outdoors star ceiling at Dublin's HSQ development
In early 2008 Starscape was commissioned to supply and install a large star ceiling as a feature at the new Heuston South Quater development in Dublin.
The requirement was to decorate the soffit of a bridge structure linking two tower blocks at the seventh storey. The creative part of the design had already been finalised when Starscape was approached, so our input on the design side was limited to technical advice as to component selection. Starscape then carried out the installation on site, taking a week to complete the project.
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Starry walls for a Midlands Night Club
Starscape was asked to fabricate and install a series of star wall-panels to line the walls of a nightclub in the Midlands. A mixture of 1.5mm and 1mm fibres were used at a density of 12 per square metre, with a uniform distribution of the stars.
The nightclub has its full suite of clever lighting effects, so the star panels were designed simply as a background, rather than a major feature.
However, the end result was very effective...
..and the client very pleased with the installation.
Etched Acrylic panel for Hotel in the Middle East
A 1.8 x 1.5 metre cast Acrylic panel was etched with a custom customer design and side lit with our flexible LED strips.
Fibre optic stars were added lit by a 75 watt light source with twinkle wheel. The piece was finished with a back panel in blue with printed stars and the bars name.
Starscape designed, manufactured and installed the panel. Other work included in the project included the supply and installation of LED mood lighting the chill-out room of the hotel's nightclub, and the installation of a star ceiling in a corridor linking the chill-out room and nightclub.
Nightclub in Japan
We made up large harnesses of mixed diameter optical fibres for use in the walls and ceiling of this nightclub in Japan. The long harnesses are illuminated by 150 watt metal halide light sources. The British DJ at the club tells us that the effect is "wicked". It's nice to have satisfied customers as far away as this.
We also have a commercial customer in Thailand who has had a number of custom harnesses from us in the past couple of years.
Stars in atrium of Titanic Museum in Belfast
We made up several custom harnesses of sheathed fibres. These are distributed across the black-painted ceiling and the black sheathing is to all intents and purposes invisible, with just the exposed end points of the fibres visible so as to create stars.
A very similar approach was taken in a star ceiling for a Star Wars exhibition in London a few years earlier. See
Stylised number for Christmas window display at a leading London departement store.
A leading London department store featured this fibre optic display for a dramatic Christmas window. We used over 3000 stars in the number alone.
Above we see a section of the rear showing 3 of the 7 MiniLED550 light sources used to power the display.
Games room star panel near Marbella.
A stylised view of the Solar System (sourced via Getty Images) makes a spectacular backdrop to this games room design created by Sceen Designs. Although this was technically a very simple job, Starscape was asked to carry out the installation in an impressive new villa in Malaga.
The artwork had been neatly glued to a set of five 19mm thick MDF panels with the artwork wrapped around the edges so as to give a nice seamless finish at the vertical joints. 350 fibre optic star points were created, using fibres in a range of diameters from 0.75 to 2.00mm so as to create an authentic 3D look. The fibres were powered by a 75 watt Tungsten Halogen light source fitted with a twinkle wheel.
Each panel was drilled and fibred separately on site by Starscape and then hung on the wall using a split batten system. The light source was positioned in a electrical equipment room on the other side of the wall, with the fibres fed through an opening positioned centrally in the wall.
Fireflies at Living Coasts Zoo
July 2008 saw the opening of a new exhibit at Torquay's Living Coasts zoo and conservation charity. Mangroves: The Roots of the Sea opened on 16th July, coinciding with the attraction’s fifth birthday. It is Britain’s first major exhibit based on a mangrove habitat.
Living Coasts Director Elaine Hayes explained: “When you leave the upper area you descend into a mangrove forest. The ramp takes you from the top of the canopy, featuring firefly, bat and proboscis monkey models and sound and lighting effects, down into an underworld of roots and foliage. You are immersed in the mangroves, exploring the swamp and discovering exotic species as you go.”
Starscape was approached by dha design services ltd. on behalf of the zoo to devise a fibre optic solution for the fireflies hovering among the mangrove canopy. A custom harness of individual optical fibres in a black sheathing was created, with just the very end of the fibre exposed to create a floating point of light in the dark canopy. A custom twinkle wheel was fitted to the light source, with a specially made green filter to produce an authentic firefly glow.